What is design?

  • (verb): Make or work out a plan for; devise.
    Example: "Design a new sales strategy"
    Synonyms: plan, project, contrive
    See also — Additional definitions below

Design

Design is the creation of a plan or convention for the construction of an object or a system (as in architectural blueprints, engineering drawing, business process, circuit diagrams and sewing patterns). Design has different connotations in different fields (see design disciplines below). In some cases the direct construction of an object (as in pottery, engineering, management, cowboy coding and graphic design) is also considered to be design.

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Very-large-scale Integration - Structured Design
... Structured VLSI design is a modular methodology originated by Carver Mead and Lynn Conway for saving microchip area by minimizing the interconnect fabrics area ... In complex designs this structuring may be achieved by hierarchical nesting ... Structured VLSI design had been popular in the early 1980s, but lost its popularity later because of the advent of placement and routing tools wasting a lot of area by routing, which is tolerated because of the ...
56th Tony Awards - The Ceremony
... of a Play, Direction of a Musical, Book of a Musical, Original Score, Choreography, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Scenic Design ...
Shea Stadium - Features - Design
... The design also allowed for Shea Stadium to be expandable to 90,000 seats (by completely enclosing the grandstand), or to be later enclosed by a dome if warranted ...
Terminology - Process Design
... "Process design" (in contrast to "design process" mentioned above) refers to the planning of routine steps of a process aside from the expected result ... (in general) are treated as a product of design, not the method of design ... consultants and executives have found the term useful to describe the design of business processes as well as manufacturing processes ...
Boeing 747 - Design
... For more design details, see Boeing 747-400, 747-8, and 747SP ... The Boeing 747 is a large, wide-body (two-aisle) airliner with four wing-mounted engines ...

More definitions of "design":

  • (noun): A decorative or artistic work.
    Example: "The coach had a design on the doors"
    Synonyms: pattern, figure
  • (noun): The act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan).
    Example: "He contributed to the design of a new instrument"
    Synonyms: designing
  • (noun): A preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something.
    Example: "The design of a building"
  • (verb): Create designs.
    Example: "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
  • (noun): An arrangement scheme.
    Example: "The awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"
    Synonyms: plan
  • (verb): Create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner.
    Example: "Chanel designed the famous suit"
  • (verb): Make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form.
    Example: "Design a better mousetrap"
    Synonyms: plan
  • (verb): Conceive or fashion in the mind; invent.
    Example: "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
  • (noun): An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions.
    Synonyms: purpose, intent, intention, aim
  • (verb): Intend or have as a purpose.
    Example: "She designed to go far in the world of business"
  • (verb): Design something for a specific role or purpose or effect.
    Example: "This room is not designed for work"
  • (noun): Something intended as a guide for making something else.
    Synonyms: blueprint, pattern

Famous quotes containing the word design:

    Nowadays the host does not admit you to his hearth, but has got the mason to build one for yourself somewhere in his alley, and hospitality is the art of keeping you at the greatest distance. There is as much secrecy about the cooking as if he had a design to poison you.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    A good scientist is a person with original ideas. A good engineer is a person who makes a design that works with as few original ideas as possible. There are no prima donnas in engineering.
    Freeman Dyson (b. 1923)

    For I choose that my remembrances of him should be pleasing, affecting, religious. I will love him as a glorified friend, after the free way of friendship, and not pay him a stiff sign of respect, as men do to those whom they fear. A passage read from his discourses, a moving provocation to works like his, any act or meeting which tends to awaken a pure thought, a flow of love, an original design of virtue, I call a worthy, a true commemoration.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)