Thanks to mass customization, anyone can try their hand at design these days. Consumers can choose which colors, patterns, and styles they prefer for products by using software-based configurators to “design,” or rather customize, everything from footwear to automobiles — and yes, even architecture (more on that below).
The mass customization phenomenon — considered the “new frontier” in retail — has essentially given consumers access to the power of design like never before. Platforms such as Canva invite graphic design enthusiasts to create their own layouts and mockups with just a few clicks of a mouse. Similarly, Squarespace has created a new tool that allows novices to design personal or corporate logos, an accessibility that some critics suggest promotes bad design.
Even new-home buyers can try their hand at architecture by designing a dream home online thanks to websites like HomeByMe and Floorplanner (shown above). (Although your creation might look great on the screen, the value of consulting with a real architect or interior designer cannot be overstated.)
And for those who can’t seem to get enough when it comes to customizing their spaces, here’s a list of the 10 most popular, free space planning tools.