Interior Design and ASID Investigate Design’s Future at Platform

Expert economic forecaster Marci Rossell kicks off her presentation at Platform 2018. Photography courtesy of ASID. 

If designers know one thing, it’s that design is evolutionary by nature. Innovations in aesthetics, materials, and process have propelled the field forward by leaps and bounds over the years—with the advent of the digital age, the pace has only quickened. It’s important for designers, especially firm leaders, to stay abreast of industry changes and learn from innovators in other fields to stay ahead of the game. Luckily, there’s a conference for that.

ASID’s Platform was billed as a retreat for design visionaries, but in actuality it functioned more like a TEDx symposium with perks. Amid the breathtaking landscape of Park City, Utah, principals, partners, and firm owners gathered for three days at the Montage Deer Valley Resort to hear visionaries discuss new developments and emerging trends across various fields. This year’s speakers included composer and inventor Philip Sheppard, award-winning diversity consultant Risha Grant, artificial intelligence expert Tom Gruber, and expert economic forecaster Marci Rossell.

“ASID Platform was an intimate and inspiring retreat that gave attendees a refreshed perspective on our industry through a thought-provoking lens,” says Interior Design publisher Carol Cisco, neatly summarizing this extraordinary event.

Interior Design was proud to be Platform’s 2018 media sponsor.

Composer and inventor Philip Sheppard performs for Platform guests. Photography courtesy of ASID. 
Diversity consultant Risha Grant teaches attendees how to support a diverse workplace staff. Photography courtesy of ASID. 
Artificial intelligence expert Tom Gruber demonstrates new possibilities with Apple's Siri. Photography courtesy of ASID. 
From left: Hannah Grau of Fortuna Enterprises; Silvia Hendrawan of Sullivan Design Studio; Linda Sullivan of Sullivan Design Studio; Carol Cisco, publisher of Interior Design; Vivien Chen of HOK. Photography courtesy of ASID.
Matthew De Geeter, Vice President, Education & Engagement, ASID and Laura Britt of Laura Britt Design. Photography courtesy of ASID.  
Meena Krenek of Gensler and Melissa Priby of McCool Carlson Green Architects. Photography courtesy of ASID. 
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