No Design Legislation

Opposing interior design legislation everywhere

IIDA Student Blog Censors Legislative Map Correction Post

6/8/09 Update – I was contacted by IIDA about this post, told I’m not blocked from commenting on the blog, and was invited to repost my comments – see comments below.  My apologies to IIDA if I was in error about that, but my comments about the problems with the out-of-date map still hold.


I just tried to post the message below on the IIDA Student Blog about the out of date IIDA map of design legislation (same as the one ASID uses) and it got rejected. Not just rejected, as in not posted, but it brought up a “discarded” error message the moment I posted it, which means they’ve got the blog set to automatically reject any postings from me.

Why are these people so afraid of what we post about opposing design legislation?

Oh, wait, that’s right – the pro-legislation cartel doesn’t have a shred of evidence to back up their position, so they have to try to shut up those of us who can back up ours, so that their unsuspecting members aren’t diverted and won’t see that the emperor truly has no clothes.

What’s more, it’s apparently an intern at IIDA who’s running this blog – clearly a student herself – even though she has apparently declined to name herself or put up a bio. She menti0ned the fact in this post, though. What does she know about the realities of all of this?

Sweetheart, you need to grow up, get a life, and learn that informed decisions can only be made when people are aware of all of the issues, on both sides of the matter. Censoring the opposite point of view like this only demonstrates a small, closed mind, and that will not get you far in life. That is also a favorite tactic of the fearful who know they don’t have a leg to stand on.

But students (and others) need this information, even when their own peers as well as their instructors are trying to snowball them and keep them from learning both sides of the issue and the truth.

The proper role of education is to inform, teach students how to learn and reason for themselves, and to draw out their own conclusions, based on all available information. It is not to censor one point of view in favor of another, to attempt to restrict a students’ access to information they need in order to be able to formulate their own thoughts.

Students, you really need to demand that your schools and instructors not only allow but encourage the dissemination of information on both sides of this issue. Once you read the facts, you will discover that things are not nearly as cut and dried as the pro-legislation cartel would like you to believe. Follow the links on this blog on on the IDPC website, read everything you can, including every word of any legislation proposed in your own states, and the first-hand reports of people who have been harmed by this kind of legislation, and then make up your own mind.

And if neither IIDA nor ASID keep their legislative maps up to date, and neither are willing to admit it when their pet laws and legislative attempts are defeated, as they mostly have been, then how can you trust anything else they tell you on this subject?

Far and away the majority of allied members of ASID who have bothered to fully inform themselves have concluded that legislation will not only not benefit them, but will only harm them and put them out of business – what makes you think that you will fare any better right out of school?


Why does IIDA persist in posting this out of date map? Among other things:

1. The Alabama practice act was struck down as unconstitutional in 2007 –

2. The New Mexico title act was also struck down as unconstitutional –

3. The Oklahoma title act has been amended so that anyone can still use the tile “interior designer” –

4. The proposed Tennessee practice act legislation was withdrawn due to opposition, and is thus no longer pending –

5. The list goes on.

Please see the IDPC website at and the No Design Legislation blog at for more details on these and other states, and to keep up on the most recent changes, as they happen, complete with links directly to the actual sources, actual text of proposed and existing laws as well as judicial opinions, etc., where you can read it all for yourself, right from the horse’s mouth.

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  1. The reason why the IIDA Student Blog censored you is the same reason why the Catholic church censored the Bible in ancient times. The church gave missals to Catholics; just enough doctrine for prayer and censored parts of the bible.

    Censorship. What is the IIDA Student Blog afraid of? Debate?

    Comment by Laurie Burke | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  2. Hi, my name is Christa Koskosky, an employee at IIDA and I am in charge of the blog and the interns who post on the blog. You are not a blocked commenter, and I invite you to try to write your comments again. Please try to contact me next time (, so that I may be able to best assist you, especially if you think you are being blocked. We do our best to ensure that the blog is an open form of communication for our students, and for other interested interior designers. Additionally, in regards to our outdated legislative map, we will be revealing a new legislative map on our new website, set to reveal on June 15th. If you see any issues with it, please contact me or Allison Levy at

    Allison is the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs, and will best be able to assist you and listen to your comments in regards to how we are addressing interior design legislation. I invite you to contact us personally with any issues or questions.


    Student Marketing and Social Media Manager

    Comment by christakoskosky | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  3. Thank you for your apology! That was very gracious of you! I would like to invite you to guest blog for us about legislative issues. Please contact me at

    Comment by christakoskosky | June 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. My name is Michelle Carroll, I am the intern you are referring to that writes for the IIDA Student Blog. Just so you know, I do not run the blog, I am simply a contributor, and I did not write the blog that contained the map regarding interior design legislation. And, as I’m sure you already know, IIDA will be releasing a more updated version of this map in their new website which will be launched June 15.
    I am familiar with the issues surrounding interior design legislation, but I not claim to know everything. I would love to hear your side of this matter, so that I can make an informed decision about what I think. To that effect, I would love for you to write a guest blog on the IIDA Student blog, as IIDA certainly wants their student members especially to be fully educated about all the issues surrounding legislation. You are always welcome to post about issues on our blog and comment on whatever you like.

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Comment by Michelle | June 9, 2009 | Reply

    • My apologies to you as well, Michelle.

      I’m very glad to know that IIDA wants their members to be fully informed on the issues, and that the map is going to be updated.

      I’d be delighted to guest blog for you at any time, and thank you so much to both you and Christa for the invitation! Just let me know how and when.

      In the meantime, you might want to start by reading some of the extensive materials I’ve posted links to on this blog, both in posts and in the “Articles” section, and also on the IDPC website at

      If you read nothing else, definitely start with a) every word of any proposed legislation in your state and b) “Designing Cartels: How Industry Insiders Cut Out the Competition” from the Institute for Justice, located at This report, along with their others about industry insiders misleading the public (including designers!) , is extremely well researched and meticulously documented, full of hard data and verifiable information to back up their conclusions.

      The Reason Foundation study on occupational licensing in general is also a real eye-opener, thoroughly refuting the need for virtually all occupational licensing, even in a number of fields in which any reasonable person might know that there is a risk to the public. It puts what we are facing very much in perspective.

      Comment by Hoechstetter Interiors | June 10, 2009 | Reply

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