Nicola B is textile designer at Boden. She says "to actually go shopping, as a girl, for your job, part of your job is brilliant". She says "we research like the trends, the colour pallets, start looking at what sort of shapes are coming through, new designs, and we shop sort of around the world for inspiration for vintage prints" and then comes back to the studio to design.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionProduct, clothing and related designers plan, direct and undertake the creation of designs for new industrial and commercial products, clothing and related fashion accessories, costumes and wigs, and for building interiors and stage sets.
QualificationsEntrants have usually completed a foundation course, BTEC/SQA award, degree and or postgraduate qualification. NVQs/SVQs in Fashion Design and Design are available at Level 2, as are apprenticeships at Levels 2 and 3.
- Liaises with client to determine the purpose, cost, technical specification and potential uses/users of product;
- Undertakes research to determine market trends, production requirements, availability of resources and formulates design concepts;
- Prepares sketches, designs, patterns or prototypes for textiles, clothing, footwear, jewellery, fashion accessories, set props, wigs, ceramics, plastics, motor vehicles, domestic appliances and engineering products;
- Prepares sketches, designs, mock-ups and storyboards for consideration by theatre/film director or client;
- Submits design to management, sales department or client for approval, communicates design rationale and makes any necessary alterations;
- Specifies materials, production method and finish for aesthetic or functional effect, and oversees production of sample and/or finished product;
- Observes and manages intellectual property issues.