Introduction to design

Almost everything we see, touch, use and experience in our daily lives is affected by man-made design.

Interior design is the practice of taking ideas about space, shape, light, colour and texture, combined with functional, ergonomic and economic needs within a built environment. These ideas are then translated into a graphic form of communication – for the client and contractor, but as importantly, as a means of clarifying ideas for the designer.

In recent years, the role of the interior designer has expanded to meet the needs and desires of an increasingly complex society, creating a variety of environments that are both beautiful and functional – homes, galleries, offices, retail environments, entertainment venues, hotels, etc., – in fact, any environment in which people live, work and play.

With the emphasis on design rather than detail, the interior designer is equipped to execute small scale alterations and additions. Students acquire a knowledge of building services, the design and construction of fittings and fixtures, furniture design and manufacture, and the final design of the new interior.

The means of communicating all of these fields of information would typically be via drawings – from simple pen-on-paper concept sketches to detailed technical drawings, and from beautifully rendered perspective drawings to precise, annotated contract drawings, but as importantly, as a means of clarifying the ideas of the designer.