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Viktor Venson

Designers create solutions – the products and services that propel us forward. But artists create questions — the deep probing of purpose and meaning that sometimes takes us backward and sideways to reveal which way “forward” actually is. The questions that artists make are often enigmatic, answering a why with another why. Because of this, understanding art is difficult: I like to say that if you’re having difficulty “getting” art, then it’s doing its job.

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  • Hannie_p77

    If no one ever asked questions, then what is there left to solve...

  • Yasha Wallin

    I love this idea at the end of the article of crowd-funding art students to pursue their passions. Especially now that so many arts programs in schools are being cut.

  • npizarro

    This is an argument I make often with my friends who aren't in the creative industry. I am often called an "artist", when in fact I am a designer. The clear difference for me is exactly the point that John Maeda makes. They do not need to be exclusive to one another, as they do overlap often, but in my individual practice I like the idea of designing for outcomes or answers versus posing questions.