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Become A Textile Designer

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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

  • $45,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Textile Designer Do At Eileen Fisher

* Conceive product with Creative Director
* Develop design methods/ design approaches that can be executed by Production Assistant and/or Seamstress
* Implement design methods during production and train Production Assistant and Seamstress in this process
* Create, guide and supervise technology driven exploration of experimental projects during the creation of the product
* Conduct work journal and create records of experimental work
* Partner with Project Manager in creating and maintaining production schedules

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How To Become A Textile Designer

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.


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.


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 Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Asian

  • Hispanic or Latino

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • German

  • Urdu

  • Arabic

  • Italian

  • Telugu

  • Chickasaw

  • Cantonese

  • Cherokee

  • Mandarin

  • Hindi

  • Tamil

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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 -
Designer-Textiles Williams-Sonoma, Inc. San Francisco, CA Jun 10, 2013 $73,944 -
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 -
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 Envogue International LLC. New York, NY Aug 16, 2014 $44,000
Textile Designer Aw Chang Corporation New York, NY Sep 29, 2012 $43,950
Textile Designer Design Works International Inc. New York, NY Oct 25, 2011 $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

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Top Skills for A Textile Designer


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Top Textile Designer Skills

  1. Woven Fabrics
  2. Original Textile Designs
  3. Trend Research
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Designed woven fabrics for men's, women's and children's wear accounts.
  • Developed original textile designs for automotive upholstery customers at Ford, GM, and Chrysler.
  • Conducted trend research for the home to develop a greater understanding of the mass market.
  • Used latest design software to execute original illustrated textile graphics, repeat prints, stripes, and textures.
  • Led product development driven by market research, competitive analysis, global trend review and staying aware of new technical developments.

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