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Portrait of Deborah Beard

Associate Chair and Professor

Deborah Beard

  • Jay and Patty Baker School of Business and Technology
  • Technical Design

The Complete Book of Technical Design for Technical and Fashion Designers

This comprehensive technical design textbook details and explains each of the technical designer’s responsibilities and job requirements, and offers the following features:

  • Presents clear instruction, with corresponding easy-to-follow technical illustrations, photos, technical packets, and grading forms. Student technical drawings and fashion drawings show the imagination of both technical and design-orientated sketching, all done with Adobe Illustrator.
  • Functions as a reference guide for the professional and student technical and fashion designer as well as the professional patternmaker. Includes universal How to Measure guide explaining the standards used around the world in production.
  • Designed for the professional to use on the job as well as the new student who is first learning about technical design. Blank forms, blank technical packet sheets, and blank grading sheets are provided, along with a DVD explaining how to measure a large variety of garments and a “How to Fit and Correct” video detailing how technical designers learn to fit and correct garments.
Cover of The Complete Book of Technical Design for Technical and Fashion Designers

Does this work relate to your role at FIT? If so, how?
It is a book used in Technical Design, and they use it in the industry as well.

What was your biggest challenge? What was most rewarding?
I did the entire book with illustrations, pictures and info all on my own.

Is there other information we should know?
This is industry standard textbook and only Technical Design textbook out there.

  • Professor at FIT since 2007