For San Francisco–based Joshua Jones, launching a career as an interior designer did not follow the typical path. It wasn't a matter of skill—he had it!—but rather the discrimination and misinformation he faced as a Deaf individual. Here's how pivoting to virtual design allowed him to leap into the profession and find success.
Kaitlin: Why is e-design the right fit for you?
Joshua: I graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle in 2008, but unfortunately, I experienced discrimination from architecture and interior design firms during my job search because I'm Deaf. They were more concerned about my Deafness than my skill set. Design is about seeing, touching, and feeling—nothing to do with hearing. My partner encouraged me to start my own business six years ago, and I was excited about the idea of being able to help people all over the world. E-design means I don't have to limit myself to local design work, and it eliminates people's hesitation about working with a Deaf designer.
Happy Monday! Here is our latest Joshua’s Top Picks, Modern Boho Nook. You can shop this look by going to our profile bio and click on the link then click on Joshua’s Top Picks. - - Can you believe this is actually photo-realistic 3D rendering?!? Our 3D artist did really amazing job to render our nook design just for shop this look! 😍 - - - - - - #JJonesDesignCo #JoshuasTopPicks #OnlineInteriorDesign #Edesign #ShopThisLook #ShopTheLook #Affiliate #affiliatemarketing #Shop #ModernBoho #scandinavian #boho #bohemianstyle #bohemian #nook #nookdesign #deaftalent #designedbyme #edesigntribe #interiordesign #homedecor
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Kaitlin: How do you know it’s the right designer-client fit?
Joshua: When we can have fun together in the design process. I'm very honest with hard design truths about their wants, and I think my clients appreciate that honesty.
Kaitlin: What are the most common mistakes clients make in the process?
Joshua: Clients not measuring their space properly. This is critical since I can't be there in person to do it myself. I have guides on my website specifically to address this problem and help educate clients on how to provide accurate measurements.
When you're doing some major remodeling project but you're not sure how it would look like with the overall design? That's why we provided this photo-realistic 3D rendering for our e-design client to show them what their new kitchen would look like with both living room and nook design plans to get the feel of the entirety of the space. This is the last post of our beach house e-design project series. We have to say this was an amazing project to work on and one of our all the time favorite e-design projects. If our work inspires you, get in touch with us and we would love to help you realize your design dreams. - - - - - #JJonesDesignCo #OnlineInteriorDesign #edesign #interior #homedecor #interiordesign #decor #details #remodel #beachhouse #kitchen #pillows #deaftalent #designedbyme #california #lifestyle #realestate #luxuryhomes #luxury #homedesign
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Kaitlin: Before the coronavirus, what did the e-design landscape look like?
Joshua: It was booming because more people than ever were becoming familiar and comfortable with using e-design services. However, some clients didn't realize that the cost savings is because e-design requires them to do some of the legwork, like taking measurements, finding inspiration photos, or making trips to local stores to test out furniture.
Most of my clients are DIYers and feel comfortable putting the project together on their own, but needed some professional help to know where to get the best deals, how to break down projects into manageable portions, and avoid costly mistakes. Deep down, clients often want to be bold with design but don't know where to start so they play it safe if left on their own—they need that bit of guidance to get them to a space they will love instead of just like.
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