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Working As A Textile Designer

  • Drafting, Laying Out, and Specifying Technical Devices, Parts, and Equipment
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Getting Information
  • Interacting With Computers
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Mostly Sitting

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Textile Designer Do

Industrial designers develop the concepts for manufactured products, such as cars, home appliances, and toys. They combine art, business, and engineering to make products that people use every day. Industrial designers consider the function, aesthetics, production costs, and the usability of products when developing new product concepts.

Duties

Industrial designers typically do the following:

  • Consult with clients to determine requirements for designs
  • Research the various ways a particular product might be used, and who will use it
  • Sketch out ideas or create renderings, which are images on paper or on a computer that provide a better visual of design ideas
  • Use computer software to develop virtual models of different designs
  • Create physical prototypes of their designs
  • Examine materials and manufacturing requirements to determine production costs
  • Work with other specialists such as mechanical engineers or manufacturers to evaluate whether their design concepts will fill needs at a reasonable cost
  • Evaluate product safety, appearance, and function to determine if a design is practical
  • Present designs and demonstrate prototypes to clients for approval

Some industrial designers focus on a particular product category. For example, some design medical equipment, or work on consumer electronics products, such as computers and smart phones. Other designers develop ideas for other products such as new bicycles, furniture, housewares, and snowboards. Self-employed designers have more flexibility in the product categories they work on. Designers who work for manufacturers help create the look and feel of a brand through their designs.

Industrial designers imagine how consumers might use a product and test different designs with consumers to see how each design looks and works. Industrial designers often work with engineers, production experts, and market research analysts to find out if their designs are feasible. They apply the input from their colleagues’ professional expertise to further develop their designs. For example, industrial designers may work with market research analysts to develop plans to market new product designs to consumers.

Computers are a major tool for industrial designers. They use two-dimensional computer-aided design (CAD) software to sketch ideas, because computers make it easy to make changes and show alternatives. Three-dimensional CAD software is increasingly being used by industrial designers as a tool to transform their two-dimensional designs into models with the help of three-dimensional printers. If they work for manufacturers, they also may use computer-aided industrial design (CAID) software to create specific machine-readable instructions that tell other machines exactly how to build the product.

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A bachelor’s degree is usually required for entry-level industrial design jobs. It is also important for industrial designers to have an electronic portfolio with examples of their best design projects.

Education

A bachelor’s degree in industrial design, architecture, or engineering is usually required for entry-level industrial design jobs. Most industrial design programs include courses that industrial designers need in design: drawing, computer-aided design and drafting (CADD), and three-dimensional modeling. Most programs will also include courses in business, industrial materials and processes, and manufacturing methods that industrial designers need when developing their design.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits approximately 320 postsecondary colleges, universities, and independent institutes with programs in art and design. Many schools require successful completion of some basic art and design courses before entry into a bachelor’s degree program. Applicants also may need to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability.

Many programs provide students with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of their designs by collecting examples of their designs from classroom projects, internships, or other experiences. Students can use these examples of their work to demonstrate their design skills when applying for jobs and bidding on contracts for work.

Some designers have a Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) degree which helps further develop a designer’s business skills. These skills help designers understand how to fit their designs to meet the cost limitations a firm may have for the production of a given product.

Important Qualities

Analytical skills. Industrial designers use logic or reasoning skills to study consumers and recognize the need for new products.

Artistic ability. Industrial designers sketch their initial design ideas, which are used later to create prototypes. As such, designers must be able to express their design through illustration.

Computer skills. Industrial designers use computer-aided design software to develop their designs and create prototypes.

Creativity. Industrial designers must be innovative in their designs and the ways in which they integrate existing technologies into their new product.

Interpersonal skills. Industrial designers must develop cooperative working relationships with clients and colleagues who specialize in related disciplines.

Mechanical skills. Industrial designers must understand how products are engineered, at least for the types of products that they design.

Problem-solving skills. Industrial designers identify complex design problems such as the need, size, and cost of a product, anticipate production issues, develop alternatives, evaluate options, and implement solutions.

Advancement

Experienced designers in large firms may advance to chief designer, design department head, or other supervisory positions. Some designers become teachers in design schools or in colleges and universities. For more information, see the profile on postsecondary teachers. Many teachers continue to consult privately or operate small design studios in addition to teaching. Some experienced designers open their own design firms.

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Textile Designer Career Paths

Textile Designer
Graphic Designer Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Marketing Specialist Marketing Manager
Product Marketing Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Consultant Product Manager
Product Management Director
12 Yearsyrs
Designer Manager Production Manager
Senior Production Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager Product Manager
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Mechanical Designer Design Engineer
Design Engineering Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Project Manager Vice President
Vice President Product Development
13 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Services Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Creative Director
Director Of User Experience
10 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Interior Designer Visual Merchandising Manager
Merchandising Director
9 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior Project Manager Senior Product Manager
Product Director
11 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Artist Senior Graphic Designer
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Artist Owner Art Director
Designation Marketing Director
5 Yearsyrs
Artist User Interaction Designer Product Designer
Product Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Communications Specialist Public Relations Consultant
Manager Of Special Events
5 Yearsyrs
Design Consultant Senior Design Engineer Senior Product Development Engineer
Senior Manager, Product Development
10 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Web Designer User Experience Designer
Product Lead
7 Yearsyrs
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Textile Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

