11 Jun How To Become A Print / Pattern / Textile Designer
First of all, are you an artistic soul? If the answer to this comes ‘NO’, move back to what you were doing right before coming to this article unless you were not looking for someone else specifically.
For becoming any type of designer, you have to come face to face with your artistic or creative side. Without that it’ll be a great challenge for you to become a good designer because a designer is a creator of something new, always! At least that’s what the clients make sure! 😉
But, if you have realized your artistic abilities, here come the 6 keys that make you unlock your path to becoming a designer.
HOW TO BECOME A TEXTILE DESIGNER
1. MUST HAVE DRAWING AND PAINTING SKILLS
To become a pattern or a textile designer, you must have some painting or drawing skills. These skills will allow you to bring your imagination into the existence. If you’re a good illustrator, you’ll have no limits to what you can create because it’s all about the elements in a design and those elements are nothing but your illustrations. If you’re not a pro, the best tip to get ahead would be, ‘keep practicing’! That’s what I do!
2. LEARN PHOTOSHOP
You must learn Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator or any other CAD (Computer-aided design) software. Through these software programs, you can play with the elements and make unique patterns. These programs allow you to edit the elements in many ways and you can easily come out with different patterns from the limited elements. And the software like Adobe Illustrator allows you to make illustrations from the scratch right on the computer system. Adobe Photoshop and all similar software programs are vast but if you just learn the basics and the pattern specific tools, you can kick-start your career as a surface pattern designer and rest of the journey will follow.
3. CREATE A PORTFOLIO
Being in a creative field, you must have an online portfolio to showcase your work. It plays a key role in attracting your clientele. Your portfolio should represent your illustrations and the designs you’ve created so far. Behance, Dribble, LinkedIn and many more online portfolio sites are available on the internet and if you can afford, you can create your own website portfolio as well, just like I did!
4. UPDATE REGULARLY ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND STAY ACTIVE
Social media marketing is another road you must walk simultaneously. Making your presence on social media will help you reach your potential clients easy and quick. Use correct tags and your account will definitely grow on social media. In all the social media accounts, Instagram is a MUST! Check mine for example. Make sure to update your posts religiously and stay active.
5. FOLLOW POPULAR ACCOUNTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND ENGAGE
There are many designers who have established their names in their print/pattern/textile designing career. Make sure to follow them on social platforms as learning is infinite and you’d know how to move further ahead. There are also some group or community pages on Instagram who are supporting and sharing the work of designers and artists on a common platform like Surface Patterns, Illustrationow, Surface Pattern Community, etc. You’ll find many other communities once you start exploring it more. Also, engage yourself on social media with your comments and likes which helps you build a relationship with other designers.
6. BE A MULTITASKER AND CONSISTENT
When you’re a designer, especially when you start, you are alone. You’re your own boss and you’ve to do everything on your own. From creating a design to selling it, everything adds-up to your To-Do list so make sure that you’re a multitasker who’s able to manage well. And even when rough times come, stay consistent with whatever you’re doing at the moment. Don’t stop with the plan. Perseverance is the key to success.
This is entirely how I worked it out for myself and I hope my knowledge is helpful enough for you to gather your thoughts about how to become a textile designer. Good luck for your future and hope to see you joining the squad! 🙂