More broadly, design is conceived of as
- methods and epistemologies, as ways of thinking, that people use to develop applications, instruments, prototypes
- a semiotic process, a way to communicate with others, a visual language,
- an interdisciplinary field of study in the arts, engineering, sciences, and humanities,
Key Words: Composition; Design Thinking; Design Work;
“Design is a fun word. Some people think design means how it looks. But of course, if you dig deeper, it’s really how it works.”
What is Design?
- For engineers, the term design may be used synonymously with sketch, draft, or create or with the act of making a plan for the manufacture of a product.
- For graphic artists, design may refer to the act of writing copy, editing photographs, and designing data visualizations by writing sequel server queries.
- For production designers on a movie set, design may be the props, costumes, graphics used for a particular scene in a movie.
- For writers, design is reflected in the writer’s choice of
Design is a Method
Design is a method that people use to develop applications, instruments, prototypes. Design is a way of thinking, a way of investigating solutions to problems.
Design is a Signifier of Identity
As individuals and communities engage in ongoing scholarly conversations about topics, they develop a design that is unique to their purpose and identify. Thus, over time, some individuals, groups, organizations, countries (and so on) are known by their designs.
Designs can be expressed in a variety of mediums, a variety of canvasses:
- the painter works with oils on cloth canvas
- the videographer works with Adobe Creative Cloud
- the architect, engineer, and construction professional works with AutoCAD
Design can be a way of classifying a material item. For instance, you might say a building has a Victorian style or an Islamic style. Or you could say someone typically dresses in a business casual style, a street style, or dress techie chic.
Design is a Social Construct
Design is a social, historical construct rooted in Art, Culture & Technology. Different cultures and different time periods have distinct conceptions of aesthetics, the elements of design, data visualization, information architecture, and information design.
Design is a Academic Field of Study
Over time user communities cluster around designs, interpretations of designs, and reoccuring rhetorical situations (see Genre). Professional, Business, and academic communities form around design methods, design thinking, and design styles.
Rooted in Art, Culture & Technology
|Who are Designers?|
Designers work in a variety of roles in the design field, including graphic design, user-experience design, advertising, fashion