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Q1. Why did you choose design as a career ?
At a more individual level, it is one of the most satisfying careers. There is nothing more fulfilling than to see your creation come to life, and design gives you that opportunity everyday. Designers are constantly creating and executing their ideas.
Choosing design as a career was definitely a great choice to make .
It’s a vast field to deal with these days, and definitely provides ‘n’ number of options in future!
Unlike any other field it doesn’t bound ones brain to books but gives an open choice to make about what we want and what we shall do providing us the breeze of freedom !
Design is becoming increasingly popular, and since society is evolving to incorporate technology, design will become more prominent in upcoming years.Design is everywhere it surrounds our physical and virtual spaces. By studying design you are aligning with one of the most prominent aspects of the society, and you ll learn about the diversity of the creative industry and how extensive its reach is.
There are various specialisations in design: Fashion design, Interior design , jewellery design , textile design , graphic design , and many more.
.Being a CEO at MIDST INTERIORS and Creative director at International school of design – Baner which is one of the top design college for persuing career in design industry at Pune in India.
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Q2. Where do you visualise yourself five years from now?
“Well I’m really excited by this position at Midst interiors and International school of design , because in five years, I’d like to be seen as someone with deep expertise in the Design sector, and I know that’s something that I’ll have an opportunity to do here. I’m also really excited to take on more managerial responsibilities in the next few years and potentially even take some Best projects. I’ve been lucky enough to work with some amazing Partners ( Mr.PARAG SHELAR – CEO at International school of design & MIDST INTERIORS ), and so developing into a great manager myself is something I’m really excited about.”
Q3. Whom do you consider your mentor/Guru and why?
From my perspective, working with a mentor is making a big difference and having a huge positive impact on my career and skills.
1. Opens Doors
If you come across an opportunity you’re interested in and wanted some assistance being referred or getting through, a design mentor can definitely help you. Because of their experience or influence, they might help you get in touch with the right people or team.
Getting through the door is not the hardest part, what you do after, is the part that needs thorough thought.
2. Empowers you
When you try something on your own, you make mistakes and learn, which is good. But, when you have a mentor, who has years of experience and knows what works and what doesn’t, there are some things that he can help you with instantly. This helps you to work more efficiently and you can dedicate your time to learning more.
An important thing to keep in mind is not to take this for granted. Because, even though you feel like you always have someone to fall back on, it only holds true as long as you can hold yourself up at all times.
3. Enables you to focus on your goals
When I started out as a designer 4 years back, I set a lot of goals for myself and tried working on everything at once — which led to nothing working out successfully. After I started working with my current Partner ( Mr.PARAG SHELAR ), who is also my mentor, he told me to set fewer goals, work on fewer things, but really master them. He also assigns me tasks that will help me get good at the goals and skills I want to improve on. This is very beneficial in the long run because you can get really good at a particular skill that will differentiate you from everyone else.
The only person who can define your goals is you. Your mentor can certainly guide you through it and help you get clarification on it, but it is you who must define it in order to let your mentor help you with it. You can also get assistance from your mentor to help you define it.
4. Helps you in challenges
There are so many challenges that you could be facing professionally — projects, teammates, developing your toolset, soft skills.,etc. There are chances that your mentor might have faced the same sometime or he/she could have some good ideas and could give you guidance on how to handle these situations. This is particularly very helpful because you don’t want to feel like you’re alone, and you have someone experienced to talk to when needed. This also motivates you to take risks and try different methods and ideas.
Although, only go to your mentor when you’re completely blocked and don’t have sight of the solution. Developing a habit of heading to your mentor right away when you face a problem will put you in a comfort zone and you will never be able to conquer your fears and problems.
5. Professional Networking
In the design field, it is very important to maintain a good network because as a new growing field, a lot of people rely on referrals and word-of-mouth while hiring designers or considering for projects. So, it is always a good idea to maintain a good professional network. Your mentor can help you improve your network through his/her connections or if you need to get in touch with someone with a specific skillset.
A mentor can help you extend your hand to someone but, it is up-to you to take it forward and maintain the connection, which is the hard part. And, it is also important to constantly stay in contact with your mentor, because even if he/she is no longer working with you, they might continue to help you. But, keep in mind the difference between networking and being creepy.
6. Design shortcuts and tools
There are so many tools out there to help you with your designs. But, which tool do you choose, which skillset do you improve, how efficient can a tool make you, what tools do engineers or project managers prefer, what shortcuts in a tool can get you to flush out a prototype or wireframe quicker. There are so many things to learn when it comes to perfecting a certain tool or skill which your mentor can help you with. This will give you confidence and also help you to become a more efficient designer.
Although your mentor might help you with certain tools and design shortcuts, it is good practice to use a tool that benefits you and your work the most.
7. How to tell Good vs Bad design
As a young designer, even if you’re looking up dribbble all the time, reading all the design use cases, stories and principles, it is still hard to differentiate between a good and bad design. It sometimes need years of experience to get it right and be able to clearly tell which design would work better. Of course, there is always the choice to do user testing to confirm a good vs bad design. But, in some cases, you don’t have the liberty to conduct a user test, the time to do extra research and even if you do, there are certain development and business constraints that need to be met. In such cases, experience can help tell the difference between a good and a bad design.
