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Design, usually considered in the context of the applied arts, engineering, architecture, and other such creative endeavours, is used as both a noun and a verb. "Design" as a verb refers to the process of originating and developing a plan for a new object (machine, building, product, etc.). As a noun, "design" is used both for the final plan or proposal (a drawing, model, or other description), or the result of implementing that plan or proposal (the object produced). Designing normally requires considering aesthetic, functional, and many other aspects of an object, which usually requires considerable research, thought, modeling, interactive adjustment, and re-design.

The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to design:

Essence of design[edit]

Main article: Design

Design professions[edit]

An Architect typically has a B.Arch or M.Arch, as well as professional certification through groups such as the NCARB. Their primary focus is the design of buildings.
An "MBA" refers to a person holding a Master of Business Administration. No professional certification is required. While a specific "business design" field does not exist, the business field generally gives creative and strategic power to MBAs.
An Engineer typically has a BS or MS degree, as well as professional certification as a Professional Engineer. They primarily focus on applying scientific principles to design, as opposed to aesthetics or emotion.
A Fashion designer typically has a Bachelor's degree. No professional certification is required. Their primary focus is the design of apparel.
Graphic design
A Graphic Designer typically has a BFA or MFA. No professional certification is required. Their primary focus is the design of visual communication.
Industrial design
An Industrial Designer typically has a BFA or MFA. No professional certification is required. Their primary focus is the design of physical, functional objects.
Interior design
An Interior Designer typically has a Bachelor's degree. No professional certification is required. Their primary focus is the design of human environment, particularly affecting aesthetics and emotions.
Software design
A Software designer typically has a BS or MS degree in computer science. While professional certification is not required, many exist. Their primary focus is the functional design of computer software.

Design activities[edit]


New product development
Cellular manufacturingMechanical engineeringNew product developmentSystem design
Fashion designNew product development
Graphic design
Game designPackaging design
Industrial design
Automotive designIndustrial designNew product developmentProduct design
Software design
Game designNew product developmentSoftware engineeringSoftware designSoftware development
Furniture designCeramic and glass designFloral design


Business designNew product developmentService designSystem design
System design
Graphic design
Information design

Environments and experiences[edit]

Building designUrban design
Graphic design
Motion graphic designUser interface designWeb design
Interior design
Experience designInteraction design
Software design
User experience design
Garden designLandscape designSound designTheatrical design

Design approaches and methods[edit]

Co-DesignCreative problem solvingCreativity techniquesDesign-buildDesign for XDesign managementDesign thinkingEngineering design processError-tolerant designFault tolerant designFunctional designMetadesignMind mappingOpen designParticipatory designReliable system designTRIZUniversal designUser innovation

History of design[edit]

More design concepts[edit]


Design organizations[edit]

European Design AwardsChartered Society of DesignersThe Design Association

Design tools[edit]

Computer-aided design<-- Drafting and other forms of modelling. --> – Graphic organizers

Studying design[edit]

Critical designDesign researchWicked problems

Impact of design[edit]

Creative industriesDesign classic

Design lists[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

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