25 Inspirational Movies

Here are 25 motivational movies that inspire us to go the distance, and make the most of the journey of life along the way …

1. 300

No retreat, no surrender.

Inspirational movie quote:

“Children, gather round! No retreat, no surrender; that is Spartan law. And by Spartan law we will stand and fight… and die. A new age has begun. An age of freedom, and all will know, that 300 Spartans gave their last breath to defend it!” – King Leonidas (Gerard Butler)

2. Braveheart



If it’s worth it, fight for it.

Inspirational movie quote:

“Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you’ll live… at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin’ to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take… OUR FREEDOM!” – William Wallace

Watch ta clip – Braveheart in Defiance of the English Tyranny

3. Coach Carter



The power to shine is in every one of us.

Inspirational movie quote:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine as children do. It’s not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own lights shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Timo Cruz (Rick Gonzalez)

4. Dead Poet Society



Carpe Diem — seize the day!

Inspirational movie quote:

“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you. Did they wait until it was too late to make from their lives even one iota of what they were capable? Because, you see gentlemen, these boys are now fertilizing daffodils. But if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.” – John Keating

Watch a clip – Dead Poet’s Society – Carpe Diem

5. Don Juan DeMarco



Love conquers all.

Inspirational movie quote:

“There are only four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same – only love.” — Don Juan DeMarco (Johnny Depp)

6. Freedom Writers

No excuses!

Inspirational movie quote:

“I don’t want excuses. I know what you’re up against. We’re all of us up against something. So you better make up your mind, because until you have the balls to look me straight in the eye and tell me this is all you deserve, I am not letting you fail. Even if that means coming to your house every night until you finish the work. I see who you are. Do you understand me? I can see you. And you are not failing.” – Erin Gruwell (Hilary Swank)

7. Good Will Hunting

Love something more than yourself.

Inspirational movie quote:

“They don’t know about real loss, because that only occurs when you love something more than you love yourself.” – Sean (Robin Williams)

Watch a clip – Good Will Hunting – They don’t know about real loss.

8. Hitch



Find the things that take your breath away.

Inspirational movie quote:

“Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away.” – Hitch (Will Smith)

9. Into the Wild

Find the beauty in all things.

Inspirational movie quote:

“I will miss you too, but you are wrong if you think that the joy of life comes principally from the joy of human relationships. God’s place is all around us, it is in everything and in anything we can experience. People just need to change the way they look at things.” – Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch)

10. Lord of the Rings

Step up to the plate and write your story forward.

Inspirational movie quote:

“So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.” — Gandalf (Ian McKellen)

11. Marley and Me

Do you make people feel rare, pure, and extraordinary?

Inspirational movie quote:

“It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not. Sometimes it takes a dog with bad breath, worse manners, and pure intentions to help us see. Ask yourself, how many people in the world can truly make you feel rare, pure, and extraordinary?” –John Grogan (Owen Wilson)

12. Million Dollar Baby



Be relentless.

Inspirational movie quote:

“To make a fighter you gotta strip them down to bare wood: you can’t just tell ‘em to forget everything you know if you gotta make ‘em forget even their bones… make ‘em so tired they only listen to you, only hear your voice, only do what you say and nothing else… show ‘em how to keep their balance and take it away from the other guy… how to generate momentum off their right toe and how to flex your knees when you fire a jab… how to fight backin’ up so that the other guy doesn’t want to come after you. Then you gotta show ‘em all over again. Over and over and over… till they think they’re born that way.” – Eddie Scrap-Iron Dupris (Morgan Freeman)

13. Mulan

Be YOUR best, despite the odds.

Inspirational movie quote:

“The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of all.” — The Emperor (Pat Morita)

14. Peaceful Warrior



Love what you do.

Inspirational movie quote:

“The warrior does not give up what he loves, Dan. He finds the love in what he does.” – Socrates (Nick Nolte)

“The accident is your training. Life is choice. You can choose to be a victim or anything else you’d like to be.” — Socrates (Nick Nolte)

Watch a clip – Peaceful Warrior – The warrior does not give up.

