In a lot of commercial products, the appearance also matters just like any other qualities of a textile. In industrial textiles, the visual appearance is not given that much attention because there are more factors in the making of the product than that of the appearance of it. But, even these companies need to display it in a way that it is pleasing to the eyes of the buyers or customer. In the market, the quality and the appearance are really the two major things that are needed to be considered by buyers. Textiles are widely used because it is made to make anything lively or decorative. It is used as embellishments even on furniture, windows or clothing items. The role of the textile designer in this industry is to make these fabrics appear beautiful and high in quality at the same time.
Textile mills need one design director, many artists and a stylist for each of the divisions of the mill. They usually work closely on the mill with the other people or workers in it. The design director is responsible for the many areas and processes of the company in the artistic side. The artists and designers of the company will answer and report to him. He or she will also answer and report to the president of the cooling company.
STYLISTS are the individuals who make sure that development of the fabric for the company is going well. These fabrics will be designed, developed and even edited and they are going to sold and showcased to the market per season depending on the company. They organize and they direct the artists of the company in developing the color of the designs and they go to manufacturing to get samples of the product so that they could get it out on the market. They are not the ones who are going to do the art on paper but they are the people who should know what product should their company be producing every season and they make sure that the line goes out to the market on time.
ARTISTS are the ones doing the art on actual paper. There are different kinds of stylists; the MILL STYLIST is a designer who makes sure that the manufacturing plant does what the head stylist instructed.
The many jobs of textile designer can overlap with each other and one person can do more than 1 job per textile manufacturer depending on his or her talent and the organizational structure of the company.
Textile designers can also work for independent studios that produce and sell product design to the mills. They usually produce designs on a free-lance basis and the studio will then receive a commission when it is sold to mills. They are usually not in office but they make these designs and they find mills or studios which will be interested in the design. They make money for themselves and they make money for others, for example, for the studio who receives the commission when that design is sold to a manufacturer.