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

n someone who creates plans to be used in making something (such as buildings)

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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)
Andrew Jackson Downing
United States landscape architect who designed the grounds of the White House and the Capitol Building (1815-1852)
Andre Le Notre
French landscape gardener who designed many formal gardens including the parks of Versailles (1613-1700)
Frederick Law Olmsted
United States landscape architect primarily responsible for the design of Central Park in New York City (1822-1903)
Calvert Vaux
United States landscape architect (born in England) who designed Central Park (1824-1895)
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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a person who grows or makes or invents things

n a person who specializes in designing architectural interiors and their furnishings

decorator, house decorator, interior decorator, interior designer, room decorator
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

n someone who designs clothing

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)
costume designer, costumer, costumier
someone who designs or supplies costumes (as for a play or masquerade)
Type of:
a person who grows or makes or invents things

n someone who specializes in graphic design

graphic designer
Type of:
specialiser, specialist, specializer
an expert who is devoted to one occupation or branch of learning

n a person who devises plots or intrigues

“he is believed to be the principal designer of the terrorist bombing attack”
Type of:
contriver, deviser, planner
a person who makes plans

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