What is design?

  • (noun): A decorative or artistic work.
    Example: "The coach had a design on the doors"
    Synonyms: pattern, figure
    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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Some articles on design:

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 ... have found the term useful to describe the design of business processes as well as manufacturing processes ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...

More definitions of "design":

  • (noun): An anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions.
    Synonyms: purpose, intent, intention, aim
  • (noun): An arrangement scheme.
    Example: "The awkward design of the keyboard made operation difficult"; "it was an excellent design for living"
    Synonyms: plan
  • (noun): A preliminary sketch indicating the plan for something.
    Example: "The design of a building"
  • (verb): Create the design for; create or execute in an artistic or highly skilled manner.
    Example: "Chanel designed the famous suit"
  • (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
  • (verb): Conceive or fashion in the mind; invent.
    Example: "She designed a good excuse for not attending classes that day"
  • (verb): Create designs.
    Example: "Dupont designs for the house of Chanel"
  • (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
  • (verb): Make a design of; plan out in systematic, often graphic form.
    Example: "Design a better mousetrap"
    Synonyms: plan
  • (verb): Make or work out a plan for; devise.
    Example: "Design a new sales strategy"
    Synonyms: plan, project, contrive
  • (verb): Intend or have as a purpose.
    Example: "She designed to go far in the world of business"

Famous quotes containing the word design:

    Humility is often only the putting on of a submissiveness by which men hope to bring other people to submit to them; it is a more calculated sort of pride, which debases itself with a design of being exalted; and though this vice transform itself into a thousand several shapes, yet the disguise is never more effectual nor more capable of deceiving the world than when concealed under a form of humility.
    François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680)

    The reason American cars don’t sell anymore is that they have forgotten how to design the American Dream. What does it matter if you buy a car today or six months from now, because cars are not beautiful. That’s why the American auto industry is in trouble: no design, no desire.
    Karl Lagerfeld (b. 1938)

    Westerners inherit
    A design for living
    Deeper into matter—
    Not without due patter
    Of a great misgiving.
    Robert Frost (1874–1963)