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New interior design industry content for August 2011.
Notes from NeoCon 2011
Though NeoCon took place over two months ago, the experience is still fresh in my mind. Whether you missed it altogether or took the trek but just didn’t get to explöre the entire mountain that is The Merchandise Mart, you’re certain to uncover at least one nugget of gold via the following links and photos.
Antron® | Who would have ever thought that something as seemingly lifeless as carpet fiber could evoke such fantastical feelings? Certainly not me, but Antron pulled it off beautifully in their spectacular showroom. Ever changing LED lighting schemes transformed simple hanging clusters of white yarn into a futuristic playground. GO HERE to see professionally shöt showroom photos and video…
Read more | source an innovative new parametric design system, adjustable solutions for work, hospital and home, fun furniture and accessories for tweens and more here.
Designing An Effective Web Presence – Is It Time To DIY?
contributed by Michael A. Thomas, FASID, CAPS
[interior designer / speaker / author / owner, Design Collective Group]
EDITOR’S NOTE: The webinar that resulted from Michael’s personal experience is coming up fast on Wednesday, August 31, 2011, so if you need website building and/or maintaining advice, be sure to use the link at the end of the full article to register for it – STAT!
There is little doubt that technology moves at the speed of lightning. And for many in the design profession, keeping current and understanding how “tech stuff” works can be challenging. First of all it takes a commitment of time and resources to just stay up with what’s out there, whether it is publishing an effective website, writing a blog, learning how to use drawing software like Sketch-Up or posting pïctures to sites such as Picasa as an on-line design portfolio. But it is important to keep up with the evolving forms of technology since the world wide web plays an ever increasing and important role for everyone – not only for those of us in the profession but also to stay in front of those potential clients who are researching information and options…
Read more | learn how you can become the master of your own web domains here.
What Does Interior Design Cost?
contributed by Bridget McMullin, ASID, CID, CAPS
[owner, The McMullin Design Group, LLC / blogger / dog lover]
I am constantly asked by friends, family, and relatively new acquaintances what my services cost. I always return with, “Well, what does a car cost?” Cars come in all shapes, sizes and price points – so does interior design. A color consult will obviously be less than a kitchen design, each client has a need and an expectation, and it’s my jöb to give them the best value for their dollar. There are two aspects to the cost of interior design – time and product – but let’s start with the cost of the interior designer…
Read more | find out how to convey cost considerations to your clients here.
NCIDQ&A: NCIDQ Opens Continuing Educatïon Registry to All Users
contributed by The NCIDQ Crew
The National Council for Interior Design Qualification, Inc. [NCIDQ] has opened its popular online continuing educatïon registry to all users. Previously, the registry was an exclusive, frëe benefit for active NCIDQ Certificate holders, who could use the self-reporting system to recörd and track their CE activity. “When we launched the online CE system earlier this year, we heard overwhelmingly positive feedback from our Certificate holders who loved the instant accëss to their data at no additional fee,” explains NCIDQ Executive Director Jeff Kenney. “Almost immediately, we heard from other interior design professionals who wanted a reliable and efficient method for CE tracking, so we decided to open the registry to others as a subscription-based product”…
Read more | find out a little more about this big change here.
Design Speak [5 new terms]
Impress your interviewers / professors / co-workers with interior design industry jargon.
acrylic resïn | B&N | cleanability cöde | demilune table | platform bed
Say What? [3 new words]
Speak more intelligently when presenting and networking by incorporating some new vocabulary.
behoove | inertia | semblance
No Time For A Road Trïp?
Then treat your overworked brain to a little mental vacation with this amazing, somewhat psychedelïc – and perfectly legal – mind trïp courtesy of this online kaleidoscope. Sit back and zone out or interact with it by moving your cursor around the screen. Groovy, man.
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