15. Rocky



Go the distance!

Inspirational movie quote:

“Ah come on, Adrian, it’s true. I was nobody. But that don’t matter either, you know? ‘Cause I was thinkin’, it really don’t matter if I lose this fight. It really don’t matter if this guy opens my head, either. ‘Cause all I wanna do is go the distance. Nobody’s ever gone the distance with Creed, and if I can go that distance, you see, and that bell rings and I’m still standin’, I’m gonna know for the first time in my life, see, that I weren’t just another bum from the neighborhood.” – Rocky (Sylvester Stallone)

Watch the clip – Rocky – Training and going the distance.

16. Rocky Balboa (Rocky 6)



Keep bouncing back, keep moving forward.

Inspirational movie quote:

“Nobody is gonna hit as hard as life, but it ain’t how hard you can hit. It’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. It’s how much you can take, and keep moving forward. That’s how winning’s done.” – Rock Balboa (Sylvester Stallone)

Watch the scene – Rocky Balboa – It Ain’t About How Hard You Hit.

17. Rudy



Every underdog has his day. Prove it to yourself, nobody else.

Inspirational movie quote:

“In this life time, you don’t have to prove nothing to nobody, except yourself. And after what you’ve gone through, if you haven’t done that by now, it ain’t gonna never happen.” – Fortune (Charles S. Dutton)

Watch the Clip – Rudy – Rudy and the Janitor.

Watch the Clip – Rudy – Rudy succeeds with sack.

18. Runaway Bride



It’s not gonna be easy, but it’s gonna be worth it.

Inspirational movie quote:

“Look, I guarantee there’ll be tough times. I guarantee that at some point, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don’t ask you to be mine, I’ll regret it for the rest of my life, because I know, in my heart, you’re the only one for me. “ — Ike Graham (Richard Gere)

19. Stand and Deliver



Want it and work for it.

Inspirational movie quote:

“There will be no free rides, no excuses. You already have two strikes against you: your name and your complexion. Because of these two strikes, there are some people in this world who will assume that you know less than you do. Math is the great equalizer… When you go for a job, the person giving you that job will not want to hear your problems; ergo, neither do I. You’re going to work harder here than you’ve ever worked anywhere else. And the only thing I ask from you is ganas. ‘Desire’.” — Jaime Escalante (Edward James Olmos)

20. The Bucket List



Find the joy and make it contagious.

Inspirational movie quote:

“You know, the ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls got to the entrance to heaven, the guards asked two questions. Their answers determined whether they were able to enter or not. ‘Have you found joy in your life?’ ‘Has your life brought joy to others?’” — Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman)

Watch the clip – The Bucket List – Two Questions.

21. The Empire Strikes Back

Just do it.

Inspirational movie quote:

“Do, or do not. There is no ‘try’.” — Yoda

22. The Mighty Ducks



Stick together, win together.

Inspirational movie quote:

“Neither do hockey players. Have you guys ever seen a flock of ducks flying in perfect formation? It’s beautiful. Pretty awesome the way they all stick together. Ducks never say die. Ever seen a duck fight? No way. Why? Because the other animals are afraid. They know that if they mess with one duck, they gotta deal with the whole flock. I’m proud to be a Duck, and I’d be proud to fly with any one of you. So how about it? Who’s a Duck?” – Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez)

Watch the clip – Ducks fly Together.

23. The Notebook

Awaken your soul and reach for more.

Inspirational movie quote:

“My Dearest Allie. I couldn’t sleep last night because I know that it’s over between us. I’m not bitter anymore, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I’ll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent the summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that’s what you’ve given me. That’s what I hope to give to you forever. I love you. I’ll be seeing you.” — Young Noah (Ryan Gosling)

24. The Pursuit of Happyness



Don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do something.

