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Green Design Trends at International Builders' Show
Chicago Real Estate Forum
At the 2013 International Builders' Show in Las Vegas, those browsing the showroom floor might have noticed even more energy efficient items available than in the past. Saving energy is in — and money-draining appliances are out.
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ASID Invites You to Experience Our Impact Report
ASID
ASID is continually focused on not only emphasizing the benefits of our Society but the importance of design on the world around us, both as a potential profession and to potential clients. Our new Impact Report highlights ASID achievements throughout 2012 and our plan for the future, illustrating the immense community of interior designers and the breadth of impact we continue to have.
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Researching Home: Evidence-Based Residential Design
ASID
Applying scientific evidence in home design will differentiate you from your peers and can justify charging premiums for your services. The ASID Foundation has now published the first professional guide to evidence-based design for residential designers, authored by environmental psychologist, Dr. Sally Augustin, and Barbara Miller, ASID. To download a free copy, click here.
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Call for Journal Submissions
ASID
ASID members are invited to share their knowledge in an article to be published by the International Journal of Designs for Learning. Describe your professional experiences in designing a space where knowledge is imparted and lives are changed. For more information on the journal and its submission guidelines, email guest editor Jill Pable, Ph.D., FIDEC, ASID.
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Homeowners Less Likely to DIY
RemodelOrMove.com via ForResidentialPros
The RemodelOrMove.com Spring 2013 U.S. Remodeling Sentiment Report documents strong growth in higher-end home remodeling projects where a homeowner will hire a general contractor and do little or none of the work themselves. The latest findings show that the influences of the recession are continuing to diminish.
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Architecture for the Rest of Us
WAMU
Radio host Kojo Nnamdi invited three experts — Design Corps executive director Bryan Bell, National Endowment for the Arts design director Jason Schupbach and Hester Street Collaborative executive director Anne Frederick — to discuss a growing movement to tackle social issues through the design and planning process.
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How to Beat Your Competition by Innovating in Ways They Can't Copy
Forbes
Dissect the success of any fast-growing, innovative company, and you will see the same pattern at work: Innovators make choices the competition won't follow.

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Key Accounts to Follow on Pinterest (And What You Can Learn from Them)
Business 2 Community
Whenever you are looking to improve or gain mastery in a particular area, it is always smart to carefully examine the practices of those who are already doing a top-notch job.

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30 Design Apps for 2013
Interiors & Sources
It seems like we all have our faces buried in our smartphones and tablets these days, so why not make some productive use of that time? Interiors & Sources has compiled a listing of some of the coolest, most innovative and just plain handy apps on the market.

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Mobile Phones to Aid Interior Design
PhysOrg
Research into using simple video clips to build up a virtual 3-D environment has won acclaim at the fifth International Conference on Construction Engineering and Project Management. It focuses on technology, and it has applications for the interior design profession.
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Don't Cut the Lighting Budget
World Interior Design Network
After years of the industry championing the issue, the importance of good-quality lighting is getting the recognition that it finally deserves. Whether it is for a retail, leisure or office environment, lighting has a pivotal role to play in enhancing the interior design of a space and supporting the needs of the environment.
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Keys to Getting Your Interior Design Team to Do Things Right
Molloy Management Blog
As you are building your teams to handle the new wave of business this year, you are faced with the challenges associated with getting team members to do what they are supposed to do. As the principal interior designer, it is your job not only to be an amazing designer, but also to also manage and lead your team. Here's how to meet that tall order.
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Color Quizzes: Helpful Shortcut to Your Client's Ideal Hues?
STIR
At the start of a residential project, many designers ask their clients a series of lifestyle questions. It's often a reliable way to determine what design style makes sense for them. But a new trend toward using color character quizzes raises questions. Can knowing people's favorite foods really tell us what colors they want on their walls or which furnishings suit their living rooms?
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3 Simple (and Free) SEO Tips
Inc.
Without optimization, your website will be a tiny speck of salt in a vast — and rapidly expanding — universe. Here's how you can get your website found, even if you're not an expert in SEO.
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12 Essential Negotiating Strategies for Consultants
Fast Company's Co.Design
When first striking out on their own as businesspeople, many consultants and designers don't know how to bargain or strike a deal. Here, experts lay out a plan of attack.
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13 Web Design Trends — And 37 Examples
The Startup Starting Line
Your company can provide second-to-none products and services, but when it comes down to it, your website either lets your customers know you want to do business in this century or reveals that you're stuck in the Dark Ages. If your website seems to be languishing, here are 13 trends and 37 examples to help you dominate online.
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Into the Blue: Calming Colors, Warming Neutrals Headline 2013
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From the various "Color of the Year" pronouncements to the palettes released by forecasting organizations, the color message for 2013 seems to be one of stability, balance, reinvention and even optimism.
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Clear Staircases: A Real Glass Act
Houzz
All-glass stairs, made popular by architect Peter Brohlin's design for the iconic Fifth Avenue Apple Store in New York, have started to show up in many a residence. These stairways are luxury items, often running well north of $100,000. But for those who want a clean, modern interior with the latest materials, assemblies and technologies, a glass stair can't be beat.
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Fumi Masuda Talks Sustainable Design
Inhabitat
Japanese designer Fumi Masuda, director of the EcoDesign Institute and president of Open House Inc., is a leading authority when it comes to sustainability. He recently shared his insights on green design, along with interesting perspectives on the sustainable design market.
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New Way of Designing
Metropolis
In the fifth part of this series, Metropolis reflects on how its in-depth look at the office building of the future has changed the way designers themselves are thinking and working.
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Nonresidential Construction Index Offers Reason for Optimism
FMI Corp. via ForConstructionPros.com
The 2013 First Quarter Nonresidential Construction Index report from FMI shows a slight uptick over the fourth quarter of 2012, reflecting fundamental bright spots. "Optimistic but not bullish" is how one panelist described his outlook on hiring as business continues to grow.
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Game On! Crowdsourcing to Design Better Hospitals
Healthcare Design
Online games are no longer just a hobby for those with lightning-fast fingers and lots of time to fill. These games can also be structured for educational use or to engage multidisciplinary professionals for a very specific purpose. A 24-hour project, "Future for the Hospital," recently showcased the concept of crowdsourcing as more than 600 people offered ideas for hospital design.
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Otherworldly Design Spruces Up Hotel Suite
DesignBuild Source
A secret redesign of one hotel suite has served as a research project to investigate ways to transform generic, could-be-anywhere lodging. Hotel Otherworldly experiments with materiality and decoration to reimagine an existing hotel to Conrad Hilton's standards.
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