Spring is here and it’s time to welcome the 2019 Interior Design graduates into our chapter. We will be hosting our first networking and professional development event: “Start Strong, Stay Strong” on April 18that IMS.  Graduates and emerging professionals will have an opportunity to meet with ASID MN members, industry, and trade professionals as they share job hunting tips. There will be a CEU presentation by author Kimberley Seldon.  She will be discussing insights for graduates on how to enter the job market.  Be sure to bring your business cards and resumé!

ASID has released the 2019 Outlook and State of Interior Design report.  I read the report in order to understand what challenges our new and existing members will be facing this year. This report is free to members on the national website. Here are a few highlights.

Economic outlook: There will be moderate growth due to price increases on goods, services and construction materials. Higher interest rates are slowing construction and the shortage of skilled construction workers will affect our industry.

Interior design services: Hiring is steady. The trend shows new markets hiring interior designers, new positions added in design teams and an increase in contracted services. This is good news.

Demographics and wellness: The built environment will be reshaped by the aging population and the change in the traditional family households. Technology will have a large impact in this category.

Technology: As interior designers we need to continually educate ourselves on the positive and negative effects of technology on our clients. The building of smart homes continues, but the need to disconnect from technology may necessitate adding spaces to retreat from the tech-saturated world.

In summary, clients are more educated and aware of the research and science that impacts interior design. It is important for us, as interior designers, to evolve along with the changes happening around us in order to stay relevant.  Design impacts life!

Barbara Hafften, Allied ASID