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 - 2017

• 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 2,032.40 -0.08
2 Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design 1,096.01 -0.31
3 Packaging Design 689.82 0.12
4 Architecture, Building and Structure Design 623.31 0.17
5 Graphics and Visual Communication Design 610.01 -0.13
6 Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design 440.40 -0.10
7 Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design 396.69 -0.27
8 Digital and Electronic Devices Design 303.10 0.19
9 Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design 218.54 -0.24
10 Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design 202.86 -0.16
11 Home Appliances Design 165.33 0.15
12 Bathroom Furniture and Sanitary Ware Design 154.88 0.03
13 Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design 133.50 -0.02
14 Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design 118.77 -0.20
15 Fashion and Travel Accessories Design 117.35 -0.09
16 Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design 102.14 -0.08
17 Street Furniture Design 95.02 -0.02
18 Spatial Design 94.07 -0.42
19 Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design 93.59 0.00
20 Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design 92.64 -0.17
21 Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design 91.22 0.04
22 Website and Web Design 85.04 0.26
23 Social Design 78.39 -0.42
24 Baby, Kids' and Children's Products Design 66.51 -0.13
25 Hospitality, Recreation, Travel and Tourism Design 60.34 0.25
26 Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Equipment Design 57.96 0.35
27 Art Materials, Stationery Supplies and Gift Items Design 57.96 -0.13
28 Photography and Photo Manipulation Design 56.06 0.21
29 3D Printed Forms and Products Design 54.63 -0.01
30 Advertising, Marketing and Communication Design 50.83 0.56
31 Interface and Interaction Design 48.46 0.20
32 Yacht and Marine Vessels Design 47.98 0.32
33 Event and Happening Design 47.51 0.13
34 Food, Beverage and Culinary Arts Design 47.03 0.58
35 Mobile Technologies, Applications and Software Design 43.71 0.46
36 Futuristic Design 41.81 -0.46
37 Engineering and Technical Design 41.33 0.23
38 Landscape Planning and Garden Design 41.33 0.06
39 Pet Supplies and Products for Animals Design 37.06 -0.01
40 Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design 36.58 0.33
41 Textile, Fabric, Textures, Patterns and Cloth Design 36.11 0.08
42 Idea Design 35.16 -0.50
43 Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design 35.16 -0.36
44 Movie and Animation Design 32.78 0.11
45 Security and Surveillance Products Design 28.50 0.28
46 Luxury Design 27.08 0.35
47 Prosumer Products, Tools, and Machinery Design 23.28 0.36
48 Beauty, Personal Care and Cosmetic Products Design 22.80 -0.72
49 Print and Published Media Design 22.80 -0.03
50 Industrial Design 22.33 -0.59
51 Safety Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment Design 21.38 -0.51
52 Cultural Heritage and Culture Industry Design 20.90 -0.05
53 Wearable Technologies Design 19.95 -0.22
54 Performing Arts, Style and Scenery Design 19.00 -0.39
55 Musical Instruments Design 16.15 0.06
56 Limited Edition and Custom Design 16.15 0.06
57 Graphics Design 16.15 -0.89
58 Furniture Accessories, Hardware and Materials Design 15.68 -0.42
59 Urban Planning and Urban Design 14.73 -0.62
60 Computer Graphics and 3D Model Design 14.25 0.03
61 Writing, Literature and Content Design 14.25 0.57
62 Cybernetics, Prosthesis and Bio-Engineering Design 14.25 0.57
63 Digital and Broadcasting Media Design 13.78 0.42
64 Generative, Algorithmic and Parametric Design 13.30 0.28
65 Adult Toys and Products Design 13.30 0.95
66 Education and Training Content Design 12.83 -0.72
67 Hardware, Power and Hand Tools Design 12.83 -0.34
68 Public Awareness, Volunteerism, and Society Design 11.40 -0.29
69 Ease of Use and Universal Design 10.93 -0.43
70 Disposable and Single-Use Product Design 10.45 -0.05
71 Unexpected Design 9.98 -0.22
72 Music, Audio and Sound Design 9.98 -0.22
73 Meta, Strategic and Service Design 9.03 1.03
74 Energy Products and Devices Design 9.03 0.08
75 Design Quality and Innovation 8.55 0.78
76 Excellence in Design 8.08 -0.32
77 Young Design 7.13 -0.72
78 Agriculture, Horticulture and Fisheries Design 6.18 0.61
79 Heavy Machinery Design 6.18 -0.47
80 Information Processing Tools Design 6.18 0.61
81 Construction and Real Estate Projects Design 6.18 -0.47
82 Awards, Prize and Competitions Design 5.70 0.28
83 Concealed, Hidden and Secret Design 5.70 -0.72
84 Information Technologies Design 5.23 -0.05
85 Radical Innovation and New Technologies Design 4.75 -0.39
86 Banking and Finance Instruments Design 4.28 -0.72
87 Engineering, Construction and Infrastructure Design 3.80 0.28
88 Manufacturing and Processing Machinery Design 3.80 0.28
89 Aerospace and Aircraft Design 2.85 -0.72
90 Creative Legacy, Retro and Evergreen Design 2.85 2.28
91 Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Design 2.85 -0.72
92 Car and Land Based Motor Vehicles Design 2.38 -1.22
93 Interaction Design 2.38 1.28
94 Natural Sciences and Mathematics Design 2.38 1.28
95 Social and Behavioral Sciences Design 2.38 -1.22
96 Advanced Design and Design Research 2.38 1.28
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 2017. 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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