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The Top Five Issues Affecting Interior Design Today
Inhabitat
Interior design is undergoing its most drastic transformation since the sustainable design revolution of the 1990s. Advances made in creative methods, the application of data, neuroscience and health, and building performance are demanding new interior design leadership. Designers who have mastered the skills to create functional and beautiful spaces are reshaping the interior landscape, from historic preservation and adaptive re-use to innovation in newly constructed spaces to meet the needs of changing working-and-living prototypes. So what's next for interior design? Here is a list of the top five game-changing issues affecting the industry today.

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Hospitality Design the Focus at HD Expo, May 13-15 in Las Vegas
ASID
Presented by Hospitality Design magazine in association with ASID, the HD Expo will showcase the newest and most innovative products and services and will provide inspiration and networking opportunities for hospitality design professionals. ASID will introduce two can't-miss sessions during the conference:

Wednesday, May 13 Thursday, May 14
Brand New: Lifestyle Game Changers Community Builders: Expanding the Meaning of Sustainable Design
1:30-2:30 p.m. 3-4 p.m.

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Apply by April 30 for an ASID Foundation Scholarship
ASID Foundation
The ASID Foundation awards scholarships of up to $5,000 to undergraduate students, graduate students, and educators for their outstanding work in interior design research, behavioral science, business practice, design process, theory, and more.

Apply today — deadline is April 30.


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Celebration 2015 — The ASID Awards Gala
ASID
Join ASID at this exclusive event to honor the individuals and organizations that are transforming lives through design and celebrate the Society's 40th anniversary.

When: July 18, 7-11:30 p.m.
Where: Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Tickets include access to the red carpet cocktail reception, the dinner and awards show, and the exclusive after-party. Purchase your tickets today!


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CEUs and More at ASID at ICFF, May 16–19
ASID
Don't miss the expanded ASID Education Series at ICFF in New York, May 16-19. The Society will bring together thought leaders and industry experts to present insightful content throughout ICFF, including sessions on business practices, the impact of design on health and wellness, housing trends, materials, and more. Register today.

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Invest in Your Business Now! Accelerate Studio in Charlotte, April 30
ASID
Don't miss your chance to join ASID and Steve Nobel of NOBELINKS in Charlotte for an exclusive ASID Accelerate Studio event on April 30. Accelerate Studio was developed to provide small business owners with the tools they need to build successful, sustainable businesses. The workshop will prepare you to take your design business to the next level of professionalism and profit. Learn more and register today.

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Calling All Students and Recent Grads! ASID Career Exchange at ICFF
ASID
Are you a student or recent grad? Travel to ICFF on May 19 to network with leading architecture and design firms, manufacturers, and established designers. Within 90 minutes, you will engage in multiple 10-minute conversations with reviewers to learn about the interior design profession and/or receive a resume/portfolio critique. Register today.

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Create Green Interiors through Design
ASID
The ASID REGREEN Implementation Workshop is on the road and stopping in Houston and Honolulu this spring. Join us and learn to provide environmentally-respectful interiors through design and gain key information for residential renovations and small commercial projects. REGREEN is the nation's first and most comprehensive green residential remodeling program, and is part of the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program. The workshop offers 0.8 HSW CEU (IDCEC), which can also be used for LEED CMP.

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Business Savvy Is Essential to Success — Get Yours Today
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Business Strategy Solutions, a series of online, interactive courses developed by Steve Nobel of NOBELINKS, will guide seasoned design professionals and those new to the industry through the vital steps to building successful businesses: setting your intentions, attracting clients, managing projects, and sustaining your practice. The series provides the flexibility you need to work at your own pace, on your own time, and offers practical advice to apply to your business immediately. Learn more and register today.

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Two Days Left — Apply for a Daltile Scholarship Today!
ASID
Imagine What's Possible. Design with a Greater Purpose. The Daltile Interior Design Scholarship, presented by the ASID Foundation, challenges applicants to select a charity or non-profit to take on as a pro-bono client and to explore the design issues the client faces within their current location. The scholarship awards more than $25,000 in prizes, and is accepting applications through April 26. Learn more.

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Report: More Design Jobs Added in 2014
Michael J. Berens
Employers hired 1,300 more interior designers between May 2013 and May 2014, bringing the total number of employed designers to 45,010, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. While far from peak employment — which reached 53,290 in 2008 — the number of employed designers is the highest since 2010. Overall, employment grew by 3 percent during the period covered, notably slower than the 7.3 percent growth achieved during the previous 12-month period.

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Slowing Growth in Home Renovations Should Stabilize by Year's End
Joint Center for Housing Studies
The healthy gains in residential remodeling activity estimated for 2014 and the first part of 2015 are expected to decelerate, but then gain a little more traction by the end of the year, according to the latest Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. The LIRA projects annual spending for home improvements will increase a more modest 2.9 percent in 2015.

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A Majority of A&D Firms Are Considering Mergers and Acquisitions
Architect
Research consulting firm Zweig Group has released a report that found a rise in the number of architecture and planning firms considering a merger or acquisition in the coming years. The survey also found that 78 percent of architecture and interiors firms, and 68 percent of all participating firms, reported that their strategic plans for the next five years include either a merger or an acquisition. The number of firms that are considering acquisitions has increased every year from 30 percent to 42 percent from 2012 to 2015, indicating a growing economy.

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What's the Value of Research in the Creative Design Process?
Healthcare Design
Perhaps partly due to a misconception that research produces pre-prescribed "answers," some worry that research could trivialize the role of the designer and dampen design intuition. The reality is that research provides evidentiary input that requires knowledgeable interpretation and creative application in design—and, hopefully, such a research-engaged process will lead to better design.

