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Definition of Design


  1. To draw preliminary outline or main features of; to sketch for a pattern or model; to delineate; to trace out; to draw.
  2. To mark out and exhibit; to designate; to indicate; to show; to point out; to appoint.
  3. To create or produce, as a work of art; to form a plan or scheme of; to form in idea; to invent; to project; to lay out in the mind; as, a man designs an essay, a poem, a statue, or a cathedral.
  4. To intend or purpose; -- usually with for before the remote object, but sometimes with to.
  5. To form a design or designs; to plan.
  6. A preliminary sketch; an outline or pattern of the main features of something to be executed, as of a picture, a building, or a decoration; a delineation; a plan.
  7. A plan or scheme formed in the mind of something to be done; preliminary conception; idea intended to be expressed in a visible form or carried into action; intention; purpose; -- often used in a bad sense for evil intention or purpose; scheme; plot.
  8. Specifically, intention or purpose as revealed or inferred from the adaptation of means to an end; as, the argument from design.
  9. The realization of an inventive or decorative plan; esp., a work of decorative art considered as a new creation; conception or plan shown in completed work; as, this carved panel is a fine design, or of a fine design.
  10. The invention and conduct of the subject; the disposition of every part, and the general order of the whole.

Design Quotations

You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.
Walt Disney

Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. - Steve Jobs
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.
Steve Jobs

Fashion fades, only style remains the same.
Coco Chanel

Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful.
Dieter Rams

Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, just as art, has multiple definitions; there is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple, that's why it is so complicated.
Paul Rand
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Design Translations

design in Afrikaans is skets, plan
design in Danish is plan, tegne
design in Dutch is werkje, schets, tekening
design in French is dessin, planification, dessiner, projet, croquer
design in German is Planung, entwerfen
design in Italian is progetto, disegno, abbozzare, progettazione
design in Norwegian is tegning, bykart
design in Portuguese is projeto
design in Swedish is konstruktion, planera
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