How to open DESIGN files

Did your computer fail to open a DESIGN file? We explain what DESIGN files are and recommend software that we know can open or convert your DESIGN files.

What is a DESIGN file?

The DESIGN file extension indicates to your device which app can open the file. However, different programs may use the DESIGN file type for different types of data.

While we do not yet describe the DESIGN file format and its common uses, we do know which programs are known to open these files, as we receive dozens of suggestions from users like yourself every day about specific file types and which programs they use to open them.

We are continually working on adding more file type descriptions to the site, so if you have information about DESIGN files that you think will help others, please use the Update Info link below to submit it to us - we'd love to hear from you!

Generic DESIGN

These apps are known to open certain types of DESIGN files. Since many different programs may use DESIGN files for different purposes, you may need to try a few of the apps to open your specific DESIGN file.

Microsoft Expression DesignMicrosoft Expression DesignUser submitted
National Geographic DesignsNational Geographic DesignsUser submitted
Helvar DesignerHelvar DesignerUser submitted

Try a universal file viewer

Try a universal file viewer like Free File Viewer. It can open over 200 different types of files - and most likely yours too. Download Free File Viewer here.

We have not verified any programs that we know for certain can work with DESIGN-files on Mac. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!
We have not verified any online services that we know for certain can work with DESIGN-files. If you know one, please use the Suggest link below and tell us about it!