Art & Craft (was "Interaction Design and Theatre")

9 Mar 2008 - 4:50pm
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John Vaughan - ...
2004

>> Which begs the classic IA/UxP/IxD question: "So, are you a Technician
>> or an
>> Artist?"
>
> I prefer "craft" vs. "art". The difference is in the goal: Artists
> create to please themselves, with accurate or authentic
> self-expression one of the important "tests" of the finished work.
> Craftspersons create things that others will use. Their work is judged
> on both utility and all the subtle and ineffable qualities that raise
> the work out of the mundane.

Bravo and Bingo. A valuable distinction to have available when discussing
"what we do".

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9 Mar 2008 - 5:06pm
Matt Nish-Lapidus
2007

it could be said that those "ineffable qualities" are the art of the
craftsperson. the refinement that comes from putting a bit of
yourself into your product.

matt.

On Sun, Mar 9, 2008 at 5:50 PM, John Vaughan <vaughan1 at optonline.net> wrote:
> >> Which begs the classic IA/UxP/IxD question: "So, are you a Technician
> >> or an
> >> Artist?"
> >
> > I prefer "craft" vs. "art". The difference is in the goal: Artists
> > create to please themselves, with accurate or authentic
> > self-expression one of the important "tests" of the finished work.
> > Craftspersons create things that others will use. Their work is judged
> > on both utility and all the subtle and ineffable qualities that raise
> > the work out of the mundane.
>
> Bravo and Bingo. A valuable distinction to have available when discussing
> "what we do".

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