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Design industry challenges in 2012
The New York Times    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Although 2012 promises some design treats — from a new London bus to a lounge for United Nations delegates — the design agenda is dominated by complex long-term issues. There have been few moments in history when design has faced so many challenges and opportunities, and even fewer instances when the rest of the world has been so amenable to allowing designers to tackle them. How can designers translate scientific advances into things that can make life easier and more enjoyable? And how will designers respond to future breakthroughs made by the scientists? More



ABI continues positive momentum
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Continuing the positive momentum of an encouraging boost in October, the Architecture Billings Index has reached its first positive mark since August. The American Institute of Architects reported the November ABI score was 52.0, following a score of 49.4 in October. This score reflects an overall increase in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry index was 65.0, up dramatically from a reading of 57.3 the previous month. More

10 custom home design trends for 2012
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Multigenerational living, stay-at-home fun and Mother Nature headline the top trends for custom home design in 2012, according to Schumacher Homes' study of the most-requested design features of 2011. More


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Study finds Victorian asylums 'surprisingly domestic'
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A two-year study of the design of Victorian institutions has led to results that surprised academicians. "We were most startled by how 19th-century authorities were really concerned [about creating] a domestic environment for patients," says Jane Hamlett, who researched the interior decoration of asylums, schools and lodging houses. More

Inferior design: When a space is better suited to photos than humans
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What's the deal with decorating in some boutique hotels? When is it a reasonable enhancement of the business of living and when is it theatrical set decor? Shouldn't living well also be livable? More

Announcing the Baldwin Reserve Portfolio
Baldwin Reserve combines quality craftsmanship with advanced technology to deliver a personalized blend of styles. Easily mix and match knobs, levers, and roses, in eight finishes to deliver a custom look for every architectural style. Reserve offers short lead times, quick installation and an industry leading limited 25-year finish warranty. MORE


Construction industry braces as federal projects drop
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A planned 6.2 percent cut in federal spending on construction and infrastructure will worsen an already grim construction employment outlook for 2012. The fiscal year 2012 federal construction budget will be 18 percent smaller than the same budget for 2010. Many of the federal construction cuts were included in the recently passed omnibus appropriations bill. More

Floor to Ceiling Art - Free Sample
New Era Walls by HP has revolutionized wall design technology.

With HP’s Wall Art Design Tool, designers can select from millions of images in New Era Portfolio’s exclusive collection to create personalized, high-definition walls. Printed with HP’s Latex Inks, this PVC-Free wall paper carries the GREENGUARD Children & School certification.

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A rigorous approach to evidence-based design
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In recent years, military health facilities throughout the nation increasingly have embraced the concept of evidence-based design. The new Irwin Army Community Hospital taking shape at Fort Riley, Kan., is a perfect example of how EBD has influenced the development of a military medical facility's healing environment. More

MESSAGE FROM ASID
Message from ASID Deputy Director Thom Banks

ASID would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and valued membership with the Society. Please take a moment to view this renewal message from ASID Deputy Executive Director Thom Banks.

If your ASID membership is up for renewal this month, paying your dues and managing membership information online at www.asid.org is easy and secure. Please use your login information to sign in to "My ASID" to pay your dues or contact ASID National Headquarters at 202-675-4456 to talk to a customer service representative. Payment also can be mailed to ASID Dues, P.O. Box 1437, Merrifield, VA 22116-1437. Your support and membership is invaluable in the Society's efforts to advance the profession of interior design. We appreciate your membership and wish you and your business much success this year!

*Want to save $50 or more on your dues? Invite a friend or colleague to join ASID. Go to www.asid.org/share to learn more.


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Flexibility in office design offers green benefits, cost savings
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Spurred by changes in how we work and the need for increased flexibility in where we work, facility managers are finding that when it comes to a sustainable office — and saving money at the same time — space truly is the final frontier. When designing offices now, the key to sustainability is answering two deceptively simple questions: Who will occupy the space, and what do they need it to do? After all, there's no need to dedicate workstations for a sales team that is in the office only a few times each year. More

Through a child's eyes: Creating supportive health care environments
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This study of children and adolescents in hospitals identified a range of factors key to improving their experience in the health care environment. More



Tiffany & Co. store design
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Tiffany's design heritage that sparkles in the world's most beautiful jewels is reflected in a store environment of carved glass and marble, stainless steel and the glow of Tiffany Blue. Architects and interior designers utilize these elements to build an environment that is steeped in history and instantly recognized by its many facets of elegance and tradition. More

Living large
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In a wide-open loft space, a hip yet sophisticated home is born. See how a blank canvas was transformed into a look that is stylish, masculine and fun. More


