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ASID Billing Index Posts Positive First Quarter 2013
ICON Online
From increased demand in housing, to rising consumer confidence, recent headlines have heralded a return to positive momentum in the economy and the quarterly ASID Billings and Inquiries Index shows similar growth.
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Going to NeoCon? RSVP Now for the ASID Society Social
ASID
Join ASID and Poggenpohl on Monday, June 10, from 6 – 8 p.m. for our Society Social. After a busy first day at NeoCon, you'll enjoy this opportunity to rest and refresh with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Catch up with colleagues, chat with the ASID Board of Directors and staff, and browse all that Poggenpohl has to offer. Please RSVP to this complimentary event by clicking here.
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ASID Provides Discounted Hotel Rates for Dwell — Only One Hotel Left!
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Planning to travel to L.A. next month for Dwell on Design? Rooms are going fast, but ASID has a special group rates available for a limited time, so book your hotel soon! The L.A. Hotel Downtown (Hyatt Regency) is offering standard rooms for $179 (plus tax) per night and suites for $209 (plus tax) per night. This newly renovated hotel is conveniently located less than a mile from the L.A. Convention Center, with easy access to transportation. Reservations can be made online or by calling (888) 771-1133 and asking for the "ASID Group Rate." Don't miss out on these great rates — book ASAP!
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Follow Us Live at NeoCon Next Week
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Whether you attend NeoCon in person and want to keep up with what's happening on and off the tradeshow floor or just want to see what you're missing, ASID will keep you informed! Follow us on Twitter, like our Facebook page and make sure to vote for your favorite Portrait Project pic, and bookmark ICON Online for the latest show floor, ed session and event happenings!
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Countdown to NeoCon13
ICON Online
NeoCon is just a few days away, and the excitement for the premier of new and innovative designs — from furniture and furnishings, to architectural products, artwork and accessories, lighting and tools — is building! ASID returns to NeoCon this year with numerous opportunities for you to engage with us, your colleagues and the industry.
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NeoCon 2013: Look Book
Interior Design
What will you see at NeoCon 2013? From accessories to wallcoverings, Interior Design offers a preview of the offerings to be found at the upcoming event.
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Guerrilla Truck Show Lines the Streets of Chicago
The Editor at Large
If you've been to Chicago during NeoCon in the past nine years, you may have seen a line of nearly 60 parked trucks lining Fulton Market and Aberdeen streets featuring the latest ideas in furniture design and art. This year, the Guerrilla Truck show is back again, helping emerging designers and furniture makers showcase their products at a low cost.
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Single-Family, Multifamily Spending Up; Remodeling Declines Again
NAHB Eye on Housing
Total private residential construction spending decreased a negligible 0.1 percent on a month-over-month basis during April, with the net decline driven by a further decrease in improvement spending. However, total housing-related spending is up 18.8 percent from April 2012 and has increased 35.7 percent from the cycle low point in 2009.
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Kickstarting: An iPhone App to Turn Windows from Clear to Opaque
Fast Company's Co.Design
Blinds are a clumsy technology. And generally, they can't offer privacy to your windows without cutting out light. But a startup named Sonte has a solution: It's Kickstarting a networked digital film that fits over existing windows and turns them from perfectly clear to semi-opaque with the tap of an iPhone.
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Wonderful and Bizarre But (Mostly) Useful Finds at the ICFF Design Show
Yahoo Homes
Yahoo! Homes' editors recently returned from the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City, where they saw tons of out-there designs that are practically guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
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The Bank of Design
Design Biz Blueprint
When your clients ask you to make purchases for them, do you routinely take 50 percent down and get the balance upon delivery? This is, financially speaking, a very precarious position. But some simple tips can help prevent you from falling into this trap.
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Nine Tips to Maximize YouTube's Marketing Potential
Mashable
Most social media strategies involve routine updates on Facebook and Twitter — and if they're particularly ambitious, Instagram and Pinterest. Even if they do create video content, few marketing teams have discovered how to access the full viral potential of YouTube. But a great video, optimized for sharing, can catapult you into trendiness.
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People Hate Reading — But Please Read This
MultiBriefs
Have you ever considered what people want to read when they go to your company website? Figure that out — and deliver it — and you'll increase traffic on your website. There's only one small problem: Analytics show people don't go to a website to read. So how can you engage them while you're educating them?
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Cleaning Up in the Laundry Room
ForResidentialPros.com
Today's laundry rooms are not only bright and airy, they are places where people actually enjoy spending time. They incorporate amenities from other areas of the home and act as gathering spaces. And the desire for these spaces to incorporate high-end design and functionality is definitely on the rise.
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Can Safety be Sexy?
kbtribe
Spoiler alert: We are all aging, and we all have our challenges, be it height, dexterity, vision, mobility. So, don't we all deserve design that enables safety and ease of use? Who says good, safe design can't be sexy? The vision behind AFriendlyHouse.com focuses on beautiful spaces that are safe and healthy for all.
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Living Style: Bringing Colors out of the Shadow
STIR
Considering the source and quality of light in a space is crucial to picking colors for it. The absence of light requires the same level of scrutiny.
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An Alternative to the Sliding Door: 12 Pivot Doors Leading to the Patio
Design Milk
In recent years, patios have morphed into outdoor rooms, used as essential square footage for living, playing and entertaining. Well-designed exterior doors elevate how a patio looks and functions. There are a ton of options: collapsible glass walls, garage doors with an industrial vibe — and the ever-elegant pivot doors.
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Trend Report: Patchwork Home Decor, Four Inspiring Ways
The Nest
Patchwork patterns are in Anthropologie's DNA — and now they're everywhere, from fashion to home decor. Check out these fun ways to incorporate this bohemian, romantic style.
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California Style in the Kitchen: Cabinets, Countertops, Islands and More
Los Angeles Times
L.A. at Home has been developing Home Inspiration galleries to illustrate what Southern Californians have done in their new homes and in their remodeling — from custom cabinetry to Ikea installations, from premium stone to DIY countertops, plus backsplashes galore.
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Infographic: How a Living Building Comes to Life
TreeHugger
The Living Building Challenge is the toughest green standard out there, but it is seriously gaining traction as people get to understand it.
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Intelligent Door Seal Prevents Poor Air Quality
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft via Phys.Org
For a long time, heat insulation was en vogue — and very few were concerned about poor indoor air quality. And yet excess CO2 hampers concentration. Now, researchers have come up with an intelligent door seal system.
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NASA Uses Space-Age Technology for Sustainable Offices
Earth Techling
With the goal of not only reducing the human impact on the site but also improving its environmental quality, NASA's 50,000-square-foot facility at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., uses the latest space-age technology to become one of the greenest government buildings in the country.
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World's Largest Solar-Powered Hospital Opens in Haiti
World Architecture News
A life-altering new hospital 30 miles north of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has been completed as a result of a charitable collaboration of more than 150 organizations, including the American Red Cross, Artists for Haiti and the GE Foundation, overseen by Partners In Health.
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First Quarter 2013 Shows Positive ASID Billing Index
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Recent economic news has been positive, and the quarterly ASID Billings and Inquiries Index shows similar growth.

