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“Some designers consider themselves artists, but few artists consider themselves designers.”
Personally, I consider myself both a Designer and an Artist because I was trained as both. My high school had one of the best Art Departments in New England. I was able to focus in both fine art and graphic design. My first year in college I only took fine art classes. For the next 4 years, my program focused in Graphic Design with reminders of fine art skills especially drawing.
I believe there is a difference between design and fine art, but I don’t think they need to be mutually exclusive. There is a lot of overlap in the two fields.
I utilize my art drawing skills, color theory, perspective amongst other skills when I am designing graphic illustrations, icons and logos. Design elements can be applied to art compositions as well.
A couple years ago, I read a great article from the Web Designer Depot that delves into “The Difference Between Art and Design”
Disclaimer from the article:
This post isn’t a definitive guide, but rather the starting point for a conversation, so let’s be open-minded!