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Want Universal Design? Make Technology More Intuitive
Metropolis
The role of design is to accommodate the needs of people by providing for what they can do. We have to design features into every environment and object that meet the needs of all people as equals, and stop dismissing the "others" by assuming that they're patients and not people.
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Watch Grace Jeffers Present Man Made vs. Natural on Sept. 18 Live Stream
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On Thursday, Sept. 18, you are invited to be a part of The Wilsonart Cre8ivity Tour. Watch live and earn 0.1 CEU credit, as design historian Grace Jeffers defines the blurred line between what is real and what is manufactured in the world of materials. The presentation will begin at 6:30 p.m. (CDT). Use passcode "wilsonart" for complete access. Don't miss the event that you'll want to talk about!
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Pro Bono That Sounds Right: A Design Opportunity in Homestead, Florida
The 1%
WeCount! is a grassroots immigrant and worker rights organization in Homestead, Florida, that empowers Latin American immigrants and farm workers to fulfill their aspirations of justice and equality. Granted an FCC license for a low-power FM radio station, they request interior design expertise to build a soundproof studio. WeCount! is raising funds and members are ready to put in serious sweat equity. Want to get involved and make a difference? Give 1%. As a partner of The 1% program, ASID and its Foundation encourage members to make pro bono service part of their practice.
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ASID Remembers Dan Burton, FASID
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The interior design profession lost an honored member, leader and elected Fellow when Daniel Farrell Burton Sr., FASID, passed away in August. In the early 1970s, he helped convene the first meeting between delegates of the American Institute of Interior Designers and the National Society of Interior Designers, which eventually led to the formation of ASID. He served in many leadership capacities nationally and in Tennessee. Named one of Town & Country magazine's "Top 55 Designers in the United States," Burton's work has been widely published in national and regional shelter magazines. Gifted with color discernment and an imaginative spatial sense, his room designs were unfailingly original. Among his many clients were Minnie Pearl, Jim Nabors and Al Gore.
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Harvard, AARP Say Seniors Housing Is Next Big American Crisis
Senior Housing News
A shortage of caregivers for baby boomers, high cost of senior living products and services and lack of disability-equipped housing reveal a seniors housing crisis as the 50-and-over population is projected to increase about 20 percent by 2030, according to a new report from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation. The majority of residential housing structures fail to meet the needs of its aging residents, the study finds.
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Hot Off the Press: 16 New Design Books Kick Off the Season
Editor at Large
Fall's arrival brings not only the pumpkin spice latte but also a deluge of design books. Nearly 50 books hit shelves last fall and this season will prove equally abundant with new titles.
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Forget About the 3-D Printer; the Wave of the Future Is Digital Fabrication
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3-D printing is all the rage, but many consider it to be just one of a range of tools in what used to be called downloadable designs. The future is digital fabrication: from designer straight to tool.
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How Your Interior Design Is Influencing Your Subconscious
Freshome
Usually when we discuss interior design, we talk about the aesthetic aspects, but that's only one piece of the puzzle. An area that's not always taken into consideration is the philological effect of interior design on your subconscious.
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Appliance Sale: GE Inks $3.3 Billion Deal with Electrolux
The Associated Press via CBS MoneyWatch
Sweden's Electrolux is buying the appliances business of General Electric for $3.3 billion, boosting its presence on the North American market, the companies have announced. The acquisition is the largest ever for Stockholm-based Electrolux, ranked as the world's second biggest home appliance maker after U.S. rival Whirlpool.
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Is Standing Out a Problem? Discover the 'Only' Solution
Fred Berns
Why you? That's the question on the minds of everyone you seek to influence. How well you answer that question determines how successful you'll become in your interior design career and business. Fact is, it's never been easier to get elsewhere the design services and products that you provide. So what makes you special?
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Closing Is Just the Beginning
Design Management Company
In the world of salesmanship, the Holy Grail is "the close." There are literally dozens of books and hundreds of articles on how to close a sale. For the most part, these authors stress maintaining your confidence, keeping a tenacious grip on the buyer and varying your offer until you find one that finally lands the fish. That approach might work for selling shoes, but it's probably not going to get you very far.
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Lessons Learned in the New 'Un-normal' Normal
DesignIntelligence
Be clever, nimble, flexible and innovative and you will, in these "un-normal" times, make it happen! Three key lessons learned provide insights into how small- and medium-sized firms can successfully navigate the uncertainty of today's business climate.
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15 Instant Productivity Hacks You Need to Know
Inc.
Like thousands of professionals all over the country, you're trying your best to stay organized, keep your appointments and still churn out the countless hours of work you need to keep pushing your firm forward. Most of us aspire to conquer more and more work in less and less time, but since none of us can cram more hours into the day (despite our best efforts), increasing our productivity is the best we can do.
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How to Use Pinterest for Your Design Business
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Pinterest can be one of the largest referrers of Web traffic for an interior designer. Interior designers have gained hundreds of clients by sharing their work on this site. The key is staying plugged in to the changes and using Pinterest in a way that can help your interior design or home decor business.
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Design Insights for More Liveable Kitchens
Michael J. Berens
Kitchen renovations top the list of home remodeling projects, and for good reason. The kitchen is the hub of the household, the place where families and friends come together, the place where meals are transformed into wonderful memories of tempting aromas and tasty, comforting cuisine. Above all, though, the kitchen is a work space. As a new study shows, the first and foremost design consideration should be given to making it a liveable, functional space.
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Kitchen Cabinets Spotlight Texture, Function and Shades of Grey
Kitchen & Bath Design News
While kitchen cabinet trends continue to espouse clean lines, subtle interest is being added in textural elements, functional amenities and myriad shades of grey. Perhaps in response to an improving economy, color is returning, with bright, uplifting whites, soft greys and even some greens and blues seeing a renewal of interest.
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14 New-Home Design Trends for 2014
Builder
Builder presents 14 ethnographically informed design trends that new-home builders are seeing. All 14 of these trends fall within three primary assertions in today's new-home market: scale trumps size; livability trumps salability; technology can solve for both scale and livability.
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A Twist on Takeout: Restaurant Interior Design That Works at Home
The Oregonian
The carefully constructed ambiance of your favorite eatery - even if it looks like an aging cabin - supports your idea of enjoyment almost as much as the service and what's on the plate. So why not bring the decor home with you?
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Is This the Great Decline of the Green Building Movement?
GreenBiz
Social movements transcend single organizations or institutions, banding together many people seeking change. Sociologists outline four stages of development, and green building perfectly illustrates this trajectory. In fact, using this framework shows that this movement could be facing a critical threshold today.
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The Green Building Wars
Ecobuilding Pulse
There is no shortage of green building certifications for residential and commercial infrastructure worldwide, each with its own set of pros and cons. Of all the industry leaders and organizations offering green building certification only one thing is certain — they each think they are the best.
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Want Universal Design? Make Tech More Intuitive
Metropolis
Designer Patricia Moore discusses the shortcomings of minimal compliance and why she's hopeful that technology can create a more inclusive built environment.

