Meaningful Ways Design Is Prominent in Our Everyday Lives


Art often gets a bad reputation from people who don’t understand it. Not only do they not understand it, but they often mock it as well. There are too many jokes about art graduates not being able to get jobs or the subjective nature of art, why it’s so expensive, and so on. While all of these jokes and derisions may seem to deter people from pursuing their passion for art, but that is not the case. There are still plenty of people, in and out of the art community, who understand its importance in our everyday lives.

Designer at work

Art is not just about fancy painting techniques and impressive technical knowledge of composition, art history, and other factors. Art is everywhere we look, and we often overlook it without thinking twice about it. This is a bad attitude to have because the world is not all about objective data and qualities. Engineering, math, architecture, finance, and science are all incredibly important, but art is just as important as well. For those who are not sure about why or how art is so prominent everywhere we look, check out how it impacts your everyday life.

  1. Advertising

The first one seems like a prominent place where you would forget that art exists altogether. Advertising usually makes people groan, is there anything more annoying than trying to watch a video and you have to wait through an ad? While advertising can be annoying, it can also inspire too. When you look at, you can see that advertising art forms come in many shapes and types. From videos, prints, billboards, stickers, anything you can put a logo or picture on can become advertising. It is not always appreciated, but good art for advertising is all around you, so take a look and see how some of it is quite impressive.

  1. Architecture

When you think of architecture, you picture drafting and other highly technical aspects that involve measurements, math, and engineering problems. These are all very true parts of architecture design. Still, many homes and buildings or public utilities become another gray, uninspiring thing you pass on your way to work without an artistic vision. Great architects understand that a good building must incorporate artistic tendencies to make a piece that is a living, breathing artwork that serves a purpose. These buildings are like gigantic utilitarian canvases, and the curves and shapes are more artistic than you might believe. In fact, you could argue that the artistic side of building design is as important, if not more, than the pure math aspect.

  1. Websites, Apps, and Digital Tech

Everything you use on your phone, tablet, or computer is a work of art. How does a fie folder become art, you might ask; well the simple answer is that it took plenty of hours for graphic designers to come up with a piece that makes sense. All of the shading and small details are art forms in themselves, even if they seem like just bits and bytes. The most common way to notice artistic design in digital tech is app user interfaces (UI). These interfaces are designed purposefully to be usable but also eye-catching. There are plenty of companies that prioritize their digital software and programs’ aesthetic quality because they entice people to use them more. Every time you open your phone from now on, you should notice how much graphic design and artistic ideas forming went into making your banking app to your fitness app, even just the logo too.

  1. Product Design

In a more tangible sense than websites and app UI, the products we use were all designed in particular ways to meet the hardware specs or manufacturing capabilities, but also an artistic sense that makes them usable in plenty of different ways. Your square laptop might seem bland, but the mouse trackpad is located in a way that is useful for the keyboard to match the dimensions of the screen and so forth. All of these things might seem more technical than anything, but they are a lot more artistic than you would believe. Ergonomic products are designed to be soft and pleasing to the eyes with less sharp edges. Every single thing you own was designed with a purpose in mind and meant to have some kind of visual appeal, which makes it, by definition, artistic in nature.

  1. Sports Logos and Jerseys

The last place we would expect to find strong examples of art is in the world of sports, but that is where art has a symbiotic merging. Everything from the field, court, or ice to the jerseys and logos of teams has artistic meaning. The logo font for the endzone for football was designed with typography in mind, and the jerseys have to look appealing with certain color patterns as well. The logos are the most glaring example of how art is inherently infused with sports as well. Sports is not the likely thing to find great examples of art, but every time you tune in to the game, you see artistic design and inspiration all around the stadium, the stands, and the in-game graphics. It really goes to show that art is everywhere, even where you least expect it.

  1. Community Murals and Sculptures

This one seems pretty obvious, but a lot of people take community art, in all of its forms, for granted. There are plenty of times you went downtown or went out, or we’re walking, and blindly passed the art that your city had commissioned to liven up the walls and spaces for the people. Statues or sculptures are common, and so are murals, they are everywhere, and they give cities much more life than they already have. No one wants to stare at blank concrete or brick walls everywhere they go. These murals help add some impressive designs to a city and make it feel more alive. This is a way that people need to stop and look around more, instead of being buried in their phones.

  1. Education

No, this isn’t about art being part of the curriculum. Art is everywhere in education, even if it isn’t in a textbook. Art is important for the overall goal of creating children or young adults who have a greater expanse of information. There is children’s artwork all over primary school walls, murals for the sports teams, and even scribbles on a desk are all examples of artwork that is found in the everyday areas of education. You might not be a teacher, so you don’t see this stuff in your day-to-day work life, but parents of kids, custodial staff, and maintenance staff are exposed to art every day, and that makes a difference. When you think of art, you always imagine it hanging in an exhibit, behind temperature-sealed glass and away from curious hands, but art is everywhere your mind can imagine it, and schools are the best place to find uninhibited artistic expression.

  1. Home Decor

Every time you come in the door, you are blasted by the artistic expression – unless your walls are barren, which would be weird. It is not just your walls, though, as all of the decors inside your home are meant to be artistic in nature. Your wood cabinets were crafted in an art form, your wall art is obvious, any statues or sculptures on desks or cabinets, and even the way you set up your furniture is technically art. There are so many ways to turn your home into a place that expressively harbors art. People buy art just to fill their walls, which is still participating in the practice of making art an integral part of your life, but not in as meaningful of away as it could be.

  1. Music

Music is an art form, but the difference between music and art is how music uses art to enhance its meaning. This is through album covers, posters, pins, stickers, and clothing. People wear graphic tees of bands all the time, and they have posters of bands or album covers in their rooms. Similarly, the covers of albums are artistic in nature, and you probably have some in your car and your home too. Music is an art itself, but it also requires many coalescences to make it the entity it is, and that means physical art we can see, like the examples mentioned earlier. Regardless of the semantics behind what music really is, there is a lot of art that it offers us in visible ways in our day to day lives.

Art is something that people take for granted. There are plenty of jokes about it and people who pursue it, but the fact is that art is important for everyday life in ways we see and ways we don’t always acknowledge. It is everywhere we look, from the products we consume to the ways we decorate our homes to the things we see while out in public. Art might not be for everyone, but art affects everyone.

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