June 28, 2015
Dear in-house designers,
I started the InHouse Design Association 9 years ago. I wanted to build a resource to support in-house designers in the design and business community. My dream was to have a destination where we could share our portfolios, unique issues of working in-house, and gain access to resources curated specifically for in-house designers.
The time has come to hand off or shut down the association.
So many things have changed over the years. In-house design departments and solo designers have gained more prominence. There is a current trend in the tech sector to acquire agencies and small shops and bring them in-house. Design has a stronger place at the conference room table than ever before.
Personally things have changed as well. In 2009 I left the in-house world to start my own firm. One that has become very successful over the last several years. While I still work with in-house designers almost daily and I am functionally the in-house designer for a couple of clients, I don’t deal with the issues of an in-house designer day in and day out.
This association, while still a viable and needed idea, has sat on the back burner for far too long and it’s time to free up that space for other projects. My dream of having design resources, forums, in-depth think pieces, position papers, and consulting for businesses that are hiring and working with in-house designers isn’t going to be realized under my ownership.
That is where you come in. I will be accepting offers to acquire the organization. While it’s little more than a framework right now, the assets are a good starting point for the right person. The assets include:
- Website & Domain — the website hasn’t been touched in several years, so while there may be some salvageable content, it’s going to need a complete rebuild (www.inhousedesignassociation.org).
- Social Media Presence — this includes the Facebook Group (www.facebook.com/pages/inHouse-Design-Association/23737665718), the twitter profile (twitter.com/inhousedesign), and the most active at 2,158 members, the LinkedIn Group (www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=37564).
- Membership List — There is a membership list, but it hasn’t been active for a few years and would require a migration, welcome email and cleanup.
From July 1 – July 15, 2015 I will accept offers to assume complete control of the organization. Offers may include a monetary component, but the right offer may be the person with the most interest and foresight into where this organization can go. Please send me an email explaining why you are the right person and what your vision is. If a suitable candidate cannot be found all assets will be removed on August 1, 2015.
Thank you for your interest in the inHouse Design Association. I look forward to the next chapter for this project.
Amber Sawaya, Founder & President
inHouse Design Association