other kinds of design

October 28, 2009

Interdimensional Gateway by elgarbo on Deviantart

So we’re all pretty familiar with graphic design and illustration, and even some motion design and typography. But what are some other types of design out there? Considering that the word design fills such a huge area of expertise, there are a lot of things that use design. Some other examples could be culinary design, or maybe fashion design. They follow similar principals of aesthetics and creativity. So while you may be a graphic designer by trade, why not try out other ways to be creative in your free time. Maybe you’ll learn something from it at the same time.

So… what are some ways that you can get your creative juices flowing? Here’s just a few ideas of things that you could try out in your free time. It’ll give you a wider skill set and hopefully inspire you to try out some other creative ideas.

Spend a couple of hours teaching yourself some skills. There are tons of tutorials out on the web (see previous post) that can help you learn pretty much any program you can find on your computer. You can find them for Photoshop, Illustrator, Painter and the list goes on and on.

This was mentioned above but you can cook or bake something. Spend a bit of extra time on the preparation and finishing touches on your food. Try a recipe you’ve never had time to try, or add a different spice to the mix. You may be surprised.

If you enjoy making art, break out the acrylics, oils, pencils, markers, crayons, pastels or your tool of choice and spend some time with that. Whether you’re drawing from life or making things up in your head, spend a bit of time polishing up your skills. Its also a great way to relax.

Learn how to use a tablet. If you’ve got a tablet, use it to make your own digital art or design. Tablets make things a whole lot easier but they do take a while to get used to. If you don’t have a tablet of your own, you can find them second-hand for a discounted price. Wacom tablets are always a good choice.

So the entire point of this is to get you to try new things. As people, as well as designers, we often get into a repetitious pattern of what we do. So try something new to add a little change to your life and your work.

Clicky here to get help with cooking :D

Clicky here for some handy painting tutorials.



  1. When someone mentions design people usually only think of two areas: Interior design and Fashion design.
    Design is such a wide range of activities and careers, a true megastructure of creation.

  2. You are so right, its so hard sometimes especially being in graphic design we are so focused and bogged down with our homework that we forget to open ourselves up to other types of design.

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