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ASID 2020 Outlook and State of Interior Design

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 2020 Outlook and State of Interior Design report presents a comprehensive collection of essential knowledge needed to keep a pulse on the constant changes surrounding us, to continue honing competitive knowledge and skills for design practice, and to lead efforts in advancing the interior design industry and profession.

Included in this report: 

  • A review of the state of interior design (including a decade in review), the U.S. economy and U.S. construction activity; providing an outlook for 2020+ and guiding interior designers on how the critical moving parts surrounding us can apply to their business and practice.
  • An extensive scan and summary of trends found in society and the world, with implications of how these intersect with interior design.
  • Relevant knowledge, skills and applications to further enrich professionals in their career and towards their developmental goals.
  • A reflective thought piece on culture and its manifestation through design of the built environment.



Review of the interior design industry, business and profession; including a snapshot of where we are at the top of 2020, a review of historical trends and highlights from the last decade, and insights into the future.


Key factors in the U.S. Economy that every interior designer should monitor, including a special report on tariffs and the housing market and a review of construction activity in each market sector, with historical references, risk factors, implications and outlook.


Compilation of economic, business, demographic, societal, consumer, technology, and health and wellness trends in relation to design and the built environment, including outlook and implications for interior designers to apply in practice plus a list of key knowledge, skills and applications needed to stay relevant and competitive.


Reflections on the evolution of culture and the role design plays for interpreting and supporting diverse cultures. Perspectives from respective design professionals who share their cultural insights, including design approaches, considerations and challenges.

These sections, in culmination, become a resourceful tool that will spark motivation and action in making a difference through design.

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