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Market Authority, ASID List Five Design Seminars for April Market

Five seminars led by design industry experts will headline the popular Design Viewpoint Series at next month's High Point Market.

The seminars, sponsored by the High Point Market Authority and the American Society of Interior Designers, will take place Saturday, April 23 through Monday, April 24. Four of the events will be held at the High Point Theater, which is next to the Transportation Terminal in downtown High Point, and one is scheduled for the Surya showroom, Showplace 4100.

The Design Viewpoints Series sessions are free and open to all interior designers, retailers, and other market attendees with a valid Spring Market pass. Designers can earn up to 0.5 continuing education units (CEUs) through the series.

“The Design Viewpoints Series is a well-recognized resource for interior designers and media coming to High Point Market looking for in-depth insights into the ever-evolving business of design,” said Tom Conley, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. “This Market’s sessions cover a wide variety of topics that I think the industry will find to be both informative and useful.”

“We carefully and intentionally selected these topics for the Design Viewpoints Series because we view them as being on the leading edge of how design impacts lives,” added Randy Fiser, CEO of ASID. “We want everyone attending a DVS session to walk away with useful and actionable information they can begin applying immediately to their design businesses. We’re very excited to share a wealth of information via the industry experts who will join us for each session at the leading home furnishings trade show in the world.”

Topics and speakers include:

Saturday, April 22
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
KEYNOTE EVENT - Design Disruption: How Wellness and Sustainability is More Than a Trend
Speaker – Robin Wilson, founder of Robin Wilson Home, Clean Design expert & sustainability advocate

Clean Design is a method of making “free to fabulous” wellness choices. By guiding clients toward hypoallergenic design, and managing or eliminating allergens, you create healthier environments while growing your revenue base. Learn how Robin built a business that speaks to 60 million consumers who suffer from asthma and allergies as you increase your understanding of the concerns and priorities that drive the design of eco-friendly homes and a non-toxic lifestyle. Complimentary boxed lunch (first-come, first-serve). 0.1 CEU credit.

Sunday, April 23
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Gradients of Green: Designing a LEED Platinum Home

Speaker – Laura Britt, RID, ASID, Assoc. AIA, Owner and Principal of Laura Britt Design
Discover how sustainable you can be when designing your home. Austin, Texas based designer Laura Britt shows how her team balanced multiple constraints and documented its decision making approach as a simple remodeling project evolved into a new, high performance sustainable home that achieved LEED Platinum certification. Learn how the previous 1951 house was moved to a new site in order to make way for a functional, beautiful, and healthy environment with a mindful approach and sensitivity to the end user’s needs. Interior designer Laura Britt, ASID, will share the process of documenting the team’s decision making approach to sustainable design – the “Gradients of Green” – which can be achieved while balancing multiple constraints along the way. 0.1 CEU credit.

Sunday, April 23
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Next Step: Merging Design Legend and Rising Star

Speakers – Jamie Drake, FASID and Arianne Nardo, Editor at Large
The decision to merge design firms is filled with questions. How do you know the right time to merge with another firm? How do you find the right partner? How should the new firm be structured? Editor at Large’s Arianne Nardo will chat with design legend Jamie Drake, FASID, about his experience merging his incredibly well-regarded and established design practice with on-the-rise star (and former Drake Design Associates employee) Caleb Anderson and will share what he has learned along the way. Complimentary boxed lunch (first-come, first-serve). 0.1 CEU credit.

Monday, April 24
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Technology and the Online Landscape for the Design Profession

Speaker – Keith Granet, co-founder, leader of Design Council and co-founder, Studio Designer
This discussion will take an in-depth look at the online landscape for the design industry to include Keith Granet, co-founder of Studio Designer, and special industry guests. Granet is the author of The Business of Design (2011, Princeton Architectural Press) and The Business of Creativity (2016, Princeton Architectural Press) and has long been considered a leader in business management for the design profession. Complimentary boxed lunch (first-come, first-serve). 0.1 CEU credit.

Monday, April 24
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
BONUS SESSION – The Business of Creativity: How to Build the Right Team for Success
Speaker – Keith Granet, Author, The Business of Design 2011 and The Business of Creativity: How to Build the Right Team for Success

Surya Showroom, Showplace 4100, Floor 4
Design is a collaborative effort. While one creative individual might germinate an idea, the success of its execution comes from finding the right support. Speaking on his latest book, The Business of Creativity: How to Build the Right Team for Success, Granet provides insight into everything a creative leader needs to develop ideas, find the resources to bring them to life, and market the work by building the right team. 0.1 CEU credit.

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