29 Mar '12, 8pm

[email protected] asks: Is good design "art"?

.@designsojourn asks: Is good design "art"?

This is indeed a strange topic to wrap your head around. I’m in the camp that design is art, and in both design and art there’s stuff that’s really good, stuff that’s really bad, and stuff that’s well done/skillful, but whether or not a person likes it is subjective. What’s strange to me is that so often the differentiating factor between the two is that “art is pure expression” and design “solves a problem or fills a need.” But can we draw that solid of a line? Don’t paintings and sculptures fill a need, too? They communicate and express feelings and emotions. Admittedly, the needs a painting fills are very different from ( (or perhaps less tangible) the need filled by a well desinged Dyson vaccuum, iPod, or even a beautiful building. I grew up in Chicago and spent a lot of time at the Art Institute roaming the halls looking at artwork. As a highschooler I was drawn to th...

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