Many years ago when I was starting out, I had a heated discussion with a coworker about whether or not graphic design was an art. I said, “It is!” (I was 22 and couldn’t bare to think that I went to RISD for four years to NOT study ART!). He said, “It isn’t!” (The “discussion” went on and on— and I hated him for it!).
GRAPHIC DESIGN IS ART!
All graphic design products utilize any or all of the Elements and Principles of Art just as paintings, sculpture, illustration, and photography do (although some people don’t think photography is art…yet another post).
BIG IDEA: The Elements and Principles of Art are visual characteristics of a work that make up all art: line, shape, color, value, form, texture, space, balance, contrast, emphasis, movement, pattern, and unity.
For you to make an engaging graphic work, you should and will utilize some of the Elements and Principles of Art. Read on for more details!