When it comes to art, there is no escaping it from our daily lives. Whether it’s watching a movie, listening to music, or even flipping through a magazine, we are all guilty of dwelling on the marvels of art and its various forms.
When we think about it, art has played a tremendous role in our individuality ever since we were little. Elbow deep into our coloring with crayons and further onto our education, we learned not only what art is, but how to appreciate it around us.
But the century-long debate on art and design remains to be one that never ceases to end. As design questions, the logic of everything, art begs to differ by bringing emotional satisfaction to us all in its charming ways. So are the two so different, or can they leave the battlegrounds victoriously together?
Design Is Not Art
Art may seem to be in everything we see, but perhaps we may be only looking on a surface level. If you ask a UX Designer about the use of art in their product, then they will tell you it does not exist. Now, this may come as no surprise, but UX designers have to go beyond the relishing of aesthetics. They sink deep into research and analytics, data on usability, and often even testing their prototypes as it solely depends on the user experience.
In this way, design goes far beyond its appearance and brings practicality to our daily lives. For instance, take the example of a mobile phone. Pass the color and texture of the case it comes down to how simplified the phone is in its functions, leading to the success of a great design- its practicality and usage.
Art Is More Than Aesthetics
Sure, art is signified as a product of appeal and evokes emotions, but that does not mean art conforms only to its physical allure.
Art is just as intentional as design. Take, for instance, a pianist. They create music by playing the intended key. An artist paints with intended colors and strokes with technicality.
Art is no mere coincidence. It is a series of creative thoughts that become tangible with time. Art also is a universal language that connects to every individual since it plucks on our emotional and cognitive strings. You could be from two different worlds but still enjoy the same music, same art, bringing a connection and perhaps even an exchange of thoughts. Art plays a role in this way, contributing to the fact that its universal appeal needs no justifying to stay relevant.
If Design Is The Logic, Then Art Is The Muse
We live in a world where everything is measured- our time, our wits, our resources, to prove what we do is worthy of it all. But to bring something new and exciting, we need to give ourselves the time it takes to play around, explore, create, recreate, and art is the fuel to churn problem-solving thoughts into actions.
Only when we can learn to imagine can we build towards research and facts to bridge our fancies into realities. Without the inspiration of creativity, there is hardly a drive towards creating products and services worth our time and efforts.
Art allows us to explore. It does not conform to one method and hence, enhances our perception of problem-solving.
Through logic, we adopt one way of solving problems, but with the help of exploration, we creatively start to think of more ways than one. And when backed with logic- we would be able to bring enormous value to a single design. Be it in its appearance or user experience- art binds the impossible into the possible.