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Universal and Sustainable: Made for Each Other
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Like trains running on parallel tracks, sustainable design and universal design have been coursing their separate ways through the A&D community, gradually picking up steam over the years. At last, they have caught up with each other at a crossroads called Design-for-Aging, and the timing couldn't be more fortuitous.
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Daltile Interior Design Scholarship Returns
ASID Foundation
The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation, returns for the third year. In this year's design challenge, titled Operation Renovation, students studying interior design will compete for more than $25,000 in scholarships, with the grand prize winner receiving a $10,000 scholarship. This year's new format, design challenge and criteria ensure that the rising stars of interior design will truly shine.
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Plan Ahead for Professional Success in 2014
ASID
From the upcoming Design & Construction Week to the ASID Presidents Forum and a host of additional educational, networking and collaborative offerings, the Society is helping you plan ahead for professional success in 2014. Check out the monthly calendar to find the events best suited to your needs.
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Continuing Education Requirement Deadline Extended to March 31
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The Society has extended the current continuing education reporting deadline to March 31, 2014. At the end of March 2014, ASID staff will audit members' CEU credits, based on the most recent Interior Design Continuing Education Council report. To maintain active ASID membership, members with fewer than 0.6 CEU will be asked to show proof of the necessary credits, or members may request a 30-day extension to secure those credits.
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Help Build Design: Contribute to the ASID Foundation
ASID Foundation
As you reflect on the many opportunities you have to share with others, please consider making a commitment to the ASID Foundation. Your tax-deductible gift will help build a better design community, with the added benefit of supporting programs for those in need. You can make an online donation to the ASID Foundation, by visiting the ASID website or using PayPal.
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Americans Building Larger, More Costly Homes
HousingWire
Newly built single-family homes in the United States are getting bigger, costlier to build and more expensive, according to the National Association of Homebuilders. This news comes on the heels of news that home prices climbed 11.8 percent between November 2012 and November 2013.
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Interior Design for Autism E-Books
Dexigner
Over the past decade, a growing body of research has emerged indicating specific design strategies can be used to create optimal living and learning environments for people with autism, throughout various stages of life. The American Society of Interior Designers and Wiley released a series of three "design shorts" explaining the ways in which the design of interior spaces can improve the experiences of autistic individuals.
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Design Industry Predictions: Interiors in 2014
Design Week
In the second part of our series of design industry predictions for 2014, leading industry figures tell us what they think will happen in retail, packaging, interior and exhibition design.
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With the Advent of 2014, Lights Go Out on Incandescent Bulb
The News Tribune
As of Jan. 1, companies no longer can import or make 60- and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs — the most popular bulb for indoor lighting. Instead, LED (light-emitting diode) and CFL (compact fluorescent) will replace incandescents as the dominant home fixture.
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Home Improvement Industry Flexes Its Muscles at 2014 CES
Home Channel News
Despite the preponderance of consumer electronics at the aptly-named 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, taking place currently in Las Vegas, certain brands representing the home improvement industry were present in considerable force.
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Remodeling to Grow by Double Digits in 2014
Qualified Remodeler
Remodelers are expecting a good 2014. In fact, 78 percent of those who responded to Qualified Remodeler's annual online market forecast survey reported having either an excellent or good outlook on the year ahead.
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Surfing the Next Wave: Design for the Future
Vanity Fair
Until very recently, and not including Apple's cool minimalism, the tech industry gave a backseat to design. But Yves Béhar has made his reputation with iconic devices that are sexier, curvier and more human. Visiting his San Francisco office, Kara Swisher explores his increasing influence and checks out his latest creation.
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Is Your Business by Accident or Design?
Design Biz Blueprint
Some designers love goal setting, and thrive on setting the bar high and attaining them. They also love to bask in the glow of their creative and financial accomplishments. Other designers have great difficulty in setting goals, and they harbor fear of making a commitment to their business and personal success.
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Four Tips for Reining In Client Expectations
Fast Company's Co.Design
Effectively engaging with clients in a creative services profession such as design can be frustrating. The first step in dealing with feedback is to remind yourself — as well the team you are leading — where comments are coming from. Many people on the client side lack a design background or formal design training.
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Fast Answers About 1099 Forms for Independent Workers
Small Business Trends
As a U.S. business owner, if you hire independent contractors and service providers, you probably will have to issue a special tax form to them during January, called the 1099. Keep in mind that there are several variations of the 1099 form.
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Overcome the Eight Barriers to Confidence
Harvard Business Review
To get a more confident "You" in the new year — or a more confident company, community, family or team — first know what gets in the way. The best resolutions will go nowhere without the confidence to stick with them.
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Houzz Survey: What's Popular for Bathrooms?
Houzz
What's popular for bathrooms? The Winter Houzz Bathroom Remodeling Survey of 7,500+ homeowners who are in the midst of or planning a bathroom remodel reveals that for the master bath, 43 percent of homeowners are choosing to forgo a tub, 52 percent are leaving the toilet exposed and 57 percent are adding a window or skylight.
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Six Interior Design Trends That Will Dominate in 2014
Design & Trend
We have finally made it to 2014. So what does this mean in terms of interior design trends? Last year was all about ikat prints, using books as decor and all-white kitchens. What will the big trends be for this year?
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What Colors Your 2014?
Christina Mogk
Unless you have no interest in color trends, you are surely aware that radiant orchid is Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year. You may have even heard that Sherwin-Williams opted for exclusive plum, Benjamin Moore for breath of fresh air, Dulux for teal and PPG for turning oakleaf. Combine the lot of them with Pantone's top 2014 spring fashion tone, dazzling blue, and you have a great color palette for a future project. But what are the overall trends highlighting for interior designs in 2014?
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Shower Systems Focus on Performance, Accessibility
Kitchen & Bath Design News
While it wasn't so very long ago when "super showers" were all the rage, today's shower systems are sleeker, cleaner and more concerned with ease of use and accessibility than how many jets can be stuffed into one unit. Custom looks are gaining interest, but the hot look remains contemporary and spa-like, with soothing color palettes that reflect the look and feel of nature.
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Forget the Fitbit. Will Your Home Monitor Your Health?
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There's little doubt that our homes are getting smarter. We've got thermostats that can monitor our behavior and program themselves in response to our patterns, along with lighting controls that can adjust our light levels and energy use responsively to optimize our use of natural light. But can your home be an active participant in monitoring your health?
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Green Design Predictions for 2014
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Discussing hot topics ranging from climate change to global infrastructure to design resiliency, 15 eco-minded pundits have made their green design predictions for 2014.
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Siting with the Sun: Passive Heating and Daylighting
Green Building Advisor
Designing for daylighting has its own unique issues: Pay attention to critical areas like the kitchen, office and reading area. Other daylighting opportunities not to overlook include utility rooms and walk-in closets. In these spaces, quality daylighting can significantly reduce the need for artificial lighting.
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Rethinking Green Rooms: The Psychology of Place
Research Design Connections
People often try to calm down before a stress-inducing event, such as a client presentation or appearing on television. But new research indicates the better approach might be to amp up the excitement. Designers making presentations or working on green rooms (or similar projects) can use this research finding to their advantage.
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Universal, Sustainable: Made for Each Other
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Sustainable design and universal design finally have caught up with each other at a crossroads called Design-for-Aging, and the timing couldn't be more fortuitous.

