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Difference between theme & concept
In term of design development, theme and concept almost meet the same definition. What are the differences between these two issues? And how to clarify or differentiate it?
Yg Hui
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Difference between theme & concept
Concept is a near full/basic idea, whereas theme happens to be an idea around a specific concept or topic; more of an idea in detail.
Dushyant Nathwani
Difference between theme & concept
Hi Dushyant,

Thanks for your comment ya.
Yg Hui
Difference between theme & concept
I do agree that theme is a branch or subdirectory of concept, or a part of what a concept should (could?) have.
Aqil Bahra
Difference between theme & concept
Yg,

Themes can be called trends. Trends are a general grouping movement of thoughts towards "an idea" which is unsubstantiated but suspected, and so fishing (analysis) may or may not create the concept which underlies the trend.
Frank John Snelling
Difference between theme & concept
A concept is an overall idea, a thought process, forming the base of a design, and then you design a them which depicts and expresses your core concept.

Thus, a theme reinforces the concept. The theme is a communication bridge between your concept and the user of your design. It helps the user to understand your concept; look for good examples.
Mohammad Saifullah Siddiqui
Difference between theme & concept
Concept is invisible; on the other hand, theme is what is out there, a visual representation.
Jinal Shah
Difference between theme & concept
Hallo, Jinal,

Conceptual drawings in architecture are visible, and thematic drawings have details specific to the theme.
Dushyant Nathwani
Difference between theme & concept
The hairline distinction between the two is hardly differentiable, they fairly go hand in hand for a design.

Yet concept envelopes the design as a shell, whereas theme plays the role of a thin skin; not protective, yet compulsory for evolution.
Fatema Kabir
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