This seems fantastic! Signed up and can’t wait to experiment with it!
Olioboard is an easy and intuitive application for creating digital mood boards. It is also a community of interior designers and creative thinkers coming together to share inspiration and offer feedback.
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This is a great article for those interiors people out there…
Let me give a piece of useful advice from an experienced “Designer”, working in a “Decorators” world. If you remain true to your passions, what ever they may be. And only choose to work with your ideal clients and on those projects that you feel deep in your heart are the best fit for yourself and your client, there will never be any competition.
As I have been learning Revit this summer I am interested in links and this looks like it might be a good one!
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1. You are a combination of engineer and artist. Not only do you take into account safety and economy when designing a space, but you also create an aesthetic that can comfort and inspire.
2. Your work improves the lives of others. You design for the homebody and the workerbee, in addition to the aged, handicapped, and infirm. Whether you add light to a dark interior or design a beautiful and healthy working space, you make a difference in the lives of others.
3. You are continually learning and seeking answers. You take CEUs, discuss problems with your peers and research materials. You know that the profession is evolving, and you’re evolving with it.
4. You don’t settle for the tried and true. You push boundaries and discover new and better ways of doing things.
5. You provide a service. You work with clients who typically have little to no experience in design, and you find a way to turn their ideas into a tangible reality.
6. You pay attention to details. Whether you’re picking which carpet to use in a hotel hallway or what color to paint a hospital wall, you make each seemingly small decision count for the client’s health and happiness.
7. You explore what sustainable design can mean in the home and workplace. You’re debunking myths and testing new products, and you’re saving clients money along the way.
8. You’re a problem solver. Each project you work on is a new puzzle with a new set of challenges. As the designer, you’re in charge of making it work.
9. You’re collaborators. You’ve learned the value and benefits of teamwork, and how to process and connect disparate ideas into a working whole. Even if you work alone, you’re never really working alone. You have a network of peers that you turn to for advice and support along the way.
10. You work to change the public perception of Interior Designer vs. Interior Decorator. You refrain from sighing when your colleague’s friend learns you are an Interior Designer and asks you to suggest paint colors for her son’s room, and instead patiently explain qualifications, certifications and scope of experience. You are more than just a reality TV design star.
Now it’s your turn. Why do you, the designer, matter?
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The last paragraph of this post is for me what summarizes THE big problem-
‘Humanitarian design’ was born in the wrong countries.
The difficulty that some designers are experiencing implementing their help projects in the developing world is coming from governments, suspicious of westerners intentions.
We can all understand that if we are not showing that we are looking in to our problems with the same eyes that we use in Africa that India might refuse help. I think things are changing.
At TEDGlobal 2010, author Matt Ridley shows how, throughout history, the engine of human progress has been the meeting and mating of ideas to make new ideas. It’s not important how clever individuals are, he says; what really matters is how smart the collective brain is.
"I believe that, in the 21st Century, we need to create buildings that are environmentally sustainable, that are designed for our happiness, that are of high-quality construction, and that retain their asset values…"The Shelter Corporation President & CEO