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Yesterday I shared one Harrington College of Design Alumna’s experience as she transitioned from snowy Chicago to her professional career in Interior Design in Hawaii. Today, Tami shares some valuable advice she learned along the way of her journey.

Tami said, “Since graduating and going through the job hunting process, I definitely appreciate the fact that we are taught a wide spectrum of interior design skills at Harrington.  Those in the profession that I have spoken with since graduating have mentioned the professionalism in my portfolio presentation: that it shows my understanding of the different aspects of what goes into a project.  I made sure to incorporate architectural drawings, design development, renderings, and the process of how I was able to reach my final design. 

I believe that the two valuable pieces of information I took from Harrington were as follows:

  • Be congruent through your entire design process.  This sounds so simple, but it takes time and understanding of how you approach design as an individual to develop the ability to be congruent in your design from concept to space planning to furniture selection.  This is something that I have noticed has made a difference in the presentation of my design skills.
  • Completely express yourself through your portfolio.  My portfolio teacher, Tom Marquardt, was fantastic in the sense that when it came to formatting our portfolio he allowed us to be completely free.  He truly wanted us to be able to express ourselves through our work, which I am so thankful for the opportunity to have learned.  From him, I was able to gain a better understanding of myself through design and further develop it.”

Tami also shared one of her sources for inspiration – Teknion’s third edition of “Design Does Matter” stating, “I strongly encourage anyone interested in design to read these books!  They are compilations of designers from all areas, writing about why design is significant in our world and for our generation.  They definitely keep me motivated and excited about what we do!”

Thanks for sharing your advice Tami, and we look forward to hearing an update from you soon here at the Harrington College of Design! We’re currently about a foot of snow deep here in Chicago in our own Winter Wonderland, so hope you are enjoying the sun and sand 🙂

Featured design work is by Tami Stevens from her Harrington Thesis project.

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