>Francois H. Villebrod wrote:
>> To be an artist depends essentially on how you relate to the object
>> of your creation. A craft can also be an art.
>I think that it depends more on the *intention* of the creator.
>True Art is expression devoid of function. A painting done to
>decorate a room is less Art than one done just for its own sake.
>A creator who repeats a piece could still be an Artist.
>Since type design is highly functional, needing to conform to
>practical realities, I consider it a Craft.
>A type designer who is constantly refining his work could be
>vying for technical improvements, hence he would still be a craftsman.
>Nothing is pure Art, but to me Craft is a separate concept, although
>the two can co-occur.
Perhaps Dave Farey's comments on this sum it all up. When designing type
for a client its a craft, when designing type for oneself it is art.
Terminal Design, Inc.