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Fall Newsletter 2019

Student Spotlight - Rosie Dayton

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Rosie Dayton, Student IIDA

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Areas of Interest: Commercial - Healthcare

Do you have any design rules or philosophies that steer you in design?

Accessibility is key. Universal design is so important for designers to incorporate. I believe that everyone should have an equal opportunity to feel comfortable in the space that they are in. I always make sure that there is more than enough room for wheelchairs to maneuver through the space and believe that designers should always be generous in their design and provide more than the ADA minimum.

What are 3 things you can’t live without?

The three things I cannot live without are my sketchbook, green tea, and headphones.

What are some of your favorite design related blogs and/or mobile apps?

Sizet is a great mobile app to use as a design student! I reference it for everything when I’m trying to figure out what the correct spatial codes and standards are for different design elements.

Are there any design faux pas/trends that you wish would end?

I wish that people would stop wanting white kitchens in their homes. Everyone on HGTV loves them, but they get dirty so easily and will eventually show the age of the house.

What has been your favorite IIDA event that you’ve attended?

Elevate has so far been my favorite IIDA event that I have attended. I loved networking with professionals and found it quite educational. It also helped that it was in my hometown so I was familiar with the area, tour locations, and companies that were represented.

What words of advice do you have for other interior design students?

Get involved! Joining organizations in your college such as IIDA is a great start, but go one step further than just being a member. Go to the events hosted by organizations because it will help you by connecting you with professionals who might be able to offer you a job in the future and you will gain educational experiences that will help you grow as a designer.

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