Is there a perfect job for each and every person? For many, a job is a means to an end. But on rare occasions, you’ll discover what someone does for a living, and it just makes sense. It’s as if they are innately suited to a particular profession, whether it’s because they have the nurturing temperament of a teacher, the eloquence of a writer or the resourcefulness of an entrepreneur. GetSmarter gave DECO the lowdown:
An Interior Designer in particular is a unique breed of person. Perhaps you’ve always had an inkling that design is running through your veins, but you lack the clarity to pursue your passion. If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following questions, you definitely have what it takes to enter the design field:
1. DO YOU ENJOY PROJECTS?
Behind every great design is a project. Do you like to work on projects that carry through from inception to completion? If your answer is a resounding ‘yes’, interior design projects will offer you immense job satisfaction as you envision end goals, plan time-frames, monitor progress according to established targets, liaise with multiple role-players on a design team and ultimately bring a vision to life.
2. GOT A CREATIVE EYE?
This is a tricky question, as it’s not uncommon for people to feel insecure about their personal taste and to question their artistic preferences. Even though there is some intuitive element involved in making design choices, there are also very specific design principles with regards to colour, light, textiles, space and shape that designers must employ when working on a design project. These principles can be learnt, and you can certainly train a creative eye.
3. CAN YOU VISUALISE?
Individuals looking to purchase a house are often put off if a place does not match the image they have envisioned. However, some people can immediately see the potential of a space. They’re not taking a face-value view of their future home, rather they’re visualising what it could be. These same people are able to transform what, to the common man, may initially look like an eyesore, into a very aesthetically pleasing space.
4. LIKE HELPING PEOPLE?
Interior design is a people-centric role, although not necessarily in the humanitarian sense. It’s essentially about understanding client needs and offering assistance in communicating ideas. As a designer, you will be responsible for bringing someone else’s vision to life, and while this may not always align with your personal taste, you will derive satisfaction from seeing a space serve the functional and aesthetic needs of your client.
5. LOVE A DESIGN TREASURE HUNT?
Much of interior design involves liaising with various suppliers and working out the best costing for a project. If you like sourcing good deals, looking for new suppliers and searching for unique design furniture pieces, you will be less likely to face designer’s remorse due to incorrect costing and rash decisions.
Interior design has a bad rep for being an intuitive field when in actual fact applied knowledge of design principles must be acquired. If you answered ‘yes’to any of the above questions, you most certainly have the raw, latent creativity that will help you in design pursuits. Now all you need is the formalised knowledge to convert your conceptual creativity into practical application.
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