The American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) 2018 Outlook and State of the Industry (OSI) report provides a scan of the essential knowledge interior designers and the interior design industry require to thrive and remain competitive in 2018 and beyond. The 80-page ASID OSI explores the status of the U.S. economy as a whole and offers an in-depth look at the interior design and construction industries specifically; discusses current trends in design and their implications for the profession moving forward; and concludes with a look at the societal and technological advancements that will influence the interior design industry into the future.
The U.S. economy is now at or near full employment with an expectation of moderate economic growth in 2018 and 2019. With economic activity in recovery mode, growth in spending is stabilizing at a level similar to actual costs.
State of the Interior Design Industry
The interior design industry demonstrates continuing growth in its economic contribution, the number of jobs, and the number of firms since 2012, but at a slower pace, in contrast to prior expectations.
Trends and Design Implications
Trends seen in the economy, business, society, technology, and the interior design industry, all have an impact on the design practice and the projects designers create. Key trends include:
- Demographics shifts
- Technological syncretism
- Emerging technologies
- Increasing competition from non-designers
The report offers a translation of the design implications of each trend and a discussion of the need for designers to reposition themselves and their services in the marketplace, and to recalibrate their value proposition.
Future of the Profession
The interior design profession is at the vortex of change that is rapidly evolving the world. Advancements in technology have transformed innovations into accessible and affordable opportunities, making change inevitable. Designers must understand the impact of change on our personal and professional lives and exercise agility, always ready for the future. Designers play a critical role in solving complex problems by focusing on issues such as technology, circadian lighting, and material health.