‘as Designers We Learn from Everything We Look at Provided That Our Vision Is Clear and Perceptive.’ Is This Vision Confined to Interior Design Only, or May It Be Applied to Anything? Essay

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A clear and perceptive vision is not in my belief confined to interior design, it can be found in many fields. An experienced and well trained practitioner will need a clear and perceptive vision to manage many situations that require a creative application of ideas through a specific framework. Of course not all professions require this perceptive vision and not all people have the insight necessary. Perception requires a constant interaction between your mind and your environment, applying this to your specific professional needs is the skill that sets certain people and trades apart. The arts is probably the area of most concentration where visual perception is used so obviously. The interior designers with their vision, can, through the application of the elements and principles of interior design influence the perception of a space. Likewise an architect guides our perception of a building, a designer of his product and an artist through his paintings or sculptures (although the latter tends to involve much more self-expression). The role of the interior designer has developed significantly since the 50’s and 60’s where it began as a combination of the decorative arts, interior decorating and architecture. It has grown into an undeniable requirement for the design of an interior environment. The interior design profession in itself has grown and divided as particular areas of interior design allow for specialist designers like; interior architects, space and office planners, retail, restaurant and hotel design as well as residential. Interior design is very closely linked to architecture, it is an art but also a science. Interior designers do much more than decorate the surface of an interior space, together with the wishes of the client, they must consider the elements of space, line, form, shape, texture, colour & light, and the principles of balance,

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