Welcome to the Designs & Interfaces part of projecteducate's DeviantART Gallery Descriptions Month!
Since this is a gallery with 21 categories and several sub-categories provided for 2 categories, there will not be one article, but three. A Gallery Overview, a closer look at Game Development Art and something about Common Misconceptions regarding submissions to Designs & Interfaces.
What is Design anyway?
This is a bit of a toughie. It is closely related to art, but at the same time couldn't be further away from it. Both art and design are visual media, but that's sort of already where it stops. For myself I found the simple distinction of art creating an emotional response, and of design telling me how to do something.
Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.Paul Rand
Design tells me how something works. Everything around you has been designed, ever table, every pen, every lamp, every train schedule and so on and on.
Not every design is good design, but that is a whole other can of worms
In regards to the DeviantART gallery of Designs & Interfaces most of the categories allow for designs of works that are yet to be finished in one or another form. A tattoo design still has to be inked and a web interface still has to be programmed. There are a few that are "ready to go", but for the most part, uploaded as a .JPG or .PNG to a website, they are not going to be created in that format for the end user.
This is the first level category tree of Designs & Interfaces. 21 categories, some with sub-categories.
Advertising designs and interfaces such as newspaper style advertisements, billboards, web ad banners, etc.
- Application Interfaces
iPhone / Android or any other mobile apps designs. Including design of the web apps / desktop apps like Admin Screen.
- Architectural Design
Architectural design is the concept that focuses on the components or elements of a structure or system that unifies them into a functional whole.
Buttons for web pages and various other applications.
- CD Covers
CD covers for music, data and various other applications that would fit in a standard CD jewel case.
Corporate designs for letterheads, business cards, informational flyers and material.
- DVD Covers
DVD covers for data, and various other applications that would fit in a standard DVD case.
- Editorial Design
Layouts and covers for different forms of literature such as magazines, books, pamphlets and other forms of literature.
Fashion design materials, including t-shirt designs.
- Game Development Art
Artwork created as part of the process of developing a game. The types of games that this art contributes to includes but is not limited to: video games, board games and card games.
Please refer to PE: Designs and Interfaces II - Game Development Art for more information on this category.
- Industrial & Product Design
Industrial Design is the art of creating and developing concepts and specifications that optimize the function, value and appearance of products and systems for the mutual benefit of both user and manufacturer.
Information graphics (infographics) are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge. These graphics present complex information quickly and clearly; such as in signs, maps, journalism, technical writing, and education.
- Logos & Logotypes
Logo designs and interfaces created for web applications, personal use or company use.
Mascots designs of animals, humans, or cartoon characters that are used to represent a group with a common public identity.
Designs & Interfaces that do not fit into any other category.
Packaging designs for boxes or paper-based materials which is then folded to contain objects.
Informative signs and notices.
- Tattoo Design
Original tattoo designs inked by the artist on paper or drawn on a computer.
- Theatre Design
Theatre, film and performance designs; including costumes, sets, lighting, props and make-up.
- Vehicular Graphics
Graphics/sketches/stencils for cars, trucks, skateboards, snowboards, space shuttles, race cars, and other transportation.
- Web Interfaces
Web interfaces and designs, finished and un-finished.
This is a whole lot to take in, so for better understanding I will explain them in groups
Advertising, CD and DVD covers, Corporate, Editorial, Infographics, Logos & Logotypes, Signage, and Vehicular Graphics.
Works that will be produced exactly the way you see it, they will be printed or displayed digitally without user interaction and transport information to the user via visual and textual content.
I guess you could also call it "static" design, but print is the more conventional term in the industry. The common factor for all these designs is little to non interaction with the user.
Application Interfaces, Buttons, Game Development Art, and Web Interfaces.
Works that will be used in a way that provides and/or allows user interaction. As an end result they will stay very close to the design and only vary in a few points. The submissions here are static images of the final product and do not provide interaction yet.
Architectural Design, Fashion, Industrial & Product Design, Mascots, Packaging, Tattoo Design, and Theatre Design.
Works that have more of a sketch or concept character and are going to be crafted or built. It should also be noted that most likely the end result will look different than the design.
Even though this gallery seems pretty complete and detailed, there may still be something missing! That is why we have an "Other" category. This really is a last resort to when you have no other category to submit to and what you want to submit is actually a design.
Browsing through that category you will find lots of miscats, some deliberate, some not, that could easily be placed in a proper category or even gallery. Especially illustrations don't need to be placed in Designs & Interfaces when they were made to be part of a design (like a CD Cover). But more on miscats in another article
There are also a lot of print products, like for mugs, phones or coasters, that were made especially for the Art Gifts Print Shop on DA or other external sites, like Society6, Redbubble etc.
I have come across stickers and bookmarks, maps, toys, posters, keychains, calendars, etc. and while they all have a valid place in there, their mere existence would not justify having their own category.
I know, this gallery is a lot to take in. And this whole gallery tree is a lot of information all at once Ask Bilbo
But maybe it made you curious to either browse the gallery or submit to it! So, off you go