Professional Practice for Interior Designers 5th Edition
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Professional Practice for Interior Designers 5th Edition

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Interior Designers Contents

  • Interior Design as a Profession
  • Professional Advancement
  • Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Where Do Designers Work?
  • Project Compensation and Design Fees
  • Preparing Design Contracts
  • Product Pricing
  • The Selling of Goods: The Uniform Commercial Code and Warranties
  • Trade Sources 
  • The Project Management Process
  • Contract Documents and Specifications
  • Contract Administration: Construction and Order Processing
  • Contract Administration: Delivery and Project Closeout
  • Creating and Managing an Interior Design Practice
  • Advice and Counsel
  • Preparing the Business Plan
  • Business Formations
  • Business Legal Filings and Licenses
  • Strategic Planning: Designing the Future
  • Money Management
  • Fundamentals of Marketing
  • Promotional Basics
  • Promotional Tools and Methods
  • Selling Strategies
  • Design Presentations
  • Employee Management
  • Goals and Career Options
  • The Job Search
  • On the Job

Preface to Professional Practice for Interior Designers PDF

Part of the education of an interior designer consists of learning about the business practices of the profession. Students cannot assume that a business’s success results solely from the innate creativity of the designers who own or work for a firm.

It also comes from the quality of the professional practices of those involved in the business. Regardless of the size of the firm or design specialty, professional interior designers must understand and conduct themselves as businesspeople.

Clients expect interior designers to be responsible for their decisions and practice.

They expect excellence not only in creative work but in business conduct as well. This naturally results in an interior designer’s ever-increasing need for comprehensive knowledge of the business.

As a design professional, manager, educator, and business owner, I have long believed in the importance of effective business practices for this profession. I have seen where good business practices have led to success.

I have seen where poor business practices have led to frustration for business owners. My interests in trying to help students and professionals become better in their business led to the publication of the first edition of this book.

I have consistently updated this book to offer a comprehensive resource that provides a solid background in business practices for students. Educators should not feel that they must try to cover everything, and students should not feel overwhelmed by the contents.

Educators can easily tailor their classes around the contents to meet the instructor’s desired focus and an institution’s priorities. Its comprehensive content also makes it a practical choice for practitioners wanting to start or grow their own business.

There are many chapters that are generally of greater concern to a business owner than a student, just as there are some chapters that will be of greater interest to students than professionals.

For both professionals and students, Professional Practice for Interior Designers remains one of the primary references for the NCIDQ examination concerning many aspects of business practice. The profession of interior design continues to be transformed.

Concerns for legal and ethical business operations, sustainable design practice, the impact of technology, new ways of collaborating with industry cohorts, and generational changes in the client marketplace have all had an impact on business practice.

These issues and others of importance are included in this new edition. Changes in the outline of chapters, and content additions and deletions, were undertaken after receiving input from a variety of educators and professionals.

Current information on business in general and interior design business, in particular, was also obtained by a review of relevant literature to gauge the impact on practice.

An extensive review and revision of all the text and examples were undertaken to update content. The material in the chapters was carefully reviewed to eliminate duplication of the material, and this has, in some cases, led to a reorganization of topics. Distinctive features of the fifth edition include the following:

  1. Based on recommendations by educators, the material most applicable to what is commonly covered in a business practices class is grouped together at the beginning of the book. 
  2. The exception to this is that all the career chapters are grouped together at the end of the book.
  3. New topics important to practice in the 21st century have been included throughout the book so that it continues to be a comprehensive text on interior design business practices. Those new sections are highlighted later in this preface.
  4. Chapters most applicable to organizing and managing a practice now appear together. They follow a logical sequence of topics, from developing the business idea to business plan and structure, to finances, marketing, and employee issues. 
  5. Each chapter begins with a list of critical issues to help the student study for exams; instructors can use these for class discussion or written assignments.
  6. A box titled “NCIDQ Component” indicates the chapters or parts of chapters covering material that might be part of the examination. 
  7. Additional “What Would You Do?” scenarios have been added at the end of the chapter. 
  8. Important terms have been listed at the end of each chapter.
  9. A list of Web sites relevant to the chapter content has been added at the end of each chapter.
  10. The text remains easy to read, with many bulleted lists highlighting key points. 
  11. Icons are placed in the margins, showing where related content appears on the companion Web site,

So that readers can see where new sections and topics have been added, those items are italicized in the following discussion about the changes in the text.

