Graphic Design vs Advertising

I still can't see the difference...
Can anyone provide a good definition?

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pixelbomb1's picture
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I think and this just me: graphic design is an ad full with stuff in it. i.e. crampped with products, etc, etc, whereas advertising is an ad with lots of white space or you let your mind do the walking. focusing on (1) image alone.

graphics design - making products,fonts, look good trying to sell bunch of stuff (retail style).
advertising- classy style, bmw, mercedes benz and so on.

I say you need a graphic designer to advertise in any advertising outlet.

Sincerely,
Arnold Santillan
714-206-2459

Minimum's picture
Minimum
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I resent that!

Graphic design is more than that. When you look at posters for dance events with all those WOW graphics on them, somebody has made those and tought of the composition. The font used somewhere, the colours in an advert. The look and feel of a flyer/leaflet/poster is something a graphic designer handles.

I would say that the Graphic designers handles a lot of stuff

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...and let the poets cry themselves to sleep. And all their tearfull words would turn back into steam

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wow that's complete and utter uninformed crazyness

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Graphic Design - the art of graphic representation. The design of elements. The composition. The style. The artistic craft.
Advertising - Concepts. A message to the consumer positioned as a BENEFIT of the service or product. The concept is derived from marketing objectives and communication strategies. It is an idea conceived between an art director and copywriter who brainstorm clever ways in which to make us feel a certain way. Once the idea is approved it is handed over to a graphic designer to execute the design. Unless the graphic designer can develop message driven CONCEPTS, then no amount of experience or pretty designs will make him/her an art director.

Example : The ads are for SunSmart.
An art director has an idea of shaping moles on human skin into leisure equipment (fishing hook, airplane).
The copywriter puts lines to this visual idea - (Going Fishing? Taking a trip?) The tagline - Be Sunsmart.
The concepts are roughly drawn to communicate the idea to the account service team, client and finally the graphic designer.
The graphic designer's job is to turn the sketched concept into a graphic masterpiece.

Atomic Hive Creative Advertising

shitos_h's picture
shitos_h
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you are right man , thanks alot

ivan's picture
ivan

There is difference, but it's not black and white. From my perspective the main difference is that at design studios you go home at 5pm. At advertising agencies you stay late.

Ivan Raszl, admin of AotW

Sab's picture
Sab
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I must say that is not true

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That not entirely true, Ivan. There're even ad agencies who let off people on time, design houses who work late till the wee hours.

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http://alvinpck.deviantart.com/gallery/

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When you start a design studio let me know yeah? ;)

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"whitespace | Tue, 2008-10-14 03:45
When you start a design studio let me know yeah? ;)"

ROFL
Nice one.

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urvashii
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very true..;)

Sab's picture
Sab
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i think adevertising and graphic desgin can work hand in hand.

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100% agree

ivan's picture
ivan

identity, packaging, below the line, web, etc -> graphic design
press, radio, tv, outdoor, etc -> advertising

Ivan Raszl, admin of AotW

Minimum's picture
Minimum
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I would say that posters, flyers, and Guerilla are definitly Graphic Design

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...and let the poets cry themselves to sleep. And all their tearfull words would turn back into steam

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shitos_h
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i'm agree but all this elements must have a concepts . G-design is apart of AD all elements work to give us the final product

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This is true! Although i though below the line would be advertising?

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Conceptual-eyes
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Graphic Design is the practice or profession of designing print or electronic forms of visual information, as for an advertisement, publication, or website.

Advertising is the nonpersonal communication of information usually paid for and usually persuasive in nature about products, services or ideas by identified sponsors through the various media. Advertising often uses graphic design in its final communications.

Typically Advertising answers foremost to the idea/ communication where as Graphic Design answers to the visual appearance/ art of a piece.

Minimum's picture
Minimum
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found a dictionairy?

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...and let the poets cry themselves to sleep. And all their tearfull words would turn back into steam

Conceptual-eyes's picture
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No, but thanks ;)

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Agree with you but in even more simplified terms-

Ads are conceptual.

Graphic Design is more based in relaying information beautifully and stylistically.

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Thank you for your answers...
Well I don't know if my own definition is accurate...but I think that:
Where there is a need to design information, it's Graphic Design. (brochure, flyer, poster, catalogue)
Where there is a need to communicate a message or persuade people to buy a product, it's Advertising. (tv, billboard, ambient, advergame)
And no this is not an assignment :) , just trying to understand the difference between the two majors, before going back to school.

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brochure + flyer + poster + catalogue - they all involve a copywriter too. I can't count the number of flyers, brochures, and catalogues I made. I can't say I really enjoyed it. Posters, on the other hand, are absolutely great to work on.

There is always a need to communicate a message. Flyers do that. Posters do that. Brochures do that.

