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Interior Designers Make Employment Gains
Michael J. Berens
After declining slightly in 2012, interior design employment is once again on the rise. According to the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of employed interior designers nationwide increased by 7.3 percent between May 2012 and May 2013, from 40,750 to 43,710. This represents the largest jump in interior design employment since the start of the design boom in 2005, when more than 3,000 designers were added to the employment rolls — although the total number is still well below the 2008 peak of 53,290.
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Twitter Competition Connects Winners with Industry VIPs
ASID
Have you registered yet for the Design to Lead Summit taking place May 2 – 3 in Atlanta? Now there's an extra incentive to get involved: the ASID Design to Lead Twitter Challenge. Registered attendees who use the #DesignToLead hashtag most frequently in Twitter posts during April 22 – 28 win an exclusive opportunity to sit down with thought leaders at a VIP event during the Summit. Only those who have registered for the Design to Lead Summit are eligible to participate in the Twitter challenge — so register today and start tweeting!
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Enhance Your ICFF Experience, More Than 20 Education Sessions to Choose From
ASID
A new partnership between ICFF and ASID provides over 20 educational sessions developed and managed by ASID and approved by the Interior Design Continuing Education Council (IDCEC). The program, ASID at the ICFF, taking place May 17 – 20, will provide an array of opportunities led by some of the industry's leading authorities on design. Each session is approved for 0.1 CEU. Sign up to attend this year's ICFF via the complimentary trade registration, ending May 13, and register for ASID-ICFF seminars.
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Upcoming Legislative Symposia Offer Designers a Voice in Policy Discussions
ASID
The upcoming ASID Legislative Symposia events, planned May 9 – 10 in Orlando and June 7 in New York City, will help you understand current design legislation and will offer you a voice in the policy discussions that affect the profession. Attendees will participate in educational exchanges to gain first-hand knowledge of state-level grassroots movements, lobbying efforts and coalition management, as well as information about important legislation affecting designers — in your state and nationwide. Join your colleagues in advocating for the industry — and earn 0.4 CEU at the same time. For more information, contact us at gpa@asid.org.
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Celebration 2014: The Most Notable Design Event of the Year
ASID
Join the Society for Celebration 2014: The ASID Design Awards gala on Saturday, June 21, at Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles to honor the 2014 award winners and the profound impact design has on the human experience. The gala will feature private tours of the Paramount grounds, fabulous food, an open bar and entertainment. Designers and design-lovers alike are invited to attend. Tickets are available for $200 per person for a limited time. Prices will increase beginning May 21 and no at-the-door tickets will be available, so purchase your ticket online today!
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High Point Highlights
Interior Design
Smartly scaled upholstery, modern-minded metallics and intriguing wall decor were among the takeaways at the April edition of the High Point Market. The biannual furnishings fest for the residential set continues to attract strong turnout from interior designers, who traverse the sprawling show alongside the event's chief constituents in the retail sphere.
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Q&A with Katherine Darnstadt of Latent Design: Part One
The Public Dialogue
The Public Dialogue's Amy Ress sat down with Katherine Darnstadt, the founder of Latent Design — one of the most active and impactful firms in The 1%. How, as the leader of a small firm, does she integrate pro bono into a sustainable business model?
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Homepolish Makes Bespoke Interior Design Exciting and Incredibly Easy
JustLuxe
Wanting to change the face of interior design, Homepolish was born to bring excitement and fun back to the process. Doing everything from basic redecorations to huge-scale renovations, the bespoke online company works with designers all across America to make high-end design easier and more accessible.
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Ellen DeGeneres to Launch Design Competition Series
The Hollywood Reporter
Ellen DeGeneres is getting into the cable business. The talk show host and producer is teaming with cable network HGTV to launch a furniture design competition series set to air in 2015.
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Frank Lloyd Wright Tower Opens for Public Tours
The Associated Press via Artesia News
Frank Lloyd Wright fans will get their first look at one of his most unusual buildings, an industrial tower with a tree-like design, when a home products company opens its former research and development center to the public this spring.
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Indoor Lighting and Its Effects on Emotions
Jeannea Jones
Lighting levels impact many aspects of human performance such as vision, cognition and mood, thus the effects on productivity in the workplace or learning in a classroom environment cannot be dismissed without impact.
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Reframing the Value of Design and Restructuring Fees
ICON Online
The design profession is constantly evolving, and many firms are responding by adding innovative services to their scope and experimenting with alternate fee strategies commensurate with value delivered.
