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Six Major Design Trends Shaping City Life in 2015
Fast Company's Co.Design
By one oft-cited statistic, 70 percent of the world's population will live in urban areas by 2050. But chances are, the cities of the future won't look quite like the places where we live today. It's up to designers — architects, urban planners, interior designers, and more — to ensure that the people-packed cities of the future are livable, prosperous, healthy places. Fast Company asked a handful of design experts how urban life is changing. Here are some of the major trends.
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Registration Open for Accelerate Studio: Small Business Strategies in Boston
Register now for the first ASID Accelerate Studio event of the year. Taught by Steve Nobel of NOBELINKS on Feb. 12 in Boston, this targeted workshop will feature six sessions on business strategies. Created with residential designers and small business owners in mind, each session will focus on topics to help interior designers build successful, sustainable businesses. Attendees can participate in all six sessions or choose sessions a la carte. Click here to learn more about Steve Nobel and Accelerate Studio: Small Business Strategies. Register today.
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ASID Business Courses: Earn Over 50 Percent of Your CEUs While Improving Your Business Knowledge
The Society's new online Business of Design series will provide you with practical information you can apply to your business immediately, and will get you started on completing your ASID CEU requirements. The four course series, totaling .7 IDCEC CEUs, will provide a solid foundation on which to build your business, and will focus on four crucial areas of business acumen: Setting Your Intentions, Attracting Clients, Managing Projects, and Sustaining a Practice. The next reporting deadline is Dec. 31, 2015, and requires 1.0 CEUs. Start learning and earning now. Learn more.
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Call for 2015 ASID Fellow Nominations
Fellowship is the highest honor that ASID bestows upon its members. Elevation to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of an individual designer, but also elevates before the public and the profession a model interior designer who has made a significant contribution to the profession and the Society. ASID members have the opportunity to recommend outstanding professionals for the Society's highest honor.
Nominations close Feb. 4. Submit an entry today.

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Leadership Matters — Get Started at the Design to Lead Summit
The 2015 Design to Lead Summit will provide the next generation of design leaders with the education needed to succeed as they take on next step management roles. Attendees will gain an introduction to key leadership competencies and expand their networks from the diverse experiences of experts via keynotes, panel discussions, interactive breaks, and a closing reception. The one-day summit will take place Monday, April 13, in Washington, D.C. Speakers include Don Blanchon, Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Health, and Reed Kroloff, principal of jones|kroloff. They, along with other thought leaders, will share their journeys to leadership success. Attendees of the Design to Lead Summit will receive at least five continuing education hours (pending IDCEC-approval) and will have opportunities to continue conversations started at the summit after the event. Learn more and register today.
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Design the World: The ASID ICON Big Winter 3-D Contest Giveaway
Technology continues to transform the way interior designers work. ASID ICON is sponsoring a contest for one lucky winner to receive a brand-new Flashforge Creator Pro Dual Extrusion 3D Printer valued at more than $1,300. Entrants must be ASID members, at least 18 year of age, and legal residents of the United States. Your entry must include your name, ASID member number, and a brief description of your experience with 3-D printers, your thoughts on the potential of these devices, and how you would use the printer if chosen as the winner. Submit your entry on the ASID Facebook page at and look for the Design the World announcement. Visit for all the contest details. Don't delay — the contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31.
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In Memorium: Fran Kellogg Smith Anderson
Fran Kellogg Smith Anderson, an ASID Fellow and honorary Life Member of the Interior Design Educators Council, passed away from heart failure on Dec. 30 in Palm Desert, California.

Anderson sought to move the techniques of lighting design from theatre and photography to architecture and interior design. She was the founder of Luminae Lighting Consultants, Inc., a company credited for such lighting projects as St. Mary's Cathedral, George Lucas's Skywalker movie ranch, and many famous hotels. Anderson taught lighting at UCLA and UC Berkeley as an adjunct professor, and co-founded the national Continuing Education Program for the interior design profession.

Anderson served on the credentialing boards of ASID and the Illuminating Engineering Society, and wrote books on lighting, building codes, and history. Her 1984 textbook, Bringing Interiors to Light, won the Polsky Prize, a national prize for its publisher, Billboard Publications.

