Sometimes we do stuff in the design field that kind of blows our own minds. In the case of our Marinaside project, we're working on the details of a bespoke artwork installation for a Lalique Masque de Femme. With no shortage of artwork and design details in this small space, the installation needed to be unique and special. Developing drafting skills as a designer is highly essential to the practice of interior design. Some firms like to farm-out or have design assistants draft up the plans, but I truly feel - and this could be my creativity talking - that if you take away the design plan and documentation process from me I would simply be an accountant. The level of experience and certifications as a Certified Kitchen Designer and Certified Bathroom Designer are a guaranteed stamp of approval from a legislative and international body that give the clients and allied professionals the assurance they are working with a professional. Some opinions may differ, but in reality the testing and certification standards prove to everyone (including myself) that I meet the baseline standard of industry and client expectations. There, I said it. I love drafting, I love drawing, and I love the quite and linear thought process that occurs as I'm detailing out a space for that special client, and it all just demonstrates that my design skills are limitless.
Here's how the Marinaside project is playing out, graphically:
So, before thinking that designers just spend money wildly, perhaps think about the level of involvement and the value that we can bring to the table. I know that I'm itching for that next big project, no matter where it is, and this is the type of designer I am for your project.