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ASID Chicago summit focuses on networking, technology
Feb 21, 2014

The robust program line-up set for the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Illinois Chapter’s annual Design Summit on Thursday, February 27, at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, will focus on networking and technology during a day of career building and education designed to enhance professional skills and present new resources to designers.
Gail Doby, chief vision officer and co-founder of Design Success University, is the summit’s keynote speaker and will present “How to Avoid Fee Fiascos and Attract Your Ideal Client.” Her address offers attendees two CEUs through a two-part presentation.

Gail Doby
Guests will also have the choice to attend two of four seminars before and after the keynote presentations. They include:
Christopher Frederick and Stephanie Bryant from Organic Looms will discuss hand-knotted, hand-tufted and machine made area rugs in their presentation, Hand-Knotted Area Rugs, Hand-Tufted Area Rugs and Machine Made Area Rugs: The Good, Bad and the Ugly. The talk outlines area rug history and origins, construction methods along with advantages and disadvantages of each variety.
The Art of Hiding Technology reviews the three-pronged approach to hiding technology—advance planning, design philosophy and product selection—and minimizing the visual impact of electronics without compromising performance. Specific challenges and recommendations related to hiding video displays, projectors, speakers, controls, cameras and equipment racks will be addressed.
In World Tour: The Hottest Designs from the World’s Top Markets, guests will see the latest new product introductions, color and material trends from some of the world’s leading design shows through both photos and actual sampling. This whirlwind tour brings the latest design themes to attendees, outlining how certain products and style references develop from one show to the next. Reviews will focus on Cologne, Paris, Milan, Frankfurt and London, as well as some of the top US markets.
20th and 21st Century Handcrafted Wallcovering will provide an overview of 20th & 21st century wallcoverings, illustrating the canon of work, trends and usage. From block printing to hand painting to inlaid materials to natural fibers to fine art and more, it will explore the world of handcrafted wall coverings and reveal how they have evolved. The course will also explore how best to use wallcoverings in design and examine the various methods of manufacturing. The course will end with a live wallpaper making demonstration by Maya Romanoff artisans.
This year’s Design Summit will also feature a scavenger hunt where attendees can win a variety of design prizes. Winners will be announced during the after-party, which will be hosted at Carlisle Wide Plank Floors showroom on the first floor of The Merchandise Mart.
The ASID-IL Design Summit is open to designers, students, educators and design industry professionals. Registration is required. Paid admission grants attendees the opportunity to attend two CEU seminars, the keynote address (two CEUs), lunch and access to the Expo Trade Show.
The summit takes place on the 14th floor of the Merchandise Mart from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Twitter users are also encouraged to live-tweet from the event using the hash tag #ASIDIllinois.

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