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What is the meaning of the word design?

There are broad definitions and specific ones, but all have drawbacks. Some of them are too general to be meaningful, other ones exclude too much.

  • Making things better for people” - This is a short definition by designer Richard Seymour (Design Council’s Design in Business Week 2002).
  • Initiate change in man-made things” - Jones, J.C. (1970) “Design Methods and Technology: Seeds of Human Futures”
  • Design is that area of human experience, skill and knowledge which is concerned with man’s ability to mould his environment to suit his material and spiritual needs.” - Archer, B (1973) “The Need for Design Education.” Royal College of Art
  • The purpose of design is to produce knowledge about a designed object which can then be used to manufacture the object.
  • Design is the process of making proposals for change.
  • Designing is: describing a new possibility, which is expected to allow the achievement of a preferred situation.
  • Design is thoughtful living.” - by Karen Fu, 13 June 2008
  • Design is: ‘the exploration for and specification of realizable possibilities for change in the material culture’.” - by Geoff Matthews, 13 June 2008
  • Design is an attitude.” - by Jean Schneider, 24 June 2008 (Attributed to L. Moholy-Nagy.)
  • Design is the human power to conceive, plan, and realize products that serve human beings in the accomplishment of any individual or collective purpose.” - (Attributed to Richard Buchanan, Carnegie Mellon University.)
  • Design bridges the gap between the present and the future as a catalyst for improvement of the human condition.” - by Anthony Cahalan, 12 June 2008

Other definitions:

- Decide upon the look and functioning of (a building, garment, or other object), typically by making a detailed drawing of it;
- Do or plan (something) with a specific purpose or intention in mind;
- Plan something for a specific role or purpose or effect;
- The creation of something in the mind;


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From inspiration, interviews, education and tutorials, seeks to help designers and those inspired by design to create a better world and promote their efforts on a global stage.  Whether it’s a piece of music or film or architecture or literature or packaging or type that quickens your pulse. Beauty in form and function that sends shivers down your spine. Someone, a person on this planet, created that moment. That moment, where your sense of the world changed, was by design. A designer created the experience you now possess in your heart and mind. We will celebrate those moments and their creators.

Design Museum
At the Design Museum we believe that without better design, better use of scarce resources, and more innovation, the future won’t work. We see design as an integral part of every aspect of life: a way to understand the world around us, and to make it a better place to live.

What is design?
I’ve been working in the Web design field since 1995, and what makes me laugh is that until now, I never really thought about what that meant. What exactly is “Web Design”? The Web part is pretty obvious – we’re on it. If you’re not sure what the Web is, you should check out Paul’s site. But what is design? I would bet that if you asked 10 people to define design, you’d get 10 different answers.
Design Observer
Advertising, Aid, Architecture, Art, Books, Branding, Business, Cities / Places, Community, Craft, Culture, Design History, Design Practice, Development, Disaster Relief, Ecology, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Fashion, Film / Video, Food/Agriculture, Geography, Global / Local, Graphic Design, Health / Safety, History, Ideas, Illustration, India, Industry, Info Design, Infrastructure, Interaction Design, Internet / Blogs, Journalism, Landscape, Media, Motion Design, Museums, Nature, Obituary, Peace, Philanthropy, Photography, Planning, Politics / Policy, Popular Culture, Poverty, Preservation, Product Design, Public Art, Religion, Science, Shelter, Social Enterprise, Sports, Sustainability, Technology, Theory/Criticism, Transportation, TV / Radio, Typography, Urbanism, Volunteerism, Water
The best in Modern Design
Design Within Reach is your source for the best in modern design, from iconic mid-century works to innovative items designed today. We sell clean and simple furniture and accessories, representing designers, materials and processes that span categories and countries. In addition to residential settings, many of the items in our assortment are used in corporate settings, restaurants, hotels and schools around the world.


