Debunking Television's Portrayal of Interior Design

1195 Words Jun 9th, 2014 5 Pages
Alejandro Huertas Rivera
INDS-101-04: Intro to Interior Design
April 3, 2014
Esma Dengiz
Article Response

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 is by far one of the most eye opening facts I’ve learned since being here and this help me understand in retrospect why mostly everybody always gave the same answers to what they though interior design was. Most of them based their ideas on popular television shows that –intentionally or not- portray interior design as merely decoration that happens in a very short period of time. In fact reading the article brought me back to the first day of this class when students were introducing themselves and explaining why they chose to be interior designers and some of them responded that they liked what they have seen in the shows to the point where one of them even mentioned that she wants to have her own show on HGTV.
It seems that the authors are not the only ones aware of this tendency, many professors and fellow students feel that these type of programming may not always be the best example to truly portray what an interior designer really does. According to the National Council for Interior Design Qualification, interior design covers much more than just decorating a space. It’s about finding creative and technical solutions to enhance the quality life and culture of the occupants. It also takes into consideration many other guidelines like coordination with the