Visitor do you even know what Graphic Design is? Let's make sure!
Click STAGE 2 to find out.
Though often overlooked, Graphic Design surrounds us: it is the signs we read, the products we buy, and the rooms we inhabit. Graphic designers find beauty within limitations, working towards the ultimate goal of visually communicating a message, be it the packaging of a product, the spirit of a book, or the narrative of a building. Utilizing a language of type and imagery, graphic designers try to make every aspect of our lives defined and beautiful.
As you can see Graphic Design is indeed ... everywhere. It is not just logos. Or posters. Or flyers. It is in everything we interact with.
But, but I hear you saying ... I thought this was an Art class!?!?
Yes it is. Art and design might seem synonymous at first, but there is a very distinct difference. All design is Art, but not all Art is design.
GOOD ART INSPIRES. GOOD DESIGN MOTIVATES.
GOOD ART IS INTERPRETED. GOOD DESIGN IS UNDERSTOOD.
GOOD ART IS A TASTE. GOOD DESIGN IS AN OPINION.
GOOD ART IS A TALENT. GOOD DESIGN IS A SKILL.
GOOD ART SENDS A DIFFERENT MESSAGE TO EVERYONE. GOOD DESIGN SENDS THE SAME MESSAGE TO EVERYONE.
The fundamental purpose of design is to communicate a message and motivate the viewer to do something.
If your design communicates a message other than the one you intended, and your viewer goes and does something based on that other message, then it has not met its requirement. With a good piece of design, the designer’s exact message is understood by the viewer.
ART VS DESIGN
“I do not claim to be an expert on defining what art is and what it is not, but I do know that if we look at the differences between art and design we will see a very clear line drawn between the two.
An engineer, if given the exact co-ordinates to place different colored pixels in specific places, could render a beautiful website or ad simply by following instructions; most design projects have a detailed set of instructions and most design is based on current trends and influences.
An artist, on the other hand, could never be given any specific instructions in creating a new chaotic and unique masterpiece because his emotions and soul is dictating the movement of his hands and the impulses for the usage of the medium.
No art director is going to yell at an artist for producing something completely unique because that is what makes an artist an artist and not a designer.”
Read the full article: art Vs. design.
Move onto STAGE 3 once you are comfortable that you understand the difference between art and design.
Visitor start paying attention to the world around you. Good design is everywhere and good design doesn't come from a vacuum. It requires inspiration.
The skills you will learn in the CIA are going to be valuable no matter what career you choose.
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