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Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be drawn towards the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.

Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.

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'Design' can mean many things to different people. For our purposes, a design is a plan or a blueprint for a visual work or product. But even this definition takes in many processes.

For example, a building design is a guide to how a planned building will look when it is finished. Product designers on the other hand will take product ideas and develop them into genuine products, not just a design on paper but a full concept of how it will function and what purpose it will serve.

Whatever the field, designers will need skills relevant to the area they work in, drawing on artistic, scientific and technological knowledge in the design process.

There are many broad categories of design discipline. Some of the most significant are product design; fashion and textiles; structures and places; digital design; visual communications; TV and film, and strategic design.

Interior design is the formulation of creative, technical and practical solutions to an interior space. It goes beyond furniture, atmosphere and colour, to materials specification and cost. Interior design solves problems of access, specification, acoustics, ergonomics, heating, lighting, internal arrangement and the suitability of space for its purpose. 

Potential careers as a designer include sectors as diverse as fashion, automobile manufacturing or video games. The type of work undertaken will be very different in each. Digital design is now the dominant method, so computer literacy and an ability to learn new applications is important. This means skills you may be required to call on include computer design software, digital images, audio processing or data visualization.