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Household Trends Signal Changes in Clients?
Michael J. Berens
From Sept. 6: A new U.S. Census Bureau report presents a number of demographic changes in U.S. households that could have a significant impact on the interior design industry.

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The New Affluent
ICON Online
From July 5: Where it was once the hallmark of ultimate social status "arrival" to own a luxury car, a beach house and a designer kitchen, today's well-to-do consumers are characterized by a completely different mindset.

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The Open-Office Trap
The New Yorker
The open office was originally conceived by a team from Hamburg, Germany, in the 1950s, to facilitate communication and idea flow. But a growing body of evidence suggests the open office undermines the very things it was designed to achieve.
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The New Face of Fitness Center Decor
Hotel Management
Fitness center floor design has stuck to its standard commercial carpet or rubberized padding for a variety of reasons. Chief among them: durability, easy maintenance and lasting quality. But John Sarver, founder of Hotel Fitness, sees more demand from this style due to its resemblance to the average guest's local health club, creating an air of familiarity when working out on the road.
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Patient and Family Experience: It's Personal
Healthcare Design
It often takes a personal experience to really drive home the key issues of healthcare design. Sheila F. Cahnman, vice president overseeing AECOM's healthcare market sector, says she learned that lesson firsthand.
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Seven Design Tips for a More Productive Office
Mashable
The right workspace can greatly increase employee peace of mind and productivity. Just a few simple design fixes in an office environment can make employees happier, healthier and much more productive.
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