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Is there a difference between Art and Design?

Absolutely. The trick is in the definition. A number of artists and designers and bloggers have piped up over the course of many years to offer their opinions, and especially recently over the internet, so it’s easy to find what the prevailing thoughts are. And it’s been quite a debate. Let me distill the high points for you. The Artist … Continue reading

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Graphic Designer or Decorator?

I have a friend who is an Interior Designer. She has mentioned her frustration with people who call her an Interior Decorator. Many people don’t know the difference. After all, don’t both labels have to do with such things as paint, lighting, furniture and the like? Well, yes. But there IS a difference. A decorator is someone who decorates. And … Continue reading

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Simplicity in Design

Recently I took a vacation trip abroad. While I was sitting on a tour bus, I noticed the street signs and the advertising around me on billboards and the sides of trucks. And I was struck by the logos I saw. They weren’t much different from the logos I see everyday in the U.S. — they were colorful and creative. … Continue reading

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Good Design Transcends Formats

I used to teach design. At the University level. I taught about the principles and elements of design, such as Line, Shape, Size, Color, Texture, and also Balance, Symmetry, Contrast, and Harmony. But here’s the thing: my design work was in the discipline of theatrical costumes. Yes, that’s right, I was a theatrical costume designer before I went into graphic … Continue reading

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