I coined the term in a gp context yesterday on EzraPound's CC poster thread. I mean "technician" to be one who is hired to do graphics work in order to execute someone else's ideas or visions or imagery. But not so much as a creator, per se.
i think this poster works. it may be too subtle for some death metalheads, but i disagree that an artist is simply a technician that is to comply strictly w/ the band's aesthetic. look at kozik. are we to believe that all those bands were about a twisted Hanna-Barbera cartoon look? come on! and yet those posters worked. why? attitude. context. an artist that merely limits to the band's parameters isn't really contributing too much.