Interior Design Task-Specific Workbooks, Planners, and Journals

If you are an interior designer, you will understand that even with the best software programs, we cannot do without drawing pen(cil)s and paper. It is near impossible. Paper still tends to reign supreme as a storehouse for some of our best design concepts.

The interior design profession involves drawing, sketching, writing, presenting, managing, procuring, planning, measuring, and a lot more. The list goes on. I cannot dare to imagine losing important stuff stored on my system or in the cloud. Wading through information is at the best of times, a chore. But that’s not the point. 

Creative inspiration hits at the oddest of times. And at times like this,  it is easier and quicker to pick up my task-specific workbook/journal and do a quick hand sketch and write-up. Much quicker than it takes to log into a drawing software program. 

What are task-specific interior design workbooks? They are journals, diaries, workbooks, logbooks, planners, activity books, mood-boards, portfolios, organizers, sketch pads, and the like. They are crafted and created specifically for interior designers by a professional interior designer who knows what is required in the industry. 

Interior designers tend to be selective and detail-oriented. They know what they want and whatever it is, there must be a balance between function, style, and aesthetics. It must be user-friendly and easy to reference. Working with loose sheets of paper or run-of-the-mill notebooks will not just cut it for the professional.

Task-specific interior design books are good to use by beginners, students of interior design, professionals, including freelance and veterans designers, design enthusiasts, and of course, career interior decorators. 

Further reading

Client Profile, Project Activity, and Organizer Log Book for Interior Designers

A Designer's Write and Draw Journal

Conceive an idea, draw it, and describe it. That’s what this designers journal notebook is all about. Each page comes with a distinct sketching canvas and a section for writing. The 154-page book also includes index pages, dot grids, and one-point perspective grids with writing sections. These features, all rolled into one book, are what every designer and other creative artists needs. 

This book "Draw and Write Journaling Book for Designers" makes the perfect gift for creative individuals and is also deal for:

  • Beginner designers
  • Graphic artists
  • Furniture designers
  • Design enthusiasts
  • Fashion designers
  • Interior designers
  • Architects
  • Illustrators
  • Students


Other interior design journal notebooks:

Measure, Sketch, and Dimension Notebook for Interior Designers (Portrait Format): A Task-Specific Journal Where the Design Process Begins

Interior Design Student Portfolio and Imagery Journal

Doodle and Sketch Book for Interior Designers: 50 Dot Grid Pages for your Doodling and Sketching Delight




How to Organize Interior Design Projects and Mood Boards with Bullet Journals

As an interior design journal notebook aficionado, I find that nothing beats writing and drawing on real paper. While some will prefer to use as an all-in-one bullet journal (or bujo) where you can write, sketch, doodle, and input anything in, like to-do-lists, recipes, appointments, and work details, others prefer to have different notebooks for different functions or tasks. These types of business journals are called function-specific notebooks. However, it always boils down to which you prefer, how your choice works for you, and how you use it.

For interior designers and other creative artists who prefer function-specific notebooks, this book, “My Mood Board Inspirations and Imagery Collections” can serve two ways:

  1. As an organizer and information storage of on-going design projects in a tidy, well-laid-out and professional manner.
  2. As a physical portfolio, you can use for your marketing strategy.

This organized interior design journal is useful as a starting point for any project you plan to execute. Its layout, which contains dedicated sections for each client and his or her project, has the following:
  • Mood boards
  • Imagery boards
  • Lined pages
  • Dot grid sheets
  • Product and vendor details
The drawing and writing journal can be a beneficial business tool to use as a part of your initial consultation process. It will be a professional approach to showcasing all your creative works, like a resume. Asides those in the interior design industry, this book can also be used by fashion designers, graphic designers, interior decorators, including students of interior design. 


Function-Specific Interior Design Bullet Journal and Sketchbook Every Interior Designer Needs

As an interior designer or interior decorator, have you ever wondered how it will be like to have a work diary or journal that is interior-design specific? Many of us have the odd notebook to take our site measurements, do quick sketches, doodle, or even illustrate some feature for prospective clients or employers. We almost all have that all-in-one book with information, ideas, goals, schedules, quick sketches and the lot, all over the pages in a not-so-organised manner.

If you run an interior design business, are new in the industry, or a veteran, you need some form of organising that goes beyond what a digital application can offer. And if you are an art fanatic that loves to draw, sketch, doodle, and/or colour interior design and décor illustrations, function-specific interior design bullet journals, diaries, sketchbooks and precise notebooks are good to have. 

Interior Design Writing Journal and Sketchbook with Adult Coloring Pages” is an interior design writing journal, a planner, an organizer, sketchbook, and adult colouring book all rolled into one. It is laid out in a fabulously organised way, is attractive, interior-design specific, and is ideal for use by, design enthusiasts and others in the creative arts profession. 

This interior design/ adult colouring notebook serves six main functions and contains space for every task a designer needs to get done. 

  • Sketching 
  • Taking notes 
  • Adult colouring 
  • Doodling 
  • Task planning 
  • Organising and storing 

You can jot down ideas, setting reminders, list vendors, and project details, and also write down goals you wish to accomplish. 

And if you are not a designer but have design-oriented friends and family members that love anything home décor this 180+ page book is the perfect gift idea.

Other interior design books 

Business Tools for Interior Design Professionals

Professional interior designers, beginner designers, and students of interior design require some basic tools to work efficiently and successfully, and while the needs of the veterans in the industry may differ from what an interior student may require, there are still some basic tools that both the experts, the novices and others who fall in-between need to have in their arsenal of business implements.

So, what exactly does an interior designer use as tools of the trade, and which of them are more useful to all, than others? 
A career as an interior designer goes beyond being creative, having the skills to design interiors and anything related, having a great taste, and sharp eyes for detail. In a wider view, there is the business side to it. This involves everything from managing, planning, and organising, to allocating duties, and creating work and time schedules, which is generally about managing projects.

And yet, there are other tasks like materials procurement, project management, site supervision, and market analysis. Generally speaking, this is the hard part of interior design.

So, if you run an interior design outfit, how do you implement’ all these tasks successfully and in a profitable manner, especially if you work on your own or with just a couple of assistants?

This handbook “Important Business Tools for Professional Interior Designers” tells you about interior design essentials and how to work faster and smarter for a better advantage over your competitors. In this book, you will discover some of the most vital tools and implements you may need as a professional in the industry.

From the utilisation of business templates and contract documentation to digital cameras, charts, and swatches, find out what makes some designers mode of operations superior to that of their professional counterparts.

If you presently run an interior design firm, are just starting out, or, if you are a student of interior design, equip yourself with the must-have interior design-specific tools that will help you run your business hassle-free and in an organised and professional manner. With the right collection, you will find that executing projects successfully will earn you satisfied customers.

Remember, the profitability and sustainability of your business brand are key.

Further reading:

Interior Design Writing Journal and Sketchbook with Adult Coloring Pages

Important Clauses to Add to An Interior Design Contract Agreement

How Do Interior Designers Charge their Clients for Design Services?

What Is the Difference Between Interior Design and Interior Architecture?

Niche-Specific Interior Design Career Opportunities