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Don't Miss the 2015 ASID Legislative Symposium, April 14-15 in Washington, D.C.
Join designers from across the country for the 2015 ASID Legislative Symposium. Held April 14-15 in Washington, D.C., this event will provide the training and knowledge you need to preserve your practice rights at both the state and federal legislative level.
    Earn up to .4 CEUs in breakout sessions focused on building codes and standards, lighting design, the evolution of interior design in the building industry, and national updates on interior design-related legislative activity.
    Learn to engage in the legislative process and receive unique advocacy training. Learn to use your voice to maintain the dignity of interior design through advocacy training led by Soapbox CEO Christopher Kush.
    Engage with legislators during ASID Hill Day. Use your new skills to speak with members of Congress about the technical and scientific aspects of the interior design profession, and how it contributes to your state's economy.
Learn more and register today!

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Call for Educational Proposals to Support Interior Designer Lifelong Learning
ASID Education is embarking on a new approach to enhance our educational library through a call for education proposals. This method will cast a wider net, giving qualified candidates the opportunity to submit proposals to be considered for inclusion in the ASID library of educational programming. All accepted proposals will be approved for CEUs. Programs and presenters will be used at various ASID local and national educational events, at live industry events, and online. Click here for the RFP.
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Architecture Firm Billings Close Out 2014 on a High Note
The American Institute of Architects
Architecture firms ended 2014 on a positive note, as business conditions improved at firms in December. The ABI score of 52.2 for the month, up from 50.9 the previous month, indicates that more firms reported improving business conditions in December than in November. And there remains more work in the pipeline, as the value of new design contracts continued to increase during the second half of the year.
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Could Art Be the Acoustic Solution for Noisy Venues?
Loud cafés, deafening restaurants, and harsh-sounding bars soon could become a thing of the past. Black Canvas Acoustic Design & Art Gallery plans on creating noise-absorbing acoustic panels out of stretched canvas frames for local emerging artists.
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Chinese Firm Builds Tallest 3-D Printed Building
Australian Design Review
The potential for 3-D printing has been expanded by a Chinese construction firm in what is a world first for 3-D construction. In the Suzhou Industrial Park within Jiangsu province, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. unveiled two separate buildings made primarily of 3-D printed materials. Using a 6.4-meter-tall printer, WinSun constructed the highest 3-D printed building, a five-story apartment block, as well as the world's first 3-D printed mansion.
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The Best and Worst of the Interior Design Show 2015
Green design used to be abundant at the Interior Design Show in Toronto — "green" and "sustainable" were words on everyone's lips. But is the focus fading? It's a possibility, judging by this year's show.
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Get Out of Your Own Way, and Raise Your Rates
One person prevents you from setting — and getting — much higher design fees and markups. That person isn't a competitor, critic, or customer. That person is you. You're the one who convinces yourself that you can't charge more.
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Safeguarding Your Firm from Client Disputes
Design Management Company
Clients have started to release their pent-up demand for upgrading, remodeling, or redesigning their homes. That means more business for designers. It also means greater risk. As you start off the new year, you want to be sure all your bases are covered.
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How to Blog If You Don't Have Time
Michael Hyatt
If you want your message to reach the maximum number of people, a blog is hands-down the best means. But who's got time? Here are seven strategies to help make, and maximize, time for blogging.
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Why Helping Others Will Drive Your Success
By operating as a giver, you create value for yourself. We too often stereotype givers as chumps, but they turn out to be surprisingly successful. Givers succeed in a way that creates a ripple effect, enhancing the success of others around them — whereas when takers succeed, someone loses.
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Understanding Common Small-Business Tax Mistakes
American Express OPEN Forum
There are two main reasons small businesses make tax mistakes, and fortunately, both are preventable. Find out what they are so you can avoid these legal landmines.
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How Is Lighting Ergonomic?

Notice the position you are standing or sitting in as you read this. Did you move to get better lighting? Did you position your body in a way to help improve the visual contrast of the text, reduce glare or avoid a shadow? That very movement is the essence of ergonomics.

