Monday, February 11, 2013

Definitions on Design

As I mentioned last week, today I begin a new section called Design Punctuation. Here we'll be exploring issues about design starting with basic concepts moving into more complex, this way we'll have a better appreciation of design and how it affects our life.

The design world is made up of many disciplines dealing with the two and three dimensional worlds. There are many of these disciplines that are well defined like graphic, furniture, textile and product... But those dealing with the built environment are are little bit blurry because there are some grey areas where they overlap.

Interior decorators main focus {generally!} is on the decorative and ornamental elements like paint colors, furniture, fabrics, moldings, artwork and most elements that do not require construction or can be easily introduced into a space.

The work of an Interior Designer is more complex as it deals with space planning and functionality as well as the decorative aspects. These designers have a knowledge of ergonomics, building codes, and in many places are regulated by local authorities because of the effect they have in interior architecture. In many sates in the US you cannot call yourself an Interior Designer unless you have a license or certification.

Architects are trained to build projects from the ground up. They look at a design project from a wider perspective as they not only look at a building itself, but the impact this will have on the surrounding environment. Once I heard an architect say that the social responsibility of the architect is greater because you cannot avoid a building in the same way you avoid an interior space... they are larger and long lasting.

These definitions are not to be taken as a law, as there are many industrial designers that have made the transition to interior design successfully and vice versa. They are to be used as a reference, especially by those looking to hire design professionals. Remember to always check on any designer's credentials with previous clients, professional organizations or anyone who can back up their experience and professionalism.

Now that we about design disciplines, we can move on to principles and fundamentals of design and their applications in our everyday life... come back next week for more!

Have a great day!


  1. Great post, I look forward to this series. I have to say that some architects (in my humble opinion) deserve shooting for the monstrosities they inflict on society especially when looking at newly built houses in the UK... However, there are many who design amazing houses which - when complimented by fantastic interior design - make the most beautiful living spaces. xo

  2. Gorgeous, I look forward to more. I love architecture. I agree with the above too, some of the new buildings that are built are absolutely horrible, but these actually use design and shapes and materials - good materials so well & keep that art form of building!! xo

  3. Gorgeous images Elie. It's always so nice to see and come across good design!

    xo Mary Jo

  4. Excited about this!

    Love the images you've chosen.

  5. Cool recap of a designer's duties. My cousin's girlfriend is an interior designer and it is interesting to hear how technical she must be in terms of designing.

    Chic 'n Cheap Living

  6. So well said, lovely and I can not wait for more. I adore architecture. Have a beautiful day, sweetie.

  7. beautiful designs!

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  8. this makes me want to redo my room!

  9. I'm looking forward to my education.

  10. Great design series- can't wait to learn more!

    always, koru kate

  11. Great post, and wonderful choice of images.
    Thank you!

  12. What a great is something I've just recently started getting into, so this is perfect.

  13. Great idea for series. Looking forward to reading more about it.
    Have a beautiful week.

  14. I love this new series. I love architecture and I cannot wait to read more about it.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

  15. Such an interesting series! Beautiful architecture and .. works of art:)


  16. i really like #s 1&4

  17. This is a great post! I definitely learned new things and cleared up some confusion.... thank you!

    North On Harper

    1. Well said and well defined. Looking forward to more posts on Design Punctuation.

  18. Great post! looking forward to more!