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Improving 3-D Printing by Copying Nature
National Geographic
The public imagination has been captured by 3-D printing in recent months, as people have used it to conjure up custom medical devices, a working handgun and even an edible pizza. Biomimicry could make the technology safer and better.
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Last Day to Vote for Your Favorite Pic in the ASID Portrait Project
ASID
Attendees at NeoCon and Dwell had the chance to give their voice to design, on camera, for ASID's Portrait Project. Now it's time to vote for your favorite! Simply go to the ASID Portrait Project Facebook page, and "like" your favorite portrait(s). The participant with the most likes will get a $100 gift card.
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Donate Your AmEx Points to the ASID Foundation
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ASID is excited to announce a new program with the American Express Members Give program, which allows you to make a donation directly to the ASID Foundation by redeeming your American Express® Card points for dollars to use toward a donation. Donations benefit the ASID Foundation and our partnership with The 1%, a nationwide Public Architecture program that challenges designers to commit 1 percent of their time to pro bono service. To learn more or donate, click here.
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Mark Your Calendars for GO PRO/NYC, October 4 – 5
ASID
The much-anticipated third annual GO PRO/NYC will be taking over Manhattan once again, but it has now been moved to the first weekend in October. Mark your calendars for the weekend of Oct. 4–5! Only 100 tickets are sold to GO PRO/NYC, and ASID members are eligible for a discounted registration rate. Stay tuned for more information or visit www.asid.org/gopro.
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Emerging Designers Take Over LA for GO PRO's West Coast Debut
ICON Online
The premier event for emerging interior designers made its debut on the west coast June 21 – 22, under the roof of the LA Convention Center during Dwell on Design, America's largest design event. Using a model that identifies the interests, needs and trends that empower emerging professionals, GO PRO/LA brought together more than 60 designers from across the country for a weekend unlike any other.
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Survey: More Than Half of U.S. Homeowners Plan to Remodel This Summer
CultureMap Dallas
According to the Zillow Digs Summer Home Improvement Trend and Spending Survey, 60 percent of homeowners have remodeling on their summer agendas, including additions. Among the most popular home improvements are outdoor spaces (40 percent) and bathrooms (17 percent), and the median cost per project is $1,200.
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Dwell Launches Vision Awards
The Editor at Large
At the latest Dwell on Design event, held in Los Angeles June 21–23, Dwell Media introduced a new editorial award to honor design visionaries who are moving modern design forward: the Dwell Vision Award, intended to recognize those who are moving modern design forward.
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Houzz Reality Check: New Cost Database for Renovation Projects
TechCrunch
Houzz, the home design platform that reaches 14 million users every month, has launched the Houzz Real Cost Finder, an online database that gives homeowners an idea of what various remodeling projects typically cost in their regions.
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It's National Plants at Work Week
PR Newswire via Sys-Con Media
There's something about plants that most of us love whether it's their flowers or their calming effect. But did you know that plants in the workplace keep us feeling tip-top, calmer and happy, too?
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Death by RFP: Seven Reasons Not to Respond
Inc.
When a potential client issues a Request for Proposal, it can be tempting to throw your hat in the ring. But responding can dilute your brand, undermine your credibility, shave your margin and ultimately devalue your company. Here are seven reasons to take a pass the next time you're invited to respond to an RFP.
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Practical Tips for Documenting Essential Job Responsibilities
MultiBriefs
Ahhh, summer! Time to head to the beach or nearest pool, fire up the grill and enjoy some time away from the office. But wait, what happens to your work responsibilities when you go on vacation? What if you have to take a sick day? Does it all pile up for you to deal with when you return?
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What Every Company Needs to Know About Instagram Video
Fast Company
Hot on the heels of Twitter-owned video app Vine's phenomenal success comes Instagram's latest announcement that video is being introduced to their platform. Instagram is already hugely popular, with more than 130 million users, yet Vine is currently more popular for media sharing on Twitter — but all that is about to change.
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The Four Phrases of Amazing Customer Service
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Want your customers to spread the word about your company? Start by surprising them with the best customer service they've ever gotten.
