What is the difference between designing and other creative acts?
To create means to “bring into existence.”
Creativity is defined as “the use of the imagination or original ideas, esp. in the production of an artistic work.”
One does not design things that one knows already exists.
This creativity is usually marked as essential characteristic of design.
Moreover, design creativity is distinct from artistic creativity by having to address the needs of others.
This outward-looking sense of designerly activity seems similar Donald Norman's notion of design affordance [Nor88].
In this case, the boundary layer between designing and creativity involves the degree to which the creator expresses the vision – the affordances – of others.