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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

  • $59,232

    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 Artist Production Manager Account Executive
Brand Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Designer Project Manager Program Manager
Business Development Manager
9 Yearsyrs
Graphic Artist Designer Graphic Designer
Creative Director & Designer
5 Yearsyrs
Design Director Senior Art Director
Creative Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Graphic Designer Art Director
Creative Services Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Senior Designer
Design Director
7 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Designer
Design Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Design Manager
Design Manager/Senior Designer
9 Yearsyrs
Graphic Designer Production Manager General Manager
Director Of Sales
10 Yearsyrs
Stylist Sales Consultant Director Of Sales
Director Of Sales, Americas
13 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Product Development Manager Senior Buyer
Divisional Merchandise Manager
10 Yearsyrs
Stylist Specialist Merchandiser
Merchandising Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Product Designer Product Engineer Product Development Manager
Product Design Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Computer Aided Design Designer Project Manager Product Manager
Product Development Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Senior Designer Art Director Account Executive
Sales/Marketing
5 Yearsyrs
Designer Art Director Freelance Designer
Senior Designer
7 Yearsyrs
Freelance Designer Senior Designer Art Director
Senior Designer/Art Director
6 Yearsyrs
Product Development Manager Business Developer Product Developer
Senior Product Developer
8 Yearsyrs
Product Development Manager Marketing Manager Social Media Manager
Strategist
7 Yearsyrs
Design Director Creative Director Senior User Experience Designer
User Experience Manager
9 Yearsyrs
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Textile Designer Demographics

Gender

Female

78.3%

Male

15.4%

Unknown

6.3%
Ethnicity

White

52.8%

Asian

16.9%

Hispanic or Latino

15.3%

Black or African American

9.7%

Unknown

5.3%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

20.8%

Chinese

12.5%

Japanese

12.5%

French

12.5%

Telugu

4.2%

Chickasaw

4.2%

Cherokee

4.2%

Cantonese

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Hindi

4.2%

Urdu

4.2%

Arabic

4.2%

Tamil

4.2%

Italian

4.2%
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Textile Designer Education

Schools

Fashion Institute of Technology

41.5%

Savannah College of Art and Design

8.5%

Philadelphia University

5.6%

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

4.9%

Syracuse University

4.2%

Rhode Island School of Design

4.2%

Parsons the New School for Design

3.5%

Academy of Art University

2.8%

South University-The Art Institute of Dallas

2.8%

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2.8%

University of Georgia

2.8%

North Carolina State University

2.1%

University of Northern Iowa

2.1%

University of Massachusetts - Dartmouth

2.1%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

2.1%

Michigan State University

2.1%

Moore College of Art and Design

1.4%

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

1.4%

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

1.4%

Drexel University

1.4%
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Majors

Apparel And Textiles

31.5%

Graphic Design

29.2%

Fine Arts

19.5%

Business

2.7%

Specialized Sales And Merchandising

1.9%

Drafting And Design

1.6%

Interior Design

1.6%

Elementary Education

1.6%

Animation

1.2%

Photography

1.2%

Computer Science

1.2%

General Education, Specific Areas

0.8%

Graphic Communications

0.8%

Digital Media

0.8%

Marketing

0.8%

Computer Applications

0.8%

Business Communications

0.8%

Advertising

0.8%

Communication

0.8%

Visual And Performing Arts

0.8%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.4%

Masters

17.6%

Associate

13.2%

Other

12.8%

Certificate

3.0%

Diploma

0.7%

Doctorate

0.3%
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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 Oct 06, 2013 $73,944 -
$111,000
Designer-Textiles Williams-Sonoma, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 10, 2013 $73,944 -
$111,000
Senior Textile Designer LF USA, Inc. Alta, CA Jan 01, 2014 $73,500
Textile Designer Sysco Guest Supply, LLC Monmouth Junction, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $72,000
Textile Designer Collection XIIX, Ltd. New York, NY 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. Original Art
  2. Fabric
  3. Trend Research
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  • Executed original artwork for woven & print groups.
  • Developed new and innovative worsted fabrics for menswear clothing line by designing technical construction layouts using computer aided design program.
  • Assisted designers in critiquing, trend research, studio upkeep, as well as individual projects.
  • Served as artist/illustrator for internal art assignments
  • Collaborated with design director, trend manager, and product development to establish trend-right textile designs.

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