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Policing Your Productivity: Seven Tools to Help You Focus
Entrepreneur
Being your own boss can also mean policing your productivity. "Willpower isn't enough," says David Ryan Polgar, co-founder of overplugged.org. Time-tracking and distraction-blocking software can help small-business owners boost efficiency and gain control of their day. Here are seven programs that will help you be more productive.
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Tips for Buying Wood Furniture
Dwell
When shopping for wooden furniture pieces that will last a lifetime, it is important to understand exactly how pieces are made and how to care for them prior to your purchase.
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An Interior Designer Takes Her Own Advice
Vail Daily
We all tend to hold onto furniture pieces way past their usefulness. It's easy to tell clients why fresh, new pieces work better than moldy oldies. But one interior designer discovered heeding that advice is not so simple when it's directed at her own home.
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Can a Kitchen Design Make You Fat?
WFMY-TV
Could the way a kitchen is designed be making homeowners fat? Several studies that say "Yes." But how? Seating, spacing — even lighting — play a role.
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Now You See It, Now You Don't: Mirrored Furniture Disappears Before Your Eyes
Architizer
Visible/Invisible, a furniture series by Brooklyn-based designer Takeshi Miyakawa, alternates between solidity and nothingness, depending on where you stand. The pieces — chairs and a table — are composed of mirror-clad acrylic that is then bent and distorted by heat.
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Fashionably Green
Interiors & Sources
The sustainability movement within the architecture and design community is so firmly entrenched that many of us — especially those new to the field — forget that it wasn't always this way. While the global sustainability movement has gained some fashionable allies of late, the A&D community still has a leadership role to play.
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Intelligent Buildings: Green Building is Plugged In
Building Operating Management
A new building in Miami is an example of what can be accomplished when creativity, technology and sustainability are combined as part of an effort to provide green Class A office space. As part of Brickell World Plaza, the building combines high-speed Internet connectivity with sustainability to offer tenants enhanced building intelligence.
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A Declaration of Independence from Foam Plastic Insulation
TreeHugger
There is a revolution going on in green building, being fought in the states and in Congress, as the green building industry tries to minimize the use of plastics made from toxic materials, fossil fuels and flame retardants, while the giant chemical industry and its plastic empire loyalists fight to defend their plastic turf.
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Mind and Body: Designing to Address Cancer Patients' Needs
Health Facilities Management
Health care design requires special expertise from all project professionals. Architects, interior designers and engineers must consider many issues when patient care is involved, but designing facilities specifically for cancer patients elevates that level of expertise due to the many complex issues facing cancer patients and their families.
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Three Lighting Elements that Attract Consumers
Sourceable
In the retail environment, lighting is considered a key element of the interior design of a store or shopping complex, bringing with it the power to affect a customer's mood and length of stay in a store.
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Improving 3-D Printing by Copying Nature
National Geographic
Biomimicry could make the technology behind 3-D printing — a hot trend that has captured the public's imagination — safer and better.

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Do Designers Who Specialize Fare Better?
MultiBriefs
Now that the housing and commercial markets appear to be rebounding, designers will grapple with a perennial choice: To specialize or not to specialize?

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Understanding the New Face of Affluency
ICON Online
Today's well-to-do consumers have a completely different mindset — and a completely different set of expectations for the designers they work with.

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Google Reveals New London "Groundscaper" Headquarters
Reuters
Google has revealed that its new U.K. headquarters is a building longer than the Shard skyscraper is tall. The new site is likely to include a 20,000-square-foot area for bike parking, about the size of seven tennis courts, and a climbing wall between floors, a source close to the project told Reuters.
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Welcome to the New Home Office
The Wall Street Journal
Digitally tethered to our colleagues 24/7, we're tired of logging extra hours alone in home offices — stranded at sterile desks and cut off from our families. It just so happens, the furniture industry is listening.
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