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Design education is unique amongst fields of study—it is an integrator and connector of knowledge, forming links between ideas, information, people, and objects. Pedagogy is often described as the act of teaching, however it is also centred on theories of learning.

STUDIO Resources, available as part of Fairchild Books Interior Design Library, allow students to enhance and consolidate their learning with interactive digital materials. These highlights outline key concepts in the study of interior design and provide a guide to the specific learning resources available in each title.

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Construction Detailing for Interior Design

Construction detailing impacts the design of the whole house. Drafting skills and literacy with construction-documents are essential for students learning to draft interior construction details. This textbook’s illustrated tutorials feature building code references, definitions of important industry-specific terms, helpful tips, and context-setting photographic support, as well as exercises enabling students to put what they have learned into practice to create their own simple interior construction details.

It also features an introductory animation which helps to illustrate the impact of construction detailing on design and enhance the learning experience.

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Architectural Drafting for Interior Design

Specifically designed for interior designers to learn how to communicate their ideas graphically, this book focuses on topics such as how to draw a floor plan, how to use it to create an interior elevation, and how to understand the relationship between 2D and 3D drawings.

It features additional worksheets and exercises on these topics to support learning, for example on how to create of an interior elevation. Also written with NCIDQ, CIDA and NKBA requirements in mind, this book will provide readers with a strong, standards-based foundation in interior design.

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Estimating and Costing for Interior Designers

Math is an essential component of the interior design profession. Utilizing step-by-step examples and worksheets to simplify the math used in the interior design field, this resource outlines a logical process which can be used for calculating materials and estimating the costs of installed products based on their math calculations.

Sample problems and exercises take the calculations of quantities needed one step further to actually applying material and labour costs, in order to discover the installed costs of the specified products. For example the 'Tile Countertop Worksheet' from the costing worksheets is a guide to help a designer account for how much of a material they would need.

To assist with learning, exercises are provided in introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels for all types of interior designers. Other key pedagogical features include learning objectives, key terms, chapter summaries, imperial and metric units, professional tips, and glossary.

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Color Plus Design: Transforming Interior Space

Color and design when used together can organize any space around a theme or focal point and provide harmony or contrast. Learn how to effectively use color in conjunction with key design principles, such as balance, rhythm, emphasis, proportion, scale, unity, harmony, and variety to create unified and visually inviting spaces.

Flashcards, such as those from the new color + health chapter, help students to study the concepts and vocabulary from this topic more effectively.

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Interior Design Fundamentals

Understanding design thinking and how it can be used as lens to approach interior design is essential for any student. Learn the basics of interior design, design thinking, and the design process. Envision yourself in the role of professional designer as you learn about design phases, spatial well-being, color theory, professional practice, finishes, furnishings, lighting, environmental systems, and more.

Case studies, review questions, and exercises in every chapter illustrate the practical applications of the theories and concepts explored. For example the multiple choice quizzes allow students to test themselves on key concepts and consolidate what they have learnt.

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