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New interior design industry content for May 2011.
Work Your Network – Part 2
Since I published the first part of this article, I’ve spoken to several student groups on the topic of networking. This essential career-building skill is not one that educators often have time to fit into their already over-stuffed programs, and I’ve found that students are starving for some guidance on how to get started. Establishing a comfort level with networking only comes from practice, and as you can see by scanning the P&C Calendar, many excellent networking venues are coming up fast. Therefore, I’m passing along a few more achievable tips to help you develop relationships that will lead to new opportunïties. Be sure to take a moment to peruse PART 1, though, or you’re going to be a little lost because we’re going to dive right in…
Read more | get tips on how to work your network here.
Road Trïp To Rome For Project Inspiration
contributed by Sheree Schold
[interior designer / owner, Haberdash Designs / ID journalism dabbler]
What better place to find inspiration for a painted panel dining roöm project than Rome, Italy? How breathtaking and revelatory it was to see up close pieces and parts of the historic paneled designs that occupy this modern metropolis. The level of detail in the ornamentation still in existence in the ancient ruins throughout the city was unbelievably exquisite. The intricacy, the craftsmanship, and the creativity can only be described as awesome. However, it was the wonderfully preserved buildings of the Renaissance that flipped my switch for project design possibilities. I returned to the United States with photos of walls, ceilings, floor designs and feet. Let me explain about the feet…
Read more | take a virtual tour of dramatic Roman design details here.
Fabric Color Changes – What Are The Causes?
contributed by The Folks at Fiber-Seal
Have you ever wondered why your white silk sofa seems to have a yellow cast? How about that white cotton sofa that is yellowing – but only behind the pillows? Most color changes do tend to occur on white or light-colored furnishings, but there can be problems on dark colors, too. There are many different causes for color change on fabrics. For the säke of simplicity, we will discuss only the six most common factors that contribute to the vast majority of the problems…
Read more | find out how to help your clients maintain their interiors here.
NCIDQ&A: Interior Designers Retain Right to Practice in Florida – Deregulation Attempt Fails in Legislature
contributed by The NCIDQ Crew
The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc. [NCIDQ] applauds the Florida Legislature for rejecting HB 5005, a bill that would have endangered public safety by no longer requiring interior designers who work on commercial buildings to hold a state license. Under existing law, interior designers who work in commercial and public spaces – schools, healthcare facilities, offices, daycare centers, retail spaces, dormitories and more – must be licensed by the state…
Read more | learn about the legislative issue here.
Design Speak [5 new terms]
Impress your interviewers / professors / co-workers with interior design industry jargon.
coffer | electrostatic discharge | pongee | rough-hewn | stacking diagram
What In The World? [10 resources you might need on the Net]
There's a lot of info out there on the World Wide Web. Let us do some of the searching so that you don't have to.
What The Spec?
[Mottega – A way to design your client a lamp in just a few clicks.]
[Bolefloor – Striking wood floors showcasing trees’ natural growth patterns.]
[Full Circle – Aesthetically pleasing and sustainable cleaning tools for the home.]
Other Design Junkies
[Design Büreau – One creative playground of a magazine.]
[Selina Rose Textile Surface Design – Rugs, throws and wallpaper made of intricate cut felt.]
[International Association for Continuing Educatïon & Training]
[Retail Design Institute]
[Prezi – An online presentation website that goes way beyond PowerPoint.]
[Traveler’s Jöy – A way for couples to register for the honeymoon of their dreams.]
[Silas Tom – Amusing greeting cards featuring fun illustrations. See more below...]
Say What? [3 new words]
Speak more intelligently when presenting and networking by incorporating some new vocabulary.
augur | feckless | windfall
Rant & Rave
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--Maxine Corbett, ASID, CSI, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C – Principal, Richlin Interiors
Graphic designer extraordinaire, creator of PLiNTH & CHiNTZ’s logo and chintz pattern, and long-time friend, Rob Wilson, has created Silas Tom, a source for quirky paper goods featuring his signature bold designs. Concentrating on witty greeting cards at the moment, he’ll soon have cocktail napkins, wrapping paper, prints and who knows what else available, so bookmark his site so that you can pay attention.
FYI: If you happen to attend Renegade Cräft Fair in Austin May 21-22 or in Brooklyn June 11-12, stop in to meet Rob and see his paper wares in person. I promise you’ll be impressed.
The best of lück to all the students out there graduating from interior design programs who are ready to make their mark on this industry! It’s still a little shaky out there, but it’ll get better – it always does.
--Laura McDonald Stewart, RID, ASID, IIDA, LEED AP – Founder/Editor
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