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Relating: Design and the Changing U.S. Demographic
ASID ICON
For the first time in history, the majority of the world's population lives in an urban setting. In America, this is leading to an ongoing shift in demographics. Five interior designers tell you about their work and how it is being affected by — and is affecting — the changing culture in America.
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Design to Lead Summit: Challenge, Connect, Inspire and Delight
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Invest in yourself and engage with design leaders! Participate in the inaugural Design to Lead Summit, May 2-3 in Atlanta. This two-day interactive event, guided by Victor Ermoli, dean of SCAD's School of Design, will explore leadership skills and education to inspire the next generation of leaders. The event will culminate with a keynote presentation by Marty Neumeier, author of Metaskills: Five Talents for the Robotic Age. Early bird registration ends March 31. Don't delay; register for this exciting event today!
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ASID Accelerate Studio: Business Strategies Debuts in Los Angeles
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Join the Society March 27 at the Pacific Design Center in Los Angeles for ASID Accelerate Studio: Business Strategies, an exclusive presentation by Steve Nobel of NOBELINKS, who created the agenda with residential designers and small business owners in mind. The daylong event features six Interior Design Continuing Education Council-approved sessions that focus on helping interior designers build successful, sustainable businesses. Attendees can participate in the full day of accelerated learning or attend sessions a la carte. The workshop is the first of three Accelerate Studio: Business Strategies workshops in a series sponsored by Kravet and Hearst Design Group. Register today!
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Spring Issue of ICON Now Available
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From new design solutions in education to design leadership to how legislation is shaping opportunities in commercial and residential design, the spring issue of ASID ICON keeps you engaged and informed. Read it now!
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Presenting the 2014 Legislative Symposia: Add Your Voice to the Conversation
ASID
Join leaders across the country at the Society's 2014 Legislative Symposia to learn about legislative initiatives affecting designers — in your state and nationwide. Attendees will participate in lobbying training exercises, learn about the legislative process and network with fellow politically active members of the interior design industry. Don't miss your opportunity to strengthen the voice of interior design and expand opportunities for the profession! CEU credits will be offered. The 2014 Legislative Symposia take place:
    • Los Angeles: April 11-12
    • Orlando: May 9-10 (registration coming soon)
    • New York: June 6-7 (registration coming soon)

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Winners Announced for ASID Student Design Competition: SHELTER
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The 2013 ASID Student Design Competition: SHELTER asked students to create a temporary shelter to address and support the health, safety and welfare of communities in crisis. Judges reviewed every submission down to each scaling detail. Sarah Wadding, Student ASID, of Anderson University turned in the winning project, while three honorable mentions were awarded.
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Mind the Gap: Using Sound Masking in Closed Spaces

Closed offices and meeting rooms are built with the intention of providing occupants with both visual and acoustic privacy. While the first goal can easily be achieved, the second often proves elusive because of the many ways in which sound can transfer from one space to another.
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Five Game-Changing Design Innovations
Interiors & Sources
If there's one immutable rule of the digital age, it's that innovation never stops. Five recent breakthroughs promise to change everything from how we design buildings to how we power them.
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Autodesk Launches Foundation to Solve 'Epic Design Challenges'
Arch Daily
Autodesk has launched the Autodesk Foundation, a organization that will "invest in and support the most impactful nonprofit organizations using the power of design to help solve epic challenges."
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When Art Meets Heart
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Every so often architects and designers put caution — and fees — aside and tackle a project for the sheer love of seeing good design being put to the best possible use. Here's a look at some inspired projects from around the world making a real difference.
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Dwell with Dignity Expands to Atlanta, Eyes Other Design Hub Cities
Hadley Court
Dallas-based nonprofit Dwell with Dignity, dedicated to helping families by providing nurturing, functional and inspired surroundings, is expanding to Atlanta — with plans to open branches in other major design hubs throughout the country. Founder Lisa Robison and vice president Kim Turner made the announcement at the recent Design Bloggers Conference in Atlanta.
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Why Interior Designers Need Art Museums
Faith Sheridan
Why do interior designers need art museums? Museum exhibits feed our imagination, create connections to our client projects and "connect the dots" to so many aspects of our daily work.
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Finland: Designed Environments
Dexigner
Notable for its creativity, pragmatism, excellence and ubiquity, Finnish design is changing how we interact with our environments for the better. As the world, and particularly the United States, continues to urbanize and become more ecologically conscious, there are many lessons Finland can teach us.
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Set a New Trend in 2014: Select the Clients You Want
DesignIntelligence
With the economy looking up for the design market, firms have the opportunity to step off the treadmill of hope onto firmer ground. Designers can cultivate the clients and markets they want to serve rather than using the majority of their marketing and business development resources in responding to the market.
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What Is SEO? Tips for Your Interior Design Website
Interior Desig+n Community
You may be a leading interior designer in your community, but if you are not visible in the search engines, you cannot compete in the online arena. In order to attract potential clients and save your business website from getting lost in cyberspace, you need to optimize your site with targeted keywords and employ only white hat SEO tactics.
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Master the 'Mental Game' of Interior Design
InteriorDesignBusiness.net
Too many interior design professionals are open for business, but not for opportunity. Interior design is a mental game. All your space planning skill, color insights and flair for fabrics don't mean diddly if you're saddled with a negative attitude.
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How to Best Leverage Advisors for Your Practice: Part I
David B. Mandell, JD, MBA
Savvy interior designers typically expand their businesses by adding employees, making additional investments and creating new products or services. These additional steps to increase profitability also increase the complexity of their businesses — and for the owners, their personal financial planning. This article discusses why a successful interior design business needs a team of knowledgeable and diverse advisors.
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Technology Tools and Tips for Designers — Part Five
ICON Online
Helping clients visualize your design inspiration can make all the difference in landing a project, resolving a design challenge or avoiding misunderstandings (and disappointment) down the line. Although some designers prefer sketching, drawing or rendering by hand, more and more designers are using professional software or apps to create digital images of their ideas or plans.
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Relating: Design and the Changing Demographic
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Five interior designers tell you about their work and how it is being affected by — and is affecting — the changing culture in America.

