'Design' is the process of envisioning and planning the creation of objects, interactive systems, buildings, vehicles, etc.

Design is defines as:
1. a plan or drawing produced to show the look and function or workings of a building, garment, or other object before it is built or made.
2. an arrangement of lines or shapes created to form a pattern or decoration.
1. decide upon the look and functioning of (a building, garment, or other object), by making a detailed drawing of it.

  • Composition - Aids for making compositions in drawing or painting
  • Photography - Reference materials for artist's use

  • Elements of Design - also known as the "Visual Elements of Design" are essential building blocks to translate an idea or message into a visual concept, design, or composition.
  • Principles of Art - Otherwise known as the 'Principles of Design,' it is a universal, nebulous, and subjective concept used to compose an image.
  • Photography - Using licensed or reference material in the digital age.

Types of Design

Includes the following.

What is Graphic Design?

Is the technique or process used to convey information graphically for signs, logos, or advertising a specific brand. It is the creation of visual compositions to solve problems and communicate ideas through typography, imagery, color, and form.

With origins in antiquity, graphic design emerged as a distinct profession in the 19th century within western culture and has evolved since. Given the rapid and massive growth in information exchange today, the demand for experienced designers is more significant than ever.

Graphic Design Types

Includes the following.

Symbolic or Hieroglyphic is a technique or process used to simplify any language or using symbols or graphic language, i.e., Egyptian hieroglyphics

Silhouette is a technique or process used to fill in the shape with a flat town or cut out of black paper, commonly in black & white.

Page Layout or Publications deals with the arrangement of elements (content) on a page, such as an image placement, text layout, and style. This is also for book or magazine publications. This may also include marketing materials or advertising designs, such as postcards or decals.

Topography includes type design, modifying type glyphs, and arranging type. Type glyphs (characters) are created and modified using illustration techniques.

Web or User Interface is involved in interface design in an environment commonly referred to as a Graphical User Interface (GUI). This has included web design and software design when end-user interactivity is a design consideration of the layout or interface.

Calligraphy is the type of visual art related to writing. Essential tools for a calligrapher are a pen and brush, which are also used in drawing.


Illustration or Commerical

Includes the following.

Illustration is a technique or process used to create drawings for a book or some type of storyline. It also includes representing the layout of a particular piece of literature or document.

Fashion Design is a technique or process used to create drawings with the intent to design fashion prototypes before being made out of muslin or fabric.

Cartooning is a technique or process used to create drawings for comic books, animation, or graphic novels.

Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM)
or Technical Drawing

Includes the following.

Architectural, Blueprints or Floor Plans is a technique or process used to create drawings for designing and building architecture or structures. Usually giving dimensions with symbols, based on the American Society of Mechanical Engineering standards or ASME Y14.

Historical or Botanical is a technique or process used to create drawings when new plants or species were discovered or record historical events before the invention of photography.

Diagrammatic or Analytic is a technique or process used to create drawings that simplify complex systems or are used as an active design process for new ideas conceived and developed.

Scientific is a technique or process used to create drawings that visualize some scientific idea that we can not see with the naked eye or a complex concept, such as the DNA helix or a supernova.

Schematics or Structural is a technique or process used to create drawings to design scaffolding or build anything from the mind.