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A Journey through the Paradoxical Realms of Art, Applied Art, and Design

Updated: Oct 18, 2023


In a world where imagination and innovation collide in a cosmic dance, one often finds themselves lost among the stars of artistic expression. The boundaries between art, applied art, and design blur and shimmer like a celestial mirage, leaving aspiring young designers bewildered. Welcome to a whimsical exploration, dear reader, as we embark on a quest to unravel the enigma of creativity.


In this otherworldly odyssey, we shall navigate the perplexing domains of Art and Applied Art, peering into the mysterious professions of Artists and Applied Artists. But our journey begins with a tantalizing question that has perplexed minds across galaxies: Is a Designer an artist?

A Tale of Two Worlds: Art and Applied Art

As we step into the portal of creative existence, we encounter two realms: Art and Applied Art. They exist as parallel dimensions, each with its unique laws, inhabitants, and cosmic essence.

Art, much like the swirling nebulae in the cosmos, is boundlessly creative and elusive. It is a realm where emotion, inspiration, and pure self-expression collide to give birth to masterpieces that transcend time and space. To quote the illustrious artist Vincent van Gogh,

"I dream of painting, and then I paint my dream"
View of eight of The Met's paintings by Vincent van Gogh, as currently installed in gallery 825
View of eight of The Met's paintings by Vincent van Gogh, as currently installed in gallery 825

Applied Art, on the other hand, is a realm where creativity intertwines with utility. It's a dimension where aesthetic principles meld with functionality, giving rise to practical yet exquisite creations. Here, the work of Gustav Eiffel stands as a testament to the marriage of form and function (Gustave Alexandre Eiffel)

Eiffel Tower in Paris
Eiffel Tower in Paris

Artists and Their Cosmic Odyssey

Artists, like cosmic explorers, journey through the boundless realms of creativity. They create from the depths of their souls, leaving their mark on the fabric of the universe. Picasso, a cosmic luminary, once declared,

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up"

Applied Artists: Crafting Cosmic Solutions

Applied Artists, akin to celestial engineers, merge creativity with pragmatism. They design spaceships for everyday voyages, ensuring both elegance and functionality. In the words of Frank Lloyd Wright, an architect of cosmic proportions,

"You can use an eraser on the drafting table or a sledgehammer on the construction site"

The Designer's Dilemma: Art or Craft?

Paul Rand 1914–1996
Paul Rand 1914–1996

Now, we reach the crux of our cosmic conundrum: Is a Designer an artist? Designers tread the fine line between creativity and practicality. Their creations must not only dazzle with artistic brilliance but also serve a purpose. They, like the mythical Cheshire Cat, can be elusive figures, appearing and disappearing within the mists of imagination.

Designers, with their penchant for aesthetic marvels, often find inspiration in the works of fellow creatives. To channel the wisdom of designer Paul Rand,

"Design is the silent ambassador of your brand"

Conclusion: Navigating the Cosmic Constellations of Creativity

As our cosmic voyage draws to a close, we leave you with this: the distinction between Art, Applied Art, and Design may be as fluid as stardust carried on cosmic winds. Yet, within this ambiguity lies the vast expanse of creativity, waiting to be explored by aspiring designers.

In our quest to understand the cosmos of creativity, we've uncovered the elusive nature of artists, the practical genius of applied artists, and the enigmatic essence of designers. The stars themselves may envy the brilliance of our discoveries.

So, dear reader, whether you're an artist, an applied artist, a designer, or an interstellar explorer of the creative cosmos, remember this: Creativity knows no bounds; it spans galaxies and dimensions.

Embrace the paradoxical realms of art, applied art, and design, for in their interplay, you shall find your own unique path through the ever-expanding universe of human expression.


  • Van Gogh. The Complete Paintings by Rainer Metzger(Author), Ingo F. Walther(Author) TASCHEN - ISBN-10: 9783836557153 / ISBN-13: 978-3836557153

  • Gustave Alexandre Eiffel by Aurora Cuito(Author) Te Neues Pub Group - ISBN-10: 3823855409 / ISBN-13: 978-3823855408

  • Picasso: The Artist and His Muses by Laurence Madeline(Author), Soussloff M Catherine(Author), Diana Widmaier Picasso(Author), Vérane Tasseau(Author), Katharina Beisiegel(Editor) Black Dog Press - ISBN-10: 1910433845 / ISBN-13: 978-1910433843

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  • Paul Rand: A Designer's Art by Paul Rand(Author), Steven Heller(Afterword) Princeton Architectural Press - ISBN-10: 9781616894863/ ISBN-13: 978-1616894863

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