If you walk into a home or office and instantly imagine how you would design the environment to make it more functional and unique, you may want to join the small but growing world of interior designers.
But what's it really like? And can you really find a job in interior design?
Welcome to the Interior Design Program
at Highline College
Interior designers are creative, imaginative and artistic. They also need to be disciplined, organized and skilled business people. Combining knowledge with aesthetic vision, interior designers work with clients and other deign professionals to develop design solutions that are safe, functional, and attractive and meet the needs of the people using the space.
As members of a service profession, interior designers' fortunes depend on their ability to satisfy clients. Thus, they must understand artistic and technical requirements of a project, interpersonal communication, and management strategies (ASID, 2007).
- Artistic and Technical Requirements
Interior designers must know how to plan a space and how to present that plan visually so that it can be communicated to the client. Interior designers must also know about the materials and products that will be used to create and furnish the space, and how texture, color, lighting and other factors combine and interact to make a space. In addition, interior designers must understand the structural requirements of their plans, the health and safety issues, building codes, and many other technical aspects.
- Interpersonal Communications
Interior designers must be comfortable meeting and dealing with many kinds of people. They must communicate clearly and effectively, as well as be attentive listeners. Because they often must work with architects, contractors and other service providers, interior designers need to be both good team leaders and good team players. They must be willing to negotiate and mediate when necessary to solve problems.
- Management Strategies
Interior designers must have excellent time and project management abilities since they frequently work on more than one project at a time under demanding deadlines. Interior designers must understand business planning, and they need to know how to sell their ideas to clients, create , informative and persuasive proposals and presentations, and maintain good client relationships.