What's the difference between art and design?

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Never let it be said that we don't cover life's big questions here on Creative Bloq. As long as a philosophical head-scratcher is connected to art and design, we're quite happy to look into it. As it happens, art and design are the subject of a bold claim posted on Reddit recently, which attempts to single out the one big difference between the two disciplines.

Posted in our new favourite haunt, r/Design, this statement by author and creative agency veteran Michael Janda has got creatives from all walks of life debating in the comments. As Janda puts it, the main difference between artists and designers is that artists create for an audience of one, while designers create for an audience of many. If this is all sounding a bit too deep, maybe a quick look at why you should embrace design thinking will bring you up to speed.

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.