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can't we all just get a long. one thing i can say.. we as creative people make so much difference in this world for better or worse we have a responsiblity to convey the message thru visual communication. remember there is no I in team. but there are 2 "I" in advertising and graphic design.

Sincerely,
Arnold Santillan
714-206-2459

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Eugens
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That's what I was trying to say. Graphic Design and Advertising are very close together.

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Joseph Campbell
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The funniest difference I've ever heard was this:
A graphic designer is an art director without a sense of humor.

Sorry if I offend. I used to be a graphic designer.

I've decided I hate signatures.

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I've decided I hate signatures.

pixelbomb1's picture
pixelbomb1
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Art director is a person with a pencil stuck up his/her...

Sincerely,
Arnold Santillan
714-206-2459

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ArtGuy
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I think that Advertising designs Ideas, and Graphic Designers "puts them on paper"

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I'm sorry, but graphic design/er are two titles in which are overused. Just how you define yourself is upto you. I would generally be called a Graphic designer, but to myself i am a visual communicator.

This is what we all are, we all advertise and we all communicate via imagery of any kind. we are as a whole.

Advertiser or Designer we are Visual communicators, some just have better skills with language and can therefore be called a copywriter. so on and so forth. if you ask me it is important that we all be generalists, being able to branch out into different areas of conceptual development.

please say if you disagree

Do not follow where the path may lead

Go instead where there is no path and lead a trail

Ralph Waldo Emerson

pixelbomb1's picture
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I am a VISUAL PROSTITUTE. I create I get paid.

Sincerely,
Arnold Santillan
714-206-2459

Eugens's picture
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that's pretty imature, pixelbomb...

pixelbomb1's picture
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When I grow up I want to work in advertising..

http://www.gecko9.com/whenigrowup.html

Sincerely,
Arnold Santillan
714-206-2459

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nbente
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Someone who knew how to draw was poison. A guy who was too good a typographer-we didn't want him. We knew about the Bauhaus, but we weren't after design. We were after advertising.

MindDrift's picture
MindDrift
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lol, funny though...

dans-hq's picture
dans-hq
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i remember seeing that last month pixel bomb, it amazes me how long it is. Quite humorous.

Do not follow where the path may lead

Go instead where there is no path and lead a trail

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Inciter's picture
Inciter
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The best art directors in the history of advertising
were the best graphic designers as well.

Moreover, it was a graphic designer who conceptualised
the concept team: art director & copywriter.

If you didn't know this, I wouldn't be surprised.
It was a best-kept piece of advertising history.

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Yo digo, un aviso con una muy buena idea, pero sin un buen diseño grafico, es como un Porsche Carrera con neumáticos de madera. Obviamente remitiendonos a aquel aviso de Pirelli: Potencia sin control, no sirve de nada.

Estudie diseño gráfico, ahora estoy estudiando dirección de arte. Ambas cosas estan totalmente ligadas y una necesita a la otra.-

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Graphic Design is a field within Advertising like PR, Marketing, etc.

ivan's picture
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Is it?

Ivan Raszl, admin of AotW

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Advertising is within the marketing not the opposite

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graphic design/viusal communication is fluid... can change and be molded to fit any type of situation while adevertising on the other hand has a structure that has it's origins in marketing, you can't do that change is bad we fear it. this is true few advertising agencies fear to change methods style or even originality. from my experience a design studio creates all it's own art work while an adevertising studio uses istock for all it's imagery needs... personally it is something i despise.

if you can make heads or tales from that good, but if you can not what i am getting at is adevertising is too rigid and fails to create anything of worth while graphic design does, more often than not.

athi510's picture
athi510
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There is no "vs". They are in love.

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bottom line is you can't have one with out the other. design for the sake of design, with no thought will fall on def ears, or eyes in this case. The smartest idea poorly executed (lack of good design) be it simple or heavy design will have the same effect. Is there a difference between an art director and a design purist, without a doubt. but what comes first, the chicken or the egg.

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MOSTRO
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Is this is Ester Píscore the best designer?
no.

Rami Qaddoumi's picture
Rami Qaddoumi
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Graphic Design only is an Art
But Graphic design With strategy is an Advertising

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hey all

im busy with an essy - id like to know your ideas on the difference between graphic and advertising design...
pls email me your response

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There is definitely snobbery on both sides, but conceptual-eyes's definitions come the closest to being accurate and objective.

I think that the mistake most people here are making is thinking of graphic design only in the context of advertising. Just like how advertising is a field comprised of many different professions that come together to work towards a common goal (producing advertisement in its many forms), Graphic design is an extremely broad field with numerous related and separate professions, only a fraction of which falls under the "advertising" category. At its highest levels, design intersects with a number of other fields, from the obvious (communication and marketing) to the obscure or unapparent (psychology, anthropology and so on).

