Let’s Get It On!…(from a design point of view)

from another point of view

(photo credit: pinterest)

With the conceptual foundation established the design (dating) process can commence.  The fundamentals of design are utilized beyond space allocation to inform, support and expand the strategic vision and intent.  The 2-D “mood”  transcends to its “curvier” 3-D big sister (you’re already visualizing it right?).

Social media today is full of DIY design visuals.  Everyone is a design “expert.”  It appears that all you need is a shiplap substrate, a can of paint, some rusty letters and, if you’re really bold, a bucket of glitter and you too are on your way to host an HD design hour.  So how do we, as (actual) designers, combat the cookie cutting design trend?  How is our design (dating) profile any more valuable than DIY Suzie?  Oh, that’s right… training, experience and credentials!  We know the process.  We instill the basics.

Our “profile” looks something like this:

"I don't think outside of the box; I think of what I can do with the box"
Relationships: (familiarity with principles below)
Religion: Make it Simple, but Significant
Location: Making the best use of “available” space

In my previous post, Design Contraception, we learned about the value of planning referred to in the design world as concept.  Now it is time to get into the design (dating) relationship fundamentals (AKA principles of Design Theory):


The shape of one part should “fit” the shape of its adjoining elements.

unity hierarchy balance

Intentional elemental arrangement is implemented via symmetry, asymmetry and radial alignment.

unity hierarchy balance

Intentional visual arrangement of design elements are categorized in order of (spatial) importance.

dominance scale similarity

The relationship of size, ratio and divisions with each other have the largest impact on spatial functionality.

dominance scale similarity

Breaking visual hierarchy using form to lay emphasis.  You can’t emphasize everything – it’s either a red lip or a smokey eye!

dominance scale similarity

Contrast and similarity are clues to design elements.  Differences draw our attention and similarity transfers what we know about one element to another.

As stated so eloquently by Albert Hadley, “The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live.  It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment (relationship), not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out.  This is not an easy job.”   So why, as real design professionals, would we leave the job up to those with a bucket of glitter?  In time, this trend too will pass and we (the design professionals) will consistently and continually be awarded the second date – the opportunity to complete that Bourbon Steakhouse Refurbishment.  In the meantime though, DIY Suzie can keep her seat at the “It’s Just Lunch” table.  Call to action here?  It’s Friday night!  Join me for a drink – (sorry Suzie… you’ll have to “pay” for yours!)




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