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DESIGN, in painting ; the first plan of a large work, drawn roughly, and on a small scale, with the intention of being executed and finished in large. (See Drawing.) In music, design means the invention and execution of the subject, in all its parts, agreeably to the general order of the whole.In manufactures, design expresses the figures with which the workman enriches his stuff or silk, and which he copies after his own drawing, or the sketches of some artist.In building, the term ichnography may be used, when by design is only meant the plan of a building, or a flat figure drawn on paper; when some side or face of the building is raised from the ground, we may use the term orthography; and when both front and sides are seen in perspective, it may be termed seriography.