Outline of design


The following outline is provided as an overview of a topical guide to design:

Design (as a verb: to design) is the intentional creation of a plan or specification for the construction or manufacturing of an object or system or for the implementation of an activity or process. Design (as a noun: a design) can refer to such a plan or specification (e.g. a drawing or other document) or to the created object, etc., and features of it such as aesthetic, functional, economic or socio-political.[1]

Design professionsEdit

Design approaches and methodsEdit

Design activitiesEdit

Designing objectsEdit

System designEdit

Design toolsEdit

Environments and experiencesEdit

Impact of designEdit

Design organizationsEdit

Studying designEdit

  • Critical design
  • Design research
  • Wicked problem – problem that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. The use of term "wicked" here has come to denote resistance to resolution, rather than evil. Moreover, because of complex interdependencies, the effort to solve one aspect of a wicked problem may reveal or create other problems.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ See dictionary meanings in the Cambridge Dictionary of American English, at Dictionary.com (esp. meanings 1-5 and 7-8) and at AskOxford (esp. verbs).

External linksEdit

  • Design Search Engine