Can an artist be a designer

What is the difference between a designer and an artist?

There is no difference.

Design is art, art is design.

Every good artist designs his or her work. Every good designer has an art in his work.

The artist "designs" the composition of every piece he creates, be it a painting, sculpture, furniture, etc. There is even design in a children's drawing. You choose where the sun goes, where the dog is, where the grass stops, etc. That is all design within works of art.

The designer uses "artistic" choices to create beautiful images. Colors, line width, position, proximity, scaling, movement are all artistic decisions that a "designer" makes.

If there is a possible difference, it could possibly be argued that there is a difference in responsibility. However, this does not convey any specific work. Those who classify themselves as "designers" may be more timepieces while creating art. And those who classify themselves as "artists" can do their designs a little more freely when the mood hits them.

I see this question in a similar way to the question, "Is that a dollar or a dollar?", "A pound or a pound?" Same thing ... just different terminology.

Referencing ....

Designer: A person who designs or performs designs, especially a person who creates shapes, structures and patterns for works of art or machines.


1 a person who produces works in one of the arts that are primarily aesthetic criteria.

3. a person whose job or occupation requires knowledge of design, drawing, painting, etc.: a commercial artist.

5. a person whose job shows exceptional skills.

I've crossed out obvious unrelated definitions, but the other three are pretty much the same as the definition of "designer".

In today's world, many see a "designer" as a computer operator, and unfortunately many designers see themselves that way too. However, design traditionally requires great craftsmanship, steady hands, a good artistic eye, etc. Design has not always been as simple as launching an application and moving a few objects around on a digital page. There is art in it, just as there is design in art.

Personally, I don't know any designers who are Not would also qualify as an artist. I know some artists who are Not would qualify as a designer, but that's more of a bigoted attitude towards money than the actual job.

Were the designers who created the wonderful music posters and album covers of the 1960s and 1970s not artists?

Wasn't Paul Rand an artist?

Saul Bass and Milton Glazer are just designers with no "art" in their work?

I do not think so.

Oh, so many votes ... :) Apparently a lot of designers think they are not artists, or a lot of artists think they are not designers.

Ryan ♦

I cannot imagine why this received negative votes. I agree. And it agrees very well with what Ekloff said and which has the most votes. So strange.


If you publish a predefined definition of "design" and don't do it for "artists", you feel like you are leading readers down a certain path.


I don't see that. I knew the definition of an artist very broad and fairly obvious. It was the definition of a designer that I was curious about. Virtually anything could be considered art, but I wasn't sure under what conditions something should be considered design. By the way, thanks for this post. The answer is a very good point backed by very solid evidence. I look forward to seeing how that is responded to.


While I think there is a difference between the two, it is only subtle. I agree because I agree with everything else. A designer has to deal with Dealing with art constructs , and artists need their artwork design . There is a similar debate in business about online services: are they products or solutions? It's likely both, but the definition of the product isn't exactly the same as a solution, but they are so intertwined that it is difficult to separate them. Self-classifiers of either role are likely to emphasize their focus between the two overlapping disciplines.


Disagree; they involve one another, but they are definitive Not each other.