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Graphic Design is not art

Discussion in 'Graphic Design Forum:' started by mattrumbelow, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. mattrumbelow

    mattrumbelow New Member

    "The sooner we realise that Graphic Design is not art, the sooner we can get on with doing something important." What do you think to this claim
  2. Corrosive

    Corrosive Moderator Staff Member

    I think you should invest in a more interesting desk calendar for 2012.
  3. pcbranding

    pcbranding Member

    I remember hearing this on Foundation: 'Artists solve their own problems, designers solve someone else's' which I like!
  4. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Greg Quinton of The Partners said something similar along the lines of art being self-indulgent.
  5. Dave L

    Dave L Well-Known Member

    Some of us realise that we'd probably come off worse in an artistic head-to-head with Henri Matisse but we find a way to live with it.
  6. Moominbaby

    Moominbaby Member

    I agree with this in principal, however I think today the lines between art and graphic design are blurring. But art does not solve problems broadly speaking, if it is good art it may highlight a problem or a change in society. Solving problems is ultimalty upto the individual veiwing the work.
    (I speak of art as 'fine art', conceptually driven)
  7. Graphic Design is totally different from Art in my opinion. To me graphic design is about communicating with the audience, getting a message across, targeting a certain audience if needs to be and problem solving while using words, symbols and images as little as possible.

    The thing that annoys me is when people relate you to art or think you just do whatever, bit of color here, picture there and thats it, but its simply not.

    With out Graphic Designers the world would be dead or a very blank world.
  8. daytona

    daytona Member

    Heh, at uni the lanes can be pretty blurred. I think a lot of us can come out at the end of a brief and wonder if what people have produced is art or design. In my opinion they share a lot of similarities. They often both address a problem, they both communicate etc...
    Though i think it's a lot easier to pin down bad design or i should say unsuccessful design, than unsuccessful art.
  9. Moominbaby

    Moominbaby Member

    I have a background in fine art (although I maily do illustration now) and I can say that this quote can also be directly related to fine art aswell. I am constantly having people expecting me to justifie fine art and why it looks like 'you just do whatever, bit of color here, picture there and thats it' ...but it's simply not that simple.

    So maybe peoples views and reactions are not diffrent athough ultimaly the agendas are diffrent. Maybe this is the blurring; peoples reactions and views to a concept.
    Just my view anyway.:icon_rolleyes:
  10. Moominbaby

    Moominbaby Member

    Please excuse the spelling my computer has hidden the spell check!
  11. danny kay

    danny kay New Member

    I'll second this! what a great statement
  12. dot design

    dot design Member

    Paul's pretty much summed it up there, great quote!

    Although graphic design can become art in some cases when said designer is producing their own work, ie: acting as their own client and getting others to purchase it, eg: selling prints etc.
  13. Paul Murray

    Paul Murray Moderator Staff Member

    Graphic design + Picture frame = ART!
  14. YellowPeril

    YellowPeril Member

    I think if it came to it, I could have taken Hockney in a street fight!
  15. matt

    matt Member

    I thought that for something to be "Art" it needed to have no other use than as a piece of art.. If you're design has no use, then you're doing something wrong!

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