Okay PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER knows that the internet is a remarkable tool. Hell we would not be here if it weren’t. I am also aware that since the mid-90’s and the dotcom boom there have been numerous attempts to link designers with clients digitally. But now that the newness has worn off and Facebook, Myspace, eHarmony and other social networking sites have become the norm, not to mention that a generation of digital natives are now coming into positions of financial responsibility, maybe the time is ripe for professional design service networking sites to be useful. PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER is aware of two such sites (I am sure there are many others but just go with me here) and I see merit and issues with both.
Interior Design Pro is limited to interior decorators and designers while Dzinebox boldly connects Landscape Architects/Designer, Architects (mostly residential) and Interior Decorators/Designers with potential clients.
Us old school digital immigrants may look upon these sites as nothing more than enhanced Yellow Pages for design services…you know let your fingers do the walkin…er typing, but they can be so much more. Is this the new paradigm for marketing professional interior design services? Will this make licensing efforts more important or impotent? Will clients get so burned by imcompetence that the entire profession is stained? Stay tuned.