Monday, June 27, 2011

Overview of Textile Design Process

The textile design process can involve a designer in many different activities, from deciding what to design, through controlling the production of sample ranges and establishing production specifications to controlling design storage systems. 
The design process is investigative, creative and rational, and involves decisions being made.  The design process starts with a need, involves research, ideas generation and design development, and ends with a new design.  Design projects have to be completed to schedules and within set budgets, so efficient project management and time management are important.  Planning is about managing and controlling events to achieve a goal or goals.  The aims and objectives of any project require to be identified.  This is usually done at the briefing meeting, and here checklists can be helpful tool.  There are different methods that can be used to help in planning projects.  These include backwards planning.  Gantt charts and network analysis.  How an individual uses time is unique to that individual.  Planning how to best use time is crucial.  Research is important to the designer – both primary and secondary research.  Information can be gathered from a variety of sources and in different ways.  Generation of ideas can be aided by brainstorming and this can be carried out formally or very informally.  Range planning, range development and presentation are vital functions o the textile design process.

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