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ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) – December 2018

IDBI Slips to Lowest Level in December

A key indicator of household and business spending on renovations, furnishings, and interior design services fell in December to its lowest level since the ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) was launched in November 2010, with panelists noting that construction projects are often being postponed or delayed.

The IDBI was down 9.3 points in December to a score of 43.9 and has been unsteady during 2018, indicating a softening in demand. It is important to consider seasonal factors at work, as declines from November to December have been consistently observed in the past.


ASID 2019 Outlook and State of Interior Design Report

The American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) 2019 Outlook and State of Interior Design (OSID) report provides an extensive scan and summary of the essential knowledge needed to stay on top of constant change, to create a competitive edge, and to flourish in the interior design profession. The report first identifies key issues in the U.S. economy and construction industry to track during 2019 and includes projections based on 2018 conditions. A review of trends and disruptors at the macro-level, and in interior design specifically, comes next, including data that illustrates the state of interior design as a whole and the design implications that follow. The report ends with insights from interior design thought leaders on what they observe in practice and what to expect moving forward.


Economic Outlook

The U.S. economy saw improved growth in 2018 and the general outlook is for moderate economic growth in 2019 and 2020, but at a slower rate. Trade is a substantial risk to the economy with the imposition of tariffs increasing the prices of building materials. The stimulus from the 2017 tax cuts helped push the national unemployment rate, but increased federal debt and could result in higher interest rates. Despite the uncertainties and disruptions in economic activity, the overall outlook for 2019 is positive.

Trends, Disruptors, and the State of Interior Design

Macro-level trends and disruptors mimic the trends and disruptors we see in interior design, and these influence how interior designers run their businesses, create solutions to projects, and further advance the profession. A few highlights are:

  • Top issues interior design business leaders are tracking include economic conditions, competition from other firms, and price increases on goods, services, and construction materials.
  • Slight shifts in the services interior designers provide indicate a change in future business – including new markets hiring interior designers, new positions added in design teams, and an increase in contracted services.
  • Changes in the U.S. population’s demographics will reshape the built environment and require solutions that address diversity and inclusion.
  • Technology continues to evolve and be embedded in our lives and the spaces we inhabit. Designers need to keep up with the changes and anticipate how new technologies may alter the design paradigm in the future.

Future Insights from Thought Leaders

The impact of interior design on the human experience is receiving increasing attention. As clients become more educated and aware of the research and science that empowers design solutions, increased requirements for data and performative outcomes are pushing interior designers to explore new innovations and expand their scope of practice. Interior design needs to evolve along with the changes happening around us in order to stay relevant.

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ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) – December 2018

IDBI Slips to Lowest Level in December

A key indicator of household and business spending on renovations, furnishings, and interior design services fell in December to its lowest level since the ASID Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI) was launched in November 2010, with panelists noting that construction projects are often being postponed or delayed.

The IDBI was down 9.3 points in December to a score of 43.9 and has been unsteady during 2018, indicating a softening in demand. It is important to consider seasonal factors at work, as declines from November to December have been consistently observed in the past.

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ASID Foundation to Award 2017 Transform Grants

The ASID Foundation is pleased to accept proposals for its sixth annual Transform Grants from January 6 – March 15, 2017. This year, the Foundation will continue its mission to elevate the impact of interior design by funding evidence-based research on how interior design can foster well-being for all. 

The need to strive toward everyday wellness in the built environment and to foster well-being through the spaces we design has become a mainstream goal, but research suggests that access to well-being is not easily available to those working on or below the poverty line. Those families and individuals who may be most in need of healthy residences, schools, workplaces, and municipal buildings may be the least likely to have access to them.

Awarded annually, the Transform Grants support applied research in interior design and human behavior. In 2017, the Foundation will award up to $100,000 to evidence-based research projects that address interior design or policy solutions that use space to enhance one or more elements of well-being for all. The ASID Foundation considers the five elements of well-being to be physical, social (mental/emotional), financial, career, and community.

The Transform Grants include two types of research studies:

Grant A – Seed/Start-up Funds: Up to $30,000 to support the exploration or pilot phase of broader research initiatives. Must be completed in nine months or less.

Grant B – Research Project: Up to $70,000 to investigate how design can transform lives. Must be completed in 18 months or less.

“The importance of using the power of design to support vulnerable groups in need of physical, mental, and social well-being has never been more important,” said ASID Foundation Chair Patrick J. Schmidt, FASID, RID. “Design interventions can improve the quality of life for populations in need and provide everyday health, safety, and wellness to them. The ASID Foundation looks forward to receiving proposals that explore the potential of interior design to promote well-being for all people, regardless of socio-economic status.”

A panel of expert judges will evaluate submissions and prioritize the top five studies for each grant type. The ASID Foundation’s Board of Trustees will make the final funding decisions. The evaluation criteria is based on the significance of the study, the innovativeness of research questions, the feasibility of budget and timeline, the strength and breadth of the target audience reach, and the overall quality of the submission.

The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017. For a complete description of guidelines and additional information, download the rfp.

