ALDesign is the only e-magazine for interior designers in Alabama, offering a look at the profession from every angle. Each issue focuses on important topics for both residential and commercial interior designers and strives to educate designers, students, educators, and consumers.

Happy New Year and welcome to our winter newsletter.  As spring approaches, we are all looking forward to more warmth, more light and 2024 projects that will evolve and move into construction and completion.  It is our wish that the following articles inform and inspire you forward into 2024.  We are calling this a “charcuterie” with forward-thinking tidbits of information focusing on commercial, residential, hospitality and student perspectives.  We hope this information helps you think forward toward opportunities, challenges and preparations for the coming year.  Happy reading and best wishes!

Shirley E. Hammond, FASID, NCIDQ, RID of Perceptive Designs, LLC and Phyllis D. Moore, FASID, NCIDQ, RID of Interior Design Source LLC look at some of this year’s trends in residential design and ask the question “for what purpose.”

Some aspects in interior design never change but many often do. Anna Ruth Gatlin, PhD, tells us what changes are in store for the workplace. Some are brand new and some old ones are back in style.

Interior design is so much more than offices and homes. It’s also hospitality that happens to include cruise ships. Melanie Duffey, PhD, W. Allen Reimer Reed Associate Professor at Auburn University, explores the unconventional superyacht.

So, you’re getting ready to graduate and enter the real world of interior design. What’s the most important aspect of getting ready? It’s your portfolio! But where to begin? How exactly do you make one? Sydney Yarbrough, Student ASID, Student Representative to the Board, explores this issue and provides you some guidelines and “how to’s.”

We heard you and we have created a new iteration of GATHER coming soon! 

GATHER: Catalyst 2024 is a new version of our national conference that highlights ASID-led innovation and idyllic change for the future of interior design. GATHER: Catalyst 2024 brings together ASID volunteer leaders and members in a three-day event focused on exploring key strategic initiatives, leadership development and inspirational learning.

Many of the main staples of GATHER such as quality CEU programming, networking opportunities and unique experiences will still be part of the event, just on a more intimate scale. The event will include suggested programming for national volunteers, chapter volunteers, student leaders, industry partners and award winners in addition to generally applicable leadership programming and opportunities to exchange ideas and experiences.

Don’t miss this opportunity built for leaders!

Past Articles

Annie L. Johnson, ASID, RID takes us on journey that may seem all too familiar. Good or bad, we’ve all experienced something similar.

Student Chapter Updates

Artificial intelligence is a branch of computer science that focuses on creating machines and software that think and act like humans. Find out the pros and cons of how it impacts interior design from Shirley E. Hammond, FASID, NCIDQ, RID.

Connie Holcombe, RID, ASID takes a look at the big picture on how artificial intelligence has evolved and how it can help designers.

One of our ASID Alabama chapter members recently expressed curiosity about modular construction, Kelly Martin, Ph.D., RID, ASID answers a few questions about modular construction technology.