Chapters 1 and 2 provide a comprehensive overview of the profession. Topics include why the study of business practices is important, the definition of a profession, the NCIDQ examination, professional association requirements, and the importance of licensing.

A new section in Chapter 1 provides an overview of the business of interior design and how that relates to students and the study of professional practice.

New sections have been added to discuss professional responsibility in a changing world, the value of interior design, and social responsibility.

Chapters 3 and 4 remain at the beginning of the book to highlight the importance of ethical and legal practice. The “What Would You Do?” discussion items at the end of Chapter 3 have been expanded. Information on cyber law and copyright now appears in Chapter 4.

Based on recommendations by educators, Chapter 5 provides a presentation of how and where designers work. This was done to give an overview of the “working world” of the design practitioner.

A new section called “Expectations” discusses what the employer views as keys to what it will be looking for in a new employee. The next four chapters cover critical information concerning how design firms earn revenue.

Chapter 6 covers fees and project compensation methods; Chapter 7 details design contracts specifically related to design services;

Chapter 8 details product pricing of goods; and Chapter 9 outlines important information about sales law and warranties related to selling merchandise.

New information has been added concerning proper signatures on contracts, strategies for avoiding contract disputes and using small claims courts.

The chapters concerning business project management begin with a discussion of trade sources in Chapter 10.

The business side of project management is detailed in Chapter 11 with new material added concerning research—especially evidence-based design—as a project benefit, project delivery methods, selecting project teams, integrated design, and building information modeling.

After careful review and updating, a new section discussing sustainable product specifications and an explanation of construction agreements were added to Chapter 12.

Chapters 13 and 14 have been updated and revised. Chapter 15 and the next five chapters focus on the development and management of design practice.

After thoroughly reviewing and updating existing material, a few chapters have been reorganized for clarity and new information added sparingly.

However, important discussions on the triple bottom line, benchmarking, and green office management have been added. The former two chapters on accounting were combined into Chapter 21.

Material has been reorganized to better delineate the flow of the accounting process for interior designers. In particular, the first part of the chapter should make it easier for students to understand the importance of the forms and processes necessary to manage the firm’s finances. Chapters 22 through 26 form a group on marketing and selling.

It is hoped that the reorganization of topics in the first three chapters will not only be conducive to a better understanding of the importance of marketing for the continued health of a design firm but also act as a discussion of strategies and tools to make that happen.

New material has been added concerning specializing in green design, the changing demographics of clients, social media marketing, and the buyer decision-making process.

A revision of the previous discussions on etiquette is included, as professionals still deem it a necessary topic. Chapter 27 combines the previous edition’s two chapters on employee management.

This reorganization and revision are expected to make this information more logically sequenced. Although brand new material was not deemed necessary, the chapter was thoroughly reviewed and modified for current practices.

As previously mentioned, the last three chapters of group information concerning career decisions and the job search. This was done because many educators report that these chapters are often covered together.

Materials in all the chapters were carefully reviewed and revised based on current practice. Emphasis was placed on the digital job search and tools.

Chapter 30 highlights the job interview and the transition from student to professional. It also includes a new section concerning on-the-job strategies to assist emerging professionals and practitioners to make the best of their current job situation.

There is an extensive and updated list of references covering the topics in this book. Additional updated references to articles and other resources (including Web sites of organizations and sources of information useful to the reader) appear again in this edition.

Ancillary materials, including business forms, brief articles, and additional references, are available on this book’s companion Web site (www.wiley .com/go/ppid) whether readers purchase an electronic version or printed version of the text.

The forms are PDFs so that they can be used in class. A revised Instructor’s Manual—available only to educators—can be obtained online by contacting the publisher.

The Instructor’s Manual includes a detailed table of contents that will help an instructor transition from the fourth to the fifth edition. As with the previous Instructor’s Manuals, a test bank and discussion items are provided for each chapter.

A series of PowerPoint slides are available to instructors for the first time as a teaching resource. Since its first publication in 1990, this book has become the leading choice of educators for use in teaching an interior design business practices class in colleges and universities throughout the world.

Educators often cite it for its clear writing style and content based on realistic practice situations. I am very proud and humbled by the extent of its adoption and practical use

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