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Subject: Re: Art, Craft and Type Design
From: James Montalbano <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:TYPO-L Discussion of Type and Typographic Design <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 17 Mar 1998 15:22:36 -0500

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>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.

James Montalbano
Terminal Design, Inc.

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