The System.ComponentModel.Design namespace contains classes that developers can use to build custom design-time behavior for components and user interfaces for configuring components at design time. The design time environment provides systems that enable developers to arrange components and configure their properties. Some components may require specific design-time only behavior to function properly in a design time environment. It may also be valuable to provide custom user interfaces which assist developers in configuring components or the values of complex data types. The classes and interfaces defined within this namespace can be used to build design-time behavior for components, access design-time services, and implement customized design-time configuration interfaces.
The classes in this namespace include:
A basic IDesigner interface that you can use to customize design-time behavior for specific types of components.
Provides an interface that enables a designer to access and filter the dictionaries of a TypeDescriptor that stores the property, attribute, and event descriptors that a component designer can expose to the design-time environment.
Provides an interface for obtaining references to objects within a project by name or type, obtaining the name of a specified object, and for locating the parent of a specified object within a designer project.