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Interior Landscape Design

By: Rick Hess / Mae Case, DISD

Have you noticed more and more living walls and vertical gardens popping up in your city?  While some interior design trends come and go in the blink of an eye (remember when Pinterest was awash in herringbone?), Design Institute of San Diego expects interior landscape design to be a sustainability trend with staying power, since these plant features can bring health benefits as well as an intriguing focal point.  Although designers and architects have been incorporating plants into their spaces for decades, as the desire to “go green” has gone mainstream, clients are increasingly interested in design features that put their green credentials on display.  Or the chef at the new restaurant on the block may opt to grow his or her own herbs within the restaurant walls, supporting the local movement.  Interior designers may also choose to bring a landscape architect onto the team to design a vertical garden in their client’s lobby.  However it’s implemented, interior landscape design is catching on in a very big way and its benefits are plentiful. – Read More –

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Horseplay: Equine Design Takes the Spotlight

By: Rick Hess, DISD

“I’m just so lucky – my office is a racetrack. That is something I’m very thankful for. It’s exciting, and it’s challenging, and there are a lot of emotions and nerves that come with it, but right there before the gates open, before that minute and a half or two minutes of the race, it just hits you.”  -Chantal Sutherland, jockey in North American Thoroughbred horse racing

The invigorating smell of freshly cut turf, the low roar of the eager crowd, the endless entertainment of watching people sporting high fashion and possibly a hat – all fall to the background once the jockeys are lined up on their trusty mounts at the starting gate. For a moment, silence envelopes the racetrack.  And then “they are off”, as the heart-pounding excitement erupts again and it’s a race to the finish. Welcome to the world of thoroughbred horseracing.

The relationship between a horse and rider is truly a special bond and while many look to the jockeys as the star athletes, their equine co-stars are essential in bringing home the glory. A great amount of energy goes into caring for these race horses, and the efficient design of their stables and the racetracks take into consideration the behaviors and needs of these four-legged racers as well as the spectators cheering them on all the way to the finish line.  Design Institute of San Diego turns the spotlight on some notable racetracks and stables and delves into the fascinating world of equine design. – 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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San Diego Staycation

By: Rick Hess, DISD

Summer is here and many of our Design Institute of San Diego students are on break.  San Diego offers beautiful weather and breathtaking locations to get away while staying in the area.  This post is dedicated to our hard-working interior design students relishing a well-deserved summer break.  Let us inspire you to discover the perfect San Diego staycation during this gorgeous season.
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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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Refresh: Landscape Design Around the Globe

Spring is transforming our landscapes into flourishing environments full of new life. Landscape design around the globe is enhanced with beauty while fresh springs and waterfalls flow freely. Design Institute of San Diego decided to take a short recess from interior design and acknowledge the beauty in which we live. This blog post is a tribute to the spring season and a reminder that the landscape around us provides breathtaking inspiration. Allow the images in this post to take you around the world and give you the opportunity to revitalize and refresh.

By Rick Hess, DISD

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Interior Design Careers: Museum Design

At one time, only people with a history or art history background worked in museums.  Today, however, when it comes to interior design careers, a museum has many opportunities for interior designers, including creating design concepts for promotional and community projects as well as designing spaces specificially for the preservation of fine art, sculpture, historical textiles, books, and other artifacts.  Due to the fragile conditions of most museum collections, an understanding of the effects of lighting on various art is essential.  Design Institute looked at a few examples of some extrodinary museum designs that deserve to be recognized.  

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The Getaway

Are you an architecture or interior design student ready for a Spring Break getaway?  Allow this blog post to take you to some of the most impressive retreats in the world.  Design Institute of San Diego researched  spectacular places ranging from wellness retreats to secluded resorts.  Take this break to relax your mind and get away, while staying inspired by these creative design projects that will stimulate your imagination.

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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 –