Has Design Software Replaced Interior Designers Creativity?
Interior designers used to draw floorplans and design documents line by line on sheets of paper. But technology has changed the tedious process. Architecture designers now use interior design software such as AutoCAD and SketchUp to produce their design work more efficiently.
Design software elevates hand-sketched drawings to a whole new level. 3D rendering software help designers generate images from 3D drawings to better present their design ideas. It accurately showcases a planned interior design, setting clients up with a good idea of exactly what they’ll be getting. It also enables interior designers to edit drawings quickly and efficiently.
Mastering design software is on the rise
Let’s take AutoCAD as the design software in the discussion.
AutoCAD is a professional software typically used by interior designers to design, draft, and create precise drawings using 2D geometry. Mastering design software like AutoCAD and Photoshop is now an important skill designer need to help produce their designs more efficiently. The software comes with user-friendly mobile applications with a simple interface where users can edit, draw, and annotate easily anywhere using a mobile phone or tablet.
Newer design software like Adobe and Infurnia has lower learning curve and can be learned as conveniently as from the comfort of your home. It only takes a lot of practice and self-discipline. Free learning resources are now also widely available online.
How does design software impede human creativity?
Design software makes creating and editing designs easily accessible. The software is a helpful tool to speed up the construction drawing process to meet increasing renovation demand. Technology also makes “design adaptation” easily achievable to create spaces that look like popular design trends.
Could design software have led to the rise of cookie-cutter interior design? Our answer is yes.
Interior design software allows existing drawings to be recycled and revised for another project to meet rising design and build demand. Cookie-cutter interior designs are fast to produce and cost less to build than customised ones. More homeowners are opting for design and build packages to reduce renovation costs. Thus, it is not surprising to see 2 homes with similar interior designs.
Technology As A Tool To Aid Interior Design Professionals
Design software allows the professionally trained designer to increase their work productivity and capability in sharing their design ideas with clients. These tools have been proven to make time-consuming design tasks easier for designers to speed up the creation process.
But, design tools do not make a designer. Interior designers are visual communicators and artists at heart. They utilise technology as a tool to convey their ideas. Although technology can have a significant impact on the interior design industry, it will not diminish a designer’s work.
Trained Interior Designers Come With A Specific Set Of Skillsets
A well-versed design software user does not make one a professional interior designer. Qualified professional interior designers are academically certified and would have relevant work experience in interior design work.
Besides designing a space to look beautiful, interior designers are expected to have vast technical knowledge of material selection, the construction process, assessing space requirements, spatial planning, and determining optimal furniture placement — all while adhering to the floorplan, building code, and inspection requirements set by the government.
Other than the technical skill sets mentioned above, interior designers are also artists and experts when it comes to visualising and communicating the story behind a space. They are the backbone of a space transformation.
There are other design aspects that on the other hand can’t be taught when it comes to personal style and having the ‘eye’ for design. Before anything else, these are the foundations of being a designer and cannot be self-taught.
The Value Of Interior Designers
Hiring a professional interior designer to personalise your space design could be more expensive than getting the design package. Free online interior design applications could also be an attractive option for homeowners to attempt designing themselves. But, as the saying goes, you pay what you get.
Professional interior designers draw design inspirations and concepts based on conversations they’ve had with their clients — their space usage requirements, lifestyle or corporate identity, design theme, etc. They are the artists who are responsible for creating a beautiful space.
Professionally trained interior designers should ensure the proposed design for your space meets your design objective and meet the required building permits. This is all achieved through thorough curation and purposeful design. Here’s why you should work with a professionally trained interior designer:
Now that you have a better understanding of what an interior designer does, you are better equipped to decide whether or not you need one for your next build project. It is our recommendation that you work with professional certified designers to ensure your space could be effectively transformed into the living or workplace you inspire it to be. Nothing beats designing and building a space tailored to suit your needs.