Become a Client
When you hire an ASID member, you get an experienced practitioner who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and, most importantly, create an attractive, affordable space designed specifically to meet your needs.
ASID members have the training and expertise to manage all the details of your project. They know the importance of listening to your ideas and understanding your needs. From consultation to planning to the finishing touches, they can help you every step of the way, explaining your choices and adding value to your budget.
Why Hire a Professional Designer?
In addition to their in-depth knowledge of products, materials and finishes, ASID designers have the training and expertise to plan, schedule, execute and manage your project from start to finish. They know and work closely with many vendors, contractors and other service providers, coordinating and orchestrating the entire design team. ASID designers also provide specification and purchasing services to procure materials, furniture, accessories and art, some of which you might not be able to find on your own.
When you hire an ASID designer, you get the benefit of an experienced professional who can solve problems, help you avoid costly mistakes and, most importantly, create an attractive, affordable space designed specifically to meet your lifestyle needs.
Interior Design Basics
Interior design concerns itself with more than just the visual or ambient enhancement of an interior space, it seeks to optimize and harmonize the uses to which the interior environment will be put.
Many factors come into play in formulating a design solution. There is the space itself — its dimensions and construction — with its potential and its limitations. There is how the space will be used — for work or leisure, entertainment or worship, healing or learning. There is the meaning of the space, what it signifies — be it power, authority, security, wisdom, achievement, playfulness or serenity. There are practical considerations, like ease of access, amount of light, acoustics, seating and places to store or set things down. There are health and safety considerations, attention to special needs and more.
For more information, see the definition of interior design developed by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification.
Design Specialties — Designers often specialize in one or more specific types of interior design. Some designers specialize in only residential or commercial projects, but many designers do both residential and commercial projects of various kinds.
Approaches — Conversely, many designers approach projects from different perspectives. These approaches to design cut across specialties.
Selecting a Designer
When you’re ready to select a designer to work with on your project, the number of individuals and firms to choose from can be daunting. How do you know if you’ve chosen a professional designer? In general, you want a designer with the following characteristics:
Is accredited as an interior designer (If required in your state, be sure the designer is licensed);
Has experience in the type of project you are doing;
Has demonstrated creativity, talent and resourcefulness;
Is attentive, responsive and communicates well;
Has a record of reliability and good work habits.
One way to ensure you are working with a professional interior designer is if he or she is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers. ASID member designers must meet the profession’s education and experience requirements, as well as adhere to a strict code of ethics and professional conduct. The ASID appellation after a designer’s name indicates that he or she is an accredited designer who has passed rigorous professional scrutiny and testing.
The ASID Credential
ASID membership eligibility requires that Allied and Professional members complete an established minimum of interior design education. The ASID professional track provides a pathway for Allied Members to advance to Professional membership* and each level of membership is a progressive step towards professionalism. Once achieving specific years of work experience, Allied Members can take the NCIDQ Examination and upon passage, can advance to ASID Professional Member status.
In addition, many states (and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico) have helped to take the guess work out of finding a qualified designer by requiring a certain amount of education and experience and passage of the NCIDQ exam before a designer can become certified, registered or licensed in that state.
There is an added confidence in working with and ASID member. All members must agree to abide by the Society’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. To maintain their membership, they are required to conduct themselves and their businesses ethically, always respectful of their clients, suppliers, the profession and their colleagues. At all times, members must keep the health, safety and welfare of the public in mind when designing a space. You can read or download the ASID Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct at the ASID National site.