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.