The adjective designing describes those who secretly scheme to get what they want, even if it means cheating others, like the designing group member who tricks everyone else into doing all the work for their shared project.

You might incorrectly assume designing means "creative," in the sense of a fashion designer, but instead of beautiful clothing, the designing person dreams only of his or her own best interests — before anyone else's. Someone who’s designing plans ahead to make sure things go his way, even if it means lying or making other people look bad. A good synonym for designing is scheming.

Definitions of designing
  1. noun
    the act of working out the form of something (as by making a sketch or outline or plan)
    synonyms: design
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    the act or process of drawing up plans or layouts for some project or enterprise
    city planning, town planning, urban planning
    determining and drawing up plans for the future physical arrangement and condition of a community
    type of:
    creating by mental acts
    the act of creating something by thinking
  2. adjective
    concealing crafty designs for advancing your own interest
    “"a selfish and designing nation obsessed with the dark schemes of European intrigue"- W.Churchill”
    synonyms: scheming
    marked by skill in achieving a desired end especially with cunning or craft
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