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Oliver Coningham shares his favourite creative finds

What separates art from design can be difficult to explain, and has been the source of many debates not only within the creative industry, but for anyone who has enjoyed a piece of art or followed a map.

Some designers may think of themselves as artists, but very few artists consider themselves designers. Both artists and designers use similar mediums to create a visual piece of work, but their reasons for doing so is what sets them apart.

The significant difference between art and design is the underlying purpose of the finished piece. At its core, the purpose of design is to communicate a set message or motivate the viewer to perform a particular task. Whether that is to plan their journey using a tube map, or follow a set of instructions to build a piece of furniture, design has a clear purpose.

In contrast, art is a personal expression of the artist. It has no objective or preconceived function. Art may well elicit a response or particular feeling from the viewer, but everyone’s experience of it will differ. What might make you feel sad or angry will make another happy or relaxed. When it comes to art, there can be no right or wrong when each person interprets it differently.

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