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Tile designing: Square deal

Tile designing is the process of translating decor on to the ceramic medium. As a tile designer, you need to have an understanding of decor and interior designing. Do you think you have it in you? Read on.

education Updated: Sep 22, 2011 10:56 IST

The lowdown
Tile designing is the process of translating decor on to the ceramic medium. A tile has moved past its utilitarian beginings and has become a decor product. As a tile designer, you need to have an understanding of decor and interior designing. Flair for creativity and a want to translate plain, boring spaces into interesting interiors can go a long way in your professional growth. You need to be able to come up with great designs and must possess the know-how to translate your design on the tile. Designing and transferring the image on the surface of the tile, are important tasks for a tile designer

Clock Work
Every day for a tile designer is different. As a tile designer, you perform various functions of market research, taking customer feedback and creating new designs on certain days in a week. The clockwork for each function is different. Market research can take one to different markets spread throughout the country. The feedback sessions are held frequently. Another day or a couple of days can be dedicated to choosing the material to replicate as a tile. This material can be marble, natural fabrics, a shirt, a tie, various laminates etc. Another day can be dedicated to choosing the final designs and getting feedback on it from external and internal audiences. Once the designs have been selected, their pricing is worked out

The payoff
A trainee with a tile designing firm can earn anything between Rs15,000 and Rs20,000 per month. A good salary solely depends on your skills and experience. With the right skill-set and experience there can be no upper limit to what you can earn. Also, the right qualification for the job enhances your chances of making it big in this industry

Skills/TRAITS
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Creativity is a must
. A good understanding of colour, patterns and designs
. Go for tile designing, if you love experimenting with fabrics, colours and trends
. A good understanding of photoshop, Coreldraw will help
. A mind open to feedback, since most of your work will be used by the end user who can have very diverse preferences
. Good communication skills to interact with team
. Ability to take critical feedback with a smiling face

Getting there
You can opt for any subject combination in Class 11 and Class 12, though fine art and sciences are preferable. (The Central Board of Secondary Education offers graphics design, too, to senior school students.) After that, get a degree in fine arts/design in India or do a ceramic engineering, textile engineering course in India or abroad. Many private institutes provide relevant training. Also, a good working knowledge of photoshop specific to tile designing is a must

Institutes and URLs
. College of Art, Delhi
www.colart.delhigovt.nic.in
. National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad
www.nid.edu
. Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi
www.jmi.nic.in
. Sir JJ School of Art and Sir JJ School of Applied Art, Mumbai
http://www.mu.ac.in/colleges/finearts/mumbai.html
. MS University of Baroda
www.msubaroda.ac.in
. National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi
www.nift.ac.in
. IITs (multiple locations)

Pros and cons
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Not many players in the industry
. A very creative and challenging job
. Continual updation of photoshop skills required
. It is difficult to find educational courses which teach you tile designing, from making prints to transferring it on the ceramics you have to learn it yourself