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What Your Email Says About Your Brand
Fast Company
Do you cringe when you see a Hotmail address? Laugh at terrible email signatures? It's time to take a closer look at email as a branding opportunity; here are some of the best and the worst.
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Check out our new blog, ASID ICON Online! In addition to the latest issue of the magazine, the site features guest blogs addressing issues affecting the interior design profession, product reviews, Q&A's with industry experts, Society and industry news and more. So bookmark asid.org/icon and follows us on Twitter @ASID.
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Pin It to Win It with the Dwell on Design Pin-spiration Competition
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Announcing an exclusive contest for ASID members! Using a distinct color theme, create a Pinterest board showcasing your personal design philosophy to the @DwellonDesign Pinterest page by April 3. The top ten selected designers will receive an invitation to showcase their board in the ASID Pinterest Pavilion at Dwell on Design, June 21-23 in Los Angeles. For more information and to enter, visit dwellondesign.com/designer-competition.
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ASID Presents our 2013 Environmental Scanning Report
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Full of essential information, including forecasts and economic trends, this report provides an in-depth look at today's "new" economy and helps you determine what is changing so that you can better plan for the evolution of your business. To forecast your business strategies and plan for the future, download your copy of the Environmental Scanning Report today. (Free for members, $25 for non-members)
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In Search of the $100 House
Architectural Record
A growing movement is afoot, centered on designing extremely low-cost permanent shelters for people worldwide who lack adequate housing but still want to arrange their dwellings to suit their family and their living habits.
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What Matters to Homebuyers?
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Price and proximity to work are key concerns for first-time homebuyers, while trade-up buyers tend to be most focused on the design of the home and the neighborhood, according to "Characteristics of Home Buyers," an analysis of the recently released 2011 American Housing Survey by the National Association of Home Builders.
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Pastel Power
STIR
Pastels have re-emerged as a bright, airy, calming option in retail, healthcare and residential settings. Designers are turning the age-old pastel misconceptions on their heads and crafting unique interiors rich in pastels.
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Designers: Mind Your Language
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As interior designers strive for the professional recognition merited by their training and expertise, they constantly come up against those who seek to diminish the role of designers — often without even realizing that is what's happening. The surprising thing is, those who perpetuate this are all-too-likely to be designers themselves!
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Designers: Mind Your Language
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As interior designers strive for the professional recognition merited by their training and expertise, they constantly come up against those who seek to diminish the role of designers

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ASID Quarterly Interior Design Billings Index Slips
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While quarterly billings slipped slightly, an Inquiry index of 54.4 in December 2012 implies that a greater percentage of respondents expect to experience growth in the coming months.

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Better Outdoor Kitchens: Tips to Keep in Mind
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Designers weigh in on the evolution of outdoor kitchens, what indoor kitchen designers bring to the outdoor table and how to capture the business opportunities represented by outdoor kitchens.

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Resource Libraries: A Fresh Start
ASID ICON
A robust resource library can streamline and strengthen any designer's workflow. But how do you develop a resource library that will work for your business?
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Do You Suffer from Pricing Panic?
Design Biz Blueprint
Do you get fearful when you need to quote your design fee because it seems like a crazy-big number? Are you afraid to say it out loud? Don't worry, you are not alone in this feeling. But you must recognize it and deal with it in order for your business to thrive.
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Those Grammar Gaffes Will Get You
Harvard Business Review
People see your language as a reflection of your competence. If you make mistakes in your emails, reports and other documents, you may come across as uneducated and uninformed.
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The Beach House Rules
Interior Design
Zoning rules in beachfront communities can affect every aspect of a home. In this case study, a team shows how to blend materials into a landscape and integrate beach houses — inside and out — into their surroundings.
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The Next Generation of Senior Living
Interiors & Sources
There's really no other way to say it: We, as a society, are getting older. This has caused an increased demand for senior housing, which (in theory) points to improved business prospects for the design industry.
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With its simple lines and aggressive angles, the bold and beautiful Petra freestanding tub claims the focal point of any bathroom. Handcrafted in MTI’s Engineered Solid Stone™ material, Petra is available as a soaking tub or air bath.
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Pushing the Boundaries of Functionality
Kitchen & Bath Design News
With the kitchen as a hotbed of activity, sinks and faucets are featuring new technology to meet increasing demands while still addressing the ever-present desire for aesthetically pleasing styles.
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Portable Guide to 2012 Residential Code
ForResidentialPros.com
Answers to the most frequently asked residential construction jobsite code questions can now be found in a guide published by the National Association of Home Builders and the International Code Council.
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Living with Less
TreeHugger
Graham Hill's recent article has stirred up a lot of interest in minimalist living. Here are some of TreeHugger's best stories on the subject.
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HPD: The Chairman's Point of View
Metropolis
As head of the Health Product Declaration Collaborative, Peter C. Syrett comes to the project with a robust track record. Here he gives some thoughtful answers to questions about what HPD is doing and how it's going about making our built environment healthier for all who live and work in it.
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Energy Efficiency Upgrades Could Improve Occupant Health
Ecobuilding
Both healthcare costs and the amount of money spent on energy continue to rise. But improving the way the A&D industry provides energy upgrades to buildings can reduce not only dependence on fossil fuels, but also healthcare costs.
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The Impact of the Aging Population on Acute Care Facilities
Healthcare Design
The need for elder-friendly, geriatric-focused environments is growing — along with a variety of questions and concerns about these healthcare facilities and how they can address the specific physical, emotional and social needs of this demographic.
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New School Facilities Build Space for Blended Learning
Education Week
The teaching approach that combines online and face-to-face instruction is now having an impact on school building design.
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Retrofitting Suburbia
SmartPlanet
From Austin, Texas, to Washington, D.C., cities are already converting unused strip malls into libraries and dead suburban malls into college campuses. The future could be even more innovative.
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Reduce, Reuse, Reconfigure
Interiors & Sources
To leaders in healthcare design, sustainability is becoming synonymous with flexibility and adaptability, with a number of factors driving the movement — the biggest among them an insurmountable rate of change in technology and medical practice that renders healthcare spaces obsolete faster than facility owners can redesign them.
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