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ASID Business Tools

Everything you need to build a strong and thriving business.

NAVIGATE TO BUSINESS SUCCESS

ASID understands the challenges associated with business ownership and has developed an exclusive set of member benefits designed to help you navigate the waters to long-term success. These must-have business tools offer our members protection, promotion, coverage, certification, education, and CEUs.

PROTECTION

Residential and Commercial Contract Packages

Business owners must shelter their organizations through strong contracts that limit liability and diminish risk. The ASID Residential and Commercial Contract Packages include a core letter agreement with multiple schedules and clear options for crafting complete, customizable contracts.

Business Liability Insurance

Created exclusively for ASID members by The Hanover and The Insurance Exchange, business liability insurance provides our members with peace of mind and protection from potential litigation.

PROMOTION

ASID Job Bank

Find your next opportunity and recruit new talent at the ASID Job Bank, your top resource for design industry career opportunities. ASID members receive five exclusive job postings per month, providing a streamlined employment process.

ThriveHive

An exclusive member benefit, ThriveHive is a marketing platform that will help you build your online presence, attract new clients, and grow your business. Create a marketing plan, a professional website, and learn to effectively manage your marketing efforts from one easy-to-use dashboard.

COVERAGE

Healthcare Resource

The Insurance Exchange has partnered with enhancedcareMD Smarter Choices to provide ASID members with an online resource for health insurance and healthcare services. Save time and money, compare plans, estimate tax subsidies, and enroll in the plan that’s best for you and your family.

Cover the Unexpected

Colonial Life and The Insurance Exchange offer ASID members a wide variety of supplemental insurance options that provide peace of mind when the unexpected happens. Exclusive ASID discounts on supplemental coverage are your financial safety net.

CERTIFICATIONS, EDUCATION, AND CEUS

NCIDQ Exam Prep

It is important for clients to know that interior designers distinguish themselves by demonstrating a specific set of competencies, supported by work experience, a college degree, and NCIDQ Certification – the standard for professional interior designers. ASID has identified several NCIDQ exam prep resources and offers special pricing.

WELL AP Certification

Administered by the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI)™, the WELL Building Standard® focuses exclusively on human health and wellness. Through a partnership with IWBI, ASID members receive an exclusive discount on registration for the WELL AP exam, exam prep workshops, and self-guided plans. The WELL Accredited Professional (WELL AP) credential denotes expertise in the WELL Building Standard™ and a commitment to advancing human health and wellness in buildings and communities.

Material ConneXion Library (MCX)

As an exclusive member benefit, all ASID members enjoy online access to the full MCX database of thousands of healthy and sustainable materials. Discover comprehensive product information, technical specifications, images, application information, manufacturer contact details, and much more.

Drive – Navigating Firm Endurance

The successful evolution and regeneration of your firm requires you to implement the path, process, and criteria that lead to your organization’s continued success. Drive explores the options and challenges associated with firm ownership and evolution and explains how to lay the groundwork for achievement through the cycle of growth, success, sustainment, and regeneration.

Business Strategy Solutions

The Business Strategies Solutions series on the ASID Academy will provide you with the essential skills and crucial tips you need to set your business up for success. Earn CEUs and strengthen your business acumen on your time, at your pace.

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Impact of Design Series, Vol. 5

studioIDS

StudioIDS is the new self-designed home of the Minneapolis office of international architecture and design firm Perkins+Will. The studio challenges what an office is and can be. Strategically located in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, the office focuses on landscape architecture, planning, architecture, and interiors in the areas of healthcare, corporate + commercial + civic, higher education, urban design, and science + technology.

 

WINNING PROJECT:

ASID 2019 Outcome of Design Awards (Category: Culture)

Project Type:

Corporate Office (Workplace)

Location:

Minneapolis

Size:

9,800 SF

Case Brief By:

The Design Challenge

The new studio design needed to support Perkins+Will’s local purpose of design excellence, sustainable stewardship, and social responsibility, in addition to becoming a model mobile and agile work environment. P+W sought to challenge conventional workplace models using less to offer more opportunity for choice, creativity, and collaboration.

 

The Design Solution

  • Participatory Design Approach that included all employees in the design process. The design team’s goal, as a living laboratory, was to measure pre- and post-occupancy to understand successes and areas for improvement.
  • Free Address System enabling users to adapt, define, and self-organize their workspace as needed. With this inherent flexibility and the use of non-precious materials, the space acts as a living laboratory for workplace strategies and innovation.
  • Restrained Material Palette using five core materials that are rapidly renewable and have toxin-free qualities: Aspen plywood, ceramic marker boards, homasote tackable surface, glass, and carpet.
  • Salvaged Materials from the previous office were used to make adjustable shelving in the gallery wall and large harvest tabletops in the cafe, and millwork was reused in the print and model shop rooms.
  • Social Cohesion was established through a partnership with a Minneapolis based furniture maker and by specifying a custom area rug from Arzu, a company that employs women and provides healthcare and education to them and their families in developing areas in Afghanistan.
IMPACT OF DESIGN
  • Perkins+Will reduced their square footage in half from 391 s.f./person to 130 s.f./person.
  • Employees reported a 40 percent increase in their ability to concentrate and a 43 percent increase in their ability to collaborate.
  • Sense of community increased by 61 percent in the new space and the sense of energy/buzz increased by 62 percent.
  • The project reused 16 percent of construction materials and 68 percent of furniture ($100,000 savings).
  • Fifty-five percent of materials were manufactured within 500 miles and 97 percent of new wood used was FSC certified.
  • The project had a lighting power reduction of 57 percent over the LEED code baseline.
  • With the use of low-flow fixtures, the project had a 77 percent reduction of water use.
PROCESS
Timeline
  • Design: March-July 2015
  • Construction/Approval: September 2015–February 2016
  • Project Completion: February 2016
PROJECT TEAM
  • Design & Research: Perkins+Will
  • MEP Engineer: Dunham Associates
  • General Contractor: Gardner Builders