Indeed, graphic designers are visual communicators, but to focus only on the end product is to ignore 90% of the job. If you define graphic designers solely as visual communicators, whether you are one or not, you betray a monumental ignorance of the profession.

Enas's picture
Enas
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Advertising=Smart
Graphic Design=Pretty
Smart + Pretty = perfection

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Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
Pablo Picasso

pixelbomb1's picture
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enas= politically correct

Sincerely,
Arnold Santillan
714-206-2459

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Advertising is design with a purpose of selling. WIth the exception of Radio.
Graphic Design is about the relationship between colors, textures and typography.
It's like art, and could be completely subjective.
GD doesn't have to sell a product in order to be qualified as being a good design.
Not so with advertising...

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eddietanhk
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advertising is a part characteristic of graphic design. That means advertising have involve in graphic design.

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i wanna know what is the role of graphic in the media?

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whats the difference ?

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Okay...but what about Graphic Designer vs. Art Director?

I've always had trouble trying to define the role of an "art director". To me, an art director is practically the same as a graphic designer, except he is working in an ad agency. Both graphic designers and art directors can think conceptually and both are responsible for visually portraying that idea...whether it be for a poster or an ad or a brochure etc.

What do you guys think?

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But in my point of view is totally different between graphic designer and an art director. The functionality is totally have similarity, a graphic designer can art direct his own design and an art director can also design his own concept. Now for me the different is, the real function of an art director is to give the soul of your design the color mode the spirit and the ambience even. Which graphic designer sometimes can't see the difference. But you as a designer can be an art director if you want to and if you are qualified in doing this such things. But if you are a poor art director then you can be a good graphic designer.

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ofcourse when we r about to start working on a new campaign AD and GD should do a brain storme together for generate the most fit and new ideas.
but...after all the AD should be busy in the consistency of his art direction, conceptually he should fill the campaign by his chosen art direction to insure it will gain the full attention and to be memorable as well. he should be more involved than the GD in the big vision.

when it comes to campaign he goes unconsciously to imagine the applicability of the design or the art direction on all the media channels.

in the same time we could see the same campaign and say it looks awful or it looks niceee..how is that
by using bad font-bad tone of colors-bad measurements-image doesn't glow or sparkle...no sense of art at all, her it comes to the graphic designer,without good GD we won't even give a look on this campaign .

may sometimes the AD could do the GD's work and vice versa...but it never be excellent as like every body focusing in his part which he could give more on it.

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Others have seen what is and asked why. I have seen what could be and asked why not.
Pablo Picasso

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ad is more about the ideas and graphics is about the visual.

graphic design encourages adding more things while ad encourages simplifying.

I find the difference also to be hierarchy....Art directors HIRE graphic designers.(as well as photogs, illustrators, fine artists etc)

I was an graphic major ad minor for two years, and now I'm an ad major graphics minor....
I personally prefer ad.....ANYONE can learn how to use adobe suite, and anyone can be taught the rules of desing, but great ideas aren't in everyone....

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dias
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bkeeler1 seriously, you can't just generalize this way.
I've seen a lot of designers doing more rational/conceptional/strategical works and this isn't rare - Actually designers are known more like projectists than artists.
Designers tend to simplify and clear projects and i really don't know where did you take that ideia of "adding things".

That's why stereotypes sux and thats why portifolio>curriculum always - Analysis someone not for what he says but for what he does

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I am not big on anonymous/guest comments, but I am somewhat embarrassed yet had a question of my own. Going back to what johnny_corvair asked, what is the difference between a graphic designer and art director?

I graduated from college about a year ago and have since been working at an apparel company. It was fun to learn the ins and outs of the industry, but I want to move on. I want to go back to designing brochures, ads, posters, and other collateral for companies and I am not talking about working at a rinky-dink gang run printing firm. I have been fascinated with one day building my way up—before of course opening my own business—to working for a BBDO or Crispin Porter or maybe even a smaller agency.

Where should I start? What should my portfolio showcase? Is there room for a “graphic designer” such as myself in one of these agencies or should I poses the skills of an art director in which I am knowledgeable (and hopefully skilled) in the creative and business side of advertising. Do art directors create the concept, illustrate, and handle the photo manipulating or do they simply do the work of an account manager or copywriter? I appreciate all answers and please excuse my ignorance.

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Art directors when starting a project sit with their partner (copywriter) and try to come up with the concept (idea) of a campaign - print, TV, web, outdoor, etc. In most cases its more about the idea and less about the execution at this point. Until they finalize on a few ideas (in the form of loose sketches and in some instances basic layouts) do they move on to the "design" or execution of the campaign. All art directors should know design basics but the fulfilling of all the work would in some cases involve a graphic designer.

