A designer is someone who designs the structure or form of something prior to it being constructed, usually by sketching or planning the shape or layout. Unlike artisans, designers usually have their own specialized fields of expertise, such as in furniture-making or architecture. A good designer knows how to blend technical knowledge with aesthetic sense.
A designer can work on his/her own, independently, or for a firm, though most designers are employed by firms that are engaged in the business of building or constructing large structures. Most large companies employ at least one designer who specializes in planning and designing. Designer’s work is usually very carefully planned and executed to meet the needs and requirements of their clients. The main responsibility of a designer is to create designs or plans that are technically flawless and that comply with all local and national laws.
A designer’s hourly rate depends on a number of factors, including the amount of time the designer has to spend on the project and the complexity of the design work involved. Some designers are paid per hour while others charge an hourly rate that includes overtime. Some designers charge per project while others work on a freelance basis and only get paid when their client is satisfied with the end result of his/her project. Many designers also belong to unions that negotiate on their behalf with construction companies and receive a percentage of the fee they are entitled to. In addition, some designers belong to professional organizations such as Association of Builders of America and the Associated Builders of America.