But, users are changing, design standards are changing, businesses are changing and so it is always a good idea to not completely depend only on your mentor’s advice but take into account testing and other stakeholders’ advise.
I am so much more knowledgeable now because we are always helping each other, sharing resources and getting to know new stuff every day. Also, a mentor would always have some useful piece of information that could help you.
But, constantly berating your mentor with questions and resources could be bad because you need to do enough research by yourself as well. Also, always save the resources your mentor passes on to you because you don’t want to keep asking him/her for something they already gave.
8. Discover new opportunities
Other than improving your design skills, there are so many other opportunities such as attending conferences, talks, events or joining a design board, a new team, helping set design standards and more. There is so much you can do outside of work that can help you grow professionally. And, your mentor might be someone a lot of people contact or keep close ties with and so when he/she comes across an opportunity that may benefit you, they would let you in on it or you could always check with them when you want to get involved.
But, it is also good to not get too defensive because sometimes the designs or work might actually need some improvement and by being too defensive, you wouldn’t get better at it or would turn a deaf ear to other person’s ideas or points.
Hope you find your design mentor soon!
And you will find the world’s best Mentors at International school of design – Baner , Pune .
Who will guide you through out your life..
Q4. What is the basic theme of your designing and why?
Modern, industrial, French country , shabby chic….and the list goes on. A significant challenge many of our clients face is a lack of understanding or vocabulary to describe and define their personal interior design style. With an abundance of unique design styles, it can be daunting to decipher which style will work best for you. Some also enjoy combining elements of several styles to create their ideal look.
Here are some of the styles which we love to design..
Modern is a broad design term that typically refers to a home with clean, crisp lines, a simple colour palette and the use of materials that can include metal, glass and steel. Modern design employs a sense of simplicity in every element, including furniture. A word that’s commonly used to describe modern style is sleek, and there is not a lot of clutter or accessories involved with a modern style.
Modern and contemporaryary are two styles frequently used interchangeably. Contemporary is different from modern because it describes design based on the here and now .
Colour palettes are neutral and airy; furnishings are simple and streamlined, and nothing is excessive or flamboyant in accessories or décor.
Minimalism is ultimately defined by a sense of functionality and ultra-clean lines
Industrial style as the name implies, draws inspiration from a warehouse or an urban loft.
There’s a sense of unfinished rawness in many of the elements, and it’s not uncommon to see exposed brick, ductwork and wood. An iconic home with an industrial design theme would be a renovated loft from a former industrial building.
Mid-century modern is a throwback to the design style of the mid-1900s—primarily the 1950s and 60s. There are a retro nostalgia present in Mid-Century Modern Design, and also some elements of minimalism. Functionality or “fussy-free” was the main theme for Mid-century design. It easily complements any interior and also helps with seamless transition from interior to exterior .
Traditional design style offers classic details, sumptuous furnishings, and an abundance of accessories. It is rooted in an Indian sensibilities.
Traditional homes often feature dark, finished wood, rich colour palettes, and a variety of textures and curved lines. Furnishings have elaborate and ornate details and fabrics, like velvet, silk and brocade, which may include a variety of patterns and textures .
Transitional is a very popular style because it borrows from both traditional and modern design to facilitate a space that’s not “too much,” in terms of one style or another. There’s a sense of balance that’s appealing and unexpected.
A transitional design may incorporate modern materials, such as steel and glass, and then unite them with plush furnishings.
Transitional design also includes relatively neutral colour palettes, creating a calming and relaxed space that manages to feel both stylish and sleek, as well as warm and inviting .
Warm, earthy colours are indicative of a French Country design style, as are worn and ornamental wooden furnishing. The style has an overarching farmhouse inspiration.
French Country design may include soft and warm tones of red, yellow or gold and natural materials like stone and brick. French Country design can include collections of ornate porcelain dishes and heavy linens and bed coverings .
Bohemian is a popular style for home design and fashion. It reflects a carefree lifestyle with little rules, except to follow your hearts desire.
Bohemian homes may include vintage furniture and light fixtures, globally inspired textiles and rugs, displays of collections, and items found in widely varied sources including flea markets and during one’s travels.
Rustic design is drawn from natural inspiration, using raw and often unfinished elements including wood and stone .
Also referred to as Hollywood Regency, Hollywood Glam is a design style that tends to be luxurious, over-the-top and opulent. It’s a dramatic design style, perfect for a homeowner who enjoys making a statement.
A rudimentary understanding of design fundamentals and styles can be a great help in solidifying your personal design ideals. The ability to identify different interior design styles will help you conjure up inspirational visions of your future home and provide a framework to build your personal aesthetic. With a vocabulary to express your inspired vision, magic happens!
Together, we make homes beautiful. If you would like to consult with Midst interiors Decorating on design elements to enhance your home Interiors .