Module one: I was flying! I thought “Yes I can do this, this is easy and I love it!” I submitted my assignment got a 10/10.I got this!
Module two: Things starting getting tougher. “Ok this is not a joke, there is quite a lot of information that I need to process and a lot of research I need to do in order to complete my assignments”.
Module three: – Panicking mode on -“ I really can’t do this! I don’t have the time! I’m too busy! I’m too stressed! I need a holiday! I don’t think I made the right decision for my current status!”
Got a 3 month break, then realised that I signed up for something that requires actually a lot of effort and commitment regardless the fact that it’s very flexible on time scales.
So I took a deep breath and dived back into it. – Yes I had to revise all the modules that I had already passed to refresh my memory, so note to self if you are going to ‘take a break’, you will possibly have to revise everything from scratch so think twice 🙂
Modules five to twelve: Now I was back at it and I knew in order to finish it, I needed to have a very structured plan. I had about two hours commuting on the train everyday so I decided this will be my studying time. Weekends were for research, practising and assignments. I was rolling!
Two years later, here I am with my diploma in my hands and a lot of valuable knowledge that is priceless to me. One more very important lesson learned out of this experience was, if you struggle, take a step back or seek advice. If you quit, take a deep breath and when you are ready get back at it. When you want something so much, you will make it happen. You do have to work your ass off to make it happen, but it will happen.
I really couldn’t recommend this course more for professionals like me and if you are interested on this course have a look in more detail here.
Here is the list of the modules I did.
- Module 1: The Visual Language of Design
- Module 2: The History of Style, Decoration and Architecture
- Module 3: Design Styles
- Module 4: Space Planning
- Module 5: Lighting
- Module 6: Colour
- Module 7: Interior Finishes
- Module 8: Decorative Textiles and Fabrics
- Module 9: Furniture, Art and Accessories
- Module 10: Working With Clients
- Module 11: Visual Communication
- Module 12: Setting Up an Interior Design Business
What can I say, here is to more Interior Design and who knows maybe The Great Interior Design challenge next? 🙂
(Obsessed with this show by the way, I can’t believe it’s the finals already).
Next week will be sharing some house progress so stay tuned,
Interior Design - Assignment #2
Please read the text below, which shows images, and defines the elements and principles.
Due: September 21.
Principles of design are the laws of designing anything! In other words, to have a good design, you should consider these principles for the best design possible. Elements of design on the other hand are things that are involved within making a design. The major difference between principles and elements is that principles are rules you have to follow and elements are things that will help you complete those rules for the best project outcome.
Principles of Design, as said before, are the laws of designing anything! When making a design the seven principles are contrast, emphasis, balance, unity, pattern, movement, and rhythm. Consider each of these carefully for any design and you'll be a guaranteed a great project!
Contrast means showing differences in two different sections of the design or showing somehow that the design being created is very different from other designs because of its contrast. Contrast can also be used to show emphasis in any part of the design.
Emphasis is given to an area within the design because that area is meant to be seen or is more important to be noticed when compared to other places of the design. For example, your design might be to have white parallel lines going up and down. In the center of this design, you could have a circle. This circle would be a part on the design that is emphasized.
Balance means keeping your design like a pattern. A balanced pattern would be if you had a border on your pattern in black. Unbalanced would be if approximately one-third of the border was orange and the other two-thirds in pink. To keep your design balanced, make your measurements as accurate as possible. Keeping your design symmetric is a good technique for good balance, but not necessarily the best for all types of designs.
Unity means keeping your design in a sort of harmony in which all sections of the pattern make other sections feel complete. Unity helps the design to be seen as one design instead of randomness all around your design.
Pattern is simply keeping your design in a certain format. For example, you could plan to have wavey lines all around your design as a pattern, but then you must continue those wavey lines throughout the design for good patterns. It wouldn't look good if suddenly you stopped all the wavey lines and drew a picture of a dog.
Movement is the suggestion or illusion of motion in a painting, sculpture, or design. For example, circles going diagonally up and down from right to left could show that the design moves up and to the right or down and to the left.
Rhythm - Repetition is the movement or variation characterized by the regular recurrence or alternation of different quantities or conditions. In simpler words, it's just like pattern and shows that the design has a 'beat' or 'flow' going with it. A plain white box has almost no rhythm what so ever.
Elements of Design, as said before, are things that are involved within making a design. The seven elements of design are color, value, texture, shape, form, space, and line. Elements of design will help your design look a lot more unique from other designs, and can help make the design symbolize anything!
Color is an easy one. Just make sure your designs color is right for the mood! Also make sure that each section's color matches another section's color. Colors is probably the biggest element to pay attention to.
Value is the relative darkness or lightness of a color. Just as said in the paragraph above, make sure the colors you put on your design are dark or light enough for the proper mood. If you want to show a sad figure in your design, most people would give the design a darker value. On the other hand to show happy children playing around most people would recommend lighter colors.
Texture helps your design to be distinctive or have identifying character and characteristics. With the proper texture, your design will look more fascinating than the average design.
Shape is something distinguished from its surroundings by its outline within your design. You can make your whole work a certain shape besides the common square, and then have shapes within the design shape. This makes the design more complex.
Form is similar to the idea of shape. Form is the structure of your design and how everything in the design looks like it's meant to go together. If the form is well planned and then carried out, it almost guarantees your design in black and white will be a success.
Space has to be included in your design. Space means leaving some blank areas. Why would you wanna leave parts of the design blank? Sometimes a humans eye needs space to feel comfortable, and space will let the humans eye distinguish the part that's meant to be noticed compared to just the background. Sometimes not including space in your design is ok, but make sure it doesn't make it look messy.
Line defines the position and direction of the design. If you have lines or shapes that seem to be running horizontally, then the design would seem like it's running in a left and right line. Make sure your design identifies some sort of line so that the human eye can recognize which side is the top of the design or on which side the design is suppose to start with interest.