Inspirational movie quote:

“Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right? … You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.” – Christopher Gardner (Will Smith)

Watch the clip – The Pursuit of Happyness – You want something.  Go get it.  Period.

25. Vision Quest


It’s the moments that matter.

Inspirational movie quote:

“I was in the room here one day… watchin’ the Mexican channel on TV. I don’t know nothin’ about Pele. I’m watchin’ what this guy can do with a ball and his feet. Next thing I know, he jumps in the air and flips into a somersault and kicks the ball in – upside down and backwards… the goddamn goalie never knew what the fuck hit him. Pele gets excited and he rips off his jersey and starts running around the stadium waving it around his head. Everybody’s screaming in Spanish. I’m here, sitting alone in my room, and I start crying … That’s right, I start crying. Because another human being, a species that I happen to belong to, could kick a ball, and lift himself, and the rest of us sad-assed human beings, up to a better place to be, if only for a minute… let me tell ya, kid – it was pretty goddamned glorious. It ain’t the six minutes… it’s what happens in that six minutes.” – Elmo (J.C. Quinn)

What are the movies you draw from for insight and inspiration when you need it most?

Source: http://sourcesofinsight.com/25-inspirational-movies/


30 Cheatsheets & Infographics For Graphic Designers

Adobe Keyboard Shortcuts

Flash Keyboard Shortcuts

Top 10 Fonts Web Designers Love

Fonts Web Designers Love

The Art of Color Coordination

Color Coordination

The Psychology of Color

The Psychology of Color

Color Theory

Color Theory



How To Design A Unique And Unforgettable Logo

Logo Design

Color Emotion Guide

Color Emotion

What Makes A Good Logo

Good Logo

How Corporate Logos Evolve

Logo Evolve

Paper Dimensions Used In Graphic Design

Paper Dimensions

Flyer Size Guide

Flyer Size

Online Ad Design Cheatsheet

Online Ad Design

Elements of Design Cheatsheet

Elements of Design

Principles of Design Cheatsheet

Principles of Design

What’s Your Typeface Infographic


10 Famous Fonts Infographic

Famous Fonts

The Huge World of Typography Infographic

Typography Infographic

10 Vital Elements of a Perfect Infographic Design

Infographic Design

iOS and Android Design Cheatsheet

iOS Android Design Cheatsheet

iOS Design Cheatsheet

iOS Design Cheatsheet

Photoshop CS6 Keyboard Shortcuts Cheatsheet

PhotoShop CS6 Shortcuts

Photoshop Toolbox Keyboard Shortcuts

PhotoShop Toolbox

Illustrator Keyboard Shortcuts

Illustrator Shorcuts

InDesign Keyboard Shortcuts

Adobe Pen Tool Technique

Pen Tool Technique

Photoshop CS6 Brush Guide

PhotoShop CS6 Brush Guide

InDesign CS6 Tools Panel Cheatsheet

InDesign CS6 Tools Cheatsheet

Illustrator CS5 Swatches & Patterns Library

Illustrator Swatches

GIMP Keyboard Shortcuts

GIMP Shortcuts

Source: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/cheatsheet-graphic-designers/

The 38 Most Haunting Abandoned Places On Earth.

By Jake Heppner

1. Pripyat, Ukraine

1. Pripyat, Ukraine

Barry Mangham/Pixog


Pripyat, a city of nearly 50,000, was totally abandoned after the nearby Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Due to radiation, it has been left untouched ever since the incident and will be for many thousands of years into the future. Nature now rules the city in what resembles an apocalyptic movie.


2. Mirny Diamond Mine – Eastern Siberia, Russia

2. Mirny Diamond Mine - Eastern Siberia, Russia


The world’s second largest man-made hole, Mirny was constructed by Stalin to satisfy the Soviet Union’s demand for industrial diamond. Further digging efforts were eventually abandoned when it became too difficult to continue digging this massive hole.


