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Graphic design and Art

Alastair Laing artist and graphic designer

New work in by Alastair Laing with his trademark nod to his Graphic Design/Calligraphy background got me thinking about the differences between the specialisms. I love Alastair's use of symbols and patterns in the forground of his paintings, with the background always having a slightly more traditional style. It really is a feast for the eyes!

The emalgamation between design and art here works well, but in the more general scheme of things there can sometimes be blurred lines between the two:

'The fine line that separates visual art and graphic design is something that’s been debated for a very long time. While both artists and designers compose visuals and have a shared toolkit and knowledge base, there’s a distinct difference between the two. Pinpointing exactly what the difference is, that’s where things gets tricky.'

Graphic Design by Zadeh Design

'Design is a skill that is taught and developed. And while many designers have been blessed with a natural eye for the craft, it isn’t quite the same as being born with an innate ability for sculpting, oil painting or installation-based expression.'

Painting with colour

'Where does design end and art begin? Attempting to pigeon-hole visual communication into categories is complex, and ultimately impossible. Art and beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And that’s one of the most, if not the most, wonderful and fascinating facets of these mediums. If you’re a designer are you also an artist? Could an artist create anything without a keen eye for design? The debate continues…' Claire Roper

In the case of Alastair Laing, I think we get the best of both worlds.



Simply lovely work!

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