Saturday, 9 March 2013

Who I am, Artist or Designer?

Almost all the time I come across such questions to define and explain whether I am artist or designer? Whereas I don't want to stick to any type..  So trying to explain here in this blog. 

There are two conditions:

First, is when I get commission then I work for requirements of people who hire me. I am working as a designer or an illustrator or a labour to meet and fulfill the requirement of the employer. This act is to get money to sustain as an artist as well and to meet the required bills. 

Second, when I am working for my self ... to be just with me.... I am an artist. It is my domain. What I am creating is no one’s business. If they like it or not. I am a free person. I am meditating myself exploring the possibilities without any fear and compulsion, then I am an artist.

This is to change role according to the requirements and situations of own life which one needs to meet.  

Perhaps, working in digital media it gives me both advantages as my tools for creating design or artworks are same.    

I worked as designer and I enjoy working as a designer, it is like the other side of coin of creativity. It is about solving the problems by fixing the space with elements and principles such as balance, repetition, contrast, unity, shape, textures, space and colors etc. in a given space with a motive to meet. 

I did two years course in computer aided designing, I have been taught the tools and have been given assignments to master those skills required.  I am also trained as an artist as well, I have earned Master degree in Drawing and Painting and I did Ph.D. in Visual Arts. 

Here, I would like to clear one thing that I am not a programmer. I know computers, that does not mean that I can do anything, anytime, anywhere and on any machine. It is not a magic and computers does not do anything on its own. Expecting everything from a single person is not fare.

This does not means that I limit my self to certain field, but it is required as it can create unnecessary difficulties. It is better to work with a programmer. 

I am open to learn new technologies and new techniques merging with my imagination and skills.  

So where I stand?

Let us see what art and design means: 

Definition of art: 

Google says: art  is a noun and it states: 
  1. The expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture,...: "the art of the Renaissance"
  2. Works produced by such skill and imagination.

Design defined by google  

1. A plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is built or made.

2. It is to decide upon the look and functioning of (a building, garment, or other object), typically by making a detailed drawing of it.

Is it clear from the  above definitions? Not really!  

Here I am taking help of some graphics which explains the difference between Art and Design. 

Art inspires while design motivates.

Art is interpreted while design is understood.

Art is about taste while design is about opinion.

Art is talent while design is skill.

If I say design is art with expectations, patterns and consistency. It’s art meeting science. Am I wrong in that?

As designers, our work has to be interactive, accessible and consistent. In this way, art goes beyond design because no one would expect someone to say that all art has to be consistent in following a pattern and current trends. Market forces and trends influence designers far more than artists. 

So working as an artist and designer together I must remember the goals and purposes of each field. Mastering both fields requires dedication and practice to achieve utility in design and achieving artistic skills at the same time is useful to give new dimension to communicate through a creation, that is where the line between art and design blurs.

Next entry will be on digital artworks. 



Dr. Tripti Singh 


  1. ART is from HEART.....DESIGN is from MIND.....

  2. I think all kind of art is a design of our inner sound ..simple..
    मैंने समय को खोया है , या समय को पाया है !
    ये खेल समय का अब तक समझ नहीं आया है !
    किसी ने थोड़े में बहुत तो,किसी ने बहुत में थोडा ही पाया है !
    कहते है ये सारा जगत संसार इस समय में समाया है !
    फिर भी ऐ दुनिया वालो ,मुझे क्यों एसा भ्रम लगता है !
    मैंने समय को खोया है , या समय को पाया है !

  3. Replies
    1. of course not only these two but also almost every field needs talent, skills and hard work!

  4. ...besides Artist and Designer you are a Blogger too! Agree?

    1. Yes sir now blogger too.... well I have lots of topic to talk about .... it is encouraging to get peoples remarks. I hope people will get benefited with it.