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When your Heart is in Two Places: Art & Design

I didn’t know until later the real difference between art and design before I became a design student. I was once a fine artist studying Painting, and I could not even fathom an art form that was not for self-expression. It’s as it selfish as it sounds, but more than that it is a struggle I continue to tackle in my assignments.

As a designer, I know I shouldn’t pick my favorite color or fill space for the sake of it, but that’s not the real struggle I’m talking about. I enjoyed fine art because it came naturally to me, as it does for many others. This is because art doesn’t have to make sense to anyone but you, but when it comes to design, the balance between ‘form and function’ is crucial. The ultimate endgame in design is to be clearly understood, nothing like the abstract paintings I used to make.

Amber & Elizabeth, 2014. Acrylic on canvas


If you adopt a free-flowing mindset in the beginning of your design journey, the more technical aspects can be challenging, but challenge is good. Have fun with it; we creatives learn best through practice, patience and play.

Be inspired by Paul Rand’s playful works!