Re-imagine what texts and resources for interior design education might look like for our times for just a minute. With my latest publication, we have just spoken to just that thought! Yes, a textbook is always a great basis for education, but with technology and students who are short on time, downloadable lessons and activities may be even more appropriate. This is exactly what my project with Pearson Education provides through MyInteriorDesignKit, releasing in January 2012.
The resources contained in MyInteriorDesignKit and its companion text are an experiment in interactive learning. Rather than giving static facts and endless pages of text, users are introduced to the core topics of interior design through the real experiences of successful industry professionals. Learners are engaged and challenged by taking them on virtual field trips to suppliers, paint manufacturers and all the locations where the business of design happens. Videos are used to simulate decision making activities and encourage learners to think like designers. Also, included are learning modules in print and digital forms to introduce users to core topics in a fun, interactive way! MyInteriorDesignKit uses both interactive multimedia materials and a concise printed text to deliver an efficient and engaging learning experience. Interviews include design icons such as Michael Graves, the Eames Family, HGTV’s and Subrella’s Joe Ruggiero, Waterworks’ Barbara Sallick and more. Log onto www.myinteriordesignkit.com to learn more.