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Designer / Maker - Craft

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Education
Most occupations in this zone require job specific training (vocational training) related to the occupation (NFQ Levels 5 and 6 or higher), related on-the-job experience, or a relevant professional award.

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Previous work-related skills, knowledge, or experience is required for these occupations. For example, several years of full or part-time employment in the area may suffice.

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€20k > 50
Designer
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 50
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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Occupational Category

Design Occupations

Also included in this category:

Graphic designers; product, clothing and related designers (e.g. fashion designers; interior designers; furniture and textile designers)

Number Employed:

6,600

Part time workers: 13%
Aged over 55: 9%
Male / Female: 44 / 56%
Non-Nationals: 20%
With Third Level: 77%
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Crafts-based 'designer-makers' create products that bring together art, form and functionality for commercial purposes.


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There are a number of different design areas. These can be grouped in the following way:  
 

    • Fashion and textile design (clothing, jewellery, shoes, carpets)

 

    • Graphic design (using illustration, print and photography to convey a message)

 

    • Product design (furniture, domestic appliances, cars, ceramics)

 

  • Interior design (homes, offices, exhibitions).


 
In each of these areas designers might work in industry, designing things for mass production, or on small scale projects in workshops, either on their own or with just a few other people (sometimes called designer-craftwork).  
 
Whatever area they work in, all designers go through similar stages in their work. The first stage therefore is to do some research to ascertain what other products are on the market, what are the best materials to use, how much will it cost to make and how easy will it be to produce?  
 
When they have all the information they need, the designer produces a series of drawings and rough sketches to show to the client. If these are accepted, they come up with a finished design and sometimes a working model or prototype. If the designer is working in industry these will be passed onto production staff that use them to make the finished product. Designers working on small scale projects often have to make the finished item themselves.


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As a designer, you will need to be artistic and have original ideas. Drawing skills are vital. You will also need an appreciation of colour, shape and form. In many areas of design it is important to have some technical knowledge, for example the properties of the different materials you might use.  
 
Good communication skills are always helpful - designers need to work with clients and other professionals. Self-employed designers will need business skills so that they can do costing and pricing, sales and marketing and book-keeping.


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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
Tel: (056) 77 61804
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Organisation: Institute of Designers in Ireland
Address: The Digital Hub, Roe Lane, Thomas St., Dublin 8
Tel: (01) 489 3650
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