Graphic Designers (and this is generalizing but in most instances) sit with a project such as a logo or a package design and even though they may have a concept to this particular project (the arrow in the fedex logo) its one particular project they are working on rather than an entire campaign.

In my experience Graphic Designers rush to the computer too soon and start executing. If one is thinking they want to work for CPB or BBDO as an art director the most important thing is the idea. As a designer in an agency you will most likely be helping execute another persons idea.

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GD's are very fond of negative space, so I'm not sure where you got the "like to add things" bit.

Frankly I find a lot of this on the offensive side of things...
Anyone who defends their side so much that they feel they need to offend the other is perhaps insecure, out of school or the learning environment for too long, and will most likely be discounted anyway.
If you've come across an Advertiser or a Graphic Designer who is pompous, it doesn't mean that everyone in their field is like that. What an ignorant stereotype/assumption. It starts with one person being boastful to ruin it for everyone else. I, as I'm sure many do, get tired of defending one or the other. We do what we enjoy, one is not better than the other, they serve different purposes, that's all. For those in doubt, go to a university or college website, check out the curriculums, and compare. Gah.

I was under the impression that the two are really close, however:
Students in advertising learn more about positioning, stats, marketing, economics, (etc.,) as well as the creative.
Whereas students in graphic design study more typography, colour theory, design layout, photography, (etc.,) as well as creative.
People who have good ideas or concepts don't only exist in one or the other, they exist in both. You're always going to have people who are better at their job than others.

Both jobs solve the clients problem.
I'm sure each could do the other's job, perhaps not as well...but again, I think they're both really close...

As for an Art Director (in my opinion):
Should at some point have done most of the jobs they expect those under them to do.
Along with graphic designers and production artists, determine how the ad's verbal and visual symbols will fit together.
The individual responsible for the selection, execution, production, so on, of graphic art.

If anything goes wrong, whether it's an ad campaign, museum, bad illustration, etc. the art director answers for it.

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1st year GD's may rush to the computer...but that's because they don't have 'manual work' in high schools anymore, so the computer is all they know...(examples include: auto shop, woodworking, home-economics, etc.)
But I assure you, the professors push coming up with a concept and creating linears/thumbs first before they touch the comp.

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alphayo aswani

Advertising is Coming up with the big idea.
Graphic design is Making it look good.

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true!

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I see advertising as concept creators, graphic designer as visuel creators.
But in some ways its melted together, cause how to create an identity without a fundamental concept?

The first one is what to write in this sentence to make it clear, the second one is how to put this sentence to make it clear.

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"The first one is what to write in this sentence to make it clear, the second one is how to put this sentence to make it clear."

Isn't that the difference between a copywriter and an AD ?

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it shows that a graphic designer is not well understood, well graphic design is purely the core of the brand visual communication. They create the Type, color combination, what to do and what to not do, they set the guidelines to the brand. remember the template ? it should come from a graphic designer if not, then thats the wrong way! Why ? cause he created the Visual Corporate Identity of the brand. Please look more into Visual Corporate Identity table of contents and u will have a full understanding of what a graphic designer does. which is based on a concept for a particular brand.

Yah! and they dont use pictures off of stock websites, they create graphics from nothing, from scratch ! to build on them a concept representing the brand.

A brand, has its identity, tone of voice, & its soul birth. from a graphic designer.

A brand, communicated to the consumer by an art director + copy writer.

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Graphic design, as it implies, is based on graphics.

Advertising: Think radio, etc etc... graphic or not... as long as the message is sent.

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alphayo, this statement would have been true some 20 years ago. the differences between the two terms has vanished more or less. yes, graphic designers used to be on the execution side of things in advertising agencies back in the day, and this is still the case right now in ad agencies. i've worked on both sides of the barricade, as an ad and as a gd and am right now back to designing.
i'm not saying that one is better then the other, both have their advantages. personally i've gone back to design because of the longevity of a piece of design. good designers will always come up with a good idea, just as an art director would. it just depends on which side you want to work. if you want to do outdoor, tv campaigns and print ads, be an art director, if you want to go into branding, packaging and editorial design, then be a designer.

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graphics designing is the tools and creative advertising is in your mind

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there is not a huge and clear difference between graphic designing and advertising. Graphic Designing is just a tool, as said above, to make creative advertising, while the actual advertising is the see/touch or feel thing which makes an actual impact on the minds of the people

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Hey everyone, i am currently in uni and i have to decide whether i want to go into advertising or graphic design. For some strange and stupid reason my university does not allow students to have a major in graphic design and a minor in advertising or vice versa. I applied and got accepted to the college for advertising but the graphic design program requires one to take 5 prerequisite courses and they only accept 40 from 140 student applicants. Isn't that unfair?
So i found out they have a minor in visual communication art and design that has some graphic design courses. What i wanted to ask is,is it possible to be a graphic designer with a minor in visual communication? And what would you guys do?
Thank you my creative family :)

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Xepa
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Not many of us have talked about the TECHNICAL aspect to this debate yet.

