Freelance designer (email@example.com), sweet spot is as a designer who is also a photo editor. Former Dir of Photo, Nat Geo and Vis Ed, Wash Post
Design solves a problem, art is an expression. That means that aesthetics & flair should only be there if they solve a problem that the user has, and in fact be done away with if it doesn’t.
One thing I’ve noticed about editing is that I know I’m getting closer to something decent when the editing starts to hurt. When it feels like I’m starting to cut bone.
Writers have no way to pack that immediate feeling of awe and beauty into a single second the way a visual artist can. I guess that’s why they say a picture is worth 1000 words.