ASID Sets Web Site Launch Date

ASID Sets Web Site Launch Date

Washington, D.C. The American of Interior (ASID) and the Univer-sity of Minnesota have recently announced the projected launch date for InformeDesign, a new online clearinghouse of design and human behavior research.

Expected to launch early next month, the Web site will offer research information for designers in a variety of forums, including online discussion opportunities, a calendar of research-related events and a monthly newsletter, the association explained.

ASID president H. Don Bowden, FASID, AIA, noted, "In the very near future, and at their fingertips, interior designers, other members of the design community, representatives of the furnishings and finishings industry, educators, university students and other interested individuals will have access to an unprecedented wealth of knowledge on the connection between design and human behavior."

The association also noted that a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota are continually conducting a search of available literature to be transformed into research summaries for the Web site. Currently, some 200 journals containing research findings on design and human behavior had been identified, with topics ranging from the psychological impact of residential crowding on children and the risk of home injury among the elderly to the benefits of sustainable nature- based resorts, as well as how to create alternative workspaces.

The services offered on the InformeDesign Web site will be available at no cost to users, the association noted. Furthermore, the association said that it is seeking manufacturers, architecture or design firms, or other organizations as contributors to the program. For more information, contact ASID Industry Partners at 202-546-3480.