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Interior Design Handbook Hardcover – 1 Oct 2001

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"Janice Stevenor Dale, JSDA: "Clearly a more comprehensive resource book of this type is needed in the interior design profession. Well worthy of publishing, as it would rank on the most wanted list along with Architectural Graphic Standards." Edward Friedrichs, FAIA, President, Gensler: "There is a strong need for the proposed book. The interior design profession has been in a dramatic state of flux over the past five years. All the materials I know are either fragmented or outdatedCindy is one of the most thoughtful commentators on our profession.

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The Problem-Solving Tool Every Designer Needs

'Good design is not possible today until we begin working with a broader definition of the profession. The Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice embraces the profound changes occurring in the design industry now, supporting designers by establishing a benchmark for excellence in interior design practice.' Ed Friedrichs, CEO Gensler

This comprehensive guide, the first title in a joint publishing venture between McGraw-Hill and Interior Design magazine, brings together the best writers and thinkers in the field today. Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice provides both the knowledge and practical tools designers need to shape and sustain the profession and the physical environments they create for their clients. This book begins with a look at designers themselves, exploring the culture and history of the profession. Best-practice examples explore how designers can be more strategic in their methods, using information technology, financial management, marketing and human resources principles, and team dynamics to perfect the practice of interior design. The authors show strategy in action by presenting benchmarks for the ways in which they address strategy and research, sustainability and global practices. Narratives and examples from a group of today's top designers describe a variety of individual methods and approaches to the process of design while examining effective ways to manage projects and relationships. With the Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice designers will realize their commitment to professional excellence. This unique, contemporary, and authoritative volume will be a 'must-have' for every interior design library.

What kinds of knowledge do interior designers need to do their work? What knowledge does the interior design profession require to remain viable now and not merely relevant in the future, but a powerful force for social change? And, how can this body of knowledge put designers on a level playing field with other professions, sustain the profession over the long term, and give designers opportunities to influence new thinking in industry, the academy, and society?

The Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice describes the changes currently occurring in the design profession and industry. It suggests new, unique ways of thinking and working from the experts in the field.

- Growing a Profession by Ed Friedrichs, CEO of Gensler
- Intelligent Interiors and Information Technology by William Mitchell, author and Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, MIT
- Opportunity for Change by Karen Stephenson, Anthropologist and President of Netform, with Neil Frankel, design partner of Frankel + Coleman and design industry leader
- Team Dynamics by Jon Katzenbach, author and founder of Katzenbach Partners, LLC
- Strategic Practices and Global Practices by Frank Duffy, author, educator, and principal of DEGW
- Sustainable Design by Bill Odell, sustainability expert and Partner, HOK
- The Legal Environment by Barry LePatner, business and legal expert on design and construction law, LePatner & Associates

The handbook is itself designed to be used flexibly and repeatedly by professionals in search of new definitions, new strategies, and new benchmarks by which to measure success. Ideally, this book will provide a catalyst for all designers and students of design who seek excellence in interior design practice. The book is intended to offer a thorough and authoritative account of all aspects of design, from the conceptual to the practical.

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HASH(0x9092ecd8) out of 5 stars The Best and the Brightest on Interior Design! 25 Oct. 2001
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Format: Hardcover
Interior Design Magazine and McGraw Hill Publishing teamed up to produce an essential handbook for the interior design profession. For the first time there is a handbook that covers essential issues from sustainability to legal issues, team dynamics to strategic and global practices. This is not just a book for the interior design professional library, but one for students and for practitioners of related fields--including architecture, business, and project management. Editor-in-Chief Cindy Coleman is a well-regarded journalist and designer who has assembled a remarkable group of top-notch minds--the best and the brightest in the evolving field of interior design who have contributed to a handsome book. This handbook will be a "must-have" for all practioners. Kudos to Interior Design magazine for developing this authoritative volume. Includes a list of contributors with biographies that are stellar!
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HASH(0x9066299c) out of 5 stars Strategic Reads for the Year Ahead 6 Feb. 2002
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Interior Design Handbook of Professional Practice. Edited by Cindy Coleman; Published by McGraw-Hill and Interior Design Magazine. This book presents sensible new information and is indispensable to the libraries of all design firms. You'll especially enjoy the chapters on "Growing A Profession," Intelligent Interiors" and "Information Technology." This is more than a reference book-it's an inspriation.
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