Interior Design requires a range of abilities, and digital skills is definitely one of them. As much as technical details matter, it is always important that the client can envision and imagine the space before the project starts to come to realization. Digital skills provide the required softwares to be able to do so.
Working with ink on paper is not only time-consuming, but also prone to errors. So many programmes make the interior design process easier. AutoCAD can produce floor plans with accurate measurements and perfect lines , including hatching, line-weights and dimension lines which is a key requirement for any interior design project. When it comes to creating 3D models of the designed space, many software programmes such as AutoCAD, 3Ds Max and VectorWorks are a few of the best options available. Client satisfaction throughout the project is the number one aim, and often sharing ideas through visual/digital media instigates interaction and in turn concludes for a higher success rate with the final design. Adobe Photoshop can also come in very handy when altering images and creating collages or mood boards.
Final presentation of the entire project work is crucial and can have a high impact on the client if done right; softwares like Illustrator and InDesign can be very helpful for this stage. Unfortunately, these are a few softwares that I still need to learn and I intend on doing that as I progress with my course modules.
I have years of practice in AutoCAD and Photoshop. I can also work well enough on 3Ds Max. I think I would rate my confidence 70/100. I never like to think that I know everything because that ends the scope of improvement. I find it difficult to model delicate furniture items and i probably do not know what each icon/tool does, but I am absolutely willing to learn.
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