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New interior design industry content for April 2011.
The Great Divide
contributed by Joe Cruz
[interior designer / ASID award winner / entrepreneur]
EDITOR’S NOTE: A few months ago Joe emailed, letting me know that as a straight man in the interior design fïeld, he has been experiencing a bit of reverse discrimination because he doesn’t fit the stereotype of a male designer. I had not been aware that this problem existed, so I reached out to two other heterosexual male interior designers – one residentially focused and living in the northwest and one commercially focused and living in the south. Sadly, both of my friends could relate. What these men have encountered takes me back to my experiences as a female pursuing a degree in the male dominated fïeld of civil engineering in the early 90s. While making site and firm visits, I was forced to wear a pïnk hardhat on more than one occasion. I must admit that I find the good ol’ boys’ attitude 20 years ago much less shocking than the good ol’ girls’ attitude today…
Read more | find out more about Joe’s experiences here.
Aging In Place – The Future of Interior Design, Part 2
contributed by Courtney Branham, ASID
[interior designer / proud mom to a ten-month-old baby girl /
seeker of work-from-home opportunïties]
EDITOR’S NOTE: Haven’t read PART 1 of this insightful look into the significant role interior designers can play in the quality of life of our aging population? Then do so quickly because we’re going to jump right in…
The Principles: The Principles: For a truly inclusive aging-in-place remodel, the principles of universal design may be an ideal place to start. The Center for Universal Design at North Carolina State University and Ron Macë offer this definition: “Universal design is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design.” The principles of universal design can be found here, and, ideally, an interior designer or architect would be contacted for help in translating these principles into design solutions…
Read more | find out how designing to prevent one debilitating fall can make all the difference to an elderly person’s longevity here.
Wisconsin Student Career Day 2011
contributed by Ariel Steuer, Allied Member ASID, LEED AP ID+C
[interior designer - The Kubala Washatko Architects / career day co-chair / thrifty twenty-something]
Each year, members from the Wisconsin Chapter of ASID [American Socïety of Interior Designers] and the Wisconsin Chapter of IIDA [International Interior Design Association] volunteer their time and efforts to plan the WI Interior Design Student Career Day. It is a day dedicated to expanding students’ knowledge and awareness of current trends and issues in the design fïeld, as well as providing an opportunïty for students to network with practicing design professionals. This year’s theme was “Make Your Mark”, expanding on last year’s theme, “Passion for Design: Putting the Pieces Together”…
Read more | find out what it takes to create a spectacular student event here.
NCIDQ&A: NCIDQ Launches Freë Online Continuing Educatïon Registry for Active Certificate Holders
contributed by The NCIDQ Crew
The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc. [NCIDQ] has just launched a new online continuing educatïon registry service for active Certificate holders. The online registry is tied to a Certificate holder’s MyNCIDQ account and is available at no additional cost. Available now, the new registry replaces the 15-year old paper-based continuing educatïon registry, which requires participants to mail in forms and pay $12 to add each class they take into their registry. The paper-based system will be available to anyone until June 30, 2011. After that date, NCIDQ will no longer add any items to the registry, but the transcripts will still be available until June 30, 2012…
Read more | find out how to take advantage of this service here.
Design Speak [5 new terms]
Impress your interviewers / professors / co-workers with interior design industry jargon.
dupioni | electric prïvacy glass | infrastructure | lyre motif | underfloor heating
Say What? [3 new words]
Speak more intelligently when presenting and networking by incorporating some new vocabulary.
kickback | posit | watershed
Rant & Rave
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I just wanted to say thanks. Thank you for all you put into making the [student] symposium so fantastic. I had a great time and learned so much. I'll definitely recommend it to my classmates next year. Thank you again!
--Sarah Marek – Interior Design Student, El Centro College
Just For Fun
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