What is design?

  • (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
    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 ...
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 ... Processes (in general) are treated as a product of design, not the method of design ... 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 ...
56th Tony Awards - The Ceremony
... of a Musical, Original Score, Choreography, Costume Design, Lighting Design and Scenic Design ...

More definitions of "design":

  • (noun): A decorative or artistic work.
    Example: "The coach had a design on the doors"
    Synonyms: pattern, figure
  • (verb): Design something for a specific role or purpose or effect.
    Example: "This room is not designed for work"
  • (verb): Conceive or fashion in the mind; invent.
    Example: "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
  • (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): Create designs.
    Example: "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
  • (verb): Make or work out a plan for; devise.
    Example: "Design a new sales strategy"
    Synonyms: plan, project, contrive
  • (noun): Something intended as a guide for making something else.
    Synonyms: blueprint, pattern
  • (noun): An arrangement scheme.
    Example: "The awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"
    Synonyms: plan
  • (verb): Intend or have as a purpose.
    Example: "She designed to go far in the world of business"
  • (noun): A preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something.
    Example: "The design of a building"
  • (noun): An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions.
    Synonyms: purpose, intent, intention, aim

Famous quotes containing the word design:

    What but design of darkness to appall?—
    If design govern in a thing so small.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)

    You can make as good a design out of an American turkey as a Japanese out of his native stork.
    —For the State of Illinois, U.S. public relief program (1935-1943)

    To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons.
    Marilyn French (20th century)