There once was a time when trades wore their symbols, this way you could be easily identified.....like Bob the Blacksmith would have the hammer and anvil for instance. Others could be the butcher with the symbol of the knife and clever , or a farmer with his livestock he overseen on his arm. Wearing this symbol was also a right of passage in your trade, once you had completed your training/apprenticeship you were given the symbol of your trade.
My hairdresser, wears her symbol of her trade on the insider of her forearm tattooed. I think its really amazing that she was drawn to mark herself by her trade - a mark of her passion and she wears it!
So I wonder in the realm of Interior Design what is our symbol? I know we use all the symbols of the trade when developing plans (from plumbing, electrical, and furniture symbols). But what would our actual design trade symbol look like now? In such a broad trade, I wonder if there would be a Master Sign that included the trade as a whole, or a symbol that would reflect your trade specialty?
Possibly a symbol of a house, with symbols of furniture inside.....or a house and your specialty. Even a colour wheel would be fitting.
I think my symbol of trade would be the house, with a chandelier. Showing one of my passion for lighting!
So I ask you, today to look at your trade differently - in the form of a symbol. Show your strength to the world, wear it on your arm with pride.....and if not - be bold and make YOUR mark each day.