3. Farmhouse – Seneca Lake, New York

3. Farmhouse - Seneca Lake, New York



This abandoned farmhouse in New York state also acts as a graveyard for many vintage cars which are now empty shells of their former selves.

4. Ryugyong Hotel – Pyongyang, North Korea

4. Ryugyong Hotel - Pyongyang, North Korea


The Ryugyong Hotel is a true display of North Korea’s madness. Work started on this 105 story hotel only a few years before a massive famine plagued the country. Abandoned for 16 years, work once again began in 2008, when it was coated in $150 million worth of glass. Foreign guests have reported that although the structure now looks complete on the outside, a lot of the interior is still abandoned and incomplete.


5. Willard Asylum – Willard, New York

5. Willard Asylum - Willard, New York



Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane was built in 1869 and closed in 1995. Housing 4000 patients at its peak, more than half of the 50,000 patients who called Willard Asylum their home died within its walls. This makes the asylums morgue (pictured above) one of the creepiest places we can imagine. By its closure, most patients were eventually integrated back into society, but in the early days “people didn’t leave unless it was in a box.”


6. Sanzhi UFO Houses – San Zhi, Taiwan

6. Sanzhi UFO Houses - San Zhi, Taiwan


These homes were intended to be sold to U.S. military officers when construction began in 1978. In 1980, work was halted due to loss of investment.


7. Six Flags Jazzland – New Orleans, Louisiana

7. Six Flags Jazzland - New Orleans, Louisiana



Severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, Six Flags Jazzland has been abandoned since. Several of the rides still stand, a testimony to the resilience of New Orleans. Several companies have plans to develop the park, but until then it will remain as the perfect setting for a horror movie.


8. Gulliver’s Travels Park – Kawaguchi, Japan

8. Gulliver’s Travels Park - Kawaguchi, Japan

Old Creeper

Constructed in the shadow of Mt Fuji, this theme park opened in 1997. Despite financial help from the Japanese government, it lasted only 10 years before being abandoned.


9. Bannerman Castle – Pollepel Island, New York

9. Bannerman Castle - Pollepel Island, New York


Bannerman Castle’s owner, Francis Bannerman VI, built the structure as storage space after buying the American military surplus from the war with the Spanish. After 200lbs of ammunition exploded in 1920, much of the castle was destroyed and the rest abandoned.


10. Disney’s Discovery Island – Lake Buena Vista, Florida

10. Disney’s Discovery Island - Lake Buena Vista, Florida


A former wildlife attraction in the heart of Disney World, it is rumoured that the island was left to run wild after bacteria capable of killing humans was discovered in the surrounding water.


11. Aniva Rock Lighthouse – Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia

11. Aniva Rock Lighthouse - Sakhalinskaya Oblast, Russia


A formal penal island used by the Russians, Aniva was once sought after by both the Russia and Japan. This now Russian controlled territory sits uninhabited in the seas between Japan and the eastern coast of Russia.


12. Canfranc Rail Station, Spain

12. Canfranc Rail Station, Spain


Canfranc Rail Station was part of an international railway route through Spain and France. An accident in 1970 destroyed a nearby bridge and ended international rail links between the two countires, leaving Canfranc deserted.


13. Chateau Miranda – Celles, Belgium

13. Chateau Miranda - Celles, Belgium


The castle was originally built by French aristocrats fleeing the revolution. During and after World War II, Miranda Castle was used as an orphanage. It was abandoned in 1980, with the family refusing to allow authorities to care for the structure. Because of its past, this haunting castle remains a favourite amongst ghost hunters.


14. Abandoned Coal Plant – France

14. Abandoned Coal Plant - France

Martin Vaissie

15. Eilean Donan – Loch Duich, Scotland

15. Eilean Donan - Loch Duich, Scotland


Located in the Highlands of Scotland, the Eilean Donan island sat abandoned until 1911, when it was restored by a prominent retired military officer.