I firmly believe that graphic designers are the more knowledgeable, since they
do know the mechanics of their programs more than advertisers. Also, they
don't get the luxury of a copywriter to collaborate with.

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cool. i was comtemplating to take up studies for either as an advertising designer or a graphic designer. i kinda got a better view on the differences of these 2 groups. thanks

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I think Graphic Design is a field which can't be explained in limited words. Graphics is history, visual arts, advertisment and communication art. Well, I would say that advertisment is nothing without Graphic Designs. I would support my reply with this amazing slideshare by shawncalvert titled “What is Graphic Design”.

http://www.graphicdesignblog.org/what-is-graphic-designing/

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Graphic Design is more about Skills and Art Direction

Advertising is more about Ideas and Concepts

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Graphic design should be looked at as a contemporary art form that has implications for many fields, including advertising. Let's not forget that some of the most iconic rock concert posters, movie posters and political campaign posters would not have been possible without graphic designers. In the advertising field, I think graphic designers are crucial in rebranding a product, from changing the packaging design to creating new logos.

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graphic design is honest
advertising is lie

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While many things can fall under the umbrella of both advertising and graphic design there are some marked differences between the two.

Graphic design refers to the visual communication of information using elements such as color, images, typography, etc. It does not cover anything that cannot be seen.

Advertising however, is the promotion of a concept / product / service / etc. Advertising is usually done to persuade the person viewing it to do or believe something. for example; buy this product from this company because....

Advertising, unlike graphic design can occur in any medium, including auditory mediums such as Radio and Word of Mouth.

Other examples:
A plain text classified in a newspaper would not be considered graphic design, but would be considered advertising.
A collage of images and text that does not attempt to sell anything would be considered graphic design, but not advertising.

Hope that helps clear things up a bit.

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recsoft
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Advertizing is more about publicity of your product. This is all about publicized product or business.
On the other hand graphics design complementing advertizing by providing more effective ways of product campaigning using print or electronic media.
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katoon
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Simply, AD about creating a message and sending it to someone. And GD, it is the art of visualizing ideas.

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recsoft
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Yeah mate!!! you are right...

katoon's picture
katoon
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yeah!!! man remember ad's personalities....

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Gee, now that's what I call A discussion! LOL! Great!

A-part from everything that has already been said here (witch I applaud!), we are talking here about 2 completely different activities! No only they don't depend on one another has they don't really need to work together. Yes, they can, and definitively, with the latest developments in therms of visual experience, software and new expectations from the consumer (much more accurate, critic and demanding), they really should, although it is not imperative that a designer and an art-director work together.

4 example, a brand logo is design, a campaign is advertising. Would the logo stand by his one and achieve the public? Would it be able to create feeling, to gain long therm consistence? And would a tv spot work without a brand assigned to it? A print without a signature? A product without a name?

I heard once a sentence that I really liked and I would like to share; "advertising is terminal, design is forever" - in my perspective this means something like Advertising, even for only one brand, changes rapidly, and if it doesn't, the brand is considered not updated. The Design part of that communications doesn't really change, it is the brand's roots.
In order to communicate this root's to the public, you need strong concepts, creative thinking and continuous improvement, that's where Advertising comes in the picture.
Of course Design doesn't only exits on the logo-making, but it is indeed a discipline where you learn how to create pieces (brochures, books, magazines) and all this OBJECTS are lasting ones. Even web-sites are longer lasting than ad's, and they come to represent the same "root" or "base" perspective than the logo example. Advertisers create dreams, generate emotions, create willing for action, in an emotional and phycological plane, more than in physical.
Just think about your favorite web-site; don't the advertising banners in it change each time you access it, even on the same day?

Yes, very often Design and Advertising work together, and they can work so thigh you have really to commit yourself to find where one starts and the other ends, but they are in fact very different activities. In the process, in the attributes, in the output, in the way they play in your head, et cetera. The fascinating main stream is that they engage completely different in therms of creative thinking and effective work, and that is something that only by trying both will come to you.

.: look for the green giant on the label :.

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Osama Nofal
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graphic design is a routine technique, advertising is a concept theory

f u care to c the best and worst identities of 2009
http://brandingbook.blogspot.com/2009/12/best-and-worst-identities-of-...

Regards,
Osama Nofal

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The Pet Directory
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Graphic Art is the use of the visual to create a message.
Advertising is the use of any form of communication to send out a message.

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Osama Nofal
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graphic design is always under the umbrella of Advertising & could be sort of art as well

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Swara Bills
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Hey MindDrift! Usually, a graphic design focuses more on art and visual design, whereas advertising deals with communications. Graphic design encompasses publication layout, whereas the art of advertising offers various levels focusing on advertising design, illustration, photography, logo design, typography, printing, etc. Hope now you can understand the basic difference between the two.

