I know there’s a lot of confusion between artists and designers amongst the general public, as well as some designers themselves. The way I’ve always tried to sum it up is this: artists create works for themselves as a form of expression, whereas designers create solutions for their clients using a form of communication.
Veer is doing something new by doing “portraits” of designers. Armin Vit is the first to be exposed in such a way, and Corey Holms is the second. So far, they are the only two, however I would keep my eye on their site to see who else they use in the near future.
In Armin’s interview, he discusses his view on the separation of art vs. design.
I love it.
Veer: What differentiates art and design?
Armin: They’re completely different things. I hate when designers say, ‘I’m an artist.’ No you’re not. If you were an artist you would have your stuff hanging at a gallery and you would make a lot of money selling it. Instead you’re at a computer, you take requests from a client, and you make things on their behalf. And we’re not even commercial artists because it’s not art, it’s communication. It’s type and images put together, and eventually you do something - a brochure, a logo, a web site, a report. None of that shit hangs in a gallery.