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Building Your Interior Design Portfolio

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

In the design world, a breathtaking portfolio is everything. You have just a few moments to leave a lasting, show-stopping impression with the design firm of your dreams. The work you share, along with how you decide to present it, has to be fresh, unique and memorable. Whether you are looking to land a great interior design or architecture job or just spice up your current portfolio, we have you covered. Design Institute of San Diego explores the do’s and don’ts of building your interior design portfolio to propel your career forward. From using typography in your favor to taking advantage of digital tools and outlets, here are some of our top tips to get you started. – Read More –

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Theme Park Design

By: Rick Hess/Mae Case, DISD

If you ask us, nothing beats a trip to a theme park in the summertime. It’s the one destination where those looking for an escape can satiate their appetites for adventure, fantasy and excitement. Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking to spend your day plunging down 150-ft. drops and riding out strong G forces, or a hopeful child with the goal of collecting photos and autographs of all your favorite theme park characters, these popular summer destinations have been designed with the sole purpose of giving you the experience of a lifetime. But have you ever stopped to think about just how much time and technical planning goes into providing that feeling of wonder and whimsy when you step through the turnstiles?

A great deal, actually. Just as important as the engineers who design and build the latest and greatest roller coasters are the designers who provide their expertise to create the built environment surrounding these attractions. Believe it or not, some interior designers only work on theme parks, using fantasy, sights, sounds and smells to develop exciting and colorful visual components that are consistent with the park theme, and to enhance the rides, walkways and exhibits.  Theme park designers are responsible for developing permanent and temporary animated displays, unique signs, specialized fixtures, and many exciting visual displays that together create the look and feel of an amusement park. – Read More –

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Killer Interior Design Portfolios

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Graduation is here and many interior design students are prepping their portfolios for the big interview right around the corner.  Design Institute of San Diego took a look at some of the strongest portfolios our students have created over the past several years.  This post is designed to inspire, motivate, and provide some of the most creative strategies in designing a killer interior design portfolio that will leave a lasting impression upon your viewers.
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Interior Design Degree: Quick Sketching Progression

Quick sketching has been one of the most valuable tools in design development for hundreds of years.  Design Institute of San Diego’s quick sketching class taught by Ann Parker gives its students the opportunity to develop and communicate ideas and concepts by utilizing quick freehand sketch styles.  Rapid visualization and perspective drawing techniques are key elements in communicating ideas with clients in the real world of interior design.  The below examples (done by our very own interior design students and instructor Ann Parker) exemplify not only the communication of ideas, but also the progression and development of various design decisions.

By: Rick Hess, DISD
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Interior Design Degree: From Concept to Reality

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Obtaining an Interior Design Degree isn’t just about creating beautiful spaces. Its about exploring all creative outlets in order to produce logical and intelligent design solutions. Design Institute of San Diego pushes its students to design based on client needs. These design solutions develop into projects that not only challenge the students, but also inspire ideas related to conceptual development, sustainability, universal design, and space planning. This blog post is the start of a long series of entries stressing the importance of interior design education and the impact it has on the professional field. – Read More –