Sky Is The Limit: 11 Careers For The Love Of Design

Whenever you hear the word “designing”, what image does it create in your mind? A person with a pencil in his hand, and sketching some classy outfits? Or a person standing in her studio with glamorous models? If this is what comes to your mind, then you might see fashion designing, as the only design option there is. There is much more to this field, as designing is not limited to the world of fashion. In this article, we will explore different sectors and domains of designing which you might be unaware of:

1-Interior Designing:

Interior designers helps in the planning and decorating of the interior spaces in either commercial or residential buildings. Some interior designers even work with architects during the initial planning stages of a building. This will help the architects design comfortable and more functional space. E.g. an interior designer may guide and assist with window placement, floor plans, etc. Hence their main job is the optimal utilization of the space available through professional designs that are efficient, eye-catching, unique and safe. As people are becoming more and more particular about their homes, and the space available is shrinking, the demand for interior designers is on a rise.

Education:  To become an interior designer, you can straight away pursue a Bachelor’s in Interior Designing, or else you can first pursue Bachelor’s in designing followed by a diploma in interior designing. To get admission in Bachelor’s in Interior Designing, you will be required to clear entrance exams of various institutes, which will assess you on design aptitude, perception, logical reasoning, general proficiency, etc. The written exam is followed by a personal interview, during which you can showcase your portfolio; in some universities, it is mandatory.

Top Institutes: CEPT University, Indian school of Design and Innovation, MIT- Institute of Design, J D institute of Fashion Technology, National Institute of Fashion Designing, etc.


2-Accessory Designing / Jewellery Designing

The scarfs, belts, bracelets, bags, rings, etc. that we often wear to accessorize our outfits, are designed by accessory and jewellery designers. Their role ranges from planning everything, right from the aesthetics to the functionality, for the different accessories we wear. They research and procure different fabrics, materials, gems, etc. to be used for various designs. An accessory designer should be up-to-date on the past, current, and future fashion trends.  They can also specialize in an area such as jewellery designing and work for brands like Tanishq, Swarovski, Nakshatra, Gili, etc. and some antique or art auction houses. They set trends, and are up-to-date with the fashion trends.  Apart from just designing, they work in the apparel manufacturing industry to amalgamate accessories that best suit the garment, and complete the look.

Education: A degree in accessory designing is recommended as during your educational period you will be exposed to old and current fashion trends, history of fashion, accessory designing and conceptualization, CAD (Computer Aided Design), fashion marketing and advertising, etc. The admission to the various top colleges is through entrance exams.

Top Institutes: NIFT, NID, SNDT Women’s University, FDDI, International Institute of Gemological Science, etc.


3-Leather Designing

Leather designers are those who design leather items such as handbags, luggage, belts, leather jackets, footwear, and even musical instruments. They work in the areas of development of leather products, merchandising, manufacturing, quality assurance, etc. Apart from designing and the core work, they visit fashion shows, leather exhibitions, etc.

Education: You can pursue your graduation in (B. Des in Leather Designing). You will gain exposure to the fashion industry through field trips and tannery training. You will learn skills such as leather cutting, coloring and dyeing, padding, stitching, pasting, polishing, etc. during your graduation and post-graduation. The admission to the various degree courses is through entrances, though you can get a direct admission to the diploma and certificate courses.

Colleges: NIFT, FDDI, Central Footwear Training Institute


4—Textile and Apparel Designing: 

Textile designing refers to the design and preparation of fabrics. They are solely responsible for the task of creating artwork for textiles (fabrics). People often mistakenly assume the work of fashion designers and textile designers to be the same. However, unlike fashion designers, textile designers are responsible for setting up seamless design repeats. The entire fabric can be printed utilizing the same design. A fashion designer uses these fabrics to design the final garment.

Education:  B.Des. in Textile and Apparel design is the first step which can be followed by a Masters. The program will provide you with an exposure of printing methods, sewing techniques, dying techniques and basic inputs in garment design. You will be trained to design fabrics for public spaces/exhibition/interiors, automobile industry etc.

Top Colleges: NID, NIFT, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, National Institute Of Interior and Fashion Technology (NIIFT), IIT, Institute of design, SNDT Women’s University, etc.


