Applied art



noun

any art that applies aesthetic principles to the design or decoration of useful objects, such as industrial design, bookmaking, illustration, printmaking, and commercial art
Examples

The applied arts are usually contrasted with the fine arts (drawing, painting, sculpture, fine printmaking, etc.), which are seen as serving no purpose other than providing an aesthetic experience.

any type of art done with a practical application; the application of design and aesthetics to objects of function and everyday use
Examples

The fields of industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, and interior design are considered applied arts.
Historical Examples

Mr. Sickert is not the only one of the members of this club who have made an essay in the latest form of applied art.
Picture Posters Charles Hiatt

applied art is alike because of its association with that which is necessary to life.
Mother Earth, Vol. 1 No. 3, May 1906 Various

The house was in modern style, with all the comforts and conveniences which science and applied art could suggest.
Charles Carleton Coffin William Elliot Griffis, D. D.

applied art at a very low level; small joy either for the maker or the user.
Our Androcentric Culture, or The Man Made World Charlotte Perkins Gilman

What is her influence upon art—the applied art that is found, or should be found, in everything we make and use?
The home Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Muse de Cluny is devoted chiefly to applied art, and is a treasury of medival taste.
A Wanderer in Paris E. V. Lucas

This, by showing Prussian craftsmen what had already been done, greatly promoted the development of applied art.
The Empress Frederick; a memoir Anonymous

From such tendencies, such influences as these, in the matter of applied art and design, we are striving to recover.
Arts and Crafts Essays Various

applied art had practically ceased to exist in the early nineteenth century.
Chats on Old Earthenware Arthur Hayden

Shop work is offered, and in some cases pure and applied art as well.
The Condition and Tendencies of Technical Education in Germany Arthur Henry Chamberlain

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