#british institute of interior design


Welcome to the Interior Designers Institute of BC (IDIBC). We are one of Canada s fastest growing communities of Interior Design practitioners who share a belief that design enhances our environments and makes a positive contribution to our lives.

We are committed to advancing our profession through accreditation, education, knowledge sharing, legal recognition, and public outreach. Our mandate is to serve the interests of both the interior design industry and the general public through the development of a recognized, respected professional association.

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#eco friendly interior design


What is Eco-friendly Interior Design?

Most people have heard the term eco-friendly or green interior design. But, not everyone understands exactly what it means. That s why we created a brand new page on our website devoted just to this topic.

This green project in San Francisco featured zero-VOC paints, natural fabrics, and a custom eco-friendly, non-toxic sofa.

Green or eco-friendly interior design focuses on improving indoor air quality as well as reducing the impact that furniture purchases have on the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that most Americans spend approximately 90% of their time indoors, where the concentrations of some pollutants are often two to five times higher than typical outdoor concentrations.

It s crucial that we pay close attention to the products that we bring into our homes. Paint, cabinets, rugs, and upholstery all have a big impact on indoor air quality. One of the biggest obstacles faced right now is the California Technical Bulletin 117 that requires upholstered furniture to be made with harmful flame retardant chemicals . This NRDC video does a great job of illustrating the urgency of updating this law, which will be coming up for review shortly.

Check out our green interior design page for detailed tips on improving the health of your home, or contact us for professional eco-friendly interior design services in the San Francisco Bay Area. Go green!

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#interior design magazines list


Design and Architecture Magazines

World-Newspapers Architecture Design

Magazine offers resources for the architecture professional, including industry news, market intelligence, business and technology solutions, continuing education, a building products database.

Architect’s Newspaper
Source of information on the latest projects and commissions, unfolding politics and debate, current events and cultural developments related to architecture.

Architectural Record
Editorial mix of design ideas and trends, building science, business strategies, exploration of key issues, news products and computer-aided practice.

Architecture Plus
Dubai-based leading region’s architecture and design magazine.

Architecture Week
Magazine of design and building, with news and features on architecture, construction, digital media, and building culture.

Archi Times A+I
Monthly publication from Pakistan, covering the current news, events and latest happenings in the field.

Daily newsletter with architecture, design and construction news stories from around the world.

Architecture and design magazine featureing today’s most creative projects as well as the most influential of the past.

Profiles international designers and architects, reports on major trade fairs in North America and Europe, presents innovative projects, materials, products and ideas.

Premier UK magazine taking a parallel approach to the different design disciplines, reflecting a belief that fashion, product, furniture and architectural design can share ideas.

Canadian Architect
Features articles on current practice, building technology, and social issues affecting architecture.

Container Home Plans
Pulishig shipping container home related news, container home plans, designs, examples of incredible cargo houses, costs and how-to guides.

Container Home Review
Resource for people who are looking at building their own shipping container home.

Contract Magazine
Devoted to commercial interior design and architecture in US.

The only magazine dedicated to charting the continuing expansion of single-source delivery.

Design Build Network
Web site for the design and build industry with information on current architecture and construction projects.

Design Intelligence
Design Futures Council’s magazine delivering original research, commentary, industry news, and instructive best practices.

Design Range
Website covers current news in the design community in UK by providing tips and advice on how to get the most out of your design business.

Dezeen Magazine
One of the most popular architecture and design blogs on the internet, bringing a selection of the best architecture, design and interiors projects from around the world.

Delivers intelligent coverage of modern residential architecture and design by presenting examples of well-designed spaces that integrate the residents and their ideas and values.

Environmental Design Construction
Magazine devoted to green building industry.

Latest and current news and trends in interior and home design industry including interior design, home furnishing, kitchen and bedroom remodelng, window treatment, residential contractors, decorations, home and garden supplies and other related topics.

FORM: pioneering design
Bi-monthly architecture and design magazine featuring news from emerging talents in architecture, interior, landscape, furniture, product design and materials.

Online magazine for interior design, architecture, decoration and furniture. Collecting the most recent projects, news, articles and trends in the world of design.

Frame Magazine
International interior architecture and design magazine focusing on retail, exhibition, leisure, and workplace design.

FX Magazine
Keeps you updated to the latest developments in the industry of workplace designing, architecture and more with latest news and events.

