Design vs. Art

In people’s minds, the line between art and design is starting to get very thin. Often the two are becoming interchangeable, and they are not.

A designer is not an artist, and an artist is not a designer. The two work together, but each one has a very different goal in mind. An artist has a simple one: to make an attractive product that will be liked by whoever sees it. A designer’s task is different every time, but it is usually to bring attention to some things, take it away from others, and present the product in a way that achieves the goal proposed, it is purely a problem-solving profession. That said, it becomes clear that even though good art is completely subjective, good design is not. A good design could be measured, and accepted as good by people who understand what it is trying to achieve.

Newtonbrook S.S 2008 yearbook

Good art does not mean good design, and vice versa. I will illustrate with the example of the school yearbook.

I think that the art on the cover is fairly good, but once again, someone else may disagree with full force, and that is their right. The art being as it is, the design is poor. The goal of a yearbook’s cover is simple, to present itself well, to show the school name and the year in a clear manner, which is not quite achieved.

First of all, I have an issue with the centering of the title, it’s too low. If it’s that low, it needs to be bigger, for emphasis. Second of all, in a school which has a very high East-European population, this title has 5 letters which are interchangeable with their Russian equivalent, and 3 letters which are identical to a totally different sound. If my grandparents would find this book, they would probably assume the school is called “Peshtopbrok”. That’s a problem. Mangling the letters in that fashion is not a good idea, as a standard font would eliminate the ambiguity altogether. Lastly, the cover makes .. little sense. I see a tentacled moon, which is sinking into some sort of goopy oceans and trying to grab the starts from an unnatural blue sky. Does this symbolize something? Something about a future of planetary genetic engineering and reaching for the stars? If it does, I’m not getting it.

I like the yearbook. It contains tons of awesome memories of me eating sandwiches, and the cover is attractive, however the design leaves a lot to be desired.


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9 Responses to “Design vs. Art”

  1. 1 Evan June 27, 2008 at 12:35 am

    lol what are you talking about, the cover is hideous in every single way. looks like the “artist” just followed a bunch of photoshop tuts circa 1999. go back to making signatures for counterstrike forums, please.

  2. 2 happyatom June 27, 2008 at 2:14 pm

    Haha, that’s pretty harsh (although the Counter Strike comment is hilarious). I don’t think the cover is hideous, but thank you for supporting my “art is subjective” argument. 🙂

  3. 3 E June 27, 2008 at 3:04 pm

    If you look at the tentacle things above Newtonbrook, you can see another copy of it under it, behind the moon.

  4. 4 Teengle not feeling like siging in June 27, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    ya man the yr book was shit im sry… u would think the cover would be like a newtonbrook visual art’s student’s work or like smething showing the Newtonbrook identity (sports for example). Inside there is a lot of unprofessional decisions made, for example they made a SEPARATE section for second semester students y are we isolating these kids? it should just all be the same who cares when they joined the school.Also they CENSURED my yr book comment which is UN FUCKING acceptable, freedom of fucking speech, they had no right to just censure it out :O I was outraged.
    On the other hand tho lets apperciate that the yr book committee is a group of talented students that VOLUNTEERED a lot of time to make the yr book happen so ya just wanted to say I respect the amount hard work they put into and I know how hectic and time consuming it could be.

  5. 5 olgaolgaolga June 27, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    haha ur so intense gosh

  6. 7 teengle at work July 4, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    hey olga is in like europe now, shes staying with Coco my french guy, your welcome ogls :p

  7. 8 happyatom July 5, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    Holy crap, that’s awesome!

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