Designs are patterns that can be used for numerous purposes in the Animal Crossing series. Each design may be bought for 350 Bells at the Able Sisters in both Wild World and City Folk (or 500 bells in New Leaf). Designs can be used for clothing, umbrellas, hats, carpeting, and wallpaper, although in Wild World and all games afterward, designs can be overlaid on the ground. Designs placed on the ground occupy one square unit and prevent weeds from sprouting in the area where the pattern is dropped. They can also be displayed in a house as a painting or used as wallpaper and flooring. In Animal Crossing, the player can put a design on whose front door; as of now, it is the only game in the series to allow this action. Designs can also be displayed in Able Sisters, and villagers in the town might end up wearing them. Visiting players may also obtain any of the designs displayed in the shop.
All games allow designs to be used as clothing and accessories, but later games also offer other uses for designs:
- Clothing, Umbrellas, Hats: all games
- Wallpaper, Carpets: all games
- Paintings: all games
- Tiles on the ground: Wild World, City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons
- Placed on the front door: Animal Crossing only
- Customize furniture: New Leaf, New Horizons
- Pro Designs (for customizing clothing): City Folk, New Leaf, New Horizons
Pro designs (City Folk and later)
Beginning in City Folk, the player can create pro designs. This means that there can be different designs on the left sleeve, right sleeve, front, and back of a shirt. However, the player has to talk to Mabel and pay 350 Bells (500 in New Leaf) to create a pro design, whereas the player can create a regular design anywhere. New Leaf allows new choices, such as long sleeve, short sleeve, and sleeveless dresses and shirts. Hats can also be created with pro designs.
If a player edits a design that's in use on their island, any paintings and mannequins with that design will disappear; designs on clothing, furniture or the ground will be updated with the new version; but designs used as face paint, town flag, custom phone case or displayed at the Able's Sisters shop will not update and will need to be replaced to match the newer edit.