Designer Education

Product designers, interior designers and lighting designers are working in a changing industry. Competition from online services, DIY and home improvement tv shows, plus changing consumer lifestyles have continued to shift the way business is done. In this section, product designers, interior designers and lighting designers can read news, trend articles and more.

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Kerrie Kelly Shares Tips for Staying Sane During Coronavirus Lockdown

9 Ways to Organize and Lift Spirits During the Coronavirus Crisis

With the coronavirus news seeping in to our news feed and inbox, canceling all that we enjoy in life — sports, travel, networking, engaging with friends and family, not to mention a night out on the…
Mitzi
Color and dimming capabilities in today’s LED allow for lighting design and use indoors and out. Pictured: The Lola Pendant from Hudson Valley Group’s Mitzi division.

LED Lighting Technology Offers Design, Efficiency Opportunities

What started as an opportunity in energy efficiency for manufacturing and commercial spaces in the mid ‘90s is not the same LED lighting technology we have today. The same energy efficiencies apply,…
Gary Inman
To deliver a complete experience, Gary Inman of Baskervill, says the most important thing is to make the story about them.

3 Interior Designers Share Client Satisfaction Insights

At a time when the ability to work with an interior designer is within the reach of more consumers than ever, thanks in large part to inexpensive online design services, little appears to be changing…
AmericasMart SOURCE
Designers attending an educational seminar at AmericasMart.

IMC to Present Six-Part Design CEU Event at AmericasMart

International Market Centers (IMC) presents SOURCE, a day-long program of education, networking and sourcing for designers on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The March gathering is the first of four planned…
Melissa Galt Attracting Luxury Clients
Melissa Galt Discusses Finding the Millionaire Interior Design Client

The Millionaire Next Door: Your Next Luxury Design Client

Sometimes called the “Invisible Rich,” those who qualify as the millionaire next door can be good design clients. Few have inherited their wealth, instead they’ve worked hard to earn it and they are…
randall whitehead
An upscale establishment on Duval Street in Key West.

Color is Key in Commercial Lighting Design

Everywhere I go now I see color being used and misused in commercial environments. In some instances the mistake is obvious and a small fix would greatly improve the situation. In other situations it…
KUFRI
Mili Suleman with her KUFRI textiles designs.

Masterminding a SHIFT: The Forum Changing the Dallas Design Scene

Deep in the heart of Texas, two women were dissatisfied with a design scene they felt was years behind New York and Los Angeles. So Mili Suleman, founder and designer of Dallas-based KUFRI, a textile…

Interior Design Business Coach Rides the Learning Curve

Melissa Galt understands the design industry. She cut her teeth in hospitality management. She runs an interior design firm.  She comes by her predilection for interior design quite naturally — her…

3 Tips for Organizing Your Interior Design Business

Do you struggle getting organized? If you do, you’re not alone. I’ve worked with many clients who struggled staying organized. I’ll never forget visiting a client for the second time, years ago. It…
Martha O'Hara Interiors
Office Designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors. Troy Thies Photography.

5 Goals for Interior Design Entrepreneurs in 2020

January is the perfect time of year for interior design entrepreneurs to reflect on the past year and set business goals for 2020. If you haven’t done this yet, I’d love to walk you through some of…