designer

A designer is a person who plans how something will look. An architect is a designer of buildings, drawing detailed blueprints indicating what the structures should look like and how they should be built.

The word designer came into English in the seventeenth century meaning "one who schemes." The word soon came to describe someone who figures out how something should look, especially something artistic. If you're reading a newspaper, a graphic designer planned how the text and images should look on each page. You might also be familiar with a fashion designer, someone who comes up with a vision for a garment and creates sketches to show what the finished product will look like.

Definitions of designer
  1. noun
    someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)
    synonyms: architect
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    Hugo Alvar Henrik Aalto
    Finnish architect and designer of furniture (1898-1976)
    Robert Adam
    Scottish architect who designed many public buildings in England and Scotland (1728-1792)
    Leon Battista Alberti
    Italian architect and painter; pioneering theoretician of Renaissance architecture (1404-1472)
    Peter Behrens
    German architect known for his simple utilitarian factory buildings (1868-1940)
    Hendrik Petrus Berlage
    Dutch architect and town planner (1856-1934)
    Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini
    Italian sculptor and architect of the baroque period in Italy; designed many churches and chapels and tombs and fountains (1598-1680)
    Donato d'Agnolo Bramante
    great Italian architect of the High Renaissance in Italy (1444-1514)
    Marcel Lajos Breuer
    United States architect (born in Hungary) who was associated with the Bauhaus in the 1920's (1902-1981)
    Filippo Brunelleschi
    Florentine architect who was the first great architect of the Italian Renaissance (1377-1446)
    Charles Bullfinch
    United States architect who designed the Capitol Building in Washington which served as a model for state capitols throughout the United States (1763-1844)
    Daniel Hudson Burnham
    United States architect who designed the first important skyscraper with a skeleton (1846-1912)
    William Butterfield
    English architect who designed many churches (1814-1900)
    John Merven Carrere
    United States architect who with his partner Thomas Hastings designed many important public buildings (1858-1911)
    Sir William Chambers
    English architect (1723-1796)
    Philibert de l'Orme
    French royal architect who built the Tuileries Palace and Gardens in Paris for Catherine de Medicis (1515-1570)
    Richard Buckminster Fuller
    United States architect who invented the geodesic dome (1895-1983)
    Jean Louis Charles Garnier
    French architect (1825-1898)
    Antonio Gaudi i Cornet
    Spanish architect who was a leading exponent of art nouveau in Europe (1852-1926)
    Cass Gilbert
    United States architect who influenced the development of the skyscraper (1859-1934)
    Giotto di Bondone
    Florentine painter who gave up the stiff Byzantine style and developed a more naturalistic style; considered the greatest Italian painter prior to the Renaissance (1267-1337)
    Walter Gropius
    United States architect (born in Germany) and founder of the Bauhaus school (1883-1969)
    Thomas Hastings
    United States architect who formed and important architectural firm with John Merven Carrere (1860-1929)
    Josef Hoffmann
    Austrian architect known for his use of rectilinear units (1870-1956)
    Victor Horta
    Belgian architect and leader in art nouveau architecture (1861-1947)
    Richard Morris Hunt
    United States architect (1827-1895)
    William Le Baron Jenny
    United States architect who designed the first skyscraper in which a metal skeleton was used (1832-1907)
    Inigo Jones
    one of the first great English architects and a theater designer (1573-1652)
    Louis Isadore Kahn
    United States architect (born in Estonia) (1901-1974)
    Henri Labrouste
    French architect who was among the first to use metal construction successfully (1801-1875)
    Benjamin Henry Latrobe
    United States architect (born in England) whose works include the chambers of the United States Congress and the Supreme Court; considered the first professional architect in the United States (1764-1820)
    Charles Edouard Jeanneret
    French architect (born in Switzerland) (1887-1965)
    Pierre Charles L'Enfant
    United States architect (born in France) who laid out the city plan for Washington (1754-1825)
    Leonardo da Vinci
    Italian painter and sculptor and engineer and scientist and architect; the most versatile genius of the Italian Renaissance (1452-1519)
    Maya Lin
    United States sculptor and architect whose public works include the memorial to veterans of the Vietnam War in Washington (born in 1959)
    Adolf Loos
    Austrian architect (1870-1933)
    Sir Edwin Landseer Luytens
    English architect who planned the city of New Delhi (1869-1944)
    Francois Mansart
