Check Out idi’s Photoshop Class

Photoshop is the first computer class that the AA students explore. Many students start the class with very little computer skills. This can cause some students, in the first few classes, to feel tense and overwhelmed. In a very short time students become quite comfortable with the program and thrive. The first step is to learn the interface.

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Students learn to take their hand sketched layouts and build them into digital files.

Throughout the class students create their own notebook. The tools they learn and the steps they take to utilize the tools are recorded. This allows students to function in Photoshop many semesters/years later.

Image searching is a skill that students learn in class, as well. They bring their high quality images into their canvas so that they can then start developing their layouts.

Preliminary layouts are reviewed in class with peer review and professor feedback. Then they use the feedback to further develop their projects.

Students learn new tools that they present in class. Their fellow students ask questions about the tools which allows them to add new tools to their notebook for projects in future classes. Final layouts are presented in class for further peer review and professor feedback.

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idi’s Fall Term is Starting Soon

As we prepare for the upcoming fall semester we are reminded of warm color palettes and rich textures.

COLOR TERMINOLOGY
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What are hues?

Hues: Hues describe a pure color that is found on the color wheel and has had nothing added to it to change its properties.

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Tint Definition in Art

Tints: What is a tint in art? Tints are created when white is added to any hue on the color wheel. This process lightens and desaturates the hue.

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Color Tone Terminology

Tones: Tones are created when grey is added to a color. The final tone depends on the amount of black and white used, and tones may be lighter or darker than the original hue.

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Shade Color Definition

Shades: Shades are created when black is added to any hue found on the color wheel. This process darkens the hue and creates a more intense color.

Texture

Rich textured accessories tend to add to the warmth of a space. Items like blankets, throws, and baskets in warm colors can bring out the fall feel in a space.

Also, bring the outside in with fall foliage, floral, and gourds. They can be used separately or combined for added interest. Enjoy mixing it up a little this fall season!

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Interior Designers Institute was founded in 1984 and is one of the few Interior Design Schools in California offering an Avocational Certificate Course, Associate of Arts Degree in Interior Design, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design, and Master of Interior Architecture Degree and is nationally accredited and also accredited by CIDA, Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

A Peek Inside the CAD 1 Class

In the Associate of Arts Degree in Interior Design, students will learn how to tackle AutoCAD. Most students come to the class with no AutoCAD experience. This can be exciting, scary, and fun all at the same time.

First we look at the interface above and start working with some basic commands. After the first few classes students know how to draw walls and make openings for windows and doors.

Throughout the class students will create a notebook covering all the topics discussed in class. Each step that they learn is documented so that they can utilize their notebook in future classes and effectively produce drawings.

Students continue on to learn how to annotate their drawings. They prepare their first full size drawing with a title block, legend, and notes.

Another important part of a drawing set are the schedules. In class the students develop a door and hardware schedule, in addition to other schedules. Campus field trips are taken to explore the pieces and parts that make up a building. It is one thing to have walked through buildings with storefront systems all their lives. Now the students are able to understand how to draw and specify the parts so that a contractor could build from the students’ drawing set.

Reflected ceiling plans are another type of drawing that the students learn to develop. Ceilings are not only functional, they can also add a layer to a building that adds character to the space.

By the time students complete their CAD 1 class they are ready to create a drawing set for their next class. Students are encouraged to work with the CAD program during the semester breaks so that they have an opportunity to apply what they have learned to real world situations.

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Interior Designers Institute was founded in 1984 and is one of the few Interior Design Schools in California offering an Avocational Certificate Course, Associate of Arts Degree in Interior Design, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design, and Master of Interior Architecture Degree and is nationally accredited and also accredited by CIDA, Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

1,000-year-old Italian Castle Repurposed into a Hotel

Hotel Castello di Reschio just opened in the spring of 2021. The castle is situated at the northernmost tip of the 3,700-acre Reschio estate owned by Count Benedikt Bolza and his family. Below, on the right, is the church of San Michele.

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The castle dates back to the 10th-century. Count Benedikt trained in London to become a qualified architect. The castle has been meticulously restored and transformed by Count Benedikt and his family.

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They created custom furniture for the suites, restaurant, and spa that pay homage to the castle’s history. Many original features, like the stone fireplace in the mud room, were kept in tack.

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The castle’s original oil press has been incorporated into Room 10, known as Frantoio (after the olive).

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The family lived in the stone castello for a decade as they worked to protect and restore the architecture. The hotel includes a library for guests to read and relax.

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Then they worked on creating interiors that respected the ancient building that also offered modern comforts. Countertops were fabricated from grey Bardiglio marble from Carrara.

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The family sourced furniture, art, and antiques throughout Italy, much of it from the biannual Mercanteinfiera antiques fair in Parma.

