The thinking of Plato, Aristotle, and Socrates set the foundation for the dialogue about Aesthetics. Until present day, we have been fascinated and tortured by the idea of beauty. The curiosity dwells in the fact that we know that beauty exists; however, we cannot objectively define it. It is interesting to investigate the definition of art as it relates to design process and thinking. The very nature of art is hard to define; what is valued as art shifts as the world's values change. What humans deem as important ultimately shapes what characteristics and qualities in art they become attracted to.
The question must be asked if design is held to the same quandary that art is held to. Can design be objectively defined in contrast to fine art? How do we decide what is good and what is bad design? Can a work be considered design when it starts to become more personally expressive instead of intentionally solving a problem?
A common phrase all designers hear and make their mission to express to others is that "design is everywhere." I wholeheartedly believe that this is true. Every element of our world was designed and constructed with a plan, an underlying structure, and an ultimate purpose. Our field of design can easily be defined in this way as well in that it is the product of a master plan with an ultimate purpose and goal. Personally, I do not think that design can be truly be qualified if is exists without a structure or plan. When this happens, it starts to cross into the boundary of experimental fine art.
These ideas are interesting to ponder. One of the many things topics that I enjoy contemplating.