American Society of Interior Designers Issues 2012 Industry Trends Report

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Report forecasts trends and issues influencing the design industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 29, 2012) | The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has issued its 2012 Environmental Scanning Report, an annual report on design industry demographics and trends and a forecast on what’s in store for 2012. 

Report highlights include:

Glimmers of Recovery: After several years in decline, the industry as a whole is starting to see a modest recovery. The ASID Interior Design Billings Index ended 2011 with positive scores supported by renovation and remodeling projects.

Design Demographics: According to the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, there were approximately 40,120 employed interior designers in the United States in May 2010 - nearly a 25 percent decrease since May 2008. A comparison of Dun & Bradstreet data indicate a 16 percent decrease in the number of specialized design firms since 2008. While the industry has contracted, interior designers are finding employment as sole practitioners, self-employed consultants and in design-related businesses.

Technology Trends: Technology continues to play a major role in the way designers work and communicate with clients and colleagues. Designers who adapt will find opportunities to build their practice and create interactive environments that respond to an increasingly high-tech, high-touch society.

A New Era for Interior Design: As the design industry evolves, interior designers will play an expanding role in addressing critical environmental and societal challenges in such areas as aging, wellness and healthcare, education and urbanization.

“There is no doubt that uncertainty in the financial markets and shifting socio-economics will continue to have implications for the interior design industry,” says Randy Fiser, executive vice president and CEO for ASID. “However, from the types of buildings people will need, to the types of services they will seek, there are boundless opportunities for designers who recognize these changes, adapt and plan for the future.”  

A copy of the ASID 2012 Environmental Scanning Report can be downloaded at 

About ASID:
The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is a community of people—designers, industry representatives, educators and students—committed to interior design. Through education, knowledge sharing, advocacy, community building and outreach, the Society strives to advance the interior design profession and, in the process, to demonstrate and celebrate the power of design to positively change people’s lives. Its more than 30,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.