Versailles

The Versailles is a freestanding tub that combines nostalgia for the luxury of yesteryear with contemporary grace, crafted in today’s materials, with today’s technology. For complete information on MTI products, go to mtiwhirlpools.com.
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Not Your Neighbors Copper Sink

The Legacy copper collection blends artistry and functionality. Each handcrafted work of art has surpassed our stringent standards for unparallel design and durability.
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Pushing forward
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Cautious optimism is the outlook for 2012, as kitchen and bath manufacturers, dealers and designers look to build a more solid foundation for the future. More



Fake art, 'real' art
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A new study of how people respond to art might lend credence to the adage, "Perception is reality." Researchers found that people who were told artwork is authentic used parts of their brain associated with rewarding activities — regardless of whether the art was an original or a reproduction. More

The houses of the hopefuls: Insight from home interiors
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Even in an era of the two-year presidential campaign there remains the nagging question: What are these candidates really like? The hunt continues for an unfiltered view of their true character. Where better to look than their homes, to get a sense of their style and what it might tell us about what they value and how they live? More


PrintedArt.com: Artwork Done Right

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Runners Designed for More than Hallways
Our 8 foot runners, 30 designs in all, make the perfect accent for behind a couch, in the kitchen, and yes, even down a hall! C4C products—pillows, rugs, accent furniture—add spark to any décor. Designers appreciate the handcrafted sensibility, customers love the timeless designs. chandler4corners.com
Roppe Corporation is Proven. Flooring. Experiences.

Roppe Corporation, a leading commercial flooring manufacturer headquartered in Fostoria, Ohio produces a wide selection of rubber and vinyl wall base, tile, tread and accessory products. Roppe Corporation has been preserving jobs and improving the quality of life for the residents of their community since the company’s inception in 1955. MORE




Change management
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Interior designers are finding a new niche: helping clients embrace change. Many interior designers offer change management services, either as part of a comprehensive design package or as a separate consulting service. Some experts predict this could become an important marketing advantage as the turbulent economy forces more organizations to downsize, merge or make other dramatic changes. More



3 strategies for planning the best 2012
Design Biz Blueprint    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Having written goals and a plan of action is the most important thing you can do to ensure your business goes where you want and creates how much you want for the upcoming year. Sometimes designers skip over this important step because they don't know how to go about creating a plan or they think it will be very difficult and take a long time. None of this is true. More

SEO for interior designers
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Do you understand search engine optimization and the effect it can have on your business? Do you know how to tag photos appropriately or designate keywords that will bring you more attention online? Julia Molloy explains SEO for the interior designer. More



Why design professionals don't earn more
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There's lots of anger and frustration, it seems, among all design professionals who can't seem to make what doctors, lawyers, accountants and management consultants earn. Mark Zweig of ZweigWhite shares his thoughts on why most designers are not paid as professionals. More


NightOrbs™

A distinctive new concept in landscape illumination. Beautiful, durable hand-blown glass that adds enchanting, color-filled light to any outdoor environment
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MechoSystems presents the McDonough Iceland Collection™

Recyclable shadecloths developed with William McDonough and inspired by his photographs are PVC-free, Cradle to Cradle CertifiedCM, and can be recycled indefinitely.
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This goal is golden: Massage your message
Interior Design Business    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
People set — and soon forget — all sorts of goals this time of year. Here's a goal to set — and get: Develop a million-dollar message. More

The Business of Design Magazine launches
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David Shepherd, founder of The Business of Design Conference and The Best Practices Network, has launched a new digital magazine to provide business advice and skills to interior design professionals. With written, audio and video features, the magazine will cover topics ranging from marketing to cash flow to technology and more. More


Case Studies: Sound Masking
Moving your employees from enclosed offices to a primarily open-plan space? Pursuing LEED® credits for your facility and concerned about the impact that green choices will have on acoustics? See how two companies successfully solved their speech privacy and noise concerns by installing the LogiSon sound masking system. 
Textured & Colored Planks
Design & Fashion United
Junckers Hardwood introduces the highly anticipated Design collection featuring fifteen unique textured and colored boards. The collection offers modern, dramatic, and traditional styles for commercial and residential use. Click here to view the collection. Please contact Junckers at 800-878-9663 to request samples.
PERFECT PIZAZZ

Richly textured with plenty of sparkle and shine, Access Lighting’s newly released Pizazz Collection is a contemporary play on traditional crystal, and simply divine. Dramatic enough to incorporate in a formal entry, the contemporary edge to this series lends itself to more playful informal settings too. Not to be missed.
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