What is Interior Designing?

Interior Design provides a soul to homes or building and makes a space more comfortable, beautiful, functional and liveable.

Your Home should always tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love”

A Brief History of Interior Design

In the early 1900’s, the term “Interior Decorator” was first used in America. Most decorators at the time had no academic credentials, but the best of them had a combination of good taste, common senses, and natural talent to interpret and address the issues, such as scale and proportion. Elsie de Wolfe became the first Interior Decorator to be given a design “commission.”

In 1913, Elsie de Wolfe published the first interior design book, “The House in Good Taste.” Dorothy Draper was the first documented commercial Interior Decorator, establishing her design firm in 1923.

What kind of work can one do after graduation in interior design?

Interior Designer

Interior and spatial designers are involved in the design or renovation of internal spaces, including structural alterations, furnishings, fixtures and fittings, lighting and colour schemes.

You may work in a range of commercial, leisure or domestic settings. The job combines the efficient and functional use of space with an understanding of aesthetics. Some designers, particularly in the domestic market, are concerned solely with the appearance, rather than the structure, of the interior.

Exhibition Designer

As an exhibition designer, you’ll work on large commercial public exhibitions, showcase events, trade shows and conferences for trade, industry or education, or on cultural exhibitions for museums, libraries and galleries. You might also work on temporary displays for businesses and retailers.

You’ll be responsible for creating an exhibition that works on several levels. It must:

  • have aesthetic appeal
  • be practical
  • communicate the client’s message, concept and image to visitors
  • meet the limitations imposed by space and budget.

You’ll base your designs on your interpretation of the client’s ideas and requirements and will also provide your own ideas in relation to product concept and customer appeal.

Some designers also have responsibility for overseeing the implementation and building of the exhibition or display stand, while others will specialise in just one specific area.

Graphic Designer

You’ll work on a variety of products and activities, such as websites, advertising, books, magazines, posters, computer games, product packaging, exhibitions and displays, corporate communications and corporate identity, i.e. giving organisations a visual brand.

Working to a brief that has been agreed with the client, creative director or account manager, you’ll develop appropriate creative ideas and concepts for the client’s objectives. 

The work demands creative flair, up-to-date knowledge of industry software and a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines.

Stage Designer

The demand for innovative and attractive stage designs, for various events, award shows, parties, weddings etc. is huge. Interior designers have the opportunity to become stage or set designers for movies, TV series, events, concerts etc. A lot of expos and exhibitions are also organized in various cities on a regular basis. People also need interior designers to design engaging stalls and temporary installations for them. As these temporary installations are taken down in a few days, there is a constant demand for designers for the next event.

Furniture Designer

As a furniture designer, you’ll produce designs for items of furniture and related products. These designs may then be mass produced or made in small batches or as one-off individual pieces.

You may just be involved in the design aspect of the work or you may be a highly-skilled crafts person and produce items from your own designs.

You’ll either work alone or alongside colleagues creating concepts and designs that balance innovative design, functional requirements and aesthetic appeal.

The process of furniture design demands creativity, business awareness and skills in marketing, finance, sales and manufacturing.

The role may involve a number of functions, particularly if you’re self-employed, including:

  • accountant
  • buyer
  • designer
  • maintenance engineer
  • production manager
  • salesperson.

Artist / Blogger / Photographer

On gaining knowledge in design, art and graphics, a lot of talented interior designers, who have a knack for all things artsy, get a lot of offers for graffiti, wall art, paintings, hand painted articles, etc. If you have a talent in writing, you can also try blogging or creative content writing, like me, for interiors, architecture and all things design! Designers are also taught photography, framing, lighting and angles. Photography is also a viable and interesting vocation to pursue after studying interior design.

Academics and teaching

Developing design thinking and encouraging students to be creative, generate ideas and give them technical knowledge is a highly fulfilling, holistic and satisfying career option. Inspiring a bunch of students to think out of the box, and triggering the design gene in them to produce talented designers is part of the job profile. Design is not something which you can learn from a textbook, and that makes this job very challenging and enjoyable.

As well as you can also work as Publisher and Author, Design Researcher, Design Consultant, Design Manager, etc.