December 2020 Chapter Newsletter
ASID Impact Of Design Series

HKS, Inc. Sensory Well-being Hub (Chicago, IL)
The Sensory Well-being Hub by HKS, Inc. is an open-source, affordable, scalable, modifiable and sensory diverse solution that can fit various needs, and be installed anywhere, with accompanying research on the comparative effectiveness of different elements, to allow informed decision making. It is designed to help diverse learners experiencing behavioral issues to recuperate and find equilibrium. It provides data-driven insights on designing spaces with audio, visual, kinesthetic and tactile features for people with sensory sensitivities to reset from hyper- or hypo-stimulation.
The Design Challenge
Create a space for adolescents with developmental disabilities to recuperate and find equilibrium from an environment with uncontrollable sensory inputs. Provide data-driven insights on designing spaces for people with sensory sensitivities, with a goal to help designers improve environments in other places, too.
The Design Solution 
  • Sensory zones with an active zone including musical instruments, rolling pins and a peg wall; a respite zone with nature scenes, beanbag, weighted blanket, a Lite-Brite and fidget wall and a sensory “cocoon” providing a user-selected experience.
  • A free-standing sensory cocoon serves as a mobile micro-environment dampening sound and light. Users have control of a digital media wall that has interactive sensors for gestures and touch, color-changing lights to match the screen and a sound system.
  • Variety of sensory affordances of design elements considering tactile, visual, kinetic, and acoustic were included to allow choices for students with hypo- or hyper-sensitivity.
  • Fidget wall including various sensory interventions were included in the design based on investigative research that found fine motor skill actions could be soothing for students on the autism spectrum.
  • Modular structure solution with items that are nonproprietary for easy replication or replacement makes the hub construction inexpensive, quick and easy to modify over time or replicate for various scales and budgets.
Let's Grow the Movement.
Show the World How Design Impacts Lives!

Invite your fellow designers to be a part of ASID.
Notice of Upcoming Chapter Election - 2021

The Chapter's Annual Election begins on January 15, 2021. 
The election is held on-line, through a secure voting site. 

Voting instructions will be sent to eligible voters via e-mail 
when the election opens
(or via snail mail to those who have opted out of chapter communications or do not have a current e-mail address) - Please update your contact information with ASID National if needed, to ensure prompt delivery of all Chapter communications.

If you prefer to receive your ballot by snail mail, please send an e-mail to before December 31, 2020.

Only Professional, Allied, and Industry Partner Members in good standing before October 1, 2020,
are eligible to vote.
All Areas: December 4 - First Fridays Virtual Event
Additional Sherwin Williams Virtual Colormix Forecast 2021 Events in December:

See it take shape in 40 trend colors, presented in four palettes designed to bring your own rendition of rhythm to beautiful life.
Sherwin-Williams Colormix Presentation by Laurie E. Clark / 3:00pm Pacific Time
Or cut and paste into browser:

Sherwin-Williams Colormix Presentation by Matthew C. Errington / 12:00pm Pacific Time
CANCELLED - Las Vegas: December 9th - ASID Holiday Party & Member Appreciation Event
All Areas: December 11- Textiles Series - Class 2 of 4
Students, Emerging Professionals, and Interior Designers
are Invited to the
Second Class in our Series of 4 Webinars on Textiles.

Friday, December 11 at 1 PM

via Zoom Webinar
In-Person at the Area West Showroom
Las Vegas Design Center, Bldg A-106
This course is designed to give participants an understanding of textiles, textile composition, and application of textiles in relation to interior design (not a CEU event).

if you plan to attend in person.

In-Person attendance is limited due to maximum occupancy restrictions. First Come-First Served. All COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be followed, including but not limited to temperature checks upon entry to the building. Chairs will be spaced to allow for 6 feet of distance between attendees. Face masks are required.
Las Vegas: January 27- Las Vegas Market Tour
Las Vegas Designer Friendsgiving - 2020 Event Highlights:
Did you Miss the Textiles Series - Class 1 of 4?
It is available on-demand below:
All ASID Virtual Conference Content Now Available On Demand
In September, the design community came together for three dynamic days of learning and inspiration at the inaugural ASID Virtual Conference. Now, all recordings from the Virtual Conference are available on demand through the ASID Academy. 
Did you know that your name is not automatically added to ASID’s "Find A Pro" or "Find an Industry Partner"? You must Opt-in!
You may also upgrade your listing for more exposure. Enhanced Profiles appear above basic listings during searches and feature a profile photo and more.
Do You Need Continuing Education Units? 

ASID CEU Academy has expanded offerings and
FREE CEU access through Dec 31st.
Now is a great time to earn online CEUs. 
Topics include health and wellness, workplace design, the business of design, and more. New CEUs recently added.

As a resource for you to continue to earn CEUs check out ASID's Online Academy, or Sherwin Williams, and AEC Daily for many free webinars from our esteemed IPs.

Make the most of your membership by supporting your professional association and giving back to your local design community.

Joining a Chapter Committee provides members with a competitive advantage because they become active, informed members of the design industry.

We desperately need volunteers in Northern Nevada and California to help plan ASID events in those regions! Both Industry Partner and Designer Members are welcome!

We encourage your involvement! Please send us an e-mail and let us know your interests and availability.
STUDENTS - Virtual Internship Winter Series
The ASID Virtual Internship Is Back On December 1!
The ASID Virtual Internship hub is available exclusively for ASID Student Members
Looking for ways to keep your skills sharp and your knowledge fresh as we head into 2021? Enter the ASID Virtual Internship: Winter Series! The Virtual Internship is returning with more opportunities for professional development and to enhance your design knowledge over winter break. New content is available on December 1 - and you can still catch up on all of the Summer Virtual Internship content available on the ASID Academy!

ASID California Central | Nevada Chapter is partnering with the Malouf Foundation on their Rooms Restored program. It's for children who have been physically or sexually abused in their homes. The perpetrator is usually someone the child knows—whether it’s a parent, sibling, or another family member.

As designers we are uniquely positioned to help these children. A child’s bedroom should be a be a place of comfort, a place of hope, a place to call their own—and we can offer that through our time, commitment, and expertise.

We are looking for donations of kid and teen bedroom furnishings, including headboards or complete bed frames, bedside tables, dressers, rugs, lamps, art and accessories. We have a location to collect and store items in Las Vegas, but we still need to find locations in other design communities. If you know of a place in your local area that these items can be stored until needed, please let us know.

If you are interested in donating items, or helping in your area, please reach out to Sandi Allan, Chapter Administrator, at or Kara Maas, Chapter President, at
Upcoming Dates and Events

All Areas:

December 4 - First Fridays In Person & Online Virtual Event

December 11 - Textiles Series (Class 2 of 4) In Person & Online Virtual Event

January 1 - 2021 ANDYZ Awards Open for Entries

January 15 - Chapter Election Begins

Las Vegas:

January 25 - 29 - Las Vegas Winter Market

January 27 - Las Vegas Market Student Brunch & IP Tour

April 14 - Downtown LV Walking Tour 9 AM


May 2021: Vendor Fair & ASID Meet and Greet Event.

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