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thecreature
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This is a wrong question.

First of all, there is no "vs" as advertising makes use of graphic design. Secondly, the question should be "graphic design vs. art direction in advertising". And there the answer is easy. Graphic design is how it looks, it is about a style, while art direction is about visual interpetation of an idea, and also selecting an apropriate style, often with a help of e designer. I had been forced into creating job descriptions for different advertising creative positions once in the past, and should you need more elaborate answer, you can PM me and I will send it to you.

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advocate
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You are right, but in my point of view is totally different between graphic designer and an art director. The functionality is totally the same, a graphic designer can art direct his own design and an art director can also design his own concept. Now for me the different is, the real function of an art director is to give the soul of your design the color mode the spirit and the ambience even. Which graphic designer sometimes can't see the difference. But you as a designer can be an art director if you want to and if you are qualified in doing this such things. either you are a poor art director or a good designer.

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Leo_Mijangos
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Hey, this ismy first Post, yeiii... well i think i dont agree on the definition, i am studying Graphic Design at UANL, in Monterrey, Mexico... i am in my 5th semester but i've been tought that we graphic designers are the one that create the idea, work on the visual and have the responsability to make that idea clear for the audience we want to enchant... i have classes like Marketing, Advertisement... my point is, we (graphcic designer) do not make an idea look beautiful, we do work on the whole idea, and then we make the idea to be functional...

So when you define Advestisement, you are defining waht GD is for me, and when you define GD you define what a guy with two years course make :P

just my point of view :P

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ovanova
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I think you can't have one without the other. They're connected. You can advertise through the graphic designer's work. You can graphic/design starting from an advertising idea.
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dampy11
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hi, just following the comments, can some one pls explain the difference b/w Concept based advertising and normal advertising, if you say like every ad has a concept ( PRINT BASED ADS) , but you can see some products are just shown with a glossy backgound not portraing any concepts

so pls tell me that is the concept based ads hit well to the target?

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buyandsell
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To answer the last question, it's just a matter of HARD SELL/SOFT SELL advertising. Consumers now are more skeptical, sophisticated and wise. They know when something is being pushed into their face (like that of FINAL SALE OF THE SEASON in starburst with 3 exclamation points!!!) and the time to "TURN OFF" to any of those messages. Whereas in SOFT SELL, they are given a "suggestion" if you will but will still notice the call-to-action in the ad.

I believe that concept based ads hit well just for the reason that they can catch your attention, make you stop even for 5 seconds (compared to those ads with no concept which are guaranteed to be ignored) just to enjoy the moment of looking at that ad, and even make you think (but not too much). Thus, making it memorable and effective. Remember, ads are intrusion and should compete with the articles in the newspaper or magazines or against the show that you're watching (in the case of TV ads).

Just my two cents worth.

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juuuuuulian
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Great post buyandsell. I'm a senior in school getting my BFA in advertising design. My school has an ad school and graphic design school and its easily 90% gd. Only difference in curriculum is 8 ad classes which is bs but thats a different story. What I see is a majority of graphic design students are focused on what looks cool, the latest style and trends which is good/bad, but it stops right there. Where as the ad design students are thinking concept, branding, the over all creation of a campaign beyond print. I really don't like design school because of the amount of graphic design students and teachers who are graphic designers and NEVER ASK ABOUT CONCEPT. I put in hours of time coming up with concepts only for it to be looked over.

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buyandsell
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"Putting hours in coming up with concepts only for it to be looked over"? WELCOME TO THE CLUB! You'll get that more when you finally start your "exciting" career in Advertising. Or if you end up other than an agency, you'll still get plenty of that. As there are more people that you'll work with who think that they know advertising. Account Executives who, instead of educating their clients of the benefits of concept base advertising, will prefer to side with their clients' ignorance. BECAUSE they don't know what good advertising themselves (like: if the client wants 3 exclamation points on his headline - just put those damn exclamations! AND PUT THEM INSIDE A BURST! And their address should be as big as their headline, "what do you mean hierarchy of elements? are you trying to be smart? and the sale is the concept itself!)

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juuuuuulian
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Its hard to do something when your heart isnt into it. Thats why I love advertising, it's all about the concept and message that excites me. When I see a poorly done ad that tries to sell me something via empty graphic design a part of me dies inside.

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globalad
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ENAS : best definition

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Guest

What is the difference between advertising design and graphic design?

Advertising design is more for publicity and advertisements,
and graphic design is for personal use.
This is a misleading answer and very, very inaccurate.
Advertising is primarily about selling a product or service. Design, music, trends, weird scenarios, stunts,
Graphic design - anything, really - is used to promote a related or unrelated product or service.
Graphic design is about conveying meanings - in terms of what's really there - more than selling a target audience a concept or idea that's preconceived to be popular.

