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I've been thinking a lot lately about the role of creativity and originality in design. A designer friend recently described the difference between Art and Design this way: he says Art is a creative welling-up of free expression -- the result of an internal process -- whereas Design involves devising a solution to a pre-defined problem with a given set of parameters -- the result of an external process. This distinction resonates with me.

To what degree do Art and Design each require invention? Creativity? Self-expression? The expression of something universally human? In light of these kinds of questions, I particularly appreciated the latest post from always-insightful John McWade.
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