Harvard Design Magazine
Features essays, images, discussions, book reviews, and recent projects.

Hinge Magazine
Architecture and design magazine from Hong Kong with a focus on directed tower design.

UK magazine focusing on the best buildings, interiors, furnishings and fittings.

Interiors and Sources
Magazine dedicated to critical commercial and residential interior design and architecture issues.

Japan Architecture + Urbanism (ja+u) is a monthly architectural journal with in-depth commentary on the theoretical history and context of Japanese architects’ works.

Italy-based international architecture magazine. Presents international projects, essays and the study of the relative standards.

Metropolis Magazine
Examines contemporary life through design–architecture, interior design, product design, graphic design, crafts, planning, and preservation.

On Site
Publication on architecture, urbanism, landscape, material culture and infrastructure.

Polar Inertia
Tells the story of the highway, mobile home, fast food chain, suburbanite, truck stop and industrialized landscape. Find short stories, photography, and essays.

Online magazine featuring creative decorating ideas and latest interior design trends.

Residential Architect
Provides home builders with home building news, home plans, home design ideas, and building product information.

Scandinavian Architecture
Monthly magazine about architecture, design, engineering, construction and real estate in Scandinavia.

Australian magazine featuring global architecture and building news, project reviews, eco products, brochure libraries, architect directory and architect profiles.

Traditional Building
Provides resources for commercial, civic, institutional, and religious building projects.

See also Construction . Graphic Design and Real Estate Magazines .


#colleges that offer interior design


ND: INTERIOR DESIGN national diploma http://www.cput.ac.za/academic/faculties/informaticsdesign/prospectus/course?i=225 seo=TkQ6IElOVEVSSU9SIERFU0lHTg==


ND: (national diploma)

The practice of interior design relates to architecture on the one hand and to industrial design on the other. The aim of the course is to develop awareness and skills ranging from design in building to furniture design, and could be defined as the creative problem-solving process applied to the practical solution of three-dimensional problems, primarily within the environment of buildings.

The course objectives are:

  • To develop a critical awareness and practical application of two- and specifically three-dimensional design principles
  • To create awareness of the commercial applications of design
  • To encourage understanding of the responsibility of the designer to society and the individual user
  • To draw on historical and contemporary studies in order to heighten design awareness
  • To provide the opportunity to acquire knowledge of the performance of materials and how they can be applied to construction
  • To develop the skills required to communicate the design intention

The following employment opportunities are available:

  • Interior design firms offering a professional consultancy service to clients, offer the opportunity to work towards a partnership, or with experience, to establish one’s own practice
  • Shop-fitting firms providing a design and supply service for the installation of shop and office interiors
  • Retail groups planning their own interiors and employing shop-fitters on a contract basis for installation
  • Furniture manufacturers offering a contract or design and supply service
  • Interior design shops and suppliers of office furniture offering a design service
  • Architectural practices also employ interior specialists in their design teams

For all Certificate and National Diploma applications, consult the General admission requirements.

Some courses require students to submit additional information as part of their application.

For all Bachelors, Honours, Masters and Doctorate applications, consult the Postgraduate admission requirements.

Please Note:
The fees for 2016 reflected below may be subject to change.
Please confirm the final fee amount by contacting the relevant Faculty Office or contact person as listed at the bottom of this page.

Offering Type and Duration

Full-Time / Three years, including a period of experiential learning

Course is offered on Cape Town Campus.

For any queries get in touch with:

Contact: Thandiswa Madadasana

Telephone: 021 440 2237

NOTE: The fees in this prospectus are for the 2016 academic year and are provided to assist you in your planning.

This information is subject to change based on approval and accreditation of HEQSF aligned qualifications.

Admission requirements may therefore differ between the existing qualification and the HESQF aligned qualification. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information on this page; however the University reserves the right at any time, if circumstances require, to make changes to any of the published details.

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#freelance interior design jobs


Step Change exists to help challenger businesses outsmart their competitors. And although our head office is in Sydney, we’ve been sharing our smarts with Adelaide classics like Beerenberg, Adelaide City Council, Qattro and Minelab.

So what’s this Step Change all about?

Step Change is a strategically led marketing agency. We work with over 100 challenger businesses every year, and help them to grow by outsmarting their competitors.

We develop practical business strategies and marketing campaigns, from initial thinking through to creative development and deployment.