Why are people so confused about this contrast? There's no moral superiority within either profession; both are varyingly dependent upon useful content to be successful. Graphic design, though, is closer to being a skilled craft - and skilled craftspeople, though they may be very good at what they do, may not be the best at marketing the worth of these skills.
Advertising tends to enhance or 'put in its best light' anything a paying client wants to have promoted, regardless of its manufacture or worth. So, for this reason, those who work in this profession may tend to become more jaded and cynical.
Graphic designers, regardless of their medium (print, web, motion, etc) are perhaps closer to being modern day skilled tradespeople, like fine cabinetmakers. They care about how well something is made - and how clearly meaning is conveyed.

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bloomonkey
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Just going to add my two bobs worth, I have read some of the replies but not all, it would take me till next week if I did lol.

I am a graphic designer but also have to come up with adverts and concepts which I dont always like doing. Sometimes you can pop out a great idea and sometimes its like pulling teeth.

Firstly I wanted to say, that a graphic designer can be great at designing and artwork but not necissarily good at coming up with concepts etc...

In my view a graphic designer is a must when it comes to art work for ads. to come up with the overall feel, design, choosing fonts that suit the style of the ad, colours pictures etc... and then put them all together so that the message is conveyed as well balanced and as clearly as posible. Basically its the art of communicating through visual media.

Also Graphic design isn't just for advertising, its got so many applications that you cant just put it under one umbrella. CD covers, posters, packaging, logos, websites, childrens books, film the list is endless. Almost everywhere you look you will spot something that has had to be designed by a Graphic Designer.

Advertising is about selling products and service to the masses plain and simple, it has to have a voice whether it be visual or spoken.

To Ivan:

About what you said that a design studio finish at 5, thats so untrue, I have seen myself staying well late into the night in order to have jobs finished for deadline whether it be at home or at work so thats a bit harsh to come up with that generalisation.

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Martijn
1900 pencils

Advertising = concept driven
Design = esthetic driven

Right?

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Guest

It's something like the chicken came first or an egg kinda situation.. whatever a graphic designer does, ends up to advertising. And whatever advertising happens is done by a graphic designer.. then you call him whatever.. a visualizer or an art director.. whatever.. it means the same damn thing.. hours behind a brilliant software called Photoshop ;)

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Martijn
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Advertising is not about photoshop.

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Roger Keynes
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Graphic Designs visually presents things.
Advertising persuades and sells thing.

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ie06gg
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This is how my professor puts it. He is a graphic designer.

Advertising - It's the outside that brings people to the inside. (getting people into the store)

Once they are inside,
Graphic Design - is to compete with other products (packaging) when the buyers are already inside the store. e.g. already inside the store.

The problem is that people tend to confuse the word advertising with people that work with advertising and graphic design with people that work with execution.

If a graphic designer made an ad and puts it outside to get you buying... it is advertising.
If an art director designed a package for a soda then it is graphic design.

It's easier to criticize than to create.

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Acooboo
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Graphic Design is one of the many tools which Advertising use.
Advertising is a form of communication and Graphic design is a creative process.
So Form includes the Process.

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First I also confused to differentiate this thing. But after entering the advertising world, I finally got some answer.

Graphic design, which is now called visual communication, is a part of advertising. When you learn about advertising, you need to understand all of design principles to help you develop your ad, especially in print advertising. Understanding the basic theory of design, such as arrangement (layout), balance, space, contrast, help you justify your work is right. Your concept will reliable and effective if you can proof that what you’ve done is the best answer for client problem.

Advertising is the application of graphic design. In advertising, you will demonstrate your ability to creating a concept and send your message that you want to communicate to the audience. In my opinion, if you can create a great concept with well crafted but people didn’t get what exactly you want to say, you are failed. Advertising is a place where you can test your graphic design (or prefer to say, visual communication) skills.
These are also become a reason why I take advertising as my course. It’s more challenging I guess.

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mityapradipta
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First I also confused to differentiate this thing. But after entering the advertising world, I finally got some answer.

Graphic design, which is now called visual communication, is a part of advertising. When you learn about advertising, you need to understand all of design principles to help you develop your ad, especially in print advertising. Understanding the basic theory of design, such as arrangement (layout), balance, space, contrast, help you justify your work is right. Your concept will reliable and effective if you can proof that what you’ve done is the best answer for client problem.

Advertising is the application of graphic design. In advertising, you will demonstrate your ability to creating a concept and send your message that you want to communicate to the audience. In my opinion, if you can create a great concept with well crafted but people didn’t get what exactly you want to say, you are failed. Advertising is a place where you can test your graphic design (or prefer to say, visual communication) skills.
These are also become a reason why I take advertising as my course. It’s more challenging I guess.