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IDEC Video Competition Technology + Design

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE: May 10, 2019

Commercial and residential interiors alike have been transformed by technological advances over the last decades. The design process itself has been changing to integrate 3D visualization techniques, immersive experiences, and data analytics. Many non-designers, however, may have an antiquated view of what interior designers do. The 2019 video competition seeks submissions that reveal one or more of the exciting ways that technology and design combine to create unique design processes and/or innovative interior environments.

Video Requirements

  • The video must be between 1-3 minutes in length. Be efficient and succinct! Videos from past years – including 2018 winners – can be viewed here.
  • No copyright or infringing content (audio or video) can be included. You can learn more about these issues in quirky, informative online videos such as this one. Any citations should be included on the final screen of the video.
  • Creative approaches to the video are encouraged. This could include imagery, interviews, testimonials, demonstrations, case studies, or non-traditional ideas including copyright-permissible music. The video should be entertaining and positive with a message that advocates our profession. To demonstrate creativity and increase the competitiveness of your entry, we encourage students to craft their videos without using online templates.

Who may participate?

Interior design students engaged in a higher education program of study in interior design with a minimum of 40 semester / 60 quarter hours in interior design coursework leading to a degree, certificate or diploma (You will need to supply the name of the instructor who reviewed your video entry). Students will be required to list a faculty advisor for their project.Students may team with interior design educators and/or interior design practitioners to complete videos.

Submission Requirements

All submissions materials are due by Friday, May 10, 2019. There are several steps required for submissions:

  1. Upload Your Video to YouTube
  2. Complete the Online Submission Form

Entries will be judged by a panel of professionals from across interior design professional organizations. The finalists will be announced online in June 2019. Cash prizes to be announced. You may contact Laura Cole at colelb@missouri.edu for questions.  

We look forward to seeing your submissions!

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Signs point to improving business conditions for designers

Michael J. BerensThursday, May 10, 2018

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Signs point to improving business conditions for designers

After several months of declining growth, the interior design industry showed signs of regaining momentum in the latter part of the first quarter.

Both residential and commercial sectors have experienced increased activity in recent months. The upward trend has boosted designers’ expectations that demand will continue to grow in the months ahead.

Presently, the outlook for design firms remains very positive, according to the American Society of Interior Designers. Its latest Interior Design Billings Index (IDBI), for March 2018, rose 2 points for the month, to 58.5, its highest level since June of last year.

Even though the business inquiries index dropped somewhat from February, designers expressed increased optimism about their prospects in the months to come. The six-month outlook index in March climbed more than 6 points month-over-month, to 62.7.

That optimism is reflected as well in the findings of the just-released 2018 U.S. Houzz State of the Industry report. Interior designers who participated in the survey anticipate substantially higher revenue growth for the year as compared to 2017.

More than three-fourths of residential designers believe revenues will be higher this year, by as much as 11.1 percent on average, resulting in higher profitability. In addition, more than two-thirds expect demand for services will increase as well.

In last year’s Houzz State of the Industry study, nearly one-third of designers had voiced concern about the difficulty of finding prospective customers.

As an indication perhaps of how the market has shifted in recent months, this year nearly the same proportion expressed concern about the shortage of contractors instead. Again this year, managing client’s expectations, particularly in regard to costs, remain the primary concerns of a majority of designers.

Most of the demand for residential design services (about 70 percent) comes from renovation and remodeling projects of existing homes. About 20 percent comes from design of newly built custom homes or new homes for sale.

However, designers in this year’s Houzz study reported a notable increase in commercial design projects as well — 13 percent in 2017 versus 7 percent in 2016. This may be an indication that firms are diversifying more to expand their markets, given the relatively static market growth for interior design services within residential remodeling and design industry overall. It may also be a reflection of the growing crossover between residential and commercial design in sectors like office, hospitality and health care.

Adding support to designers’ optimism are recent encouraging indicators of continued strong demand for remodeling services for the foreseeable future.

In its most recent Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) forecast, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University projects continuing robust homeowner remodeling activity, with overall growth remaining above 7 percent for the remainder of this year and into the first quarter of 2019.

MetroStudy’s National Residential Economic Report for the first quarter of 2018 contains a similar projection. The National Association of Home Builders reports that its Remodeling Market Index (RMI) for the first quarter of 2018 shows the remodeling industry is on “solid footing” and projected to achieve revenue growth this year.

On the commercial side, the American Institute of Architects’ Architecture Billings Index (ABI) for March shows an upward trend and increased activity in the commercial sector month-over-month.

The Dodge Momentum Index also was up for the second month in a row in April, jumping 6.1 percent over March, led by “aggressive growth” of 6.3 percent in the commercial sector. The institutional sector experienced a healthy but more modest growth of 5.8 percent.

As with remodelers, architects and builders, interior designers are facing challenges of rising labor and materials costs along with shortages of qualified labor that may cause delays or project backlogs. In the main, however, current indicators suggest that designers can expect continued demand for their services and positive growth overall this year.

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