Archive for July, 2010

Celebrating the Sun

Saturday, July 31st, 2010
Top 5 Solar Myths Take advantage of the tax rebates on solar.
Scrap Lights: Graypants has introduced light fixtures made from recycled corrugated cardboard boxes.
Easy living room update with simple accents for summer color.  Carpet tiles are a quick update.  I have had them for several years in my dining room and kitchen.  You can’t beat a washable flooring!!!

Add light to your nights as well.  Johnsonite Safe-T-First photo luminescent (glow in the dark) products make egress in the dark safe for business or home.

10 Golden Lessons From Steve Jobs. Some great ideas on how to live your life.

Suggestions for recent Interior Design Graduates

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010

Congratulations on your interior design degree.  The next thing on your agenda is to find a job if your internship didn’t change into one.  I have been an interior designer for 18 years now. Here are some things that I have found useful while job hunting.

* Send your resume to any firm that even vaguely looks like it would be suitable for interior design or architecture.

* Look at the job posting at IIDA, ASID, AIA. Don’t only look at open posting, read all to see if the firm does the kind of work you are interested.  Then send your resume to the ones that look like a fit for your personality and what you want to do.

* Do internet search for local interior design or architecture firms.

* Do internet search for facilities groups of corporations that do in-house design and reconfiguration

* Keep an open mind about what kind of work you might like to do. Usually after finished school and a few internships, there are still a lot of areas out there. You never know what you might fall into that you will love.

* Be willing to try many different areas of design. I have worked for many types of firms: single architect office, custom furniture design, furniture showroom, window covering retail shop (in store and in home), museum, architectural firms, big E little A firm in architecture department, interior design firms (often have technical side and FF&E side), custom cabinetry shop, furniture dealer, etc.

* Remember that at this point in your career, you could work as an intern architect doing cad work also. Great experience for an interior designer to have the technical background.

* I did get a relocation position through Zweig White which is an architectural / interior design recruiting firm. That was about 7 years into my career after I had passed my licensing exam.

* If you can’t find a position right away spend time educating yourself with the many online and often free white papers, webinars, etc. I have had time recently to do this and was greatly impressed by the quality of valuable education out there.

* Be actively involved in your local IIDA, ASID, AIA organizations. Volunteer on their committees and boards and get to know working professionals. Networking is the best way to find a position.

* Keep in touch with your local product reps. They are usually extremely helpful and know what is going on in the local firms and often who is hiring. I have got a lot of good leads from my reps.

* Use the power of social media to your advantage.  Use your connections on LinkedIn or Facebook to network with local designers.  Then set up a time to have coffee to meet them.  Ask them to critique your portfolio or offer a practice interview.

* Consider working as an intern until you can find a paying position.

* Consider working for a non-profit until you can find a paying position. Even volunteering for Habitat for Humanity or other similar group would be very educational.

* Consider studying for the LEED exam.  The industry is moving toward desiring this in addition to your degree.  It could give you an edge over other potential employees.

If design is your passion, be open and something will come your way.

Design Links

IIDA International Interior Design Association   http://www.iida.org

ASID Americal Society of Interior Designers  http://www.asid.org/

USGBC US Green Building Council  http://www.usgbc.org/

IFMA International Facility Management Association http://www.ifma.org/

NCIDQ National Council for Interior Design Qualification  http://www.ncidq.org

CIDA Council for Interior Design Accreditation http://www.accredit-id.org/

The American Institute of Architects http://www.aia.org

The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) http://smpssela.org/

Louisiana State Board of Interior Designers  http://lsbid.org/