I consider myself a professional Graphic Designer, even a Web Designer at heart. But when someone asks me to pick out curtains to match their sofa based on a ‘professional opinion,’ that’s when I hesitate. That’s like asking a fashion designer to do your business card – it doesn’t work. The skill-sets between the professions actually do differ widely even though the output comes out of the same side of the brain. So when you hear that someone is a designer, please don’t assume it’s all the same.
Here are some common misconceptions:
Graphic Designer ? Contemporary Artist
A Graphic Designer is a person who creates visual design based on a set of predefined principals to express creative for client approval for use online, in print, or in environmental design. A Contemporary Artist will create art to express themselves, usually for sale as is. (Note: I did hear that the title of Graphic Designer was going to be renamed to Communication Designer for better clarity.)
Contemporary Artist ? Interior Designer
This is an obvious one. An Artist will likely not be able to give you advice on those curtains either.
Interior Designer ? Industrial Designer
One lays out furniture, and decor, and the other designs more ergonomic furniture.
Industrial Designer ? Fashion Designer
Honestly, i don’t think someone who can design your furniture can tell you what accessories work with what in your wardrobe.
Of course this article assumes said designer isn’t cross-trained.