Oct 12, 2007

Interior design

Interior Design The perennial goal of interior designers is to combine from and function. They improve the quality of interior spaces by increasing efficiency, safety, and beauty. Interior designers can work on all types of projects, like residential homes, shopping malls, retail stores, hospitals, hotels, theaters, or restaurants. With such a wide range of work, most interior designers specialize, for example one designer might focus on businesses while another might focus on residences. Many specialize in even more specific areas, like airplane interiors or kitchens. A successful designer has to take many things into account, like the customer’s preferences, cost of materials, and functional efficiency. Also, there are many federal and local guidelines and building codes. Plus, if designing a public space, it is necessary to ensure that everything is accessible to the disabled and elderly. Keeping all those in mind, a designer then configures the interior structure, such as molding, windows, and built-in fixtures; furnishings, such as furniture and floor coverings; lighting that is economical and pleasing; and accents like rugs and wall-hangings. They coordinate colors, styles, and materials to create a visually pleasing and comfortable space. Computers are extremely useful to interior designers as they allow for exact and accurate models and also allow for easy adjustments to the whims of customers.

The Design profession
Designers are innately creative people. They then make use of their creativity, artistry, and knowledge of practical skills to turn their creative vision into plans for our Websites, clothes, advertisements, cars, media, and surroundings. Since designers are needed in so many industries they usually generalize, focusing on one specialized area like interior design, cars, company logos, newspapers, clothing, theatre sets, merchandise displays, medical equipment, or many others.To be a good designer you have to take three things into account:

1) What your client needs and has the resources for
2) The primary function of the design, and
3) How it will appeal to customers.

Often the first step is solid research of the preferred design characteristics like cost, safety issues, availability of materials, size, etc.The next step is to prepare a preliminary outline, such as a sketch, usually with the aid of a computer. You will then share your creative vision with the client or a product development team. Next comes a detailed plan of your design, including very detailed drawings or blueprints, simulations, or a to-scale model. More and more designers are using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) to increase efficiency, create a better model, and because computers make it easier to explore new possibilities and design permutations. Computers are becoming more popular because they allow for greater creativity while cutting costs. Industrial designers create designs and instructions that are readable by machines and that give directions to automated production tools using CAD’s sister tool, CAID (Computer-Aided Industrial Design).Many designers are also involved in the business aspects of their job, not jut the creative. They often have assistants to supervise. Also, many designers own their own business and so they have to be involved in client development, networking, finding and renting space, ordering materials, reviewing industry publications, and many other administrative responsibilities. Furthermore, as technology in computers and communication advances, designers need to continually work to stay up-to-date and competitive.

This is especially true for those designers involved in industrial or graphic design. Computers have allowed for great advancements in the design industry. Advanced communications networks have increased the opportunities that were previously limited by geography. Designers can form international firms or taskforces and can work for clients all over the world. The Internet has increased the availability of information, making research easier and better, and designers have a much larger pool of supplies. This makes the logistics of being a self-employed designer much easier, as well.

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