Category: Interior Design Profession
Health Safety & Welfare- Where’s the Beef?
The primary tenet of interior design regulation is that we (certified Interior Designers) are qualified to protect the health safety and welfare (HS&W) of the public. We are qualified by education, training and examination to do this and the general public needs to be protected from those that are not. It is our professional mantra. This…
The Interior Design/Nursing Parallax
OR Nurse! Nurse! Should I go with the Chartreuse or the Puce? Okay so I am guilty of being obtusely acerbic. While I take the issue of ID professionalism very seriously I have to humor myself to make it fun….at least for me. What the profession (as defined by NCIDQ) of Interior Design is dealing with is…
Blowback in Minnesota
While the pro-regulation effort in Minnesota is underway there is also a concerted effort to derail any propsed legislation. Interestingly the NKBA is the prime detractor or anti-regulation proponent. Frankly the anti’s have a more effective campaign. Note I did not judge whether they are correct or not. But it does not take a rocket…
ASID & IIDA or ASID vs. IIDA?
So this is where I really step in it…er on it..whatever. Others have discreetly discussed it behind closed doors. There have been some high level back room discussions over many years and some of my fellow academics have written an impassioned and scholarly vetted plea for the need of one organization to represent the professional domain of…
Apathy May Be Our Worst Enemy
Seems like a potential colossal waste of time to implement legislation and then not have the critical mass of participation to empower the state’s design professionals. I can only assume that ASID and IIDA are on alert.
But…But….What About Grandma?
So for all of you who read the depositions from the Institute for Justice’s lawsuit in Florida (I am sure you all read them…right?;-) you probably noted that the wily strategic litigators at the IJ are trying to turn the issue of “grandfathering” around to haunt us. Grandfather clauses are common additions to proposed bills that provide an…
INTERIOR DESIGNERS ARE HOT!!!(?)
So interior design is a hot career option eh? http://hotjobs.yahoo.com/career-articles-the_most_secure_jobs_for_2010-1074 Well that is certainly good news for my students! I do note that the salary level is the lowest of the 8 careers noted. I will blame this on our collective inability to achieve a level of respect for our skills and knowledge. There are a lot…
Interior Design Regulation- Domestic Professional Myopia
Don’t you think that if we all joined together to define our domain that the collective critical mass of like-minded individuals around the world could take the profession far beyond the next level, that our petty semantic and turf disputes would seem rather….well petty? Some call me a dreamer.
It’s not a profession…It’s a friggin Hobby!
http://www.theinteriordesigninstitute.com/index.cfm I can remember when you could get a diploma in interior design off the back of a matchbook. In fact I think that is what sparked (pun intended) the 37 year old effort to regulate interior design in the first place. My how times don’t change.
RESIDENTIAL vs. COMMERCIAL- IS THERE A DIFFERENCE?
The idealist in me says “NO”. A qualified interior designer is able to properly design interior spaces regardless of the function. Does not matter if it is a space for living, a space for healing, a space for fellowship or a space for work. There are single family residences with spectacular office spaces and commercial grade kitchens. We all know…