We’re looking for a Senior Account Manager, who understands the importance of great client relationships and business development and is ambitious to grow their skills. A doer and a thinker.

You will be part change agent, part marketing manager, part creative collaborator: working across 8-10 clients at any one time, helping deliver a number of marketing initiatives and disciplines, including identity, print, packaging, video, digital and marketing and communication campaigns.

You will be confident in project scoping, creating timelines and budgets, liaising with clients and also external suppliers.

Have at least 8 years’ experience in Account Management within a marketing or creative agency (mandatory)Proven track record in running campaigns/ projects with clientsExperience working in a fast-paced environmentStrong communication, collaboration and interpersonal skillsResolve problems quickly, make quick decisions and not be afraid to have a voice

Responsible for all areas of Account Management including client liaison, financial management and creative managementBe able to understand, interpret and communicate client briefsWork closely with SA GM, other Account Managers and the Creative TeamFocus on business development – always looking at creating, developing and nurturing client relationships in order to garner more briefs

Be a self-starterHave positive and proactive attitudeBe able to hit the ground runningWork well under pressureHave a passion for success and going the extra mileReporting into Head Change AgentSalary is dependent upon experience and the bracket is $80-$100k. Opportunity is based on performance. Please note only successful candidates will be contacted.

You must be a permanent Australian citizen to apply.

Email us your cover letter and CV – adam[at]hellostepchange[dot]com and lisa[at]hellostepchange[dot]comDemonstrate that you actually do have attention to detail by including the word “shark” in your application (puns and graphics welcome)Please note that applications through TheLoop will not be accepted

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PowerfulPoints is not your average design house, so we are not seeking an average designer: we want someone who is energetic, creative, likes to work in a fantastic environment and who wants to work in a fun, enthusiastic work place as part of an awesome team.

We need a high performer to join our team to help us continue our growth. Your specific responsibilities will be:

Use exceptional design
skills to convey key messages in the chosen media.
Develop visual models to
represent and communicate ideas clearly and effectively.
Interpret the client brief
to develop presentations that reflect both the client’s brand and the
objectives of the presentation
Design video, stationary, web
sites, multimedia and other graphic elements as required.

is a position that lets you express your creativity, working with a team of
outstandingly talented individuals that really will have clients thanking you
for the product you have delivered. (We know that because that’s what they do
for us now.)

skills you will need

ideal individual will have at keen desire to make a difference to our client’s
business – this attitude is key to your success in this organisation. More
specifically, you will:

Have strong creative talent
and a desire to express it by creating different looks for every project.
Be able to take information
and express it in a visually powerful way.
Be familiar with a range of
software packages like After Effects, Illustrator, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Ideally, you would have an interest in
digital media so skills in Premiere Pro, Maya and Studio 4D and the like would be
highly valued.You will have an eye for
detail and be committed to producing the best possible work every time.
Have excellent communication
skills, both written and verbal.
Be able to work inside of
commercial discipline.

Who are PowerfulPoints?

We aren’t your ordinary company and we are not
seeking an ordinary person. Our company logo is an orange zebra because we want
our client’s to stand out from the herd and this motif represents our company’s
culture as well. Our passion is to help our clients communicate powerfully so
that their audience is inspired. If you think we create PowerPoint slides you’d
be wrong. we create presentations, motion graphics, videos, 3D and much more.

Our clients often want
us to create their web site, their logo, in 2d or 3d, as well as other material
in English or other languages. You will probably get more chance at expressing your creativity with us than just about any other design company.

We pride ourselves on our professionalism and
delivering great product to our clients but we aim to do so in a fun, enjoyable
atmosphere that can sometimes be described as a little cheeky. Employees are
actively encouraged to express their opinions, try new concepts and develop
their skill sets. (We are really committed to training.) We are a truly multicultural company celebrating and drawing on diversity as a key advantage of what we do.

Like us, our clients are world leaders in their fields, in a range of
industries, from fast food, mining, construction, finance, transport and some
you never even knew existed. We also work with a range of SME’s and our
work is shown around the country and around the world: from the US to
Saudi Arabia to Singapore. We don’t ever plan to be ordinary. What we do,
we do extremely well and our clients love us for it. We don’t want ordinary
designers, we want a team players who want to grow with us. (Ultimately, it will be our designers who
will select the successful candidates.)