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Luxury Living Makes Its Return — with a Twist
Michael J. Berens
As the economic recovery has taken hold, wealthy consumers have expressed their confidence by returning to big-ticket spending.

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Natural Instincts: Flooring Trends for 2014
Builder
Wood-inspired flooring materials bring nature indoors and continue to gain popularity, especially in open floor plans, according to a new survey.

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Home Design Secrets from the Experts
Builder via Custom Home
What do matte finishes, flexible spaces, purging and splurging, and mini-split HVAC systems have in common? They're all important elements of emerging design trends for new and remodeled homes, according to speakers at a recent International Builders Show session, "60 Design Ideas in 60 Minutes."
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2014 Trends Survey Predicts More Spa-Like and Accessible Baths
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America's bath styles are shifting. According to research released from the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2014 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends survey, baths that are contemporary, spa-like, accessible and easy to maintain are gaining popularity.
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The Living Room of the Future: The Place We Call Home
World Future Society
Our living room is the place we call home. It is where we can be ourselves, where we gather the stuff that we want to have closest to us. What will make us feel at home 30 years from now? With all the advantages of future technology, what are the things that are most important to us in our private space?
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Tile Takes Over
Kitchen & Bath Design News
The reinvention of tile, in particular porcelain tile, is changing the way designers remodel master bath spaces. Larger formats, new finishes/textures and resemblances to natural stone and wood are giving designers more options when it comes to creating the spa-like baths clients still desire.
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The Handbooks of Transparency
InPro via Healthcare Design
When it comes to building products in the ever-evolving field of sustainable design and construction, the industry is moving beyond simple tallies of things like recycled content and certified wood products. The design community is now expecting a much more encompassing view of a product's sustainability. Taking a cue from Europe, America is turning an analytical eye to the life cycle impacts of products through Environmental Product Declarations and Health Product Declarations.
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Home Innovation Prepares to Update National Green Building Standard
HousingZone
Home Innovation Research Labs has convened the process to update the 2015 version of the National Green Building Standard. The next version will be the third iteration of the residential standard that certifies green land development and the new construction and remodel of green houses and multifamily buildings.
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What Is Biomimicry and What Does It Mean for You?
Spotlighting
Biomimicry. The concept has been sort of a hot topic for designers in recent years, but rarely is it discussed among consumers. So let's change that. Biomimicry might be a discipline used in design but it affects consumers, too, and can dramatically change our future.
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For Retail, the Future Is Click and Mortar
VMSD
Retail has always been quick to adopt the technology of the day. Today's technology is compelling us to make the in-store experience more interesting, cooler and more connected. The future is not brick-and-mortar or digital retailing: The future is brick-and-mortar and digital retailing. The future is click and mortar.
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Five Designs for People with Autism
Design Week
For several years, researchers at the Royal College of Art's Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design have been working with autism charity the Kingwood Trust and consultancy BEING to develop designs to improve the quality of life for people affected by autism. Five projects highlight some of the challenges and opportunities in designing for this population.
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Office Design Viewed as Extension of Compensation
Target Commercial Interiors
More and more companies, especially tech startups, are hiring interior designers to come up with cool workplace designs. Why? Because employees now see their work environment as an extension of their compensation.
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Achieving Personality in Hotel Design
Hospitality Interiors
Paired with the upturn in spending on interiors is a growing trend to achieve personality in design. Hotel architects and designers are also talking about new luxury, which requires designs that create special feelings, experiences and memories for clients. This differs from old luxury, which was more about the products themselves and the expensive brands.
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