When you are working a job such as architecture or something having to do with the conceptual side of construction then you will end up using a design or even drawing one up at some point. Then there is the design that is more of a physical activity, the use of design as a verb. This is usually seen in the terms of designing a house or a living space of some kind. This action involves finding out where certain objects should be placed to achieve a balance of optimum functionality as well as aesthetical quality. Finally there is the least often used definition of design and this has to do with plans, but not plans in the sense of blueprints; these are plans in the sense of an overall scheme. The meaning of design is no less important or varied when it comes to the dream world.
To dream that you are working on plans or working on paper conceptual designs of something means that you are concerned about the future. This is not concern in the normal sense though; this signifies a kind of obsessive concern. You are constantly worried about what might happen to you so you feel the need to plan. This could be a warning that you need to stop worrying so much about what could happen and start enjoying what actually is happening. Live in the present because it is impossible to live in the future. On the flipside, this kind of dream could mean entirely the opposite. Perhaps you are not planning enough for your future and not processing enough information about how your present actions will affect your future. You want to have a balance of planning and fun in your life but not too much of either. You know yourself better than anyone, so being entirely honest with yourself it shouldn’t be hard to figure out which one of these best applies to you.
If you have a dream in which you are participating in some kind of home design or something of that nature than this means that you need to put things in your life in order. You are worried that your life has been too chaotic as of late and you think it’s time for a change. You want things to go back to the way they were when things were more predictable and you didn’t feel so backed into a corner. You need to seize control of all of the aspects of your life that you feel like are out of your hands and begin prioritizing how you need to deal with them in order to just get them out of the way.
Similarly, if you are having a dream about the other meaning of the word design then this probably means that you feel out of control of your life. You feel like everything you are doing is all part of someone else’s bigger design for your life and it is causing you a great deal of grief. This is good for nobody and it does not get to the true root of the problem to really make you feel better at all. Just try to see your own role in what you are doing and take pride in it no matter how controlled you feel. The rise in dreams such as this usually coincides with a decrease in job satisfaction.