Debunking Television's Portrayal of Interior Design Essay

1192 Words Jun 6th, 2014 5 Pages
Alejandro Huertas Rivera
INDS-101-04: Intro to Interior Design
April 3, 2014
Esma Dengiz
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The article Student Perceptions: Debunking Television’s Portrayal of Interior Design by Lisa K. Waxman and Stephanie Clemons addresses the common misconceptions society, and design students have towards the true meaning of being an interior designer and the discipline interior design. Both Waxman and Clemons take a unique perspective when analyzing this issue. This article shares an interesting perspective that involves exposing the noticeable truth that affect students that come into the interior design study. Instead of arguing against the preconceived idea that design-related television suggest, both Waxman and Clemons pose
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This article also brought to my attention the fact that in many of these programs the lead designer doesn’t in fact have any degree in interior design. The main reason why associations like NCIDQ, IIDA and ASID exist is to ensure that the person who is designing a space is in fact qualified to do so. I don’t really know how it works on television. Maybe there is someone that has the qualifications and credentials of a designer and somebody else is the face of the show, maybe there isn’t but regardless of that, exposing yourself to the world as an interior designer and not having the studies makes the profession looks even more mediocre than what some people already think it is. Not to mention the fact that these type of programming influence so many people in the world. I’m not saying that the influence in a bad way but it’s just not honest.
The authors also mention the six myths about the profession, a study conducted by another person, that I find ridiculously accurate with the way these shows are conducted. Especially the one that says the “anyone can be an interior designer”. Not that I’m not in favor of following your dreams and making anything possible to achieve them but design-related show have a special tendency of making people believe that they are designers. The truth is that not everybody is meant to be a designer. This ties again with misconception that all you have to do is decorate and make space look pretty. But there are reasons why codes

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