    French architect who introduced the mansard roof (1598-1666)
    Charles Follen McKim
    United States neoclassical architect (1847-1909)
    Erich Mendelsohn
    German architect who migrated to Palestine in 1937 (1887-1953)
    Michelangelo Buonarroti
    Florentine sculptor and painter and architect; one of the outstanding figures of the Renaissance (1475-1564)
    Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe
    United States architect (born in Germany) who built unornamented steel frame and glass skyscrapers (1886-1969)
    Robert Mills
    United States architect who was the presidentially appointed architect of Washington D.C. (1781-1855)
    Pier Luigi Nervi
    Italian architect who pioneered in the use of reinforced concrete (1891-1979)
    Andrea Palladio
    highly original and much imitated Italian architect (1508-1580)
    Sir Joseph Paxton
    English architect (1801-1865)
    Ieoh Ming Pei
    United States architect (born in China in 1917)
    Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin
    English architect who played a prominent role in the 19th century revival of Gothic architecture (1812-1852)
    Henry Hobson Richardson
    United States architect (1838-1886)
    Eero Saarinen
    United States architect (born in Finland) (1910-1961)
    Eliel Saarinen
    Finnish architect and city planner who moved to the United States in 1923; father of Eero Saarinen (1873-1950)
    Jacques Germain Soufflot
    French architect (1713-1780)
    Albert Speer
    German Nazi architect who worked for Hitler (1905-1981)
    Edward Durell Stone
    United States architect (1902-1978)
    William Strickland
    United States architect and student of Latrobe (1787-1854)
    Louis Henri Sullivan
    United States architect known for his steel framed skyscrapers and for coining the phrase `form follows function' (1856-1924)
    Kenzo Tange
    Japanese architect (born in 1913)
    William Thornton
    American architect (1759-1828)
    Richard Upjohn
    United States architect (born in England) (1802-1878)
    Sir John Vanbrigh
    English architect (1664-1726)
    Henri Clemens van de Velde
    Belgian architect (1863-1957)
    Robert Charles Venturi
    United States architect (born in 1925)
    Otto Wagner
    Austrian architect and pioneer of modern architecture (1841-1918)
    Stanford White
    United States architect (1853-1906)
    Sir Christopher Wren
    English architect who designed more than fifty London churches (1632-1723)
    Frank Lloyd Wright
    influential United States architect (1869-1959)
    James Wyatt
    English architect (1746-1813)
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    landscape architect, landscape gardener, landscaper, landscapist
    someone who arranges features of the landscape or garden attractively
    Ithiel Town, Town
    United States architect who was noted for his design and construction of truss bridges (1784-1844)
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    creator
    a person who grows or makes or invents things
  2. noun
    a person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings
    synonyms: decorator, house decorator, interior decorator, interior designer, room decorator
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    Charles Eames
    United States designer noted for an innovative series of chairs (1907-1978)
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    specialiser, specialist, specializer
    an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning
  3. noun
    someone who designs clothing
    synonyms: clothes designer, couturier, fashion designer
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    Cristobal Balenciaga
    Spanish fashion designer known for his stark elegant designs (1895-1972)
    Christian Dior
    French couturier whose first collection in 1947 created a style that became known as the New Look (1905-1957)
    Calvin Richard Klein
    United States fashion designer noted for understated fashions (born in 1942)
    Elsa Schiaparelli
    fashion designer born in Italy who was noted for her use of synthetic materials and brilliant colors (1896-1973)
    Gianni Versace
    Italian fashion designer (1946-1997)
    Charles Frederick Worth
    French couturier (born in England) regarded as the founder of Parisian haute couture; noted for introducing the bustle (1825-1895)
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    costume designer, costumer, costumier
    someone who designs or supplies costumes (as for a play or masquerade)
    type of:
    creator
    a person who grows or makes or invents things
  4. noun
    someone who specializes in graphic design
    synonyms: graphic designer
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    specialiser, specialist, specializer
    an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning
  5. noun
    a person who devises plots or intrigues
    synonyms: intriguer
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    type of:
    contriver, deviser, planner
    a person who makes plans
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