Posted by R. Berg on October 25, 2003
In Reply to: Designs on himself posted by Lotg on October 25, 2003
: : This means he's got intentions for her, got his eye on her, plans, etc. Why designs and how did it come about?
: Actually another variation on the use of this terms is to say that someone has designs on themselves, suggesting, they're conceited. Again, why designs?
: I've gone a bit mad this morning typing, I'll get off now and go out for brekky.
"Design" meant a mental plan, an intention, before it meant anything to do with graphics. Check a good dictionary (one weighing more than a pound) for the historical sequence of meanings.