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Demand for Interior Designers Growing
Appleton Post-Crescent
The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a promising job outlook for interior designers, which accounted for 56,500 jobs in 2010 but is expected to grow 19 percent, or by 10,900 positions between 2010 and 2020.
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ASID and Dwell Introduce "Design Influencers" Series
As part of our ongoing partnership with Dwell Media, ASID members will be featured monthly on, offering their design observations and tips for consumers. In this month's inaugural profile, Kerrie Kelly, ASID, CAPS, explores how contemporary flourishes are cropping up in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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ASID E-book Shares Essential Tips for Consumers
How to Design Your Perfect Interior, the inaugural e-book from ASID and Design Success University, provides comprehensive information and decision tools for consumers to make educated choices about their home's interiors. Author Gail Doby, ASID, provides insider tips and insights that will prove invaluable in helping clients navigate all aspects of their interiors project. Available for $9.99 from the ASID Store or as an Amazon Kindle edition.
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Join ASID this June at NeoCon and Dwell on Design
Save the date for two not-to-be-missed events from ASID this summer! ASID@NeoCon in Chicago, June 10 – 12, will feature topnotch speakers and experiential events at the industry's largest commercial interiors expo. ASID@Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, June 21 – 23, will include Celebration – The ASID Design Awards, GO PRO/LA for emerging professionals, REGREEN workshops and much more! Stay tuned to for more information in the coming weeks!
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Spotlight on Design: An Evening with Jamie Drake, FASID
Design luminary and ASID Fellow Jamie Drake was recently in Washington, D.C., to speak to a gathering of fans and fellow designers at the National Building Museum, where he discussed his exuberant color sense, taste for glamour and eye for telling detail in projects that include the Kips Bay Show House and exclusive private residences.
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Contract Names 2013 Interiors Award Winners
Last week, Contract magazine held its 34th Annual Interiors Awards Breakfast, celebrating winning projects across 13 categories of interior design projects. Also presented was the coveted Designer of the Year award, given to Joey Shimoda of Shimoda Design Group, while Michael Graves was honored as the 2013 Legend. 

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Think Like a Designer
Craig Lauchner's roots as an interior designer give him a unique insight into design challenges in his new career as innovation program manager at Medtronic. How can a background in interior design inform your approach to other endeavors?
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Are You Suffering from Social Media Paralysis?
Small Biz Daily
Many small-business owners cringe when they read about a new social media site that just launched or a formerly obscure site that has turned into "the next big thing" for business. The thought of learning and managing one more social media marketing tool sometimes seems overwhelming. But it doesn't have to be.
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Four Ways to Overcome the "Curse of Expertise"
Business Insider
Research has shown that experts can articulate only about 30 percent of what they know. This is called the "curse of expertise," and it shows up in all sorts of settings. Follow these four practical tips to lift that curse and share your knowledge effectively with others.
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A Look at Bathrooms
The editors at Dwell combed through their resources to assemble a pictorial ode to one of the most high-traffic spaces in a house: the bathroom.
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Flooring as an Artwork and Design Object
In January, around 40,000 visitors passed through Domotex's doors in Hanover, Germany, site of the leading international trade fair for floor coverings. From hand-woven, one-of-a-kind carpets to "natural touch" wood flooring, what's underfoot is becoming a front-and-center design element.
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Top 10 Most Talked-About Interior Design Trends for 2013
What's trending in the profession for the coming year? The editors at Freshome have selected 10 key tendencies, ranging from a growing relationship between men and interior design to green walls and garden rooftops.
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Home Trends to Watch: Raised Sink Work Stations
Kelly's Kitchen Sync
Sometimes a sink needs to be more than a sink, it needs to be a major part of the surface of the kitchen. This fascinating trend — the concept of a multitasking sink — was highlighted at the IMM/Living Kitchen Show in Cologne.
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Trend Forecasts 2013: Materials
Interior Design
For 2013, experts say the industry will continue to see an interest in materials that are sustainable and manufactured responsibly, whether it's through recycled, reclaimed or renewable materials.
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A Closer Look Behind the Walls of Product Transparency
The U.S. EPA estimates that people are spending 90 percent of their time indoors. The winter season (when we're spending even more time curled up on the couch) is a perfect time to ask ourselves if we are living in a healthy indoor environment. Do we really know what is in the products that surround us all day long?
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Defining the Eco-Urban Resort
Hotel Business Review
The combined development principles of two prominent trends in the hotel resort industry, the eco-resort and the urban-resort, has resulted in a new ecologically conscious hotel sub-type: the Eco-Urban Resort. The application of green technology and practices has moved from far-flung eco-resorts to inner city hotels.
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Patient-Centered Designs Can Help Improve Outcomes
Adding to the growing body of evidence on the benefits of hospital design, Connecticut's Griffin Hospital used patient-centered design elements for a renovated inpatient facility and brand new cancer center. The result? It has since seen lower infection rates, higher patient satisfaction and more patient admissions, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.
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Interior Design Students Learn from Veterans
Tuscaloosa News
A group of interior design students from the University of Alabama are spending time with residents of the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center as they try to understand the veterans' special needs and what they may require in the interior design of senior centers, nursing homes and hospital environments.
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Evidence-based Prison Design
Public Policy Lab
In 2006, the State of Washington conducted an exhaustive study on evidenced-based policy options for reducing future prison construction, criminal-justice costs and crime rates. Since that time, Washington has implemented a successful and growing program called the Sustainability in Prisons Project. This multisite partnership aims to "connect prisons with nature," both through science-based work programs for inmates and through the implementation of sustainable design features.
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Top 10 Things to Consider for Meeting Space Design
Hospitality Times
The combination of technological requirements and increasing choice has changed consumer expectations, particularly when discussing the physical attributes of a meeting space. The key is flexibility: to conduct business, spaces can’t adhere to fixed schedules or rigid design allocations.
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