Artist vs Designer
Artist and Designer are two words that are often misunderstood as the words that give the same meaning. Strictly speaking, there is difference between the two words. It is indeed true that both the words refer to two different professions.
Artist is a person who does the work of painting, drawing and sculpting. It is interesting to note that painting includes both water coloring and oil painting. Drawing includes charcoal drawing and pencil drawing.
On the other hand, a designer is a person who designs buildings and other constructions. This is the major difference between the two words. The word ‘designer’ is often used in a wider sense too.
The word ‘designer’ is used to refer to a person that designs the making of garments and apparel such as the latest trends in clothing. A designer plays a very important role in fashion shows. He is given a great importance in the conduct of the show. On the other hand, an artist is respected as the producer of masterpieces of fine art. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and M.F Hussain are world renowned painters and artists.
A designer is dependent on the artist for the completion of his work or project. The converse is not true. An artist is not dependent on the designer in any way. Of course it happens in team work. For example an artist would complete the work given to him by the designer to earn his livelihood.
The word ‘artist’ is thus, seen as a subset of the word ‘designer’. Both should join together in the completion of an engineering project or an architectural work. Thus, a designer is often spoken of as an engineer. An artist conducts many shows to display his works such as paintings, drawings and sculpture.