To better support design professionals during the impact of COVID-19, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has developed a bi-weekly community survey to gather general industry concerns and thoughts, assess the impact of current projects and business performance, identify professional challenges, evaluate demand for resources, and tap into creative ideas.

The surveys will be ongoing and will be used to provide quantitative, qualitative, and comparative data to help designers and businesses work toward recovery and gain new ideas for their own professional advancement.

The first survey, conducted the week of March 31 and receiving 1,299 responses, found that 42 percent of design professionals rank their current level of concern related to the impact of COVID-19 on their professional life at a 5 (on a scale of 1-5 with 5 being the highest), expressing high concern and anxiety from disruption and uncertainty. When asked about their top COVID-19 concerns, 59 percent cited business development; 36 percent said client engagement; and 31 percent expressed concern about construction/installation.

More survey findings are available here and will be updated with the most recent findings every first and third Monday of the month.

ASID also announced a forthcoming study that will assess the resiliency of the interior design community during, shortly after, and a year after the pandemic. The first phase of the study will focus on agility and adaptability in the face of disruption, the second will track industry and profession strength during recovery, and the final phase will identify changes in the industry and new best practices.