If you want a position that offers endless
possibilities, growth, challenge and the opportunity to express your creative
ability in a range of media, you should apply. Now, are you wondering why this add is so plain
and boring? We’re too busy: our designers
don’t have the time as they are working on our clients projects so its been
written by me, Lee Featherby, the Managing Director and I’m not a designer (as
you can probably tell). If you are
interested in this position, send me your portfolio (or a link), along with a
short description of who you are and why would like the job. Be quick…we need the right person now!

You must be located in Australia with a valid work Visa to be considered for these positions. As its a full time role with lots of development opportunities, its unlikely a working holiday visa would be sufficient either. sorry.

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Interior Design Schools

What is Interior Design?

An interior designer constructs aesthetically pleasing environments using material, color, fabric, spacing, shelving and lighting in order to meet the needs of clients. Designers must be knowledgeable in multiple fields, including architecture, design, safety regulation, and art and must be able to keep pace with trends while remaining creative and distinct. Designers will collaborate with architects, electricians, contractors and landscapers in order to complete the designs to spec. Designers must also be able to read blueprints, know fire codes and regulations, and be knowledgeable of software relating to design.

Educational Requirements

A minimum of a bachelor s degree is required to begin apprenticing as an interior designer, though those with an associate s degree can work as assistants. Individuals will study a variety of topics during the four year that it typically takes to earn a bachelor s degree. Some individual s will also take on internship opportunities or seek employment during the course of their education in order to augment their studies with practical experience. Interior design requires an understanding of several different fields often reflected in a typical curriculum.

Interior design majors will have varied courses which may include:

  • Architecture
  • Furniture Design
  • Psychology
  • Illustration
  • Spatial Planning

After graduating, designers will be able to pursue apprenticeships that may last between 1-3 years prior to a graduate practicing interior design. Most states require licensing and the exam is administered by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. requiring 6 years of combined education and experience and at least 2 years of post secondary education. Accreditation bodies for programs include the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation .

Employment Opportunities and Certification

Interior designers will work with architects to assist in the designing or remodeling of a space. This will be done based on client s desires and realized through a process of sketching and modeling utilizing a variety of mediums. An understanding of costs and planning is necessary to determine the length of time and materials necessary to realize the client s visions. The use of computer aided design (CAD) software is commonplace among interior designers and proficiency in its use is a requirement for success.

Individuals may specialize in a particular type of architecture and design, utilizing motifs from a particular time period to establish a style or mood. Others may specialize in a particular type of building or buildings, such as offices, hospitals or hotels. The variety of specializations available to interior designers is many, and allows for flexibility. Some may choose to be sustainable designers, focusing on efficiency of resources to maintain more environmentally friendly spaces, or may focus entirely on lighting and how such fixtures may affect the atmosphere of a room. Often times, such interior designers will work with one another, each focusing on his or her specialty in order to produce a final design.

Interior designers may pursue certifications to expand their area of expertise. Such certifications are generally available through trade or professional associations and demonstrate proficiency in a particular area of design, such as kitchens closets. Interior designers with such certification may find themselves in higher demand due to their ability to focus on a larger area of design. By earning such certifications and renewing them as needed individuals will be able to build client confidence, with successful designs in those areas adding to one s portfolio and increasing a demand for their work.

Job Growth, Salary and Related Fields

Work opportunities are available for interior designers and the field is expected to expand in the coming years as demand increases. Work environments will widely vary as locations for jobs will change. The average salary of an interior designer is approximately $45,000 per year. Entry level positions will start around $26,000. Interior design is a competitive profession requiring determination, skill, innovation and experience to progress and succeed.

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#santa fe interior design


Welcome to Violante Rochford Interiors. We are a Santa Fe, New Mexico based interior design firm that works extensively throughout the U.S. It is our greatest pleasure to provide full service interior design from traditional to contemporary. We are located at 405 Paseo de Peralta in the heart of downtown Santa Fe. We have a brand new showroom in a historic 1915 Arts and Crafts home complete with convenient parking. Please come see our interior design studios and retail store. Enjoy the site and let us know what we can help you with. All interior photographs on this site are taken by Wendy McEahern photography LLC.

©2015 Violante & Rochford all rights reserved

#eco friendly interior design


Eco-Friendly Decorating Ideas

Being environmentally-friendly in my home is too expensive. Going green is just a fad. Eco-friendly style is just plain ugly.

