A textile designer is someone who designs patterns for knitted or woven textiles and fabrics. Textile designers will create decorative designs for a variety of products, including clothing, towels, furniture, carpeting, paper-based products, and accessories. Textile designers will have to learn to work with a variety of different materials and fabrics used in textile design.
Like most individuals with modern design jobs, textile designers must be familiar with computer-aided design software in order to create their designs. They should be familiar with a variety of computer applications, such as Adobe Illustrator and other vector-based drawing programs, which they use to render their designs. Because this is a job in the creative field, textile designers should also be artistically inclined. Having expertise in color theory is especially important, as the way colors work together is a major factor in textile design. Many textile designers go to art school to get the formal training they need to be effective textile designers. Others may go through a college or university's specific graphic design program.
Textile designers will usually work for companies that produce clothing or home furnishings. They might be hired as a member of the company's design department, or they might be hired on commission to create designs for a specific product. If they are working as part of a company's team, a textile designer will work regular business hours. However, if they are being hired as a freelance designer, textile designers may set their own hours in accordance with the deadline set by the company hiring them.
Textile Designer Tasks
- Translate verbal objectives to artistic designs and prototypes.
- Adapt and update designs, patterns and colors.
- Follow up with manufacturers and sales teams to ensure product quality.
- Create original designs for specified audiences and fabrics.
- Review textile samples, provide feedback and write reports.