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Brighten up with a Lighting Design Job

Posted on 25 Mar, 2020

In light (excuse the pun!) of this awful and worrying situation we find ourselves in, we wanted to write a blog with a cheerier note and give us something to think about whilst we wait for our lives to return to some form of normality.   

The clocks move forward on Sunday and the days will be longer but lighting can be one of those things that we take for granted. Though it's what we see by, it tends to go unnoticed or, at the very least, unremarked upon. And yet, it cannot be understated just how important a part lighting plays in our everyday lives and the field of lighting design is an exciting one where you can make a huge impact on your environment.

From bars and restaurants, to galleries and museums; from shop displays and corporate events to the comfort o... Continue reading >

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Excellent Interior Design Blogs to Follow

Posted on 09 Mar, 2020

If you’re serious about a career in design, it’s important that you keep on top of the latest trends and fashions, not just in your sector, but across the entire design industry.

To set you on the right path, we’ve put together the following list of six of the finest interior design blogs, that are well worth your time to read.

Mad About the House
This is the official online home of interiors writer and journalist, Kate Watson-Smyth. Her entries are often practical in nature, comparing popular design elements, examining recent trends, and so on. The blog also links to her strong soc... Continue reading >

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How to get your work done when working from home

Posted on 24 Feb, 2020

Working from home can be hugely satisfying, but you really need the right mindset if you hope to make it a regular thing.

Here are some top tips on how to get your work done when working from home. Create a workspace This should be obvious, but you need somewhere to work. It doesn’t have to be fancy – a desk in the corner of your bedroom will suffice, although it's healthier to separate work from bedtime if possible. Just make sure that it’s yours and that you only use it for your work. This means you’ll be in the right frame of mind when you sit at your workspace. Get up and get moving While rolling out of bed and stumbling to your workspace sounds blissfu... Continue reading >

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Current Trends in Homewares and Decor

Posted on 06 Feb, 2020

With all interior, product and furniture designer roles, it’s important to keep on top of current trends. While you want to imbue any project with your own unique style, be aware that your client may be looking for something more current or trend setting. 

Here are some of the upcoming home interior decor trends for 2020 that you should be aware of. Abstract expressionism Bold patterns and striking colours are the order of the day in modern interior design. Playful colour schemes combine with stark geometrics and intricate hand-drawn sketches to create mood and evoke emotion in the observer. Structure and simplicity This interior design... Continue reading >

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Advice in Negotiating a Pay Rise

Posted on 23 Jan, 2020

There comes a time for many of us when we start to feel that we are not being sufficiently compensated for the work we do. Many of us find asking for a pay rise an awkward affair, preferring to go with the flow rather than rock the boat.

 It needn’t be that way however. If you believe you deserve to be paid more, here are a few tips to help you negotiate one with your manager:

1. Be prepared

Check out the salaries for other jobs that match your current role to see where your salary falls. Put together examples of how your work has contributed to the performance of your team, or the bottom line of  your company. Make a note of your recent achievements, added responsibilities that you have taken on and more that you now feel ready to face. Whateve... Continue reading >

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Different CAD Software Used in Design

Posted on 08 Jan, 2020

Anybody looking for a career in interior, furniture or product design will be aware of the importance of computer-aided design to the industry. Whilst the fundamentals remain mostly the same, there are dozens of distinct CAD software packages on the market, with some better suited to certain design tasks than others.

Let’s take a look at some of the more popular programs.

AutoCAD

One of the most commonly used packages is AutoCAD which is used in furniture design and manufacture (although not as much as previously), interior design and architecture, building design and construction, and many other parts of the design industry.

VectorWorks

VectorWorks offers a great range of tools for interior and retail designers and also for exhibit... Continue reading >

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