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.

environmental impacts of luxury furnishings
Helen Rutledge, owner of antique shop Bibelot, says mixing antiques like this Georgian Pine Secretary with modern pieces looks fresh and luxurious.

Minimizing Environmental Impact With Eclectic Antique Furniture

With today’s consumer looking more toward the sustainability of the products they purchase, there is more to designing a luxury space than the beauty of the pieces. Clients want to know where their…
Melissa Galt shares 5 passive income streams for interior designers.
Melissa Galt shares 5 passive income streams for interior designers.

5 Passive Income Streams for Interior Designers

Are you aware of how digital technology can give you multiple passive income streams? In today’s interior design world, savvy interior designers have extra revenue streams because one-on-one…
Succession Planning for your business
Are you ready to be "fired" from your business? There is planning involved.

Are You Ready to Be Fired? 5 Tips for Your Business Succession Plan

Many years ago, I was having lunch with a business friend who was moving into the final stages of his career. I asked him, “So what are you focused on now?” He said something I will never forget. He…
Sandra Funk Interior Design Standard
Sandra Funk

Designer Sandra Funk to Launch Interior Design Business Program

New York and New Jersey-based interior designer Sandra Funk of House of Funk has announced the introduction of a business-facing program as an extension of her company, “The Interior Design Standard…

Interior Design Career Lessons Learned

No matter the industry, everyone has some cringe-inducing memories they look back on from early in their careers where they learned something the hard way and added another thing to their mental “do…
tips for design selection process
Help clients make interior design selections with these 7 tips.

7 Tips to Streamline the Design Selection Process for Clients

For many remodelers (and these practices apply to interior designers), this process has become extremely protracted and complicated; so much so, that a group I work with in California found that the…

High Point Market Authority Teams Up with Design Influencers Conference to Co-Produce Brand Track

The High Point Market Authority has once again teamed up with the Design Influencers Conference to launch and co-produce a brand track for the 2020 conference, to be held in San Francisco on March 1-…

Design Project Magic: Erinn Valencich Turns Heads With StyleRow

Erinn Valencich’s recently launched StyleRow project management and marketplace tool is turning heads in the design community.  As an interior designer, the act of designing a space is only half the…
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(Photo: Unsplash user Danielle MacInnes)

Goal Setting for Interior Designers in 7 Steps

It’s almost time for goal setting for the new year! The final quarter of the year has launched. What were the goals you set back in January? Are you on track? Did you back your goals up with…
Randall Whitehead Lighting Doctor Accent Lights
Avoid Museum Syndrome by using the right balance of lighting fixtures.

The Right Light Balance Puts an Accent on the Positive

As I have mentioned before, there are four functions of light — Task, Accent, Decorative and Ambient.  Each one plays an important role in creating a cohesive lighting design. Here is an explanation…