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.

Home Design Business Think Tank: A Focus on Profit for Retailers

Home Design Business Think Tank: All About the Benjamins As a home furnishings retailer or interior designer, one of your primary goals in business is to turn a profit. We’ve put together a Home…
Design Coaching Center, Interior Design Business Experts, Melissa Galt
Melissa Galt shares insights on finding your ideal client.

Design Coaching Center: How Do You Attract Your Ideal Client?

Identifying your hot and buying ideal client is the fast path to design success. You can stop spinning your wheels trying to be all things to everyone and focus on those clients you enjoy the most.…
Photo by recha oktaviani on Unsplash
Photo by recha oktaviani on Unsplash

IIDA Releases 2021 Interior Design Compensation Report

IIDA announces the release of the 2021 IIDA Interior Design Compensation Report, an analysis of salary and benefit information aimed at arming designers and A&D professionals with the most…
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash
Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

Attracting Your Ideal Interior Design Client

Identifying your hot and buying ideal client is the fast path to design success. You can stop spinning your wheels trying to be all things to everyone and focus on those clients you enjoy the most.…
Gail Doby, Business Breakthrough Book
Gail Doby's new book, Business Breakthrough, is available on Kindle.

Gail Doby Shares Business Strategies in New Book for Designers

Gail Doby, Co-founder and Chief Vision Officer, of Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting, has written a new book that shares many of the secrets and strategies she has used when coaching interior…
Photo by Hakan Nural on Unsplash
Photo by Hakan Nural on Unsplash

How Will Business Change After the Pandemic?

As we’re closing this issue, I’m getting ready for my first COVID-19 vaccine. The thought of finally being somewhat protected from this virus after a year of hunkering down has allowed me to start…
Photo by Christiann Koepke on Unsplash
Photo by Christiann Koepke on Unsplash

3 Payment Platforms for Retailers and Designers

In an environment where cash may not be exchanging hands and checks can require the extra step of going to a bank, not to mention the convenience of credit cards for clients and customers on big-…
Interior Design Society, Virtual Conference
The Interior Design Society has opened registration for its May virtual conference.

Interior Design Society Opens Registration for Virtual Designer Conference

The Interior Design Society (IDS) is excited to announce that  registration is now open for their 2021 National Conference. The conference will be held  virtually this year, with a strong speaker…
smart lighting
Light layering is important for good lighting design, says Lightstyles’ Melvyn Kahn. In this project from his lighting design team, smart lighting controls help manage each light layer for a cohesive look that can be easily adjusted.

Understanding the Smart Home Spectrum

At one time, smart home systems were only found in ultra-high-end luxury design projects. Their complexity and high price tags made them unattainable for the average homeowner. Times have since…
Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash
Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash

Setting Customer Expectations

As we came into 2021, with coronavirus still around and new, more contagious variants, I finally made the move to curbside grocery pickup. I was hesitant in this change, even though I’d heard…