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Leading Countries in

All Design Industries

Ranked and Sorted

Design Industries

Ranked by Competitiveness

Rank Design Category Competitiveness
1 Interior Space and Exhibition Design
Bars, Restaurants, Hotels, Shops, Residences, Convention Centers and More.
HIGHEST
2 Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
Chairs, Tables, Stools, Benches, Seating System, Furnishings, Furniture Parts and More.
VERY HIGH
3 Architecture, Building and Structure Design
Residences, Schools, Hotels, Sports Facilities, Bridges, Convention Centers and More.
VERY HIGH
4 Packaging Design
Food Packages, Boxes and Casings, Packs, Cans, Bottles, Bags and More.
VERY HIGH
5 Graphics and Visual Communication Design
Symbols, Logos, Typography, Posters, Books and Page Layouts, 2D Packaging and More.
HIGH
6 Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design
Rings, Bracelets, Watches, Eyeglasses, Necklaces, Pendants, Pins and More.
HIGH
7 Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design
Torchieres, Wall Washers, Neons, Backlights, Pendant Lights, Lighting Installations and More.
HIGH
8 Digital and Electronic Devices Design
Laptops, Cell Phones, Computers, Handhelds and Electronic Gadgets and More.
HIGH
9 Arts, Crafts and Ready-Made Design
Design of Functional Sculptures, Art Objects, Craftworks, Sculptures, Ceramics, Paintings and More.
HIGH
10 Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design
Cooking Utensils, Baking Utensils, Tableware Kits, Cutlery, Glasses and More.
HIGH
11 Home Appliances Design
White and Brown Goods, Microwaves, Refrigerators, Stoves, Blenders and More.
HIGH
12 Bathroom Furniture and Sanitary Ware Design
Showers, Taps, Cabins, Washbasins, Bathroom Furniture and More.
HIGH
13 Vehicle, Mobility and Transportation Design
Bicycles, Cars, Motorcycles, Trains, Ships, Boats, Yachts, Planes, Buses and More.
HIGH
14 Fashion, Apparel and Garment Design
Runway Collections, Suits, Skirts, Trousers, Jackets and More.
HIGH
15 Fashion and Travel Accessories Design
Bags, Luggage, Belts, Wallets, Hats, Umbrellas, Cravats, Gloves and More.
HIGH
16 Scientific Instruments, Medical Devices and Research Equipment Design
Meters, Scopes, Graphs, Measures, Clinical, Diagnostic & Surgical Products, Bio-Products, and More.
HIGH
17 Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design
Industrial Materials, Building Materials and Components, Textiles, Surfaces and Finishing and More.
HIGH
18 Toy, Games and Hobby Products Design
Stuffed Toys, Miniatures, Baby Toys, Childrens Toys, Collectibles, Board Games and More.
HIGH
19 Street Furniture Design
Benches, Bollards, Post Boxes, Streetlamps, Traffic Lights, Fire Hydrants, and More.
HIGH
20 Sustainable Products, Projects and Green Design
Eco Sustainable Projects, Environment Friendly Designs, Bio-degradable Products and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
21 Website and Web Design
Websites, Landing Pages,Interactive Applications, Applets, Web Gadgets, Cloud Software and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
22 Spatial Design
Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Design and Urban Design
ABOVE AVERAGE
23 Baby, Kids' and Children's Products Design
Cradle, Babycarriers, Pushchairs, Strollers, Swimming and Walking Products and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
24 Hospitality, Recreation, Travel and Tourism Design
Lodging, Restaurants & Bars, Theme Parks, Airlines, Hotels, Cruise Lines, Accommodations, and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
25 Social Design
Eco-Sustainable Designs, Design for Environment, Design for Sustainability, Social Designs and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
26 Art Materials, Stationery Supplies and Gift Items Design
Adhesives, Artists Supplies, Non-Electrical Tools, Staplers, Binders and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
27 Photography and Photo Manipulation Design
Photographs, Photo Manipulations, Scenery, Still Imaging and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
28 Advertising, Marketing and Communication Design
Performance-Based Ads, Integrated Campaigns, Guerrilla Marketing, Public Relation Schemes and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
29 Food, Beverage and Culinary Arts Design
Design for Food, Design with Food, Food Servings and Design of Culinary Objects and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
30 Sports, Entertainment and Recreation Equipment Design
Balls, Flying Discs, Exercise Equipment, Racquets, Bats, Clubs, Sports Equipment and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
31 3D Printed Forms and Products Design
