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Costume Designer

Costume design is the creation of apparel for overall appearance of a character or performer. Costume designers research, design and fabricate garments from concept to finished piece for theater, cinema and television among others.

Examples of costume designers: Kumiko TakedaSarah Fuller



Designer is generalised term which applies to a variety of disciplines.  An individual who creates software, buildings, jewellery, cars, games among others can be referred to as a designer.


Designer Maker

The term designer maker refers to designers who hand make all or part of their products and services that they create. Jewellery designers and furniture makers are often referred to as designer makers.

Examples of designer makers can be found here:  Kirsty FraserJohn Galvin



An illustrator is a narrative artist who specialises in enhancing writing by providing a visual representation to accompany the text. Illustrations may serve a vareity of purposes that include clarifying complicated scenes, enhancing the visual appeal or breaking up a text heavy sections within a book.

Examples of Illustrators: Johanna BasfordTerry Fan



A jewellery designer will research, design and construct a piece of jewellery through a number of techniques and from a variety of materials including precious metals, stones and woods.

Examples of jewellery designers can be found here: Li-Chu WuCristina Zani


Product Designer

Product design is a process of research, design and development to create new products to be sold by businesses to its customers. Products can include electronics, homewares, sports equipment among others.

Examples of Product Designers can be found here: James DowdellAustin Yang


Textile Designer

Textile design involves designing and fabricating structures for knitted, woven, non-woven or embellishments of fabrics. Textile designers produce designs for cloth used in clothing, household textiles and decorative fabrics such as carpets.

Examples of textile design can be found here: Claire-Anne O’BrienChantal Balmer


Communications design

Graphics, brand, print, information design and corporate identity


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Gastronomy is the study of food and culture with a focus on gourmet cuisine  Some designers unite gastronomy theory and practice to produce new products and services.

Examples of designers using gastronomy can be found in Marlène Huet work.



Upcycling is the process of collecting/uplifting and converting waste materials, unwanted or defunct products into new materials and/or quality products.

Examples of upcycling can be found here: Zoe MurphyRag and Bone WorkshopRE FORM THE NORM



Semiotics is the study of signs and sign process, indication, likeness, symbolism, signification and communication. Semiotics is a non-linguistic sign system that communications messages to people for a variety of reasons which can include calming environments, mood balance, road signs and advertising.


Exquisite corpse

The exquisite corpse also known as the exquisite cadaver is a method by which a collection of words or images is collectively assembled. Each collaborator adds to the sequence without seeing the work of the previous contributor.


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A silversmith/Goldsmith is an individual who crafts objects from silver or gold. Typically Jewellery designers will ne well veresed in Silversmithing and Goldsmithing.


3D Printing

3D Printing is the process of making a three dimensional object in almost any shape from a digital model. 3D Printing is achieved using an additive process where successive layers of material are applied vertically to construct objects in a variety of different forms and functions.

Examples of 3D Printing: 12″ vinyl record, Bespoke Innovations


Laser Cutting

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a high power laser controlled by computer that can cut a variety of materials. Laser cutting is used mainly for industrial manufacturing applications however there is increasing popularity in the creative industries, small business and hobbyists.



From Proto-Indo-European *peys- (“to crush”). Cognate includes Ancient Greek πτισανη (ptisanē, “barley”), πτίσσω (ptissō, “to winnow, peel”); Proto-Slavonic pьšenica(pĭšenica, “wheat”); Sanskrit पिनष्टि (pinaṣṭi, “to grind”). Cf. pīlapīlum.

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