Interior Design Sample Ordering Process Meets Tech Innovation

Tammy Y. Allen, Director, Marketing & Programs, The NIIC

SAMPLE SNAP APP Soft Launch at NeoCon 2019

Photo provided by SAMPLE SNAP APP

May 30, 2019 Fort Wayne, Ind.—Interior designers innovatively design spaces. Contrast that with the process for securing materials samples for those designed spaces. It is time intensive and laborious. It requires coordination with multiple vendors for each design project component and client. Melissa Hall, International Interior Designers Association, Founder/Interior Designer, created SAMPLE SNAP™ APP to bridge the gap between interior design innovation and tech innovation. The soft launch is next month at NeoCon 2019.

SAMPLE SNAP automates the sample ordering process—from several minutes to a few seconds. “SAMPLE SNAP simplifies the process and saves designers time. This could translate to money, more projects, more clients and improved sample to spec ratio for partner manufacturers,” said Hall. Think about it in terms of billable hours. According to Hall’s research, it takes an average of 7 minutes to order one sample. Hourly billing rates for interior designers at the top 100 firms is $145. This means each sample ordered costs $17. Hall estimates the average total samples ordered per project is 50. That’s $850 per project. Imagine the impact for interior design companies employing multiple designers managing multiple projects.

With over 20 years of experience in commercial architecture and interior design industries and Lean and Six Sigma training, Hall said she knew she had to form her company and develop the app. “I’ve had several innovative ideas during my career. It is a thrill to have identified and developed a solution to solve an industry problem,” said Hall.

“My business coach and women business builders community I’ve grown with through my connections at Women’s Entrepreneurial Opportunity Center (WEOC) at Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (The NIIC) have been critical to my progress. Without that accountability and support, I would have put this on the back burner. The culture of entrepreneurship that WEOC and The NIIC create, along with other Northeast Indiana entrepreneurial support organizations, make it fun to pursue my business goals,” said Hall.

SAMPLE SNAP soft launch is next month at NeoCon 2019, which “serves as the commercial design industry’s launch pad for innovation—offering ideas and introductions that shape the built environment today and into the future,” www.neocon.com.

To learn more about additional features of SAMPLE SNAP, visit ww.samplesnappapp.com. Contact melissa@samplesnapapp.com to learn about being a featured manufacturer on SAMPLE SNAP, available for download on iOS (Apple) and Android devices in summer 2019.


Every groundbreaking App begins with a series of small ideas that are combined into an all-inclusive one. At SAMPLE SNAP APP, we want to change how interior designers order samples from their resource library and save designers time, by offering a simple and user-friendly platform they can rely on, not just for ordering samples but for much needed tools to improve their design process. Our team of incredibly bright minded individuals have dedicated an immense amount of time and effort to ensure that the sample ordering process is quicker, easier and more reliable than ever. We’ve included tools to allow you to save, track and re-order with ease. We’ve added tools to allow you to save your favorite products for future use. For more information, visit our website or contact melissa@samplesnappapp.com.


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