Dubai Design & Fashion Council
DDFC supports all design disciplines, from architecture to graphics, and encourages students and professionals from all fields to be a part of DDFC.
Our membership pool is organised into five design sectors. Read more on each sector below.
Graphic Design • UX/UI • Motion Graphics • Animation • Illustration • Interactive Design • Web Design • Editorial Design • Visual Design • Graphic Art • Experiential Design
Graphic design encompasses a wide, diverse range of disciplines — from web development and editorial design to physical environments and data visualization. At its core, graphic design is about communication: developing concepts and projecting ideas in physical, virtual or conceptual forms.
Designers in this field fall under several specialties, such as UX/UI design, motion graphics and animation, interactive design, web design, editorial design and graphic art. Illustrators and other visual creatives may also consider themselves to be graphic artists and designers.
Professionally, graphic designers and artists may work in any of the following fields: branding, advertising, web development or publishing. They may design books, magazines, signage for wayfinding, logos or icons, websites or packaging for a new product.
Integrated Product Design • Industrial Design • 3D Design • Design Engineering • Furniture Design • Design Thinking
Product design, like graphic design, is a field with many related disciplines. In essence, product design is all about solving a problem to enhance experiences, meet unmet needs or improve functionality. Product design merges the fields of engineering, business and visual design into one multifaceted career path.
Product design comprises the whole process of problem solving — from identifying, investigating and validating a problem to designing, testing and producing a solution.
The solution (or product) can be physical or virtual. These designers are excellent at idea generation, prototyping and the creation of innovative products and services.
Residential Design • Commercial Design • Event Design & Production • Stage & Set Design
Interior designers define the way we experience space in our homes, where we work, the places we go and the events we attend.
This includes textiles, furniture and lighting design, decorative arts, graphic design and interior architecture. Interior designers work with private residences, commercial entities or public spaces.
Much like other design fields, interior design is about much more than the visual aesthetics.
Interior designers are also problem-solvers, finding creative solutions to enhance the environments we interact with while maintaining standards of ergonomics, sustainability and functionality.
Haute Couture • Ready-To-Wear • Mass Market Fashion • Textile Engineering • Fashion Merchandising • Jewellery & Accessory Design • Shoe Design
Fashion design includes all of the methodologies and processes to develop and produce wearable items, including clothing, shoes, jewelry, bags and accessories.
Designers in this field may specialise in any of fashion’s production phases, like draping, sewing and pattern making to product development and merchandising.
Fashion sketching may also fall under graphic or illustrative visual design, and is included in this category.
Architectural Engineering • Environmental / Sustainable Design • Interior Architecture • Urban Planning • Residential Architecture • Commercial Architecture • Industrial Architecture • Landscape Design
The field of architecture is the art and science of designing physical structures. It covers a diverse range of specialties and encompasses the design of any built environment.
This can go from the macro level (like urban planning and landscape architecture) to the micro level of designing a piece of furniture as part of the interior architecture of a space.