Exercise 5: Spot the difference

From this list of niche design practices, I have chosen three and listed the skills I think are needed for each interior design specialism.

  • Leisure interior design: Spas, cinemas, sports venues.
  • Residential interior design.
  • Retail interior design: shops, malls, retail parks.
  • Hospitality interior design: Hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars.
  • Healthcare design: hospitals, surgeries, clinics.
  • Education interior design: schools, universities, colleges.
  • Civic and Cultural design: libraries, museums, galleries.
  • Experiential design: themed environments, exhibitions and interiors driven by a narrative.

Education

  • Social
  • Furniture
  • Lighting
  • Experiential
  • Sustainable
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Visual

Experiential

  • Social
  • Lighting
  • Production
  • Furniture
  • Leisure
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Visual

Civic and Cultural

  • Experiential
  • Social
  • Sustainable
  • Lighting
  • Production
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Visual

My own practice

  • Social
  • Sustainable
  • Experiential
  • Empathy
  • Creativity
  • Positivity
  • Encouragement
  • Communication
  • Visual

I realise that when writing a list of my own tools for my design practice that I have added emotions to the list, not necessarily a ‘tool’ but I think a necessary attitude towards certain fields in design is needed when creating a design. Whenever a space is designed, it’s important to consider the user and how they would feel within that space, for that reason you would benefit from being empathetic, encouraging and positive as well as having all of the other skills.

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