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The Most Depressing 2014 Decorating Trends
Elle Decor
A new online survey of Houzz users working on a decorating project reveals some not-so-pretty trends. Chief among them, TVs infiltrating more rooms of the house.

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Is Design Making Us Sick?
Metropolis
"Is design, the way it's being practiced today, making us sick?" Yes, so the evidence on contagion shows; in fact it's killing us, observes Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief of Metropolis magazine.

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Floor Plans and Freud: The Psychology of Workplace Planning
Interiors & Sources
If you thought workplace planning was just about square feet, employee numbers, materials and color palettes, pull up a couch. To plan a workplace that will truly make a client more efficient and productive, it is crucial to understand what a client organization's true needs are. And needs are often different than wants. For everyone involved, getting to this truth requires a new way of thinking about workplaces, a new and deeper way of interacting with clients and a new understanding of what drives the right workplace solutions.
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Hotel Room as Art
The New York Times
The British sculptor Antony Gormley recently completed a work called "Room." In addition to being an art piece, "Room" is an unconventional suite built into the Beaumont Hotel. The interior, Gormley said, is "a place of intimacy and withdrawal from all the demands that a great city makes of you."
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Commercial Walls Gather Momentum
Sourceable
Walls are playing an increasing role in communication and productivity in commercial spaces. From cladding that reinforces a company's cultural values to greenery climbing up hotel walls to help purify the air, designers are exploring how walls can serve as more than a supporting partition.
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Research on Learning Spaces Design
Research Design Connections
The Society for College and University Planning has released a final report on developing research methods for analyzing learning spaces. The researchers conclude, "There is never one correct solution for the design of a learning space that can be drawn from analyzing the data. Engagement with particular spaces depends on what students and faculty bring to them, how particular educational processes are played out and what the space enables or hinders across diverse perceptions and experiences."
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Setting a New Standard for Healthcare Design
Healthcare Design
While the innovations of old settle in to become expectations for modern medical environments, the next big idea remains elusive. However, jurors of this year's Healthcare Design Showcase saw hints of what's to come revealed in a review of the projects, especially as the industry shifts gears to respond to a quickly changing healthcare landscape and client needs that are evolving equally fast.
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Understanding Retail Design in Terms of Commercial Space
ExploreB2B
The practice of retail design is defined ordinarily as an architectural and design combination - that is, of interior design and standard architectural practices. It is, however, truer to say that the process also involves elements of advertising, ergonomics and even interior decoration.
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