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About ASID Foundation
The ASID Foundation advances the interior design profession by drawing upon its resources to promote meaningful collaboration and research, award scholarships, and fund projects that broaden the value of interior design. Created in 1975, the ASID Foundation’s mission is to support endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation, and benefit the health, safety, and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships, and education. The Foundation’s current initiatives include the a comprehensive scholarship program; the National Building Museum Capital Council; The 1+ project with Public Architecture; and the Transform Research Grants. Visit asidfoundation.org for more information.

About ASID
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and humancentric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. Learn more at asid.org.

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ASID is proud to serve as a Premier Association Sponsor for the 2019 DesignWell Conference in San Diego, January 22-23, 2019.

The DesignWell Conference will focus on wellness architecture and will present industry thought leaders, including ASID CEO Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID, to raise awareness on how our surroundings impact our health and performance. What began as the green movement to build with environmental protection in mind has evolved to become the foundation for reshaping architecture.

Attend this cutting-edge program and gain the inspiration to take your work to a new level. Network, exchange ideas, learn best practices, and position yourself to positively shape the future of the design and wellness economy.

ASID Members receive $100 off of the registration price.


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ASID Ones to Watch

Looking to lead? We’re looking for you

ASID recognizes the need to grow diversity and inclusion in the interior design profession. Through ASID Ones to Watch, the Society supports rising leaders to ensure that diversity is reflected at all levels of the industry.

Each year, the ASID Ones to Watch program identifies and recognizes rising leaders in the interior design industry who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and a willingness to push the boundaries of the profession. They are poised to take the next step in their careers. Up to 20 applicants will be honored as ASID Ones to Watch Award Winners within four unique categories: Design Excellence, Education Leadership, Manufacturing Leadership, and Volunteer Leadership.

Emphasis will be placed on participants whose backgrounds are currently under-represented in management roles in the interior design industry, including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, LGBTQ, and persons with disabilities.

From the 20 award winners, the Society will select up to eight ASID Ones to Watch Scholars to participate in an exciting leadership development training program. The two-year program teaches Scholars to lead with authenticity through experiential learning, coaching, and mentoring. In the first year, Scholars learn to leverage and embrace their unique perspectives and backgrounds to excel in their careers. During the second year, Scholars have the opportunity to serve as mentors to the next class of ASID Ones to Watch Scholars.

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Reasons to Give

The ASID Foundation is working to build a stronger, highly-educated, and socially-conscious design community. The Foundation is dedicated to providing the resources and tools necessary to grow the interior design profession through scholarships, research, and education with the support and donations of members like you.



Design Impacts Lives.  The ASID Foundation supports innovative research and education that articulates knowledge and collective intelligences about how interior design impacts behavior.  The Foundation actively provides funding to unique initiatives that contribute to its mission and supports the industry that is motived to build a better world for all.

Interested in partnering with ASID on a Research Opportunity, please contact us at foundation@asid.org.

Transform Grant

The ASID Foundation is pleased to support the annual Transform Grants which provide essential funding to address critical gaps in industry knowledge, advance design understanding, and transform the practice of interior design for improving the human experience.

The 2018 Transform Grant is opening a request for proposals for a research study that generates metrics on the impact of design and actionable design recommendations relevant to design practice.

We also want to recognize all of the Transform grant recipients and their work.


ASID Corporate Headquarters – A Living Laboratory

In May 2016, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) moved into their new corporate headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C.  The new 8,500 square foot ASID headquarters has many innovative features that will improve the health and wellness of the employees. To help build the future of workplaces, the Society’s office will operate as a living laboratory. Staff members will participate in a pre- and post-occupancy research study in partnership with Cornell University. This study has been supported by a grant from the ASID Foundation.



Published Research

Research helps designers learn more about people and their design-related experiences. However, the reach of research goes beyond design practitioners as it also impacts product manufacturers, design end-users, other researchers, educators, students, policy makers, and the general public – in other words, everybody. ASID is leading the design community in research of evidence-based design.


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ASID Student Portfolio Competition

The best collection of student interior design projects in the nation.

In its fourth year, the ASID Student Portfolio Competition (SPC) generates the best collection of student design projects in the nation. Submissions are evaluated on conceptual thought, content of work submitted, and the student’s record of achievement. Judging includes two rounds of online reviews, and one round of finalist interviews to take place the day before SCALE: The ASID National Student Summit on February 28, 2019 in New York.

The 2019 experience will culminate at SCALE where finalists will present their portfolios to a panel of judges in the hope of securing a 2019 scholarship and broad national exposure. The winners will be recognized at SCALE on March 1, 2019.

Each SPC winner will receive a scholarship from the Benjamin Moore & Co. Foundation.

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ASID Job Bank

ASID Job Bank contains the largest source of interior design jobs in the nation. It’s where interior designers go to find the right interior design jobs and where employers go to find the highest quality interior design talent. ASID Job Bank connects employers with thousands of highly engaged interior designers, including over 15,000 design members, 6,000 industry partner representatives, 6,000 student members and 350 chapters.

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