Designer (Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery)

Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers use creative and material expertise to design and oversee the planning and implementation of manufacturing clothing, jewellery and other products. They may create sample products to sell to customers or create custom designs based on clients vision or specifications.

Duties and tasks

  • Evaluate client desires and requirements in order to offer designs that meet all aspects of clients requests; modify designs according to clients wishes
  • Explore product functions, utilities and visual possibilities and choose suitable combination for budget and intentions
  • Manage the manufacturing process from design to production to achieve design objectives
  • Plan ideal material and process requirements and create an estimated budget for total production costs
  • Prepare models, drawings and diagrams of product designs for clients to review
  • Work closely with clients, managers, sales and manufacturing teams to achieve optimal design and finished product

Skills required

  • Analytical
  • Artistic Skills
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking Skills
  • Strong Attention to Detail

Working conditions

Fashion, Industrial and Jewellery Designers usually work in offices, workshops or design studios. They typically work regular Monday to Friday hours, but may need to work evenings or weekends in order to meet deadlines. Designers may need to travel to meet with clients or potential buyers.

Professional associations / Industry information

Australian Fashion Council Australia's principal industry organisation for Australian fashion businesses 

The Council of Textile & Fashion Industries of Australia (TFIA) 

The Design Institute of Australia (DIA) Australias professional membership body for designers and design businesses 

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