This branch of design deals with the tailoring, planning, development and drawing of clothing. It is one of the few branches of design that works only with companies and never with individuals. The textile designer develops garments to be produced in bulks, or in some cases, handcrafted. This discipline must combine the functional abilities of an object with its formal traits.
In textile design formal problems are constantly affected by society. In the case of industrial design, caring for formal problems consists of adapting the object for it to be aesthetically attractive for the on going fashion. The question is that the industrial objects trend changes with the passing of time and the clothing trend changes with the passing of seasons. An industrial designer can not neglect the changes produced by the fashion world in the way society dresses.
Certainly, as design professionals, textile designers can not merely devote themselves to developing beautiful and trendy garments because they have the responsibility to make the object developed match functional requisites like durability, resistance, etc.
The hiring of a textile designer is responsibility of the clothing brand. The company hiring the designer will be responsible for the result of the job. This is a key difference with the other branches of design. For instance, when you want a Web page, you charge a Web designer with it and he will be held personally responsible for its development and its outcome. Although it is true that you may hire a design company and that it will be made responsible for whatever its employees do, the designer is in charge of solving your problems. On the other hand, if a garment is launched into the market with flaws, there is no turning back because we are talking about a whole production process that can not be solved easily.