9 fantastic tips from photojournalist Steve McCurry

Being able to take a good photograph is an important part of an interior designer’s daily life, from capturing ideas that inspire you, to documenting your project work for clients. Here are some great tips from world renowned documentary photographer Steve McCurry, famous for his “Afghan Girl” image, on how to improve your photographs.

Do you want to learn more about interior design?

Whether it’s time to follow your dream, and take your first steps to becoming a professional interior designer, or learn for fun and your dip a toe in with a thorough introductory Interior decorator course, Rhodec International caters for all. See http://www.rhodec.org for full course information.

 

 

 

Online Colour Test

UntitledHave you got a good eye for colour?  Find out with this fun test from x-rite and PantoneClick here

How did you do?  Would you like to learn more about the art of colour?

As part of our online Rhodec International Professional Interior Design Course, an entire Unit is dedicated to this fun and fascinating subject.  The Rhodec Professional Interior Design Diploma Course is one of several  courses we offer. Take part in more interactive quizzes with our Interior Decorator Course, or gain a professional training with our accredited three year Professional Interior Design Diploma Course.  Rhodec International caters for all. http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org

Image and quiz credits go to x-rite.

CANADA’S IDS INTERIOR DESIGN SHOW

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Set to run from January 22nd – 25th 2015
Now in its 17th year, IDS brings together the newest & most innovative of international and Canadian design. With three full days of inspirational exhibits, influential speakers and leading products.
Show Venue:

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METRO TORONTO CONVENTION CENTRE, North Building
255 Front Street West
Toronto, ON, CA
416-585-8000
Full information can be found at http://www.interiordesignshow.com/

Interested in Interior Design? Information on all our Online Distance Learning Interior Design and Decoration Courses can be found at http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org

Interior Design Tradeshows, Exhibitions

Two upcoming  Interior Design/Decoration expo’s  this December.

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IIDEXCanada
Canada’s National Design + Architecture Exposition and Conference
December 03-04, 2014, Toronto, Canada
Metro Toronto Covnention Centre North

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Design Miami

December 03-07, 2014

Preview day, December 02

Miami Beach, USA

Held in Miami, Florida, USA, at the Miami Beach Convention Center. This is the USA’s largest design event.

Information on all our Online Distance Learning Interior Design and Decoration Courses can be found at http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org

Interior Design reference books

Many times at Rhodec International we’re asked to recommend Interior Design reference books, below are a few that anyone interested in design, decoration or architecture should read.

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A HISTORY OF INTERIOR DESIGN by John Pile. Comprehensive and sumptuously illustrated, right up to date with modern trends. Not cheap, but quite possibly the only History reference book you’ll need. 400 illustrations including 200 in colour (ISBN: 9781856695961)

THAMES & HUDSON WORLD OF ART PAPERBACKS Invaluable guides to historical periods, each approx. 200 pages, fully illustrated in colour and black and white. Roman Art and Architecture; The Classical Language of Architecture; The Architecture of the Italian Renaissance; Dictionary of the Italian Renaissance; Palladio and Palladianism; Baroque and Rococo; The Architecture of the 18th Century; Victorian Architecture; The Arts and Crafts Movement; Art Deco; De Stijl; Bauhaus; Design Since 1945; Interior Design of the 20th Century; Furniture: A Concise History; The Sources of Modern Architecture and Design; Industrial Design; American Architecture; Western Architecture – A Survey; Modern Architecture: A Critical History; Cathedrals of England.

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REEKIE’S ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING Fraser Reekie, considered by many to be the definitive book on the subject. Mr. Reekie lectured alongside the founder of Rhodec and was awarded both the RIBA Bossam and RIBA Grissell Gold Medals. Here he brings his vast experience to bear on what is for many the most esoteric of subjects. Nearly 300 pages of authoritative, easy-to-read text and many straightforward plans and illustrations. Fully updated and now includes a chapter on CAD (ISBN: 9780340573242)

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DRAW INTERIORS Mary Seymour Visual and practical approach to the subject, with dozens of samples.ISBN: (9780713683059)

Building Construction ‘Construction for Interior Designers’ -Longman Art & Design- Paperback by Roland Ashcroft

Interior Design Illustrated’ (Paperback) by Francis D. K. Ching (Author), Corky Binggeli (Author)
The Interior Design Course Thames & Hudson by Tomaz Tangaz ISBN (978-0500-28598-5)

Building Construction Illustrated – Wiley, by Frank Ching, Cassandra Adams
2001 ISBN: 0471358983, 9780471358985

Information on all our Online Distance Learning Interior Design and Decoration Courses can be found at http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org

The Great Interior Design Challenge series 2

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The series recently returned to BBC2 after a nine month break. The shows format tasks three amateur interior designers to each decorate a room to a brief by a client and the winner goes through to the next round.

Each Interior Designer is given a budget of £1,000 and an upcycled project to help the judges Daniel Hopwood, award-winning architect and interior designer, and Sophie Robinson, ex-editor of BBC Good Homes and interior stylist – decide who goes through.

The Great Interior Design Challenge judges Sophie Robinson, left, and Daniel Hopwood, right, with presenter Tom Dyckhoff, centre.
The Great Interior Design Challenge judges Sophie Robinson, left, and Daniel Hopwood, right, with presenter Tom Dyckhoff, centre.

The first heat saw oil-rig draughtsman Scott, college lecturer Fiona and young mother Francesca each take on a living room in a trio of neighbouring 17th-century Cotswolds cottages

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Episode two saw actor Michael, school teacher Anne and antiques restorer Sandy each face the task of renovating a 1920s beach hut in Canford Cliffs Dorset.

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Episode three saw another set of new amateur designers head to Lavenham in Suffolk. Presenter Tom Dyckhoff tasks mother-of-two Leila, tea shop owner Kate and furniture restorer Scott  (above) with transforming crooked bedrooms in three grand medieval homes.

So far, not all the designers ideas have received admiration from the judges. Could you do better? Who will win?

The Great Interior Design Challenge is on BBC Two at 7pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Has the program ignited your interest in Interior Design? Rhodec International have been offering courses on Interior Design and Interior Decoration since 1960, why not give one of our courses a try? All our courses are studied via online distance learning. More information can be found at http://www.rhodec.org/ and http://online.rhodec.org

The Brighton Waste House – The development of a ‘living laboratory’ for ecological architectural design.

Situated just around the corner from the Rhodec International office is the “Brighton Waste House”, which investigates strategies for constructing a contemporary, low energy, permanent building using over 85% waste material from household and construction sites.

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Now completed, the building is Europe’s first permanent public building made almost entirely from material thrown away or not wanted. It is also an EPC ‘A’ rated low energy building.

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The project proves a low energy building can be constructed almost entirely by young people studying construction trades, architecture & design. Over 300 students worked on the project which was initially fabricated in the City College of Brighton and Hove workshops, and then assembled and completed by students and apprentices between May 2013 and April 2014.
Materials used within the construction include, unused bricks, ply sheets and leftover timber cut offs from construction projects. Denim jeans, video cassettes, DVD’s and even old plastic razors have been used to fill the wall cavities for insulation. How effective these materials will turn out to be is being monitored by a Phd student from the Faculty of Science 7 Engineering

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For further information click here

 

Information  on all our Online Distance Learning Interior Design and Decoration Courses can be found at http://www.rhodec.org and http://online.rhodec.org