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Interior and Display Design

Interior Designer: Interior designers used to be called interior decorators. But the profession is rapidly abandoning the work decorator. as you'll soon see, decoration is just one of the designer's responsibilities. Interior designers select and organize the furnishings of homes and offices, as well as hotels, banks, restaurants, hospital, schools and other public places. They determine what furnishings are needed, then decide where these will be located. They determine color schemes and choose furniture, fabrics, carpeting, wallpaper, lighting fixtures, and other items to fit into the plan. Designers prepare plans like those drawn by an architect, make sketches in color, and may even build scale models of fully furnished interiors to explain ideas to the client.

Department Store Display Designer: Large department stores sometimes maintain a staff artist to design interior and window displays. In other cases, the work may be done on a free-lance basis. Mechanical drafting ability, carpentry skills, color study, and some knowledge of the history of art, furnishings and decoration are required. It is necessary to keep abreast of all new trends in textiles, furnishings and fine arts.

Exhibit and Museum Display Designer: This kind of designer needs basic knowledge of graphic design, type, lettering, and color. Drafting, model building and carpentry skills are necessary. An understanding of architectural design is helpful, particularly in determining how best to move people through the display. A museum display designer must be able to design for any period in art history. An exhibit display designer must be versatile enough to produce displays for conventions, exhibits, and department stores to be used both inside and out-of-doors.

Contributed by Barbara Labrosse - SUNY Oswego