16. Hashima Island, Japan

16. Hashima Island, Japan



In the past Hashima Island was rich in coal, with over 5000 miners once living on the island. When petrol replaced coal as Japan’s main source of fuel, the settlement was left abandoned. Now the once thriving town is creepily abandoned, with only shadows remaining.


17. Abandoned Mill – Ontario, Canada

17. Abandoned Mill - Ontario, Canada

Dan Brien



18. City Hall Station – New York City, New York

18. City Hall Station - New York City, New York


City Hall Station was built in 1904 and closed in 1945 as only around 600 people used it only a daily basis.


19. Orpheum Auditorium – New Bedford, Massachusetts

19. Orpheum Auditorium - New Bedford, Massachusetts


This Auditorium opened on the same day that the Titanic sunk, April 15th, 1912. A supermarket now occupies some of the building, but the rest remains beautifully deserted.

April 15th 1912

April 15th 1912


20. Holy Land USA – Waterbury, Connecticut

20. Holy Land USA - Waterbury, Connecticut



Holy Land USA was a theme park based on passages from the Bible. At its peak in the 1960s and 70s, the park attracted around 40,000 visitors annually. It was closed down in 1984, though the grounds remain intact.


21. Abandoned Power Plant – Belgium

21. Abandoned Power Plant - Belgium


22. Wreck of the SS America – Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

22. Wreck of the SS America - Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Pedro Lopez Batista

This former United States ocean liner was wrecked in 1994 after 54 years of service.


23. Underwater City – Shicheng, China

23. Underwater City - Shicheng, China


Shicheng has been under water for 53 years since the Xin’an River Hydro Plant flooded the area. The city was founded 1,300 years ago.


24. Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory — Brooklyn, New York

24. Abandoned Domino Sugar Factory -- Brooklyn, New York


25. Red Sands Sea Forts – Sealand, United Kingdom

25. Red Sands Sea Forts - Sealand, United Kingdom


Originally built during World War II to protect the River Thames, these forts are now lifeless. Except for those that have been claimed by Sealand, a micronation off the shore of England.


26. Overgrown section of the Great Wall – China

26. Overgrown section of the Great Wall - China

Trey Ratcliff

The Great Wall is 13,170 miles long and vast sections receive little maintenance because of the enormous cost of caring for such a monumental structure.


27. Michigan Central Station – Detroit, Michigan

27. Michigan Central Station - Detroit, Michigan

Jean-Pierre Lavoie, photojpl.com


Built through 1912 and 1913, Central Station served as the passenger rail depot for Detroit and was the tallest train station in the world. With the closure of the line in 1988, Central Station fell into disuse and all restoration plans have failed.


28. Dadipark – Dadizel, Belgium

28. Dadipark - Dadizel, Belgium

A simple playground, Dadipark opened in the 1950s and closed in 2002.


29. Military Hospital – Beelitz, Germany


30. Empty Organ Room

30. Empty Organ Room


31. Abandoned church with chairs still standing

31. Abandoned church with chairs still standing


This church was left to decay with the chairs still standing and a baby’s coffin still visible.


32. Wonderland Amusement Park – Beijing, China

32. Wonderland Amusement Park - Beijing, China


Designed to be the biggest amusement park in Asia, Wonderland was never completed after financial issues. The land has since been cultivated by local farmers.


33. Częstochowa Train Depot – Poland

33. Częstochowa Train Depot - Poland


34. An Abandoned Rocket Factory – Russia

34. An Abandoned Rocket Factory - Russia


35. El Hotel del Salto – Colombia

35. El Hotel del Salto - Colombia


Hotel del Salto was built in 1928 for wealthy tourists visiting the nearby Tequendama Falls. Eventually, the waterfall was contaminated and visitors lost interest, leading to the hotel’s abandonment.

36. Christ of the Abyss - San Fruttuoso, Italy


36. Christ of the Abyss – San Fruttuoso, Italy

37. Railroad in the Fall - Lebanon, Missouri


Guido Galletti built this statue of Christ in 1954 and placed it into the water at a depth of 55 feet.