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Best Ways to Monetize Your Blog
Interior Design Community
Most people assume that advertisements are the only source of income for bloggers. Advertisements are indeed a great source, but they are not the only key to making money off your blog.
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What Kind of Branding Does Your Design Business Need?
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If you're thinking about hiring a graphic designer or brand expert to create your logo, website and marketing materials — read this first.
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How to Grab Your Audience with a Killer Blog Post
Officing Today
When companies started up their own blogs, no one really understood why. Some thought it was a good way to air their wares. Others believed it could help them to connect with a wider audience. And a few cottoned on simply because their competitors were doing it. Today, it's a different story. Content marketing is huge, and blogs are right at the core of it all.
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Even Good Employees Hoard Great Ideas
Harvard Business Review
One of the most heated debates involving innovation revolves around how to best incentivize people to develop and implement new ideas. Research on this issue offers a wide range of conclusions.
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Innovation Elixir: What Kitchens, Baths and Bedrooms May Look Like in a Decade
Dallas Business Journal
We know technology is changing everything around us, but do you wonder what that might look like in practice, in the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom a decade from now? General Electric Co. offers a glimpse of its innovators' view of the future in a project called "Home 2025."
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10 Home Feature Trends for 2014
CBS MoneyWatch
Homes being built today are a reflection of buyers' demands about how homes look and how they function. Rooms are combined where they were once separate; small homes have morphed into McMansions; the kitchens have islands; the bathrooms no longer look like closets and the closets now look like whole rooms.
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Exploring the Benefits of Skylights
AZoBuild.com
Earth Day is a perfect time for homeowners looking for a green method to bring more natural light and passive ventilation into homes to consider solar-powered, fresh air skylights. Homes that utilize skylights in combination with vertical windows to provide adequate levels of daylight tend to be more energy efficient, according to a study commissioned by VELUX America.
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Make Your Environment "Losing-Friendly"
Sooner or Lighter
The right environment can change its inhabitants' habits — and thus affect their weight. In this article, the Weight Watchers of Maine offers a room-by-room plan for environmental management geared to maximize healthy living.
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Interior Designers Make Employment Gains
Michael J. Berens
After declining slightly in 2012, interior design employment is once again on the rise, according to the most recent figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Top Five Reasons Why Homeowners Renovate
Christina Mogk
When homeowners want to upgrade or redesign their existing spaces, according to Houzz, odds are high that their renovation desire stems from one of five root causes.

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Seven Retailers Offer Benefits to the Trade
The Editor at Large
Retail shopping offers many advantages such as longer hours, in-stock inventory and artful merchandising — and has become an important option for designers.

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10 Earth-Friendly Building Materials for Earth Day
Green Building Elements
Borrowing from Discovery.com's 2012 top 10 list of natural building materials, here are 10 earth-friendly building materials, some old and some new.
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Demand for Green Interiors Rising
Archita Datta Majumdar
It's often said that charity should begin at home. What better way to do that than by opting for green interiors? Sustainable and eco-friendly interior design is climbing up the popularity charts, displaying increasing awareness and concern for the environment.
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As sustainability becomes a greater concern across all fields, advances in materials technology and design mean aesthetics are no longer sacrificed for a reduced carbon footprint.
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Could Offices Change from Sitting to Standing?
BBC
Medical research has been building for a while now, suggesting constant sitting is harming our health — potentially causing cardiovascular problems or vulnerability to diabetes. We can't simply fix it by heading for the gym. This has big implications not just for homes but also for sedentary workplaces, especially the modern office.
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Glitz and Green
Chicago Tribune
When a pair of stylish shop owners moved into a city neighborhood that mimics a leafy suburb, they planned interiors around the goal of bringing friends into their new domestic world.
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Flagship as Clubhouse
VMSD
Shopping is no longer about looking for what you need — it's about procuring a lifestyle. Retailers need to figure out how to make each store a mini-brand clubhouse — each the local chapter of the overarching national organization. Not every store needs to be a destination, but if retailers want to get customers into their stores, they have to create an environment that's different.
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Tackling Sound in the Open-Plan Office
Metropolis
First there was the cubicle. Then there was the backlash to the cubicle. Then there was the backlash to the backlash. What people need is to need to create a balance between focus and collaboration. Smart design can accomplish that.
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Proving ROI on Healthcare Design
Healthcare Design
Many healthcare designers are aware of the Fable Hospital, a business case for a theoretical 300-bed, evidence-based design hospital founded on the experiences of some of The Center for Health Design's early Pebble Projects. The concept has generated discussion about the impact of facility design and the opportunities to improve care and outcomes while reducing costs.
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