The Principles of Design
The basic principles of design are true for Web design as well as other design. They show you how to put together design elements in an effective manner. Design is more than just slapping HTML tags up onto a page, and using these principles will help you build more pleasing and useful designs.
Top Design News
The purpose of Alltop is to help you answer the question, “What’s happening?” in “all the topics” that interest you. You may wonder how Alltop is different from a search engine. A search engine is good to answer a question like, “How many people live in China?” However, it has a much harder time answering the question, “What’s happening in China?” That’s the kind of question that we answer.
We do this by collecting the headlines of the latest stories from the best sites and blogs that cover a topic. We group these collections — “aggregations” — into individual web pages. Then we display the five most recent headlines of the information sources as well as their first paragraph. Our topics run from adoption to zoology with photography, food, science, religion, celebrities, fashion, gaming, sports, politics, automobiles, Macintosh, and hundreds of other subjects along the way.

Dutch design news website
Dutch design news website by Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion

Design Council
We place design at the heart of growth and renewal in Britain. As CABE and the Design Council come together, we’re well placed to give a strong voice to architecture and design. Our aim is to promote design and architecture for the public good.


The Elements of Design

The elements of design are the building blocks of design. These elements are what make up every page you build. And understanding the basic elements you’ll be able to put together more powerful Web pages. There are five basic elements of every design …


What Design Scares You? – Examples of Bad Web Design

There are many Web designs that actually work to scare people away from their sites, rather than keep people coming back. These designs should be avoided if you don’t want your site to be labeled the “Worst of the Web”.

Design Addict is your resource for modern, post-modern and contemporary design of the 20th-21st centuries where you’ll find information on designers and producers, on furniture, lighting, dinnerware and accessories. Design Addict is the leading design portal online, targeting the international community of design professionals and private consumers.

Graphic Design Inspiration
Founded in 1985, the HOW brand began its life as a print magazine. Today, the brand still includes an award-winning magazine, but has grown to encompass a host of products and events created to serve the business, creativity and technology needs of graphic designers, whether they work for a design firm, for an in-house creative department or for themselves.

A LIST apart
Visual communication, art direction. Designing systems or interfaces to help users achieve goals. Graphic design, interface design, user experience design, typography, illustration, photography, artwork. Creative and technical techniques for crafting great interfaces. Developing an appropriate look and feel. How web users respond to design. Identity systems and brand development. Visual styles, influences, and trends.

Design Week
Since its conception, Design Week has been a unique source of exclusive news, sharp commentary and top design jobs. Read by designers the world over, the depth of experience found in Design Week is unparalleled on the web. For twenty years we have been reporting on every aspect of the design industry – breaking news, uncovering the big stories and showcasing the best new international work.

Web Page Design for Designers
Since its conception, Design Week has been a unique source of exclusive news, sharp commentary and top design jobs. Read by designers the world over, the depth of experience found in Design Week is unparalleled on the web. For twenty years we have been reporting on every aspect of the design industry – breaking news, uncovering the big stories and showcasing the best new international work.

15 Tips: Creating the Perfect Photography Portfolio Website
Webdesigntuts+ is a blog made to house and showcase some of the best web design tutorials and articles around. We publish tutorials that not only produce great results and interfaces, but explain the techniques behind them in a friendly, approachable manner. Web design is a booming industry with a lot of competition. We hope that reading Webdesigntuts+ will help our readers learn a few tricks, techniques and tips that they might not have seen before and help them maximize their creative potential!

20 Reasons Why Your Website Design Sucks
No matter how good or bad personal style is, the truth is that everyone has one. However, when design conventions are left out of a project, the result will be a bad or uninteresting design. That is exactly what happens with those terrible clients, when they try to implement their personal style without knowing anything about design conventions …

25 Ecommerce Web Design Inspiration
Designing an Ecommerce website is a challenging job because you have to take care that you have to display all your products online. But it should not look cluttered or unwarranted. On the other hand, the display of the page should be attractive and creative to keep the interest of the visitors alive, but not on the cost of usability factor.