Chances are you’ve thought about decorating green, but one of these stereotypes stopped you. It turns out that believing these myths can be harmful to your health. There’s so much in our homes that’s not good for us, says green architect/designer Michelle Kaufmann, founder and chairman of Michelle Kaufmann Designs. New home smells are actually toxic; mold inside walls can cause migraines and other health issues; and carpet can off-gas formaldehyde which is known to cause respiratory irritation and even cancer.

But the good news is that we’re becoming aware of these things, says Kaufmann, As we become aware — and as there are options out there — it’s just a matter of making choices. Choose to decorate with real sustainability in mind — using less energy, less water and less non-renewable resources while still beautifying your home. Here’s why green design is affordable, beautiful and here to stay.

Not all green design is pricey.

I’m so tired of the green stuff that is so expensive, says Kaufmann. It sends the message, ‘green is for the wealthy’. That’s so not right. Green is for everyone! Consider places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army. For a modern take on old accessories, Kaufmann picks up shapely items at these stores and spray paints them white.

  • Choose home decor that’s recycled, reused, will last a long time and require very little maintenance. Zem Joaquin, green blogger at Ecofabulous.com, designed her 1950s home in an eco-friendly fashion with the cradle-to-cradle concept: what comes out of the earth, has to go back to the earth.
  • Urbanites will have more success locating eco-friendly or green stores such as VivaTerra or Branch Home, but because most eco-friendly stores are still local, call your local U.S. Green Building Council office or local building department to find them.

You can decorate green and still match your style.

No matter your style, there are ways to get greener interiors without turning your home into a forest. A really good eco-design is a design that you never have to explain, Joaquin says. If you like Shabby Chic and you need a new dining room table, don’t just think that the only choices are going to the store and buying one, Kaufmann says. Buy a table base kit and visit local wood salvage yards for reclaimed lumber to use as a top.

For any style, Kaufmann has a simple way to make your home more energy efficient. Create a water wall with colorful Mason jars on a window that gets a lot of sunlight (preferably west-facing). The water absorbs the heat during the day, keeping the house cooler, and releases it at night. Clear glass jars filled with food-coloring dyed water is another way to make the water wall playfully decorative.

By going green, you’ll know what your home is made of.

Nutrition labels let us know exactly what’s in our food. Wouldn’t you like to know exactly what’s in the materials we use in our homes? We don’t even think about it, Kaufmann says, when in fact it impacts us to a great extent as much as food does, because we’re breathing in whatever these materials are off-gassing, like formaldehyde from carpet.

For those with wall-to-wall carpeting, if it’s wool and you like it, keep it. Otherwise, Greg Snowden, owner of the Green Fusion Design Center, advises it’s best to use modular carpet tiles. Several eco-friendly companies, like FLOR and Shaw Carpet, offer stylish carpet squares that use non-toxic dyes and are made from recycled materials. Carpet squares are a huge eco-improvement, because they’re modular, Snowden says. When you’re done with it, you can ship it back to the manufacturer to recycle. Plus, these squares involve little labor; they are easy to lay down by yourself and don’t need support from toxic padding.

Eco-friendly decorating has incentives — like tax breaks.

If you make eco-friendly improvements to your home, reporting these on your yearly taxes can earn you a tax break. But after remodeling, what should you do with all those materials you ripped out? Rather than taking them to the landfill, contact The ReUse People (www.thereusepeople.org). They check over your refuse for reusable parts, which will be shipped to their warehouse for distribution to organizations like Habitat for Humanity — while you get another tax write-off.

(Contributions to this article from Jenny Jedeikin)

#eco friendly interior design


Green Interior Design

Principles of eco-friendly interior design

Sustainable interior design is becoming more and more common. Consumers are increasingly aware of the unfair labor practices, harmful raw materials extraction and polluting production techniques many furniture makers use. Green interior design seeks to source materials from eco-friendlier companies, and it favors furnishings which are made using fairer labor practices.

You can hire green interior designers who specialize in sustainable practices, or simply make an effort to be more environmentally conscious in your own choices. Whichever path you choose, there are countless exciting environmentally friendly interior design schemes and eco-friendly products for you to explore.

Green Interior Design Ideas

Choosing sustainable furniture whenever possible is one of the most important things you can do if you’re committed to green interior design. Select items made from sustainable lumber. and opt for self-replenishing natural materials whenever possible. For example, instead of hardwood flooring, install bamboo flooring. which has a similar look and feel and comes from plants that don’t have to be cut down to yield building material.