Products Designed and Realized with Latest Technologies, 3D Printed Products and More
ABOVE AVERAGE
32 Interface and Interaction Design
Gadgets & Electronic Device Interfaces, Interactive Interfaces, Web Designs and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
33 Event and Happening Design
Conferences, Conventions, Festivals, Symposiums, Trade Fairs, Trade Shows and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
34 Landscape Planning and Garden Design
Landscape Assessment and Design, Gardening, Landscape Management and More.
ABOVE AVERAGE
35 Yacht and Marine Vessels Design
Yachts, Ships, Cruisers, Boats, Nautical Transportation Vessels and More.
AVERAGE
36 Mobile Technologies, Applications and Software Design
Mobile Communication Technologies, Applications for Mobile Computing, Mobile Entertainment and More.
AVERAGE
37 Textile, Fabric, Textures, Patterns and Cloth Design
Textile Patterns, Structural Fabric Designs, Engineered Cloth and More.
AVERAGE
38 Movie and Animation Design
Movie Trailers, Short Movies, Commercials, Cartoons and Animated Sequences and More.
AVERAGE
39 Footwear, Shoes and Boots Design
Boots, Sandals, Shoes, Slippers, High-Heels, Galoshes, Waders, High-Tops, Mules and More.
AVERAGE
40 Luxury Design
Luxury Properties, Exclusive Products, Designs and Communication for Luxury Services and More.
AVERAGE
41 Security and Surveillance Products Design
Surveillance Cameras, Geolocation and Tracking Devices, Satellite Imaginery and More.
AVERAGE
42 Engineering and Technical Design
Highly Technical Products, Schematics, Mechanisms, Mechanical Engineering Designs and More.
AVERAGE
43 Futuristic Design
Future products, future gadgets, future services, future cities, conceptual futuristic designs and More.
AVERAGE
44 Print and Published Media Design
Traditional Media, Press, Print Media, Publishing and More.
AVERAGE
45 Differently Abled and Seniors' Assistance Design
Design for Seniors, Design for Differently Abled People and Life-Aid Products.
AVERAGE
46 Pet Supplies and Products for Animals Design
Pet Food, Pet Apparel, Beds, Carriers, Crates, Kennels, Houses, Toys and More.
AVERAGE
47 Idea Design
Product, Service, Experience or Business Design Ideas, Creatively Challenging Projects and More.
AVERAGE
48 Graphics Design
Graphics Design, Communication Design, Advertising Design
AVERAGE
49 Industrial Design
Industrial Design, Product Design, Consumer Goods and Products
AVERAGE
50 Beauty, Personal Care and Cosmetic Products Design
Body Hygiene Kits, Dental Floss, Soaps, Perfumes, Cosmetic Skin-Care Products, and More.
AVERAGE
51 Safety Clothing and Personal Protective Equipment Design
Protective Equipment, Biohazard Protection, Protective Helmets, Goggles and More.
AVERAGE
52 Prosumer Products, Tools, and Machinery Design
3-D Printers, DIY Kits, Autoproduction Equipment and Micro Machinery and More.
AVERAGE
53 Urban Planning and Urban Design
Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture and Urban Public Space Design and More.
AVERAGE
54 Wearable Technologies Design
Healthcare Devices, Wearable Cameras, Smart Garments, Smart Watches and More.
AVERAGE
55 Limited Edition and Custom Design
Designs produced 9 to 1001 pieces, Exclusive and Customized Industrial Designs and More.
AVERAGE
56 Cultural Heritage and Culture Industry Design
Projects regarding creation, conversion, preservation, restoration and protection of heritage and culture.
AVERAGE
57 Computer Graphics and 3D Model Design
Digital Art-Works, 3D Models, 3D Figures, 3D Characters, Special Effects, 3D Scenes and More.
AVERAGE
58 Generative, Algorithmic and Parametric Design
Generative Architecture, Parametric Designs, Algorithmic Artworks and More.
AVERAGE
59 Hardware, Power and Hand Tools Design
Garden Tools, Hammers, Drills, Saws, Screwdrivers, Wrenches, Cutting Tools and More
AVERAGE
60 Performing Arts, Style and Scenery Design
Choreography, Dance Moves, Theatre, Costume, Make-up, Sound and Set Design and More.
AVERAGE
61 Musical Instruments Design
Violin, Viola, Guitar, Trumpet, Clarinet, Piano, Drums and More.
AVERAGE
62 Ease of Use and Universal Design
Easy to Use Products, Inherently Accessible Projects, User Friendly Products, Services and More.
AVERAGE
63 Furniture Accessories, Hardware and Materials Design
Door and Drawer Handles, Locks, Fittings, Partititions, Hinges, Chipboards, Furniture Materials and More.
AVERAGE
64 Education and Training Content Design
Content, Books, Videos, Illustrations, Education and Training Materials
BELOW AVERAGE
65 Writing, Literature and Content Design
Books, Writings, Journal Articles, Literature, Creative Content, One-liners, Headlines, Texts and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
66 Cybernetics, Prosthesis and Bio-Engineering Design
Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Computer Vision, Bionics, Medical Cybernetics, Adaptive Systems and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
67 Digital and Broadcasting Media Design
Blogging and Social Media, Broadcast, Podcasting, Newsletters and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
68 Adult Toys and Products Design
Marital Aid Products, Adult Toys, Adult Furniture and Disposable Pleasure Items and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
69 Public Awareness, Volunteerism, and Society Design
Public Campaigns, Volunteerism Projects and Designs for Social Impact.
BELOW AVERAGE
70 Information Technologies Design
Computer Software and Programs, Mobile Applications, Plugins, Algorithms and Functions and More
BELOW AVERAGE
71 Unexpected Design
New Product Categories, Breakthroughs, Trendsetters and Unique Creations and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
72 Music, Audio and Sound Design
Compositions, Generative Music, Audio Designs, Sound Designs, Sound FX, Soundtracks and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
73 Design Quality and Innovation
Designs with Highest Details, Well Defined and Finished Products, Highly Innovative Designs and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
74 Concealed, Hidden and Secret Design
Concealed Projects, Projects under development, Non-Public, Exclusive Designs, Services and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
75 Energy Products and Devices Design
Solar Panels, Electric Generators, Dynomo, Wind Turbines, Alternators and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
76 Disposable and Single-Use Product Design
Single-use Objects, Disposable Products, One-Time Use Tools and Devices and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
77 Meta, Strategic and Service Design
Design Strategy, Design Management, Service Design, Franchising Design, Strategic Design and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
78 Excellence in Design
Professional Designers, Design Studios, Design Agencies, Design Offices, Design Companies and More.
BELOW AVERAGE
79 Awards, Prize and Competitions Design
Awards, Prizes, Competitions, Contests, Cups, Medals, Endowments, Decrees and More.
LOW
80 Agriculture, Horticulture and Fisheries Design
Design For Agriculture, Design for Horticulture and Fisheries and More.
LOW
81 Young Design
Young Designers, Students, Freelance Designers, Upcoming Artists, Fresh Graduates and More
LOW
82 Radical Innovation and New Technologies Design
Effective Products, Processes, Services, Technologies, Ideas and Solutions that Exceed Market Needs.
LOW
83 Construction and Real Estate Projects Design
Large Real Estate Projects with Total Architecture, Interior, Landscape and Social Designs.
LOW
84 Heavy Machinery Design
Construction, Agricultural, Mining, Earthmoving, Production Equipment and Machinery and More.
LOW
85 Information Processing Tools Design
Processing Software, Idea-Systems and Machinery for Information Processing and More.
LOW
86 Banking and Finance Instruments Design
Financial Instruments, Credit and Mortgage Plans, Credit Cards, Digital Money and More.
LOW
87 Engineering, Construction and Infrastructure Design
Construction and Infrastructure Projects, Building Engineering and Design, Technical Projects and More.
LOW
88 Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Design
Advanced, Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Design Projects
LOW
89 Sales, Contact Center and Customer Service Design
Design of Sales Centers, Contact Centers and Customer Services and More.
LOW
90 Aerospace and Aircraft Design
Airplanes, Aerostats, Avionics, Aerodynes, Propolsions and More.
LOW
91 Manufacturing and Processing Machinery Design
Computer Aided Manufacturing Machinery, Machining Systems, Machines and More.
LOW
92 Car and Land Based Motor Vehicles Design
Cars, Racing-Cars, Jeeps, SUVs, Hybrid Vehicles, and More.
LOW
93 Governance and Public Services Design
E-Governance Platforms, Public Services, Subsidizing Culture and Design.
LOW
94 Creative Legacy, Retro and Evergreen Design
Designs that were made more than 10 years ago and still looking attractive and modern.
VERY LOW
95 Natural Sciences and Mathematics Design
Biology, Astronomy, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics, Life Sciences, Mathematics, and More.
VERY LOW
96 Advanced Design and Design Research
Design Research, Research Papers, Research Posters, Research Findings and More
VERY LOW
97 Interaction Design
Interaction, Dynamic Mechanisms, Interactive Products, Environments and Services
VERY LOW
98 Social and Behavioral Sciences Design
Economics, Sociology, Psychology, Social Psychology, Political Science, Anthropology and More.
LEAST

