Asked • 04/10/19

What is the difference between a designer and an artist?

I've noticed that I often use the words **"artist"** and **"designer"** in the same context. It seems to me that every designer can be an artist, but not every artist is a designer. I wasn't sure though, so I had a look at the definition of design, by Google:> de·sign> > noun> > - a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is built or> made.> > **synonyms:** plan, blueprint, drawing, sketch, outline, map, plot, diagram, draft, representation, scheme, model> > - the art or action of conceiving of and producing a plan or drawing.> > **synonyms:** pattern, motif, device> > - purpose, planning, or intention that exists or is thought to exist behind an action, fact, or material object.> > **synonyms:** intention, aim, purpose, plan, intent, objective, object, goal, end, target
Based on that definition, a designer could be the creator of many things. So in that way, it seems every artist might be a designer.
So, are the two interchangeable? If not, **what is the difference?**
Edit: Please support your answer via citation or definition so that your answer might be marked correct, rather than being a matter of opinion.

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