5—UX/ UI Designing

This field of designing is concerned with making the experience of users of software applications as easy and pleasurable as possible. UX designers ensure that once a customer/client lands on a website or application, their experience of buying the product should be fun and easy. On the other hand, UI designers design websites after conducting research on the target audience and understanding customer behavior.

Top Institutes:  NID, There are various certifications offered at EdX, coursera, etc. which are recognized.


6-Graphic Designing

Graphic designers create visually appealing designs using both images and text for various brochures, logos, advertisements, websites, etc. Graphic designers can work with newspapers, magazines, advertising publishers, websites, multi-national companies, etc.

Education: To perform well in the area one should be updated with the latest software like Adobe Photoshop, Corel Draw, Illustrator, etc. During the B.Des (Graphic designing) you will get the exposure of these softwares. They also need to be proficient with programming languages such as HTML, CSS, etc.

Top Colleges: National Institute of Design, Industrial Design Centre IIT, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, Symbiosis Institute of Design


7- Cartoon Designing

Cartoonist is an artist who expresses their ideas, feelings, thoughts through their sketches and cartoons. They can make political, satirical or social cartoons according to the area of their interest. Cartoonists may work for advertising agency, newspaper, magazine or publishing firm or may freelance.

Education: You can pursue your graduation in fine arts or animation, drawing, illustration, fine art, painting, animation, etc. During the degree you will learn drawing, painting, illustration, computer graphics, and photography, etc. You can pursue additional degree in graphics.

Top Institutes:  Indian Institute of cartoonists, National Institute of Design, NID Sir JJ School of Art, IIT, etc.


9- Automobile Designing

Automobile designers design the interior, as well as the exterior of vehicles you see on the road including trucks, cars, vans, buses, bikes, etc.  They work with other designers and engineers in a team to come up with the designs.

Education:  To enter this field, you should have science stream in your class 12th. There are colleges offering bachelors programs specialized in automobile designing. Automobile designers can pursue graduation in mechanical engineering which will help them build their base in the subject. During the engineering they will read about both the designing aspects of the machines as well as the how they function. During the program you will be taught 2D-3D design techniques, analysis skills needed to underpin design work, Composites, Fluid Dynamics,  Automotive Modelling, etc.

Maruti Suzuki, General Motors, Cummins India, Honda, Tata Motors, Mahindra and Mahindra, TVS Motors, etc. have their R&D centers in India.  Even the luxury carmakers like Audi, has tied up with Idea Works Designs, through which they target the top designing schools for recruitments. Designing schools in India.  Even Renault India has a designing studio in Mumbai.

Top Institutes:  National Institute of Design, Maharashtra Institute of Technology, Institute of Design, Indian Institute of Technology.


10-Industrial/Product designing

Industrial designers develop ideas, plan and style manufactured products. They think critically to maximize efficiency of production. Industrial designing uses both applied art as well as applied science to improve the aesthetics, design, usability, etc.

Education:  During the B.Des (Industrial Design), the student learn different designing processes, various product designing, product detaining, materials, computer aided techniques etc. You can also pursue diploma in industrial/product designing. After the completion of your education, you can work in manufacturing sector, specialized design services, engineering, and related services, wholesale trade, etc.

Colleges:  National institute of Design, Symbiosis Institute of Design, IIT, Indian Institute of Science, SrishtiSchool of Design and Technology, MIT institute of Design.


11-Tattoo Designing

Tattoo designing is one of the oldest form of designing which has gain much popularity recently. They are experts at creating permanent and temporary images, designs, words, etc. on human skin.  It has become a fashion statement.  Tattoo designing is not just simple designing, the designer should be very efficient with his work as a single wrong stroke can make the whole design wrong. Hence, it the person should be above 18 to pursue tattoo designing.

Education: Though, there is no educational qualification required to be a tattoo artist, it is advisable to pursue a diploma in tattoo designing. During the diploma, you will learn about the history of tattooing, using different machines and needles, detail of human skin structure, practice on artificial skin, etc. Different artists should train under different established tattoo artist to gain experience and expertise in the area.

Diplomas: There are no graduation courses offered in the field. You can pursue a diploma in Tattoo designing from institutes like Angel Tattoo Design studio, Inkschool, etc.         

Hence, designing is much more than just fashion designing and is not limited to the fashion world. If you have a creative aptitude and you can express your ideas through your designs, you can explore this field.

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