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ASID Foundation announces 2012 award and scholarship recipients
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Winners of the Winifred Eno Grant, Joel Polsky Academic Achievement Award, Joel Polsky Prize and Foundation Legacy scholarships were announced in June as the ASID Foundation continued its mission to support endeavors that capture and disseminate knowledge, encourage innovation and benefit the health, safety and welfare of the public through interior design research, scholarships and education. More

Are you ready for the future?
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Building Information Modeling might be relatively new, but it's merely a harbinger of things to come, claims futurist consultant Edie Weiner. Rather than a recession, the A&D sector is experiencing a transformation that is leading to a new economy and a new way of doing business, according to a panel of industry experts. More

Construction industry market confidence steady
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For many in the industry, the construction market seems to have stabilized and is beginning to show signs of life. However, there are concerns among owners, both public and private, about the availability of funds to launch new capital programs. So the construction industry believes any significant rebound will not come until 2013. More

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Making our own good news
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If 2011 was the year of the roller coaster, 2012 is turning out to be the year of the cliffhanger as markets continue to fluctuate. Yet despite the continuing economic uncertainty, the news for the interior design industry has been mostly positive — until now. Is this a bubble or the first indications of a real recovery? More

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Creative class theory short on proof
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In the first issue of the Twin Cities' new magazine, Thirty Two, an award-winning travel writer named Frank Bures has written a rather long analysis of Richard Florida's creative class theory of urban revitalization. Bures marshals a host of studies that have cast doubt on, if not debunked, Florida's theory. More

Intelligent and sustainable design for people
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Intelligent buildings need to be sustainable, healthy and technologically up to date; meet regulatory demands; meet the needs of the occupants; and be flexible and adaptable enough to deal with change. Intelligent buildings should increase well-being by providing a favorable multisensory experience. More

2 views of what's next in hospitality design
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Trends in hospitality design play out differently in different countries. Here's a same-but-different take on upcoming fashions in hospitality taken from two recent trends forums. More

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A house for looking smart
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The idea of curling up with a good book has come to mean flipping on an e-reader, not flipping through the pages of a leather-bound novel in a book-lined room. Yet the home library is on the rise, having become something of a cerebral status symbol. More

Designing a divided exam room
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A divided exam room is a variation of the standard medical exam room that is drawing interest in clinic space planning. It offers a multi-use space with all the features of a traditional exam room — but it includes an area for consultation, counseling and education. More

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5 steps to choosing healthier, greener furniture
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Furniture constantly touches our skin and can emit VOCs directly into our breathing zones. These five steps will help you make safer, greener choices in furnishings. More

Current and upcoming home trends
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Trends are jumping from fashion on the streets to fashion in home interiors. From American vintage to graphic and modern (reminiscent of intricately designed T-shirts), these are the waves of the future. More

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Improving market leads to larger home sizes, more enhancements    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the struggling housing market shows signs of improvement, there has been a reversal in the 6-year trend toward smaller home sizes. This is the case for custom and luxury homes, as well as for additions to existing homes. A preference for outdoor living, especially blended indoor/outdoor living, continues to increase, along with strong demand for accessible and flexible home layout. More

SOS for emergency department design
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Demographic pressure and regulatory issues are pushing the need for geriatric emergency departments. What will this mean for the health care design team? What changes will need to be made to accommodate a population that requires a different type and delivery of care than other patients? More

The kitchen in transition
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There's a new "it" style in the kitchen, according to NKBA's 2012 Design Trends Survey. For the first time in the survey's history, designers reported that transitional was the most often requested type of design, with contemporary a close second. The translates to a cabinetry that embraces simplicity and an eclectic attitude. More

The future of call center design
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Because of the nature of the work done in a call center, it is difficult to evolve much from the standard design of an oversized room packed with rows of desks and chairs. However, while that format might be the most widely accepted design solution for call centers, a few developments can be considered when it comes to planning how the actual user can function more effectively within the space. More

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Take a creation, not a vacation
Peggy Oberlin Interiors    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Why do interior designers make time for a vacation but not a creation? Have you spent enough time developing your own gifts? If you took even a week away from your "real life" to focus fully on the things that drive your creative passion, it could bring not only a re-energized spirit but also financial rewards. More

Do you work in your sleep?
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Do you work while you are sleeping? Does your mind create furniture layouts while you are trying to rest? Do you count colors and patterns instead of sheep? Sleep is an essential part of good health, but many designers are losing out on the benefits because they don't know how to "turn it off" and let the brain take a break from designing. More

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How to get noticed in the industry
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In a recent panel discussion playfully titled "Design File: Outside the Box," Campion Platt, Alexa Hampton, Susanna Salk and David Scott joined forces to discuss ways they have advanced their brands in today's society. More

Brilliant conversationalist pricing method: Raise rates without trying
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Using a simple worksheet and the power of conversation, you can find the true value of your services — which could help you reset your prices to a higher level without even trying. More

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Don't let the graphics guy mess with your message    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A disaster waiting to happen: That's what it's called when interior designers count on graphic designers to come up with wording for their websites. Interior designers waste thousands — maybe millions — of dollars each year hiring graphic designers to come up with the language as well as the "look" of their sites. They assume since the graphics grab you, the words will, too. Bad assumption. More

Post-production trends in 3-D visualizations
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Post-production might well be the most underappreciated part of creating 3-D visualizations. It gives you the power to easily make some changes: put in the sky you like, add some dirt, make the colors more vibrant and even correct some little mistakes in your 3-D mesh. More
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