Art and Design Jobs: An Overview

Art and design jobs are great for anyone who’s creative and who loves to create beautiful things. Art and design jobs go far beyond painting and sculpting. Photograph, commercial illustration, web design, fashion design, interior design and advertising are just a few of the areas where artists can showcase their talents and their unique sense of style.

First of all, what’s the difference between a career in arts and a career in design? Many people have different, nuanced definitions of these two fields, but speaking in broad terms an artist create works that exist for their own sake, things that express his or her view of life and that stir emotions in those who view them. On the other hand, a designer creates works that have a specific function in addition to the way they look and the way they make people feel. For instance, a furniture designer will create a chair that not only looks great but that can be used, obviously, to sit on.

The hard part of choosing a specific career within the general categories of arts and design is that there are so many choices out there. Almost everything that human beings use and every environment in which people live and work are the products of designers and artists. Think about your bedroom, for instance. Each piece of furniture was designed by someone, and perhaps the arrangement of the entire room is the work of an interior designer. There might be paintings or photographs on the wall-those, of course, are products of artists. The covers of the books in your room were created by artists. Try surfing the web on your laptop; the look of the websites you like to visit were created by graphic designers. Heck, even the clothes you’re wearing were designed by someone! Fabrics, tiles, computer hardware-all of them are the work of designers. (It’s easy to take all of this work for granted, too.)

If you become an artist or a designer you can either work on your own as a freelancer, working on one project at a time, or for a certain company or corporation. The hard part about being a freelancer is that you always have to worry about where your next paycheck is going to come from. On the other hand, you might have a much wider variety of projects to work on.

Either way, to succeed in arts and design jobs you need to have focus, discipline, and perseverance, and you need to be willing to work hard and work long hours. Sometimes deadlines can be tight, and so you have to learn how to work quickly and efficiently. That means you have to always be ready with new ideas at a moment’s notice. Deadlines can be frustrating, too, because as an artist you might wish to have plenty of time to get your creations to come out exactly as you see them in your mind’s eye.