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In my experience it seems that:

Art Director's work with big budgets and Graphic Designer's budgets are rejected as too big.
Graphic Designers get yelled at and Art Directors are allowed to yell.
Art Directors get paid well and Graphic Designers ask to be paid well.

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Graphic design and advertising has no similarities but it is fact that they are complement to each other. A good graphic designed advertisement produces better response.

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jideel
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Graphic design is more an art and advertising is about selling something using the art of graphic design (or others)

So graphic designers are artists who love what people will see with their work, they can work in many domains

and art directors are marketing guys with a (little or great) background of GD and are only known in domains which have a connection with advertising (most of them actually) where they supervise GD

The question is : are you or do you want to be a marketing guy or only an artist (What is sure is you have to love your work to be good at it)

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AussieDee
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You can't advertise anything without a graphic designer

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Vision_Vi
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You can - if you advertise on radio :)

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AussieDee
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True that... (my bad)! I guess I forgot about radio advertising. I'm not much of a radio listener so I don't think about that side of advertising. :p

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alphayo
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Advertising comes up with the big idea. Graphic design makes it work and look good.

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pindi
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grafikartist
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Advertisers need graphic designers creative input
They work close together
Graphic designers communicate visually and put ideas on to the screen for print
where as Advertising do all this through media communication

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graphicsdesigner
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hmm...right graphic designing makes advertising more interesting

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graphic interest
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Graphic designers can visually realise the ideas of advertisers, but not all work they do is advertising or commercial. They're not just decorators either. They develop concepts for things like information graphics or visualising data. Think: visual explantions of a plane crash, news graphics on TV, book covers and book layout, CD covers, educational material, visual scientific concepts, web sites, logos and corporate design and identity. In the 50s US Bob Gage, an advertising art director criticised graphic design and typography "Designers were like poison. Someone who knew how to draw was poison. A guy who was too good a typographer-we didn't want him. We knew about the Bauhaus, but we weren't after design. We were after advertising. We were interested in reaching people. That's ALL we were interested in" After this Yale ignored advertising imagery completely. Advertising=commercial, Graphic Design=cultural. Henry Wolf, designer at Harpers Bazaar said "Everything came to an end in the late 60s and early 1970s" publishers wanted to make money rather than produce beautiful magazines.

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helloworld
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Is there a difference? They're so interwoven it's hard to tell.

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Print Solutions
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Advertising is a media for selling a product, it can be used not only visually but verbally.
Graphic Design can only be used visually to make the product more appealing.

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adri10288
333 pencils

Simple: Graphic Designers can't read.

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Sales and Marketing
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Advertising is all about communication while graphic design is the medium to the communication to give it a visuals.
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Speaker I (Sales and Marketing) INDIA

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Sunaina11
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Both are different things. Advertisement is also very important and to impress the customer designing is also very important.

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WeenJeem
2 pencils

As far as the practice of graphic design and advertising in relationship to products and services it can be put this way:

Graphic design is creative communication for what people already want.
Advertising is creative communication for what people don't initially want (hopefully they do after a good ad).

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1nnu3ndo
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All advertisement is graphic design, but not all graphic design is advertisement.

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MindDrift
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Ivan, do I get extra pencils for creating the most active thread on Adsoftheworld?

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Shawali
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=)

No one cares about child labor, eye donation or saving the Earth: NO PSA!!! http://adsoftheworld.com/forum/135094

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Sales and Marketing
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"DUNGEON OF THE MONTH" :- )

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dejure
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I think graphics is a part of advertising. but individually each have their own personalities.

advertising - graphic designing part will be limited and focused; like drawing a portrait. u know how the end result would look like.

graphic designing - individual when u design u are free to do anything and don't know how it will look like until satisfied.

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firstpage
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Advertizing design is more for publicity and advertisements, and graphic design is for personal use

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Shawali
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This post keeps going on after all these years, with silly attempts to answer an even sillier question (sorry Mindrift, but you were young back then) =)

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james247
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Both are totally different. Designing means to create some thing while using some tools.. and on other hand advertising to give awareness about some thing.

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Brandon McGuffin
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I used to be confused about concepts like these, comparing two things that can be very closely related. It all depends on how you are looking at them. Individually, graphic design is an artform that can either end at being art, or can be used for another purpose. Relating graphic design to advertising makes it a visual aesthetic to get a point across. Graphic design, relating to advertising, is only one part of advertising. Advertising is a method used to get the word out about something, usually in order to sell a product and/or gain popularity. This can be done using multiple tools, for example, print, web, tv, radio, etc. Graphic design does not play into all of these aspects. Therefore, I would venture to say that graphic design is not essential to advertising, but can be a useful tool, or can be art.

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