Becoming an Interior Designer: A Guide to Careers in Design / Edition 2

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The profession of interior design has received a lot of mediaattention in recent years, whether it's on the many "home makeover"shows or in the movies. The reality is, interior design in thetwenty-first century is much more than selecting colors andarranging furniture. Today's interior designer is a multifacetedprofessional, with expertise in building and safety codes, projectmanagement, designing for seniors, sustainable design, and otherimportant areas that require increased skill and training.

If you have a vision for creating the interior spaces ofresidential or commercial buildings, Becoming an Interior Designeris the first step to a successful career. More than a how-to bookfor finding a job, this helpful guide is a road map to the earlystages of forming a lifelong career and finding your special nichein this burgeoning field.

This Second Edition of Becoming an Interior Designer willprepare you for entering and succeeding in the interior designfield. It covers all aspects of getting into the industry,including updated information on the following:

  • Licensing and certification
  • The newest educational requirements, with a helpful list ofaccredited interior design programs in the United States andCanada
  • Professional tips on portfolio preparation
  • Discussion of work environments—from home office to largefirms
  • Advice for finding clients and boosting revenue
  • Helpful guidance on managing a successful career
  • Photos of projects by professional interior designers from allmajor design specialties

The author interviewed nearly 100 professionals in the field whoshare their personal insights to help you discover what theinterior design profession is really like.

With everything you need to start your journey, Becoming anInterior Designer, Second Edition will be your launch pad for along and successful career in interior design.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This guide surveys careers in the interior design field, from residential to commercial, including corporate, hospitality, and entertainment specialties. This edition has been revised and updated to incorporate information on sustainable and global design, and design for seniors, with added profiles and examples of projects." (Book News, May 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470114230
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/19/2008
  • Edition description: Second
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 413,310
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Christine M. Piotrowski, FASID, IIDA, of Phoenix, Arizona, provides consulting services on business practices to interior designers. A former professor of interior design at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Christine has more than twenty-five years of interior design experience. She is the author of several books on interior design, including Designing Commercial Interiors, Second Edition and the bestselling Professional Practice for Interior Designers, Fourth Edition, both from Wiley.

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Table of Contents



1 An Introduction to the Interior.

Design Profession.

2 Educational Preparation.

3 Where the Jobs Are.

4 Design Specialties.

5 The Design Process.

6 Interior Design as a Business.

7 The Future.






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