Which is the most competitive design field? Who are the top designers, artists and architects for different design fields? Learn answers to your questions here at DAC - Design Classifications. Discover competitiveness of different design categories and explore the best designers, artists, architects, design studios, architecture offices, creative agencies and design oriented companies in each design field. Learn about the worlds' top designers, best architects and leading artists.

Design Classifications : Years 2010 - 2016

• Design fields and creative industries are ranked based on competitiveness and difficulty.
• To see sub-rankings, please click on the design category name.

Rank Design Category Competitiveness Difficulty
1 Interior Space and Exhibition Design 1,640.41 -0.09
2 Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design 1,168.43 -0.32
3 Packaging Design 633.14 0.09
4 Graphics and Visual Communication Design 592.13 0.05
5 Architecture, Building and Structure Design 561.19 0.17
6 Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design 471.26 -0.09
7 Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design 409.38 -0.24
8 Digital and Electronic Devices Design 357.58 0.31
9 Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design 248.22 -0.25
10 Home Appliances Design 228.79 0.26
11 Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design 208.65 -0.09
12 Bathroom Furniture and Sanitary Ware Design 184.91 0.00
13 Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design 135.98 -0.10
14 Fashion and Travel Accessories Design 128.79 -0.09
15 Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design 110.08 -0.11
16 Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design 103.60 0.12
17 Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design 97.85 -0.27
18 Spatial Design 95.69 -0.43
19 Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design 94.25 -0.03
20 Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design 84.90 -0.09
21 Street Furniture Design 84.18 0.10
22 Social Design 77.70 -0.29
23 Baby, Kids' and Children's Products Design 75.55 -0.17
24 Advertising, Marketing and Communication Design 63.31 0.52
25 Interface and Interaction Design 62.59 0.28
26 Art Materials, Stationery Supplies and Gift Items Design 60.44 -0.17
27 Yacht and Marine Vessels Design 59.72 0.48
28 Futuristic Design 56.12 -0.42
29 Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Equipment Design 53.24 0.44
30 Website and Web Design 52.52 0.17
31 Idea Design 46.05 -0.47
32 Photography and Photo Manipulation Design 45.33 0.04
33 Food, Beverage and Culinary Arts Design 44.61 0.46
34 3D Printed Forms and Products Design 43.17 -0.34
35 Event and Happening Design 41.73 -0.04
36 Engineering and Technical Design 41.01 0.13
37 Hospitality, Recreation, Travel and Tourism Design 38.85 0.19
38 Pet Supplies and Products for Animals Design 37.41 -0.20
39 Mobile Technologies, Applications and Software Design 37.41 0.66
40 Movie and Animation Design 35.25 0.41
41 Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design 30.94 -0.09
42 Luxury Design 30.94 0.63
43 Security and Surveillance Products Design 29.50 0.43
44 Beauty, Personal Care and Cosmetic Products Design 28.78 -0.59
45 Textile, Fabric, Textures, Patterns and Cloth Design 28.06 -0.12
46 Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design 28.06 -0.67
47 Landscape Planning and Garden Design 25.18 -0.17
48 Performing Arts, Style and Scenery Design 23.02 -0.47
49 Safety Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment Design 20.86 -0.45
50 Wearable Technologies Design 19.43 -0.29
51 Digital and Broadcasting Media Design 17.99 0.50
52 Cultural Heritage and Culture Industry Design 17.99 -0.10
53 Computer Graphics and 3D Model Design 17.27 0.33
54 Urban Planning and Urban Design 17.27 -0.24
55 Industrial Design 17.27 -0.24
56 Limited Edition and Custom Design 17.27 0.33
57 Hardware, Power and Hand Tools Design 16.55 -0.38
58 Writing, Literature and Content Design 15.83 0.73
59 Unexpected Design 15.11 -0.17
60 Furniture Accessories, Hardware and Materials Design 15.11 -0.67
61 Musical Instruments Design 15.11 -0.17
62 Print and Published Media Design 14.39 -0.34
63 Cybernetics, Prosthesis and Bio-Engineering Design 14.39 0.33
64 Meta, Strategic and Service Design 13.67 1.08
65 Energy Products and Devices Design 13.67 0.13
66 Prosumer Products, Tools, and Machinery Design 12.95 -0.07
67 Graphics Design 12.23 -0.27
68 Young Design 10.79 -0.67
69 Music, Audio and Sound Design 10.07 -0.17
70 Agriculture, Horticulture and Fisheries Design 9.35 0.66
71 Heavy Machinery Design 9.35 -0.42
72 Design Quality and Innovation 9.35 0.66
73 Excellence in Design 8.63 -0.67
74 Awards, Prize and Competitions Design 8.63 0.33
75 Education and Training Content Design 7.91 -0.92
76 Generative, Algorithmic and Parametric Design 7.19 -0.34
77 Adult Toys and Products Design 7.19 1.33
78 Banking and Finance Instruments Design 6.48 -0.67
79 Information Technologies Design 5.76 0.33
80 Engineering, Construction and Infrastructure Design 5.76 0.33
81 Disposable and Single-Use Product Design 5.76 0.33
82 Manufacturing and Processing Machinery Design 5.76 0.33
83 Radical Innovation and New Technologies Design 5.04 -0.17
84 Information Processing Tools Design 5.04 -0.17
85 Creative Legacy, Retro and Evergreen Design 4.32 2.33
86 Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Design 4.32 -0.67
87 Concealed, Hidden and Secret Design 4.32 -0.67
88 Car and Land Based Motor Vehicles Design 3.60 -1.17
89 Ease of Use and Universal Design 3.60 -1.17
90 Interaction Design 3.60 1.33
91 Public Awareness, Volunteerism, and Society Design 2.88 0.33
92 Construction and Real Estate Projects Design 2.88 0.33
93 Aerospace and Aircraft Design 2.16 -0.67
DesignClassifications.com provides category based rankings for design. The index page provides a table of rankings of all design categories and creative industries based on competitiveness and difficulty. The category page ranks all the designers who have won a design award in that design category and allows you to discover the very best designers, artists and architects in each category. The displayed designer rankings are calculated based on the number of awards won at >A' Design Award & Competition, the international juried design award; current scores of designers' aggregated for the years 2010 and 2016. To see the individual designer rankings without grouping by categories please kindly vist designerrankings.com , and if you wish to see country level design rankings please visit worlddesignrankings.com.
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