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any art that applies aesthetic principles to the design or decoration of useful objects, such as industrial design, bookmaking, illustration, printmaking, and commercial art
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
The fields of industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, and interior design are considered applied arts.