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10 Home Design Trends to Ditch in 2015
CBS MoneyWatch
Part of figuring out whether to change a design element involves predicting what potential buyers might want down the line, while also considering the needs and tastes of the people who live there today. It's a balancing act for almost every homeowner's budget. The risk? That some design decisions make a home look dated before its time. Ilyce Glink talked to three interior design professionals about which trends to resist, and where they would put their renovation dollars instead. Here are 10 trends they think homeowners should steer clear of in 2015.
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Homeowners Ready to Tackle Overdue Renovations
Michael J. Berens
Positive economic and employment news, along with declining gas prices, have boosted consumer confidence to its highest level in the past seven years. With a bit more money in their pockets, and less worry about job security, consumers are once again ready to spend. After years of delaying improvements, homeowners are eager to upgrade their current home, or purchase a newer home.
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Eight New Kitchen and Bath Surfaces We Love
The editors at Dwell have short-listed their new favorites from the world of stone, tile, composite materials, and even — wait for it — Formica.
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Should You Save or Splurge When Selecting Products?
Remodeling Magazine
The editors at Builder dug into product pricing to find the wiggle room in Cost vs. Value project costs. Kitchen and bathroom remodels are explored.
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Sustainable Forestry Initiative Launches New Standards and Rules
Building Design + Construction
The Sustainable Forestry Initiative has launched the new Sustainable Forestry Initiative 2015-2019. A major change to the structure of the SFI 2015-2019 Standards and Rules is the establishment of three stand-alone standards: forest management, fiber sourcing, and chain of custody.
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Decorative and Flexible Solar Panels Become Part of Interior Design
EurekAlert via ECN
A company in Finland has developed a mass production method based on printing technologies allowing the manufacturing of decorative, organic solar panels. The new mass production method enables the company to create interior design elements from organic solar panels, harvesting energy from interior lighting or sunlight for various small devices and sensors that gather information from the environment.
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Performing Arts: Why Occupant Behavior Is the New Big Thing in Green Building
Gathering data to change occupant behavior is the next frontier in sustainable design (see LEED's new Dynamic Plaque). Here's why architects who embrace building performance may help their bottom lines.
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People-Centered Approach to Green Design and Marketing
Cleantech Solutions
When Al Gore sat down to explain how civilization is unlikely to survive the next century, he stated the need for "serious political reform, a Web-driven social movement, and the best available telecommunication and clean energy technologies in the days ahead." To him, and many leaders in the environmental professional community, it's no longer about the science of it all; we already have all the technology required to resolve every existing critical issue.
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Office Noise: Can We Talk?
Research Design Connections
Researchers developing a survey that can be used to assess worker response to the soundscape in their workplace determined that "noise levels measured in open [work] spaces… rarely exceed 65 dB(A)." Not noise levels, but "intelligible conversations represent the main source of noise annoyance; moreover, overall noise level is not related to this annoyance." Efforts to reduce the likelihood of overhearing conversations are clearly important.
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Challenges and Opportunities in Psychiatric Healthcare Design
After decades of limited change, a renewed interest exists around the country in providing new, and better, facilities for the care of the mentally ill. Decades of severe supply and demand shortfalls in this sector have led to a moment when the problem can no longer be ignored. In addition to changes in the Affordable Care Act, Congress passed legislation requiring Mental Health Parity. This trend has an interesting subplot. Beyond a focus on more spaces for psychiatric care, there is an energy behind the need for better spaces for psychiatric care.
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Steelcase Names Winning Design for Classroom of the Future
Interior Design
Winner Emma Montgomery of Kansas State University modeled her idea on the concept of "urban porosity," which encompasses the principles of collaboration, transparency, and flexibility. Understanding the importance of both individual and collaborative workspaces, her proposal showed areas for a variety of social interactions, ranging from cafés, to quieter, "heads-down" study areas.
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Students: The Future Architects of Learning Spaces
Target Commercial Interiors
When it comes to designing learning spaces, you would think students and instructors were included in the design process, along with architects, interiors designers, construction heads, and, of course, the education institution's administration. But very often, teachers have to deal with the existing design of their teaching rooms, and tailor their lessons to it.
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Modern Hotels with Funky Furniture via USA Today
Popular elements of modern design include clean interiors with unadorned walls, minimal decor accents (or none at all), natural materials, raised furniture, and bare floors. Travel site shares some of its favorite, super-chic spots that stretch the boundaries of great modern design.
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What Can Office Design Learn from the World Around Us?
In "Life of Work: What Office Design Can Learn from the World Around Us," office furniture company HAWORTH partners with Designboom to share insights into the workplace, and how it has evolved from something more static into an active, modular condition.
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Proxemics: Getting a Better Handle on the Psychology of Office Design
Workplace Insight
Buildings greet us in many ways, and we respond to those greetings in very human ways. So much so, in fact, that we should take account of the psychological factors that can mean the difference between a successful or failed office design.
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