Design can be simply defined as a strategic approach to create a plan or a resolution for the production of an object or a system. Formally; design has been described as the specification of an object, revealed by an agent, intended to achieve targets, in a particular environment, using a set of primitive components, satisfying a set of requirements, subject to constraints.
With such a broad definition, there could be no universal code or even a unifying institution for designers of all disciplines. This allowed various philosophies and approaches toward the subject to emerge and develop.
The person designing is called a “designer”. A designer’s sequence of activities performed to achieve a specific objective is called a “design process”.
Design philosophies can be considered as the fundamental and essential guiding principles that dictate and determine how a designer approaches his/her practice. In other words, design philosophies lead to design goals and those goals more likely guide the design process.
The design process: It has been defined earlier as the sequence of activities performed by a designer to achieve an objective.
An approach to a design may rely on various methodologies among which are:
KISS: keep it simple and stupid, which strives to eliminate unnecessary complications.
IMTOWTDI: there is more than one way to do it, an approach that recommends multiple methods to do the same thing.
Interior Design: The Process
Follows a systematic and coordinated methodologies; including research, analysis and integration of knowledge into the creative process, whereby the needs and resources of the client are satisfied to produce an interior space that fulfills the project goals.
The 8 Phases Process
• Initial Consultation/Programming/Briefing
A good brief will be as detailed and project specific as possible. It will outline the client’s requirements, needs and aspirations. It will setup a budget for works and the scale in which the project must be realized.
• Design Agreement
An agreement between the client and the designer is to be signed. The agreement indicates and outlines the scope of work, deliverables, milestones, time frame and project duration. It also refers to the design fee, terms of payment and other legitimate issues.