Design is everywhere. Product design. Furniture design. Graphic design. Clothing design.
If you brushed your teeth this morning, if you drove to work, if you used a smart-phone, if you obeyed a road sign, if youre reading this article, if youre sitting in a chair, if youve ever filled out a ballot, if youve dined beneath the Golden Arches, if youve ever picked one wine over another because of the label, if youre wearing pants and please be wearing pants then youre an active participant in the design economy.
Basically the only prerequisite for being a consumer of design in the 21st century is to not be dead. And even this isnt a hard limit. For instance, if you hand-select your own coffin or urn before you kick the bucket, then your mortal parts will remain the everlasting beneficiaries of that final design choice.