37. Railroad in the Fall – Lebanon, Missouri

38. Eastern State Penitentiary - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


38. Eastern State Penitentiary – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Operated from 1829 until 1971, Eastern State was one of the first modern penitentiaries. Now a national landmark, the prison was designed in a revolutionary wagon wheel shape which became a globally adopted style. Eastern State held the likes of Willie Sutton and Al Capone. If only walls could talk…


The adventurous part of me is dying to explore every single one. I can only imagine the mysteries that lie just beneath the surface.

Source: http://news.distractify.com/culture/arts/the-most-spectacular-abandoned-places-in-the-world/

Basic Infographics For Photographers

Focal Lengths

Focal Lengths

Manual Photography

Manual Photography

3 Ways to Affect Depth of Field

Depth of Field

What Your Camera Captures At Every Lens’ Focal Length

What Your Camera Captures At Every Lens' Focal Length

Photography Cheatsheet

Photograhy Cheatsheet

3 Elements of Exposure


Color Temperature Scale

Color Temperature

F-Stop Chart

F-Stop Chart

Lighting Modifiers

Lighting Modifiers

Portrait Lighting

Portrait Lighting

Portrait Lighting For Home Studio

Home Lighting

Nikon vs Canon: Shooting Modes

Shooting Modes

Nikon Metering Mode

Metering Modes

Reading The Nikon Viewfinder

Nikon Viewfinder

Portrait And Posing Ideas

Posing Ideas

How To Read A Histogram


Portrait Cropping Guide

Cropping Guide

More Photography Resources

Here are more (but wordy) resources to help in certain photography situations. The following also includes keyboard shortcuts for Adobe Lightroom and Apple Aperture together with a few other cheatsheets for certain DSLR models.

10 Rules of Photography

10 Rules of Photography

Wedding Photography Cheatsheet

Wedding Photography

Family Portrait Cheatsheet

Family Portrait Cheatsheet

Landscape Photography Cheatsheet

Landscape Photography

Action Photography Cheatsheet

Action Photography

Macro Photography Cheatsheet

Macro Photography

Photographer Rights

Photographer Rights

Best Shutter Speeds For Every Situation

Best Shutter Speeds For Every Situation

Adobe Lightroom Keyboard Shortcuts – Windows & Mac

Lightroom Shortcuts

Apple Aperture Keyboard Shortcuts

Aperture Shortcuts

Canon Memory Card Compatibility

Canon Memory Card

Source: http://www.hongkiat.com/blog/cheetsheets-for-photographers/

The Difference Between Art and Design

The subject of what separates art and design is convoluted and has been debated for a long time.

Artists and designers both create visual compositions using a shared knowledge base, but their reasons for doing so are entirely different.

Some designers consider themselves artists, but few artists consider themselves designers.

So what exactly is the difference between art and design? In this post, we’ll examine and compare some of the core principles of each craft.

This is a subject that people have strong opinions about, and I’m looking forward to reading the various points of view in the comments.

This post isn’t a definitive guide, but rather the starting point for a conversation, so let’s be open-minded!

Good Art Inspires. Good Design Motivates.

Perhaps the most fundamental difference between art and design that we can all agree on is their purposes.

Typically, the process of creating a work of art starts with nothing, a blank canvas. A work of art stems from a view or opinion or feeling that the artist holds within him or herself.

They create the art to share that feeling with others, to allow the viewers to relate to it, learn from it or be inspired by it.

The most renowned (and successful) works of art today are those that establish the strongest emotional bond between the artist and their audience.

By contrast, when a designer sets out to create a new piece, they almost always have a fixed starting point, whether a message, an image, an idea or an action.

The designer’s job isn’t to invent something new, but to communicate something that already exists, for a purpose.

That purpose is almost always to motivate the audience to do something: buy a product, use a service, visit a location, learn certain information. The most successful designs are those that most effectively communicate their message and motivate their consumers to carry out a task.

