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In a recent post (entitled 'Customer Requests (Sometimes) Drive Me Bonkers!'), I referred to myself as an artist, and made reference to the Renaissance. Among the many helpful responses I got, someone said something to the effect that I should only refer to myself as a 'designer' (or something like that), and presumably, not an artist.

The only problem is, I am an artist (in the traditional sense) and have been one much longer than a graphic designer. I work in several media, including oils, watercolor, pen & ink and pencil, and even sculpture. Graphic design (as I responded in the Comments) just seemed like a natural fit for me, but Adobe (and even PCs) didn't come along until several decades AFTER I'd been an artist for a long, long time. (I'm also a musician and a writer, and perhaps a 'bit' older than many of you might imagine. Because of this, I usually refer to myself as a 'content creator'.)

My question this time is: Don't graphic designers deserve to be called 'artists', too, even if they don't work in any of the traditional media, such as those I listed above? Isn't what they (we) do also a form of artwork?

marked as duplicate by Lucian, Billy Kerr, Zach Saucier, Luciano, Ovaryraptor Apr 1 at 15:05

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  • As it stands your question is too opinion-based for this format. What you could for example ask for is one of the following: 1) How is graphic design categorised according to a specific definition of art? 2) Do people or organisations who have to define art for some reasons (e.g., for competitions, public funding, taxes, etc.) include graphic design? 3) Are there any noteworthy essays, etc. on whether graphic design counts as art? — Please edit your question to solve this. – Wrzlprmft Apr 1 at 13:22
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    Possible duplicate graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/30709/… – Lucian Apr 1 at 13:34
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    That was me; TL/DR if you're doing design work then you're selling yourself as a designer. You can be an artist/painter/musician and be an Uber driver, but when you're in your car taking people from A to B you're a driver, not an artist. Nothing to do with merit. – Luciano Apr 1 at 14:41
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    We will never be able to define art objectively. The question is nonetheless central to our profession! I might think differently tomorrow, but today I see a designer as a "problem solver" and an artist as more of a "problem explorer". I often work with artists and help them create their works. We are creating art together, but I'm not the artist because even though I have influence on the process, in the end "the customer is always right". For me to feel like an artist, I would need to decide which project to work on and to have the final say. – Wolff Apr 1 at 15:14
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    Since I'm only interested in people's opinions of what they consider themselves to be (other sources notwithstanding) I'll eventually withdraw the question, especially since it has obviously been discussed elsewhere.For my own purposes (and my background) I still consider myself an artist, since I advertise my graphic design work that way, and many of my customers actually expect it. Some choose me specifically for that reason because of their needs. (One of my 'bestsellers' is original portraiture and caricature elements for business cards, school and club flyers.) – user67207 Apr 1 at 15:15