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What is graphic design to you?

Asked by Grabbins (87points) June 5th, 2008

I always get asked this question. And even though I have been studying it for 6 years I still struggle to explain it one sentence. I usually refer to the way Paul Rand described it: Graphic design is thinking made visual.

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iwamoto's avatar

when i hear the word i think…indesign…photoshop…and most of all…good customers!

richardhenry's avatar

I was about to refer you to Paul Rand. Few thoughts: 1) Most other definitions are simply rearrangements of Rand’s quote. 2) Why are we defining it?

mirza's avatar

Graphic Design is about making other designers feel like Idiots because it wasn’t their idea

Mangus's avatar

I always say: “problem solving for visual communication”. Here’s a nice series of visual answers to the question.

melly6708's avatar

studying it for 6 years?? really.. im a graphic design major and i really like it

Spargett's avatar

An income that give me lots of untraditional freedom.

cookieman's avatar

The synergy of words and image to convey a message to a (laregly) unknown audience. And the way I’ve made my living for twenty years.

PupnTaco's avatar

A means of communicating visually.

ambos's avatar

Visual communication through a creative use of structure, typography, and graphic abstractions.

Also, I like to consider it a narrative of some sort, as if I am visually orchestrating a narrative through design.

Bri_L's avatar

I always tell people “I was to poor a speller to use words”

pattyb's avatar

a visual message. A visual intention or thought.

shockvalue's avatar

graphic design is
your ideas

thelottery's avatar

Visual problem solving.

Or as I once read (can’t remember where): “Great design is timeless. Bad design is everywhere.”

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