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Design Viewpoints Series on tap for April High Point Market

The High Point Market Authority, in association with the American Society of Interior Designers, is once again producing its seminar series for interior designers during the April High Point Market. The Design Viewpoints Series will take place April 3-5 at noon at 100 High in Showplace West.

All seminars in the Design Viewpoints Series are free to interior designers attending the High Point Market. No RSVP is required, and lunch will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. The series offers up to .3 continuing education units (CEUs).

This year's series includes a frank discussion of today's economic realities, a fresh take on sustainable living that includes a book signing for Lori Dennis' new Green Home Design, and a unique one-on-one guide to online marketing for your business. Those tutorials will be held on April 5 and will feature expert advice from leaders in blogging and social media.

"We are extremely pleased to be partnering with ASID with the Design Viewpoints Series," said Brian Casey, president and CEO of the High Point Market Authority. "The interior design community is an important constituency for the High Point Market, and we have set a strong program of speakers to address the needs and concerns of designers today."

"ASID is proud once again to join High Point Market in bringing attendees top-notch speakers on a variety of topics," said Heidi Salati, director of education, ASID. "Our focus is to develop events that are educational as well as inspiring. Working together, High Point Market has given ASID the chance to offer its members another quality educational opportunity."

Topics and speakers for the April Design Viewpoints Series include:

12 p.m., Sunday, April 3
Survive and Thrive: Using Your Passion to Drive Design Business in 2011
Economic shifts and new consumer buying behaviors have radically changed the business of interior design. Rebecca Miller, the voice of Luxury Portfolio International and past president of Gabberts, examines these industry changes and how we have adapted to current strategies and struggles. Most importantly, she will show you how to redefine your passion for design and translate it into a strong strategic tool to work with clients, sources and the new-world reality.
.1 CEU credit

12 p.m., Monday, April 4
Eco Living and Design
What does "green" mean anymore? A panel of renowned eco-designers offers the newest options and products in the green category, discusses how the economy has impacted eco-conscious design, and showcases how to combine sustainability and style. Panelists include Lori Dennis, designer and author of Green Home Design; Gat Caperton of the Sustainable Furnishings Council and Gat Creek; and Erik Van Mehlman, AIA, of BuildSense.
.1 CEU credit

12 p.m., Tuesday, April 5
Marketing Yourself by Design
An in-depth experience with a panel of experts will provide tips for marketing yourself online through blogging, e-mail outreach, social media and more. Following the one-hour presentation, sign up for 15-minute intensive tutoring sessions that put you one-on-one with nationally acclaimed bloggers and online gurus. The presentation is open to all, but tutoring sessions are limited and open on a first-come, first-served basis. Presentation panelists include Michelle Adams, co-founder and editor of Lonny; Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy; Margot Austin, senior style editor at Style at Home; Brian Patrick Flynn, founder of Décor Demon; and panel moderator Julia Noran of Editor at Large.
.1 CEU credit

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