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The room below was the center of family life during the decade long renovation. It was known as the ‘old kitchen’. It was converted to a small sitting room furnished with lamps, sofas, chairs, and a coffee table all designed by Count Benedikt.

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All the bedrooms in the castle are different shapes and sizes, with some common features, like bare plaster walls and wooden beams.

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Each is furnished with a number of custom-designed pieces, including a campaign bed with monogrammed linen. Each bedroom is also equip with a custom designed dressing table.

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The verdant Palm Court, below, is a new structural addition emulating Victorian conservatories. The double height, steel framed glasshouse was built within the old castle walls. The area is a space where guests can read, converse, and enjoy cakes and cocktails from the adjacent bar.

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All of the rooms were decorated with terracotta-brick or wooden floors, hand stitched linen curtains, Italian fabrics, and locally crafted marble and brass vanities.

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“Benedikt has embraced an organic approach to the design, championing local craftsmanship and creating thoughtful, whimsical spaces that are filled with comfort and wit, while artfully nodding to the fascinating characters who once resided within the castle walls,” said the family. – Dan Howarth (https://www.dezeen.com/2021/07/05/hotel-castello-di-reschio-umbria-italy/)

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The spa was built into the vaulted stone cellar, where hammams, saunas and plunge pools are lit by sunlight that seeps through the narrow slits and windows.

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There are many cozy places that guests can explore outside the castle. Giving them a chance to feel what time was like when the castle was first built.

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In one of the bars beamed ceilings, custom lighting, furnishings, and antiques can be enjoyed by guests. The castle’s conversion to a hotel was no small feat. What a great opportunity to see historical restoration at it best.

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Historic Theatre in Downtown Los Angeles Gets a New Look!

Apple Tower Theatre has just opened in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. The historic Tower Theatre has been premiering new technology since 1927. Tower Theatre was the first theatre in Los Angeles that was wired for films with sound. Tower Theatre was designed in 1927 by S. Charles Lee, a renowned motion-picture theater architect.

In the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design, students study the art of historical detail and preservation.

Source: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2021/06/apple-tower-theatre-opens-thursday-in-downtown-los-angeles/

The entry is colorful and fanciful, allowing visitors to be prepared for the creativity that lies within.

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After walking under the recreated Broadway marquee entry and into the store, visitors enter the Charles Garnier’s Paris Opera house inspired monumental lobby. The grand arched stairway with bronze handrails is flanked by marble Corinthian columns.

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To date, this has been one of the most significant restoration projects that Apple has taken on. Artisans were employed to restore, repair, repaint, and repolish surfaces by hand.

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Surrounded by the theater’s original balconies is the Forum which is the heart of the store. The signature video wall sits underneath the fully restored arch.

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Apple collaborated with leading preservationists, restoration artists, and the City of Los Angeles to thoughtfully preserve and restore the theatre to its original beauty and grandeur.

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All surfaces were carefully refinished. The building also had a full seismic upgrade.

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The restored stained-glass window features a coiled celluloid film strip and the purple stripe found only on early sound film. Another detail is the unique fleur-de-lis pattern.

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The theater’s original balcony seating has been modernized and made accessible, creating an open, flexible space for Genius Bar appointments.

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Interior Designers Institute was founded in 1984 and is one of the few Interior Design Schools in California offering an Avocational Certificate Course, Associate of Arts Degree in Interior Design, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design, and Master of Interior Architecture Degree and is nationally accredited and also accredited by CIDA, Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Did you know that idi offers Art History?

Check out the Art History elective course that can also be used to meet some of your prereqs! Art History is a twelve week course. The course attempts to follow Janson’s History of Art (class is provided with a PDF of the book) from prehistoric times through modern times. Below you will see several tapestries from 1514-1521 CE. Tapestries were not only used for decoration they were also used to conserve heat.

The course also takes time to pair timelines such as cars, houses, lighting, and artists to help round out the eras, when possible. Take a look at the page below from the Art Deco era. From the Peugeot to the art, you will note a curvilinear movement that is indicative of the time.

Humans have gone from cave paintings to wall frescoes to oil painting to photography. Art has taken on many forms; from realism to impressionism to avant garde. All have evoked varying and different responses from viewers. In modern times, production design has become functional art in our environments via furnishings, as well as, typical types of art. Look at some of the interesting furnishings below that definitely make a statement!

Lighting was developed at the beginning of the 20th century. Prior to that flame was the light source that art was developed by when natural lighting was not available. There were no art stores, thus artists had to learn to make their own pigment and fabricate their own brushes. Today most do not consider the efforts that were needed to create a great work of art prior to our modern day stores.

Below, we take a look at the art of calligraphy, a staple in the Islamic world and a tool of the Romanesque Christian Church in the early formative years of the 8th century.

The painted Greek sculptures below depict a rather colorful ancient world. The course further explores the impact of how art affected the people of the time and influenced future generations.

