Interior Design

IMG_4387What to call it? Maybe Interior Architecture? Sometimes, maybe, if you are actually doing that. Or, perhaps if it is a description of an academic program housed within an architecture school.

For me Interior Design continues to be the best way to describe this area of design.

Interior Design continues to be the best term to describe work done on projects that range from large scale commercial interiors that include significant space planning, materials, finish and furniture selections, to projects that focus on FF&E as well as residential design projects.

In selecting titles for books I have written I have always been intent on including “Interior Design” in the title. I have been asked to consider titles that might be seen as more general with less of a focus on the word “Interior” so that the books might be seen as more palatable to architects and other design professionals. But, I’m pretty happy to carry the banner and to keep pushing the profession forward in any way that I can.

Interior Design

WIX For Portfolios.

This picture has nothing to do with portfolios other than being a relaxing interlude.

As usual I learned something helpful from students this week. I was talking to a group about portfolios and the topic of personal portfolio websites came up. When I mentioned using WordPress, a student (actually several) told me they find WIX more helpful for developing an online portfolio. I looked into it and I tend to agree!

Like WordPress WIX has a free version available;  seems simple to use and look at and allows for large images to be easily inserted. Based on a quick run through, I think the free version of WIX is a bit easier to customize with color and fonts than WordPress and does seem like a good fit for use as a quick online portfolio site.

Regardless of the site used, I recommend developing an online design portfolio AFTER developing the digital or print version. This would mean one follows the steps of traditional portfolio development in terms of: 1 assessing goals, interests: 2 creating inventories of work and fine tuning projects, 3 developing a clear visual direction for the portfolio. This will lead to developing the “portfolio page graphics” (consistent title-block, graphics and layout) in in-design or similar software and then uploading those pages to a blog/website service such as WordPress, WIX or Google Bloger..

Here are links to the website services I mentioned:

Also you can search for Google

US Housing Size | Back to Big

While looking for updating information on the US housing market for a new edition of Residential Interior Design I found that:

The recent recession brought the first decrease in average American home size with new single-family homes almost 100 square feet smaller in 2009 than in 2007” According to NAHB (2010).

That decrease was relatively short-lived with average home size reaching new high of 2,679 square feet in 2013.

So we are back to big, I guess. Yet at the same time there is increased interest in “tiny houses”. (See recent post). Additionally, there is a movement back to cities with adaptive re-use of buildings for residential units (and related issues of gentrification). It will be interesting to watch how these approaches to housing evolve over time.

Repetition | Using Odd Numbers | More About Composition


As far as principles of design go, I have to say I am a big fan of repetition. Defined as repeating visual elements, exactly or with a slight variation, repetition works for various types of composition: in composing photographs, 2-d /3- form, organizing presentations, and in environmental design.

In the last post, I talked about the rule of three and there is a related component having to do with the use of repetition. That is: when composing, using the principle of repetition, its said that using odd numbers of objects/forms/elements rather than even numbers creates a sense of repetition that creates a more pleasing composition (perhaps creating rhythm).

Three columns in a presentation grid (see previous post), three vases on a shelf, three trees in a garden; these are options for creating successful visual compositions. Someone I worked with would say that here of anything could be an accident but five was an intentional design decision. I don’t know that I see that five is always better than three but I do know that employing an odd number of items has consistently worked for me.