Supplement your eco-friendly interior design choices by paying attention to smaller details. For example, use non-toxic and lead-free paint, and consider responsibly produced and environmentally sustainable decorative items like sisal rugs instead of conventional alternatives.

Energy Conservation and Sustainable Interior Design

The placement of each element and furnishing in a room’s layout is one of the keys to maximizing home electricity efficiency. For example, if you’re an avid reader, setting up your reading space where you can primarily use natural light is an excellent idea. There will be times when you’ll have to read by electric light, to be sure, but what you’ll want to do is place the reading area in a spot where you won’t need to activate a whole lot of other electric lights to make your way to and from it during twilight hours.

Given that the average person spends about 80 percent of his or her time indoors, and that residential and commercial buildings are responsible for well over half of the typical country’s electricity usage, planning functional interiors that promote energy conservation is extremely important. A major part of what green interior designers do is try to make the absolute most of sustainable and eco-friendly lighting solutions. These include natural light, LED and other energy-saving light bulbs, and dimmers.

#interior design training


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Interior Designer Training and Qualifications

An associate or bachelor’s degree is needed for entry-level positions in interior design. Some States license interior designers.

Education and training. Postsecondary education is necessary for entry-level positions in interior design. Training programs are available from professional design schools or from colleges and universities and usually take 2 to 4 years to complete. Graduates of 2-year or 3-year programs are awarded certificates or associate degrees in interior design and normally qualify as assistants to interior designers upon graduation. Graduates with a bachelor s degree usually qualify for a formal design apprenticeship program.

The National Association of Schools of Art and Design accredits approximately 300 postsecondary institutions with programs in art and design. Most of these schools award a degree in interior design. Applicants may be required to submit sketches and other examples of their artistic ability. Basic coursework includes CAD, drawing, perspective, spatial planning, color and fabrics, furniture design, architecture, ergonomics, ethics, and psychology.

The Council for Interior Design Accreditation also accredits interior design programs that lead to a bachelor s or master’s degree. In 2008, there were over 150 accredited programs in interior design in the United States; most are part of schools or departments of art, architecture, and home economics.

After the completion of formal training, interior designers can enter a 1-year to 3-year apprenticeship to gain experience before working on their own. Most apprentices work in design or architecture firms under the supervision of an experienced designer. Apprentices also may choose to gain experience working as an in-store designer in furniture stores. The National Council for Interior Design Qualification offers the Interior Design Experience Program, which helps entry-level interior designers gain valuable work experience by supervising their work and offering mentoring services to new designers.

Licensure. A number of States register or license interior designers. The National Council for Interior Design Qualification administers the licensing exam for interior design qualification. To be eligible to take the exam, applicants must have at least 6 years of combined education and experience in interior design, of which at least 2 years must be postsecondary education.

Once candidates have passed the qualifying exam, they are granted the title of Certified, Registered, or Licensed Interior Designer, depending on the State. Continuing education is often required to maintain licensure.

Other qualifications. Employers increasingly prefer interior designers who are familiar with computer-aided design software and the basics of architecture and engineering to ensure that their designs meet building safety codes.

In addition to possessing technical knowledge, interior designers must be creative, imaginative, and persistent and must be able to communicate their ideas visually, verbally, and in writing. Because tastes in style can change fairly quickly, designers need to be well read, open to new ideas and influences, and quick to react to changing trends. Problem-solving skills and the ability to work independently and under pressure are additional important traits. People in this field need self-discipline to start projects on their own, to budget their time, and to meet deadlines and production schedules. Good business sense and sales ability also are important, especially for those who freelance or run their own business.

Certification and advancement. Optional certifications in residential kitchen and bath design are available from the National Kitchen and Bath Association. The association offers several different levels of certification for kitchen and bath designers, each achieved through training seminars and certification exams.

Beginning interior designers receive on-the-job training and normally need 1 to 3 years of training before they can advance to higher level positions. Experienced designers in large firms may advance to chief designer, design department head, or some other supervisory position. Some experienced designers open their own firms or decide to specialize in one aspect of interior design. Other designers leave the occupation to become teachers in schools of design or in colleges and universities. Many faculty members continue to consult privately or operate small design studios to complement their classroom activities.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook. 2010-11 Edition

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