71.6%

Unknown

14.7%

Male

13.8%
Ethnicity

White

53.3%

Asian

17.0%

Hispanic or Latino

15.2%

Black or African American

9.8%

Unknown

4.7%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

26.5%

Japanese

11.8%

French

11.8%

Chinese

8.8%

Hindi

5.9%

Urdu

5.9%

Portuguese

2.9%

Telugu

2.9%

Chickasaw

2.9%

Cherokee

2.9%

Yoruba

2.9%

Cantonese

2.9%

Mandarin

2.9%

Arabic

2.9%

Tamil

2.9%

Italian

2.9%
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Textile Designer Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

34.3%

Savannah College of Art and Design

7.3%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

7.3%

Parsons the New School for Design

6.9%

Philadelphia University

6.9%

Rhode Island School of Design

6.9%

Academy of Art University

5.1%

Syracuse University

2.6%

School of Visual Arts

2.6%

North Carolina State University

2.2%

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

2.2%

Boston University

1.8%

South University-The Art Institute of Dallas

1.8%

Otis College of Art and Design

1.8%

Columbus College of Art and Design

1.8%

Michigan State University

1.8%

University of Georgia

1.8%

Maryland Institute College of Art

1.8%

University of North Texas

1.5%

Drexel University

1.5%
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Majors

Graphic Design

33.5%

Apparel And Textiles

29.4%

Fine Arts

19.4%

Business

2.3%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

2.2%

Interior Design

2.0%

Design And Visual Communication

1.4%

English

1.1%

Computer Science

0.9%

Computer Applications

0.9%

Entertainment Business

0.7%

Drafting And Design

0.7%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.7%

Photography

0.7%

Digital Media

0.7%

Elementary Education

0.7%

Textile Sciences And Engineering

0.7%

Communication

0.7%

Animation

0.7%

Management

0.5%
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Degrees

Bachelors

53.2%

Masters

15.2%

Other

13.6%

Associate

11.7%

Certificate

3.8%

Diploma

1.9%

Doctorate

0.5%

License

0.2%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$42,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
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Best Paying Company
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Highest Paying City
San Francisco, CA
Highest Paying State
Washington
Avg Experience Level
4.2 years
How much does a Textile Designer make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Textile Designer in the United States is $74,372 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $42,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $129,000.

Real Textile Designer Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Senior Textile Print Designer Nordstrom, Inc. Seattle, WA Mar 22, 2013 $116,000
Textile Designer Createx Corp. New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $90,000
Textile Designer II, Bed and Bath Calvin Klein Inc. New York, NY Aug 26, 2013 $85,801
Textile Designer Createx Corp. New York, NY Dec 01, 2011 $80,000
Textile Designer JLM Couture, Inc. New York, NY Sep 20, 2014 $75,000
Designer-Textiles Williams-Sonoma, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 10, 2013 $73,944 -
$111,000
Designer-Textiles Williams-Sonoma, Inc. San Francisco, CA Oct 06, 2013 $73,944 -
$111,000
Senior Textile Designer LF USA, Inc. Alta, CA Jan 01, 2014 $73,500
Textile Designer Collection XIIX, Ltd. New York, NY Oct 01, 2015 $72,000
Textile Designer Sysco Guest Supply, LLC Monmouth Junction, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $72,000
Textile Designer City Prints LLC New York, NY Oct 01, 2014 $70,000
Textile Designer Y.M.F. Carpets, Inc. New York, NY Apr 23, 2013 $70,000
Textile Designer Dyenamix Inc. New York, NY Sep 15, 2013 $57,200
Textile Designer Carnegie Fabrics, Inc. New York, NY Oct 01, 2013 $55,120
Textile Designer Sacco Carpet Corporation New York, NY Sep 24, 2013 $55,000
SR. Textile Designer Peacock Apparel Group, Inc. New York, NY Oct 15, 2012 $54,721
Textile Designer Johnson Controls, Inc. Plymouth, MI Oct 01, 2012 $52,749 -
$78,700
Textile Designer Sage Automotive Interiors, Inc. Greenville, SC Aug 26, 2015 $52,083
Textiles Designer for Soft Furnishings Welcome Industrial Corp. New York, NY Apr 18, 2016 $52,000
Graphic Textile Designer Mitsosa Group, Inc. New York, NY Jan 09, 2016 $51,979
Textile Designer Design Works International Inc. New York, NY Oct 25, 2011 $43,950
Textile Designer Aw Chang Corporation New York, NY Sep 29, 2012 $43,950
Textile Designer Design Works International Inc. New York, NY Nov 01, 2011 $43,827
Textile Designer Rag & Bone Industries LLC New York, NY Jan 31, 2011 $43,742
Textile Designer Kalaty Rug Corp Hicksville, NY Dec 01, 2014 $43,076
Textile Designer Kalaty Rug Corporation Hicksville, NY Nov 30, 2015 $43,076
Textile Designer Tanuki Corp New York, NY Jan 16, 2012 $42,784
Textile Designer Design Works International Inc. New York, NY Oct 14, 2011 $42,640

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Top Skills for A Textile Designer

  1. Textile
  2. CAD
  3. Adobe Photoshop
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  • Constructed an array of Repeats and successfully uploaded to manufacturers for textile printing.
  • Prepared all CAD artwork files for production including color separations, color ways and repeats according to industry standards.
  • Design and edit variations of arrangements on Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
  • Create repeat patterns, such as: half-drop, brick repeat, straight repeat, and random repeat.
  • Assisted designers in critiquing, trend research, studio upkeep, as well as individual projects.

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