The Future of Education W By Lonnie Sik Education ConsultantInterior Design
Getting popular The interior design course has been gaining popularity in Malaysia in the past few years as Malaysians have more money to spend as well as being aware of the importance of a beautiful living environment that benefits our well being or branding in our business environment.
What is Interior Design? Interior design is a discipline that looks after designing all of the interiors of a space. This could include items like flooring, windows, doors, walls, fixtures, lighting, furniture, and other design pieces. The goal of interior design is generally to make a space that is both comfortable and look beautiful.
What do they do? An interior designer can take on projects that include arranging the basic layout of spaces within a building or projects that require an understanding of technical issues such as acoustics, lighting, temperature, etc. Although an interior designer may create the layout of a space, they may not build the space without having their designs being approved by an architect, therefore many interior designer also continue their studies to become architects.
Good organisational skills Interior designers do not deal only with design factors but they need to possess good organisational skills. The Interior designer is like a project manager as he or she will work closely with architects and clients to determine the structure of a space, the needs of the occupants, and the style that best suits both. They will also work with the contractors and materials suppliers to coordinate the work and necessary supplies are delivered on time. They must be good at scheduling and comfortable reading blueprints.
What do Interior Designersdo? Responsible for the interior design, decoration, and functionality of a client’s space, whether the space is commercial, industrial, or residential. Interior designers work closely with architects and clients to determine the structure of a space, the needs of the occupants, and the style that best suits both.
Project Manager Interior designers have to be good with more than color, fabric, and furniture; interior designers should have a strong knowledge of the different types of materials and their functionality, possess budgeting skills, able to communicate well, and coordinate the ordering, installation, and maintenance of all objects that define a space. Interior designers need to gain a broad knowledge such as electrical capacity, safety, and construction. This broader range of required knowledge is what makes them different from interior decorators.
Project Manager The position is a combination of project manager and artist, and it takes a unique type of mind to handle both roles well. Interior designers have to be able to work with contractors and clients alike, planning and implementing all aesthetic and functional decisions, from faucet handles to miles of carpeting —and all this usually must be done within a fixed budget. Interior designers are hired for their expertise in a variety of styles and approaches, not merely their design concepts. There is an emphasis on planning, functional design, and effective use of space.
More than designing Interior designers have to be good with more than color, fabric, and furniture; interior designers must know materials, have budgeting skills, communicate well, and oversee the ordering, installation, and maintenance of all objects that define a space. They also have to know about electrical capacity, safety, and construction. Interior designers have to be able to work with contractors and clients alike, planning and implementing all aesthetic and functional decisions, from faucet handles to miles of carpeting —and all this usually must be done within a fixed budget.
Types of Interior Design Types of interior design include residential design, commercial design, hospitality design, healthcare design, universal design, exhibition design, spatial branding, etc. The interior designer is responsible for the interior design, decoration, and functionality of a client’s space, whether the space is commercial, industrial, or residential.
Administrative workincluded Therefore, they have to be able to balance their own tastes and their clients’ tastes—and be willing to put their clients’ tastes first This element of the job comes as a surprise to many new interior designers, who expect to have less of an administrative and technical role and more of a role in influencing the overall feel and appearance of a space. Those who thrive in the industry say this ability to balance the practical with the aesthetic is crucial to being a successful interior designer.
Studying Interior Design Students will be able to perform services relative to Interior spaces, including design analysis, space planning and aesthetics, using specialised knowledge of Interior construction, materials and furnishings. They will understand artistic and technical requirements of a project, interpersonal communication, and management strategies.
Sample of ID Subjects History of Design and • Computer Aided Design Architecture Introduction to Interior • Environmental Service Design • Working and Detail Architectural Graphics Drawings Visual Research and • Tender & Contract Materials Documentation Furniture Design Residential Interior Design • Model Making Space Planning and • Colour studies Arrangement • Building Material Studies Building Construction • Temporary Structure Design • Introduction to Visual Culture
Career Pathways Residential interior design studios Commercial interior design studios Professional ID Consulting Firms Industrials and Corporations Architectural Firms Rendering Artist CAD specialist Model Building Wholesale Sales Retail Sales
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