ASID RealWorld DesignWeek A Huge Success

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More than 1,000 ASID members participate in nationwide interior design mentoring program

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 14, 2010) | RealWorld DesignWeek, the annual nationwide mentoring program created by the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), had one of its most successful years ever in 2010. More than 1,000 ASID members participated in the program that pairs ASID student members with ASID interior design professionals and Industry Partners to participate in one-day job shadow experiences every November. In total, more than 800 shadow days were available to ASID student members.
“RealWorld DesignWeek gave me the chance to learn things that you can’t learn in the classroom,” said Shari Overman McCord, ASID Student Member. “It was an amazing opportunity to step into an interior design firm, learn about the day-to-day workload and to network with a great designer.”
ASID’s third annual RealWorld DesignWeek is the first cohesive, national program aimed at educating future interior designers through in-person experience. It empowers students to succeed in the industry, build relationships with the design community and provide them with the tools to jump-start their careers.
“I loved the idea of giving back to the design community by hosting a student for a day, but I never imagined how much I would learn in the process,” said Michelle Beamer, Allied Member ASID, principal of MB Interiors. “Seeing design through someone else’s eyes energized me and gave me new ideas.”
ASID offered the chance to win one of two Apple iPads for participating as a host during RealWorld DesignWeek. Allison Moren, Allied Member ASID, and A. Christopher Turan, ASID, both won iPads for hosting students during RealWorld DesignWeek.
Created and run by ASID, RealWorld DesignWeek is sponsored by Sherwin Williams, Industry Partner of ASID. Partners include national media partner Metropolis magazine and print partner Canfield & Tack Inc.
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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 36,000 members engage in a variety of professional programs and activities through a network of 48 chapters throughout the United States and Canada.
 ASID is the Founding Sponsor of InformeDesign (, a searchable database that enables designers to engage in evidence-based design by using Research Summaries focused on design and human behavior, created and operated by the University of Minnesota.



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