Outline of design

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

A design is 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), while "to design" (verb) means making such a plan.[1]

Design professions[edit]

Design approaches and methods[edit]

Design activities[edit]

Designing objects[edit]

System design[edit]

Design tools[edit]

Environments and experiences[edit]

Impact of design[edit]

Design organizations[edit]

Studying design[edit]

  • 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 also[edit]


  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).

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