Interior Design Programs: Studio Designer v. Ivy v. Mydoma Studio

Interior Design Programs: Studio Designer v. Ivy v. Mydoma Studio

Today, I am going to talk about two newer interior design programs on the market and my tried and true.  This month I spent some time researching and playing around with Ivy and Mydoma so I could report back my findings to you because we are always trying to make business easier and more efficient.

There are pros and cons to each program and unfortunately, there is no definitive answer as to which one is "best".  They all are very good options, you'll want to pick the one that works best for running your business.

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Essential Apps for Interior Designers

Essential Apps for Interior Designers

The title of this article is a bit of a misnomer because there are very few applications that you need to run an interior design business.  Somewhere a few years ago, I stopped adding and started simplifying.  This was a conscious effort to stop looking for the best way to run my business from external sources to start developing the best way to run my business by looking inside my business.  

Simplicity and focusing on what really matters is what will make your business run smoother.  By not cluttering up your process with various applications and subscriptions, you can give your attention to the work that needs to be done, not the app you should use to get it done.  

That said here are some of my favorite apps for running an interior design business.  

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Client Presentations: Interior Designer's Guide to Presenting Your Design Plan

Client Presentations: Interior Designer's Guide to Presenting Your Design Plan

Not long after I first started my business, I spoke to a potential client who wanted "three different design schemes presented to them like they do on HGTV".  First, HGTV is fake.  Second, creating three completely different design schemes is a waste of time and of my talent.  A designer's job is to take several different puzzle pieces: the home, budget, the clients & family, client's style, and client's lifestyles and combine those into a beautiful and well-designed home.  There are a lot of parameters to consider.  Without taking into account any of those puzzle pieces creating different design scheme would be as easy as pie.  

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Interior Designer's Toolkit

Interior Designer's Toolkit

It's always fun to get a peak inside of someone's bag, right?  I little snapshot into their life and the treasures they carry with them.  But mainly, I like looking in someone's bag because maybe, just maybe they'll have discovered some great secret I'm not yet privy too.  That miracle lip plumper?  A genius planner? An adorable key ring?  Secrets hidden in someone's bag.  

Being an interior designer means schlepping around quite a bit of stuff in your bag (and vehicle).  From a job-site meeting with a contractor to meeting a new client to installations, there are many different occasions that interior designers must be prepared for.  Below I've rounded up the best items that a well-prepared interior designer should have in her toolkit.  

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CAD Programs for Interior Designers

CAD Programs for Interior Designers

When I started in the architecture school at USC, computer aided design (CAD) was just beginning to be introduced into the curriculum.  Hand-drawing and drafting was still king and I had one class in drawing plans on the computer (which we saved on giant floppy zip disks).  It wasn't until years later while working for Michael Smith that I took an AutoCAD class and really started using it regularly.  

Now it is commonplace.  Your interior design firm can't survive without using CAD for 3D renderings or 2D furniture plans.  This doesn't mean that you yourself have to know the programs if you're like me and they were never an integral part of your design education.  There are lots of current students and recent graduates that are extremely proficient in CAD.  Sometimes it is better to delegate.  

AutoCAD

AutoCAD - The premier CAD program used by architects and engineers.  This is the most widely used program and a standard in the industry, but it is also very expensive.  For that reason,

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