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fashion design drawingsThe term "designer" is used broadly, and can refer to a variety of different career types. Generally speaking, a designer is in charge of conceptualizing and creating the visual aspects of a project, whether it's a new Web site, a product's packaging, an art exhibit or an airliner. Most designers' responsibilities can be fathomed from their job titles, but as this list of types of designers will show, there are a lot of them.

Commercial Environment Designer: An environment designer creates a setting that welcomes people and instills a feeling that they cannot leave without taking some of it with them. These designers are employed to design building lobbies, store interiors, offices, or any other interior setting designed to create a mood.

Costume Designer: A costume designer researches and designs costumes to be used in television shows, movie productions and stage performances. They shop frequently to find new items to add to their collections, which can become quite large and valuable. Many costume designers become renowned within the industry for the quality of their costume wardrobes.

Doll Fashion Designer: These designers create fashions that are part of entire seasonal lines for dolls and action figures. Their products are usually sold in catalogs or in hobby stores.

Environment Designer: Environment design utilizes a variety of designing skills and theories including graphic, architectural, interior, landscape, and industrial design to make employees feel more productive and relaxed.

Event Manager: Event managers create and develop festivals and events. Since no two parties or festivals are ever alike, each event will be hand picked by an event manager.

Exhibit Designer: These professionals work in teams to design, plan and oversee the construction of exhibits and three-dimensional displays. Their services are used to make shop displays more attractive to buyers, and to create visual displays for companies to use at job fairs and other business functions.

Industrial Designer: These designers create the industrial products used by people and businesses on a daily basis, ranging from car parts and plasticware to parts of ships, building materials and jet engines.

Prosthetic Technician: Prosthetists design, build, and fit replacement limbs, such as arms, legs, hands or feet, for patients who have had limbs amputated. The appliances are called prostheses. These technicians may also design orthoses, devices used to enhance the performance of existing limbs. An example of this is orthopedic insoles.

Software Designer: A software designer takes the customer's specifications for a piece of software and designs the programming, including testing and installation.

Web Designer: The role of web and media designers is to utilize all of the media possibilities of the web to create dynamic, attractive, and easy to use web sites.

This list of designers is by no means complete. With new technologies and new industries emerging, new types of designers are needed every day in areas like software, industruial products and environmental science.

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  1. What about these aditional specialists?

    1. Product Designers
    2. Industrial Designers
    3. Graphic Designers
    4. Interior Designers
    5. Furniture Designers
    6. Mechanical Designers
    7. Packaging Designers
    8. Automotive Designers
    9. Bio Medical Designers

    and I am positive there are more. Let me know if you need help updating your information.

    Best Regards,

    Tom Horton
    Industrial Designer

  2. Hurtful

    Add and expand your list and your descriptions. Some of mine over-lap, but so does yours. A Product Designer is an Industrial Designer that designs products that range from a Airplanes to furniture to electronic products to protection devices to cooking utensils and so on.

    Look around at all of the poor and dangerous product designs around-this is common problem specifically in the USA because so many manufacturers ignore this aspect of products. Ignorance and the up front cost of good design is too common and the reasons that so many products are failures.

    Tom Horton
    Industrial Designer

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