Applied art is the application of design and aesthetics to objects of function and everyday use. Whereas fine arts serve as intellectual stimulation to the viewer or academic sensibilities as well as produced or intended primarily for beauty; the applied arts incorporate design and creative ideals to objects of utility, such as a cup, magazine or decorative park bench. There is considerable overlap between the field and that of the decorative arts; to some extent they are alternative terms.
The fields of industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design, decorative art and functional art are altogether considered applied arts. In a creative and/or abstract context, the fields of architecture and photography are considered applied arts. Many applied art objects are collected, for instance ceramics, textiles, jewelry, glass, furniture, children's toys, cars, electric guitars, as well as various forms of images produced in commercial contexts, such as film posters or old advertisements.
Museums of applied arts 
- Bauhaus Archive
- Die Neue Sammlung, Germany
- Leipzig Museum of Applied Arts, Germany
- Museum of Applied Arts (Belgrade), Serbia
- Museum of Applied Arts (Budapest), Hungary
- Museum für angewandte Kunst (Frankfurt), Germany
- Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Cologne), Germany
- Museum für angewandte Kunst Wien, Austria
- Museum of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (MUDAC), Lausanne, Switzerland
- Powerhouse Museum, Sydney
- Stieglitz Museum of Applied Arts (Saint Petersburg), Russia
See also 
- Design museum
- Experimental musical instrument
- Faux Painting
- Museum of Applied Arts, Belgrade, Serbia
- Sign painting
- The Arts
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- Herbert, Frank (1915). The Lesson in Appreciation: An Essay on the Pedagogics of Beauty. Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison: The Macmillan Company. p. 163.
- Charles Russell Richards, National Society for Vocational Education, University of the State of New York (1922). Art in Industry. The Macmillan Company. p. 385.