Methods

Questions and Details

1What is the most competitive design industry?
The most competitive design industry is Interior Space and Exhibition Design followed by Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design and Architecture, Building and Structure Design as noted in the table above. If you click on any of the design industries listed above you could learn leading countries in such industries. You might be further interested in DAC - Design Classifications if you would rather find out leading designers in each design industry.

2How do you determine which industries are the most competitive?
The competitiveness of design industries is calculated by the number of works competing for design awards in each industry; the more contestants, the more competitive the design industry by definition. All design industries and disciplines from all countries are considered for the design insights rankings. For each design industry, we consider how many designers, artists, architects, brands or design agencies are literally competing by taking part in design awards.

3Do you have further details or more detailed rankings?
Indeed, we do and present them standalone at different websites: Designer Rankings, is a list of world-top designers, in all industries, from all countries. Design Classifications, helps you discover leading designers for any given design industry. World Design Rankings is a global ranking of design for countries, and you can also learn top designers from each country. Popular Designers Index, as its name suggests is a ranking of designers, based on popularity. You are currently at Design Insights.

Categories

Scope and Reach

Industrial Designs

The creative act of determining and defining an industrial, mass-market product's form and features influenced by factors as varied as materials, production processes, business strategy and prevailing social, commercial or aesthetic attitudes. Industrial design is a process of design applied to products that are to be manufactured through techniques of mass production.

Architectural Designs

The design activity of the architect, from the macro-level (urban design, landscape architecture) to the micro-level (construction details and furniture). Architecture is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings or any other structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art.

Product Designs

Product design is to create a new product to be sold by a business to its customers. The product designer's role is to combine art, science, and technology to create new products that people can use. Product design overlaps with but also highly different from industrial design as it further relates to strategic and tactical activities, from idea generation to commercialization.

Communication Designs

Communication design is a mixed discipline between design and information-development which is concerned with how media intervention such as printed, crafted, electronic media or presentations communicate with people. A communication design approach is not only concerned with developing the message aside from the aesthetics in media, but also with creating new media channels to ensure the message reaches the target audience.

Service Designs

Service design is the activity of planning and organizing people, infrastructure, communication and material components of a service in order to improve its quality and the interaction between the service provider and its customers.

Fashion Designs

Fashion design is the art of applying design, aesthetics and natural beauty to clothing and its accessories. It is influenced by cultural and social attitudes, and has varied over time and place. Fashion designers work in a number of ways in designing clothing and accessories such as bracelets and necklaces.

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