Good Art Is Interpreted. Good Design Is Understood.

Another difference between art and design is how the messages of each are interpreted by their respective audiences.

Although an artist sets out to convey a viewpoint or emotion, that is not to say that the viewpoint or emotion has a single meaning.

Art connects with people in different ways, because it’s interpreted differently.

Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa has been interpreted and discussed for many years. Just why is she smiling? Scientists say it’s an illusion created by your peripheral vision. Romantics say she is in love. Skeptics say there is no reason. None of them are wrong.

Design is the very opposite. Many will say that if a design can be “interpreted” at all, it has failed in its purpose.

The fundamental purpose of design is to communicate a message and motivate the viewer to do something.

If your design communicates a message other than the one you intended, and your viewer goes and does something based on that other message, then it has not met its requirement. With a good piece of design, the designer’s exact message is understood by the viewer.

Good Art Is a Taste. Good Design Is an Opinion.

Art is judged by opinion, and opinion is governed by taste.

To a forward-thinking modern art enthusiast, Tracey Emin’s piece “My Bed”, which was shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1999, may be the height of artistic expression.

To a follower of more traditional art, it may be an insult to the medium. This goes back to our point about interpretation, but taste is more about people’s particular likes and dislikes rather than the message they take away from a piece.

Design has an element of taste, but the difference between good and bad design is largely a matter of opinion.

A good piece of design can still be successful without being to your taste. If it accomplishes its objective of being understood and motivates people to do something, then whether it’s good or not is a matter of opinion.

We could go on discussing this particular point, but hopefully the underlying principle is clear.

Good Art Is a Talent. Good Design Is a Skill.

What about the creator’s abilities?

More often than not, an artist has natural ability. Of course, from a young age, the artist grows up drawing, painting, sculpting and developing their abilities.

But the true value of an artist is in the talent (or natural ability) they are born with. There is some overlap here: good artists certainly have skill, but artistic skill without talent is, arguably, worthless.

Design, though, is really a skill that is taught and learned. You do not have to be a great artist to be a great designer; you just have to be able to achieve the objectives of design.

Some of the most respected designers in the world are best known for their minimalist styles. They don’t use much color or texture, but they pay great attention to size, positioning, and spacing, all of which can be learned without innate talent.

Good Art Sends a Different Message to Everyone. Good Design Sends the Same Message to Everyone.

This really falls under the second point about interpretation and understanding. But if you take only one thing away from this article, take this point.

Many designers consider themselves artists because they create something visually attractive, something they would be proud for people to hang on a wall and admire.

But a visual composition intended to accomplish a specific task or communicate a particular message, no matter how beautiful, is not art. It is a form of communication, simply a window to the message it contains.

Few artists call themselves designers because they seem to better understand the difference. Artists do not create their work to sell a product or promote a service. They create it solely as a means of self-expression, so that it can be viewed and appreciated by others. The message, if we can even call it that, is not a fact but a feeling.

What Do You Think?

Depending on how you look at it, the difference between art and design can be clear-cut or hazy. The two certainly overlap, but art is more personal, evoking strong reactions in those who connect with the subject.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Craig Elimeliah, who covered this subject in a fantastic article for AIGA, which I discovered during my research for this post.

“I do not claim to be an expert on defining what art is and what it is not, but I do know that if we look at the differences between art and design we will see a very clear line drawn between the two.

An engineer, if given the exact co-ordinates to place different colored pixels in specific places, could render a beautiful website or ad simply by following instructions; most design projects have a detailed set of instructions and most design is based on current trends and influences.

An artist, on the other hand, could never be given any specific instructions in creating a new chaotic and unique masterpiece because his emotions and soul is dictating the movement of his hands and the impulses for the usage of the medium.

No art director is going to yell at an artist for producing something completely unique because that is what makes an artist an artist and not a designer.”

Sources: http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/09/the-difference-between-art-and-design/