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2015 Trends in Action: Healthcare Architecture
Dunn-Edwards Paints
As part of an ongoing research study into the world of design trends, Dunn-Edwards showcases the latest in healthcare architecture. Highlighting four themes — Symbolic, Intelligent, Materiality, and Minimalist — these key trends display what is trending in the field of healthcare design today.

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How Scary Is Your Cash Flow?
Design Success University
Cash flow planning is scary if you don't do it regularly. A few designers lately have reported their cash flow is very low right now. There are many reasons for that trend.

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Meritocracy and Merit-Based Compensation
DesignIntelligence
In its simplest terms, meritocracy means providing employees with better compensation and opportunities to advance as they do more for the company. Typically, a meritocracy is referred to as pay for performance. A true meritocracy in the workplace doesn't place any sort of premium on employees with tenure or past job title — all that really matters is ability and performance.

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Qualifying Potential Clients on the First Phone Call
Design Biz Blueprints
While it's exciting to get leads from your online listings, these leads are completely unqualified, and it's important to determine if they're a true potential client before offering a free visit for the potential project. The key to gathering all the information you need before deciding to meet with them is having a good new client interview template. Here are some tips on how to go about this.

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12 Truths About Your Best Interior Design Prospects
Fred Berns
You work hard to get your best interior design prospects to know you, but do you know them? Perhaps not, if you're unaware they need you. They're clueless about how to furnish their new space, or stressed about how to make their current space work. They don't waste time muddling through the multitude of online interior design buying options. They need your expertise to help them avoid costly mistakes — and they need it now.

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Investment by Homeowners in Kitchen and Bath Design Continues
K+BB
As the housing recovery continues, homeowners' investment in their kitchens and bathrooms remains a key focus. Kitchens in particular have solidified their standing as the center of operations within the home. These are among the major findings from the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Home Design Trends Survey for the fourth quarter of 2014.

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Drone Deliveries and Augmented Recipes: Ikea's Kitchen of the Future
International Business Times
The kitchen of the future will have a single work surface that recognizes everything you put on it and has a projector above, beaming recipe ideas and cooking instructions down onto it. Hot on the heels of the Moley cooking robot, the concept — created by Ikea, Ideo, and industrial design students — is a glimpse at what our kitchens could look like in 2025.

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Open the Tap on New Kitchen and Bath Faucet Designs
Remodeling
A lot goes on in kitchens and bathrooms, but very little that doesn't involve water. These new faucet designs offer style and function across all price ranges, for some of the most-used fixtures in the house.

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Luxury Impresses in Small Kitchens
Kitchen & Bath Design News
Mention the words "luxury kitchen" and the phrase may conjure up pricey appliances, posh tile, and expensive countertop materials, set amidst an enormously vast expanse that vaguely resembles a place where people might actually cook. However, when KBDN asked several designers about how they creatively add luxury to kitchens on the smaller end of the square-foot spectrum, conversations moved beyond simply throwing a bunch of high-priced products into a plan and calling it a day.

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Composite Wood Panels: The Big Green Picture
Interiors & Sources
No matter the form a finished product takes — from solid wood furniture, to hardwood plywood wall panels, or composite panel-based commercial fixtures — the inherent strength and resilience of wood fiber delivers strength, workability, performance, and value. The basic nature of this material makes composite wood panels one of the best environmental choices you can make for furniture, fixtures, and interiors.

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New Homes Increasingly Offer Efficiency, Sustainable Features
K+BB
During New Homes Month in April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is showing how new homes increasingly offer the energy-efficient features homebuyers seek. Surveys indicate that efficiency is among the most-wanted features of homebuyers, and that builders are responding to this demand.

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Builders' Favorite Sustainable Brands
Ecobuilding Pulse
Every year, BUILDER magazine surveys those in the building industry across the country to find what brands are most trusted by builders. The study highlights which brands are most familiar, most used, and pinpoints the highest quality rating for every product category. Here are some of the sustainable brands making their way into millions of homes.

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Workplace Wellness: How Buildings Shape Our Health and Habits
WorkDesign Magazine
There's no question that buildings are particularly crucial to our health. The proliferation of profound statistics on occupant activity and well-being points to the undeniable impact of the built environment on every aspect of our lives, including their length. As consumer demand for transparency shifts the real estate value proposition toward more occupant-centered design, new standards are forming for measuring not just building sustainability, but also how buildings impact people's health and well-being. The availability of metrics and data, occupant awareness, and cross-industry provocation have all increased as well, prompting a greater demand for more comprehensive sustainability standards that account for the health of humans in buildings.

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How Restaurant Design Transforms a Space
Inside Scoop SF
What is good restaurant design? It's more than polished wood tables, unique chandeliers, and wide plank floors. It supports the character of the food, and it creates a fun atmosphere.

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Exploring Modern Retail Design
Sourceable
From retail to supermarkets, this infographic explores some of the world's best modern designs.

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Can't Focus in Your Open Office? New Cocoon Tunes Out Distractions
Fast Company's Co.Exist
What if, instead of crouching over your desk in an open office, you could kick back in a cocoon-like space where no one could sneak up behind you and start talking? At the very least, you'd probably be more productive. Steelcase, the office furniture company, will soon be making such a space.

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Stress, Performance, and Workplace Design
GenslerOn Work
Gensler's Financial Services Firm's practice area is investigating the connection between stress, performance, and workplace design — and they've focused on a notorious hotbed of stress: the trading floor.

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Furnishings That Create A Positive Emotional Experience
Ted Kennedy on LinkedIn
In previous decades, hospital furnishings have been considered a necessary expense, and institutional products were brought in to facilitate the need. In recent years, experimental studies have shown that patient environments have an impact on the patient's emotional experience and healing.

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