New digital art, NFT, or non-fungible tokens exist only in a computer and have recently sold for nearly $70 million in bitcoins. NFT’s can contain anything digital such as; drawings, animated GIFs, songs, or items in video games.

As new inventions, such as photography, became mainstream and cost effective we saw the decline in the artistry of things like portrait paintings. Today’s digital images are so easily captured and stored that their value and importance has become less and less due to the sheer quantity that has been produced.

The modern crush at the world’s art museums, gotta have a selfie with Mona Lisa, or a Bottecelli in the Uffizi have brought new outlets to the world; like a Tuscan Regional or a number of Louvres, not just the one in Paris. With more museums and galleries popping up all around the world, art and history have become quite accessible to more and more people.

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Interior Designers Institute was founded in 1984 and is one of the few Interior Design Schools in California offering an Avocational Certificate Course, Associate of Arts Degree in Interior Design, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design, and Master of Interior Architecture Degree and is nationally accredited and also accredited by CIDA, Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

NEWH has Awarded Over $6,800,000.00+ in Scholarships to Over 2,555 Students

Did you know… NEWH has awarded over $6,800,000.00+ in scholarships to over 2,555 students to date!

NEWH, Inc. Scholarships

About NEWH Scholarships – An objective of the NEWH By-laws is to promote scholarship, education and interest within the Hospitality Industry. NEWH, Inc. and its chapters fundraise to provide scholarships to students pursuing a career within Hospitality related fields (Interior Design, Hospitality Management, Culinary, Architecture, Senior Living, etc.).

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NEWH ICON of Industry $7,500 scholarship: Opens in spring, applications due in summer. Scholarship recipients will be awarded at Boutique Design Gold Key Awards Gala in New York City on November 11th. Scholarship recipient must be able to attend the awards event with paid airfare/lodging provided. Now Closed – Scholarships will open again in Spring 2022.

NEWH Clifford R. Tuttle $5,000 scholarship sponsored by ForrestPerkins/Perkins Eastman: Opens in spring, applications due in summer and awarded in November. Open to interior design students. Awarded at the Hospitality Design Platinum Circle Gala in New York City in November. Scholarship recipient must be able to attend the awards event with paid airfare/lodging provided. Now Closed – Scholarships will open again in Spring 2022.

NEWH Leadership – two $7,500 scholarships: Opens in spring (even years), applications due late summer. Winner awarded at the NEWH Leadership Conference in January/February the following year (location changes). Open to interior design and culinary students. Scholarship recipient must be able to attend the awards event with paid airfare/lodging/conference pass provided. Now Closed – Scholarships will open again in Spring 2022.

NEWH Harvey Nudelman $5,000 scholarship, sponsored by Fabricut Contract, FR One: Opens in spring, applications due in summer and awarded at HD in August 2021. Open to interior design students pursuing a career in hospitality. Awarded during The Young Entrepreneurs breakfast and panel discussion at HD EXPO in Las Vegas, Nevada. Scholarship recipient must be able to attend the awards event with paid airfare/lodging provided. Now Closed – Scholarships will open again in Spring 2022.

Chapter Scholarships – NEWH Chapter scholarships are awarded annually and open to students within the chapter territory. To apply, go to NEWH Chapter Scholarships page (if there is no hyperlink, check back it simply means the scholarship has not opened yet).

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Interior Designers Institute was founded in 1984 and is one of the few Interior Design Schools in California offering an Avocational Certificate Course, Associate of Arts Degree in Interior Design, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interior Design, and Master of Interior Architecture Degree and is nationally accredited and also accredited by CIDA, Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Sustainable, Energy Efficient Environments

Sustainable, energy efficient environments are in high demand and growing globally. idi students learn how to efficiently design space, select eco-friendly materials, and reduce energy using smart home design.

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As the need for environmental design increases, we are focusing more on efficiency and longevity when designing spaces.

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Successful eco-friendly design requires product knowledge, and a careful selection of materials.

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Today’s smart home technology is functional, stylish, and easily integrated into home and commercial design.

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Interior Designers Institute was founded in 1984 and is one of the few Interior Design Schools in California offering a Certificate, Associate of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Program.

Dream Big at idi

An interior design degree opens the door to many exciting opportunities. At idi we offer a diverse curriculum allowing students to “Dream Big.”

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Yachts, Cruise Ships, Aircrafts.

Interior designers work on specialty spaces such as yachts, cruise ships, and aircrafts.

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Set Design.

Set design allows designers to create imaginative stage sets using the principles of design creativity.

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Amusement Parks, Stores, Showrooms, Boutiques.

Commercial design includes amusements parks, retail stores, showrooms and boutiques.

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Event Design.

Event design is planned around a theme or occasion and includes hotel events, tradeshows, and weddings.

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Interior Designers Institute was founded in 1984 and is one of the few Interior Design Schools in California offering a Certificate, Associate of Arts Degree, Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Program.

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