Board Title: “Things That Inspire Me”by Ashley Ochiagha, Interior Design Student Description: Assorted imagery that epitomizes who I am, what I love, where I am going, and what inspires me.
The design board above was created by Ashley Ochiagha, an interior design student at the University of Minnesota (U of M), Twin Cities, former blogger for the College of Design, and Vice President of the Interior Design Student Association. Ashley is also an intern at a locally-based large design and architecture firm and a lover of design, fashion, DIY, and Diet Coke.
Many of us have graduated from design programs or have taken a few classes. Some of us are thinking about it. We interviewed Ashley, a current student, to get an insider’s perspective.
In what ways does the program you are in prepare you for a career in design?
Through my education at the U of M, I am gaining and developing a diverse design skill set. We’ve covered schematics, finish selection, construction documents and everything in between.
What area of interior design do you find most interesting and why?
I am passionate about so many market groups within interior design. I’ve always had the strongest interest in retail and hospitality design, but after completing a corporate office project this semester, my eyes have been opened and I could see myself doing that, too. I hope to work on projects across the board throughout my career as an interior designer.
What is your feeling about the Internet and technology and their role in interior design?
The internet, media, and technology already play a crucial role in society and more specifically design society and I think that will continue to grow and become further embedded in the design process as time passes. I utilize so many elements from technology in my design work as it is and it’s fun to learn of new ways to incorporate technology in projects.
To stay in touch with Ashley and the Interior Design Student Association at U of M, check out their blog at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/design/studentblogs/interior-design/