Identifying a Graphic Artist and a Graphic Designer: Same or Not?

The world of today has vast exposure to commercial art, which can be drilled down further through methods of visual communication. Professionals working in the art and design industry are well-exposed to self-identification and differentiation of the two. Most importantly, technically inclined perception and expertise do matter.

On the contrary, an Artist and a Designer are equally important across verticals. However, they are not the same.

In our recent blog post, ‘The Studio Bridge’ highlighted a few pointers to describe a good packaging design. If you haven’t checked it out, read our previous article: 4 Questions To Ask To Determine Good Packaging Design.

Having had the opportunities in engaging with clients, agencies, colleagues and friends, differentiating an artist from a designer, pops up in writings and conversations. The rule of thumb is, a Graphic Designer can be a Graphic Artist. Not all Graphic Artists are Graphic Designers.

Now let’s identify if they are really the same, or not…

Artist vs Designer: Same or Not?

A Graphic Artist is a ‘right-brained’ thinker, mostly subjective, communicates with emotions and intuition, and expresses his/herself well. On the other hand, a Graphic Designer is a ‘left-brained’ thinker, is objective, analytical/logical, fonds of strategic thinking, and solution-oriented.

Moreover, a Graphic Artist thinks over and beyond typography, color tones, visual elements and complies with rules stipulated on a Style Guide. A Graphic Artist challenges the norm and thinks beyond, encourages new visual techniques, understands trends, and forecasts FADs, and often makes us “WOW-ed”.

Meanwhile, a Graphic Designer produces logos, brochures, posters, magazine layouts, etc. Similarly, you may see a Graphic Artist doing paintings, illustrations, photo arts, collages, book covers, and impressive artworks.

It is imperative that two ends meet, as they always make better and greater stories to tell – when their innate and acquired skills are combined.

Have you stumbled upon most Graphic Artists or Graphic Designers? Or did we miss out on any identifiable characteristics that we could have mentioned in this article? Drop us a message.

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