Student Profile – Shelby Griffiths

Posted by iscd@admin on June 28

At iscd, we love catching up with our students and showcase the amazing work that they do. iscd student Shelby Griffiths is in her last week of assignments for the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration course. We caught up with Shelby this week to get an insight into her design journey and to hear what’s next for her. Check out her profile and inspiring design work below!

What was your background prior to commencing the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration course?

I’ve always loved art and design, and I distinctly remember in year 7 we had to think about what we wanted to be when we were older, and I decided I was going to be an Architect. Not sure where the idea of that particular job came from, but six years later I was starting the first year of my Bachelor of Architecture, completing my degree in 2015 at Curtin University, Perth.

What made you want to study the Diploma of Interior Design and Decoration?

I was just about to complete my Bachelor of Architecture and I knew that I wasn’t interested in completing my Masters of Architecture straight away. I started looking into Interior design courses in Perth and then extended my search to Sydney where I knew the industry was a lot larger. I then came across iscd and I got excited about the possibility of studying the Diploma in Sydney. I flew over 6 months prior to completing my bachelor to attend a Colour workshop to get a feel for the school and I guess my mind was made up after that visit.

What do you enjoy most about the course?

Coming from studying architecture I really loved the element of soft furnishings, hard finishes, colour and playing with textures. Architecture focused a lot on the technical aspect of the built environment, which was the part I enjoyed the least. This course has allowed me to purely focus on the creative side.

What has surprised you about the course?

It’s surprised me how much my style has changed and matured over the duration of the course. It’s such a concentrated course and your constantly looking at different elements and skills in each unit, which allowed me to try out different styles with each assignment.

What was the biggest challenge throughout the course?

My biggest challenge has probably been presenting my projects and not doubting my designs.

What has been your favourite assignment?

My favorite assignment would definitely be the ones I just completed in my Commercial and Residential units. Having the chance to implement all the skills and knowledge acquired from previous units was a lot of fun. Also, having more advanced skills in SketchUp, Photoshop and other programs has allowed me to really see my visions come to life on the page.

How have your educators influenced your work?

The educators at iscd are such an inspiring bunch of people. They all have such amazing backgrounds in the design industry and were always very passionate about what they were teaching and the work we produced. I was lucky enough to be offered a job by one of my tutors, Greta Unkuri from Greta Unkuri Interiors and worked for her for about 8 months. Funnily enough she was the educator I had when I first flew over to Sydney to attend the Colour workshop when I first looked into studying at iscd. I cannot thank Greta enough for the opportunity to work with her and I can’t express how important that experience was to my development.

How would you describe your design style and approach?

I don’t think I can describe my design style, there are so many styles I like and I still feel like I am evolving as a designer. I am definitely drawn to minimal clean designs but always love a little eclectic quirk or luxurious element.

What do you love about the world of design?

I love that one day is never the same and there’s always something new to design. It’s such a flexible fast paced environment that has very little limitations on what kind of project you could be involved in next.

What do you have planned next for yourself?

I just started working at an Interior design studio in Paddington, so I will be gaining more experience and knowledge from the team there.

Do you have any tips for anyone contemplating studying design?

I have two tips that I wish I had started to work on earlier. My first would be to start learning programs like AutoCad, SketchUp, InDesign and Photoshop as soon as you can. Don’t wait for someone to teach them to you, start small by trying to draw your bedroom and just try out a few of the tools and if you get stuck just watch lots of tutorials online. My second tip would be to go out there and get some experience or an Internship, being able to work for someone in the industry has honestly been the best thing for my skills and knowledge and I wish I had of done it sooner.

Check out more of Shelby’s work on her website or follow her on Instagram.

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