Like many other common fallacies in the world of creativity, “art and design are one and the same thing” is the most widespread misconception people have. Taking this misconception forward, people think that artists and designers are the same kind of professionals. There are some points that bring up striking similarities between art and design i.e. they share the same roots, the work patterns are almost the same and also that both professions revolve around almost the same conceptualization. No matter how thin is line of differentiation between art and design, the difference stands there and once you will go through this article thoroughly, you will get to realize how wrong we have been about the basic concept of art and design.

Basically, although, art and design are not the same thing, however, the two are not as though two different worlds apart. The basic note of differentiation is that designers design, construct and built, however artists create, express and imagine. To make it more understandable, designers make brochures, flyers, post cards or business cards etc, however artists indulge in painting, sketching and making sculptures. The thing that goes with artists and designers both is that both individuals are equally skilled and talented, as skill and talent is something that is inevitable in both professions. For example, printed flyers can include clever art or unique designs, it’s up to you.

Once we go deeper into the definition of both, there are two basic concepts that create the point of difference between art and design and that is, that design is more of an un-planned, rather emotional approach, and on the other hand, design is pre-planned and well-calculated creation. Following are some PODs (Points of Differentiation) that have been summed up in the form of small headings that might be able to help you understand what each one really signifies and represents, and the difference between art and design more thoroughly.

The Definition of Art

As stated by Webster dictionary, “design means to create, fashion, execute, or construct according to its plan”. Also, according to some other means of information on the Internet, art is the creation of significant things. It is a skill that you can learn by study and practice and observation. Similarly, as Wikipedia says it, art is the process or product of deliberately arranging elements in a way to affect the senses or emotions. It encompasses a diverse range of human activities, creations, and modes of expression, including music, literature, film, sculpture, and paintings.

Definition of Design

According to the literal definition of design, dictionaries say that “art is the conscious or unconscious use of skill and creative imagination especially in the production of aesthetic objects; also, works so produced.”

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