The word design is used both as a verb [1] and as a noun [2]. This word is usually considered in the context of engineering, architecture and applied arts [3], and other such creative [4] endeavours.

Design as a verb refers to the process of originating and developing a plan for a new object (machine, building, product, etc.). As a noun, "design" is used both for the final plan or proposal (a drawing, model, or other description), or the result of implementing that plan or proposal (the object produced).

Designing normally requires considering, functional [5], aesthetic [6] and many other aspects of an object, which usually requires considerable research, thought [7], model (physical)[8], iterative adjustment, and re-design.

Design as a process [9] can take many forms depending on the object being designed and the individual or individuals participating.

In philosophy [10], the abstract noun "design" refers to pattern, or to purpose [11]/purpose]]fulness (or teleology [12]). Design is thus contrasted with purposelessness, randomness [13], or lack of complexity [14].

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  • Architecture [15]
  • Automotive design
  • Computer-aided design covers drafting and other forms of modelling.
  • Communication design
  • Environmental design and Green design
  • Residential design
  • Commercial design
  • Industrial design
  • Design management
  • Architectural design
  • Design research seeks to understand design in all its many fields.
  • Graphic design
  • New product development
  • Software development
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