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Titanic II Set to Sail with Beautiful Interiors
The Examiner
Blue Star Line has appointed Sweden's Tillberg Design as the interior architects and designers for the Titanic II.

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How to Use Pinterest with Clients on a Project
WSI Designer Marketplace
Creating Pinterest boards with clients is a great way to organize inspiration and ideas — and to market your designs.

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How Today's Top Law Firms Design Office Space for Efficiency
The National Law Review
Technological advancements and the recovering economy are indeed changing the needs of today's workforce as well as the need for improved efficiency in commercial office space. With employees and clients in mind, law firms are navigating the delicate balance of blending efficient design and modernizing with elements that permit confidentiality for face-to-face client meetings.
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Quest for Experience
Metropolis
In an increasingly smaller and more wired world, the challenge for hotels today goes beyond the logistics of lodging and now includes illusive and ephemeral offerings.
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Both Loners and Extroverts Will Be Productive in "Office of the Future"
Business Insider
An introvert, an extrovert, and a CEO walk into a bar ... Heard that one before? Probably not (thankfully). But just grouping those three types of people together in a space shows how uncomfortable they all might be. Not everybody works well in the same types of spaces and with different types of people.
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Patient-Centered Design for Hospitals
Healthcare Finance News
As hospital construction has held steady during the downturn, more administrators and healthcare leaders are weighing the benefits of patient-centered design.
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