Design vs Art


My background is in fine art. Over the years I’ve had many conversations about the difference between design vs art. Typically artists tend to seem superior and sometimes critical of designers. I think the main reason this happens is because art is supposed to be completely original and design is about mass production. Some artists, like Andy Warhol, have blurred the line between art and design. And today I consider myself on of those artist who is mixing all the ideas and having fun doing it.

I love to collaborate with other artists, and design is one way I can do that. Above is a combination of 3 artists. I purchased a logo design template (.ai), a branding template (.psd), and combined them with my own colors / business name. I also did the work of editing and arranging everything! It’s art to me – part of a investigation into something new with a focus on aesthetics. With all the blurred lines, it’s confusing to look at the laws, but I think these types of collaborate designs are not protected by copyright. One of the reasons why digital media is an interesting is because there is room to make new rules and redefine things.

According to the-not-so-gray laws of this land, visual art is:

United States of America copyright definition of visual art
In the United States, the law protecting the copyright over a piece of visual art gives a more restrictive definition of “visual art”. The following quote is from theĀ Copyright Law of the United StatesĀ of America- Chapter 1:[18]

A ā€œwork of visual artā€ is ā€”

(1) a painting, drawing, print or sculpture, existing in a single copy, in a limited edition of 200 copies or fewer that are signed and consecutively numbered by the author, or, in the case of a sculpture, in multiple cast, carved, or fabricated sculptures of 200 or fewer that are consecutively numbered by the author and bear the signature or other identifying mark of the author; or
(2) a still photographic image produced for exhibition purposes only, existing in a single copy that is signed by the author, or in a limited edition of 200 copies or fewer that are signed and consecutively numbered by the author.

A work of visual art does not include ā€”

(A)(i) any poster, map, globe, chart, technical drawing, diagram, model, applied art, motion picture or other audiovisual work, book, magazine, newspaper, periodical, data base, electronic information service, electronic publication, or similar publication;
(ii) any merchandising item or advertising, promotional, descriptive, covering, or packaging material or container;
(iii) any portion or part of any item described in clause (i) or (ii);
(B) anyĀ work made for hire; or
(C) any work not subject to copyright protection under this title.

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