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Good news in Interior Design Billings Index
The Editor at Large    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
ASID's Interior Design Billings Index for the first quarter of 2012 shows good news in all sectors. Member firms reported increased billings for the third consecutive month, ending March with an index score of 62.5, up 13 points from the previous quarter and nearly 5 points from the prior year. "This is very positive news for the building industry, and in particular for interior design services," said ASID economic advisor Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D. More

Designing space to safeguard food retail
DesignBuild Source    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Due perhaps in large part to the current "foodie" trend spurred on by television shows like "Iron Chef" and "Master Chef," there is a growing sector interested not only in buying mundane groceries, but also in looking to high-end food supplies and food court dining. This need is being catered to by the food retail sector, with interior designers finding the mix of design and food a highly palatable recipe for success. More

International codes e-books now on iTunes
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Construction industry iPad and iPhone users now have easy access to many International Code Council codes, commentaries, standards and handbooks in Apple's iTunes Store. Titles available include the International Codes, among them the debut of the 2012 International Green Construction Code. More

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Advancing the psychology of interior design
The Dirt    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Interiors should be designed with humans in mind, who understand space at an intrinsic level. With the rise of neuroscience for the built environment, biophilic design, environmental psychology and evidence-based design, particularly among the health care fields, more scientific understanding of "mind, body, spirit" designs is coming into being. More

New ASID Guide to Growing Your Business

If you are looking to start, strengthen or grow your business, you need to understand at what stage in the business life cycle your firm is now. We created this guide, "The Life Stages of an Interior Design Business," to help prepare you to take that next step. For each stage in the life cycle, you'll find a list of actions to take to address critical business issues related to planning, marketing, finance, operations and human resources, legal and organizational structure. Also included is a list of resources where you can get the information and help you need to master each business area.

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Keep up with all the ASID news at ASID ICON online.

The right chair, desk or cubicle can make all the difference
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Research shows that comfortable and versatile office furniture can make a pronounced difference in a workplace. Experts say improper seating can lead to fatigue and loss of productivity and can cause health problems that range from back, neck or shoulder issues to carpal tunnel syndrome. More

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'House Beautiful' makes June edition Pinterest-enabled
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"House Beautiful" magazine is jumping deeper into Pinterest with its latest edition, which enables readers to grab images directly from its pages to post onto virtual pin boards on the social network. More

ICFF trend of the year: Mass customization
TreeHugger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Every year there is a trend at to be found at ICFF, and usually Jaime and Isaac Salm of MIO are on top of it. This year, they point to mass customization, bringing computers and printing technology together to allow customers to personalize furniture with either their own art and photography or their choice of work by artists and designers. More

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Bariatric design 101: An introduction to design considerations
Healthcare Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new white paper, downloadable with free registration, examines the role of design as a critical tool for improving care and long-term outcomes for bariatric patients. As obesity becomes a more pressing epidemic, health care providers and facilities are facing unique considerations at every point of the care continuum, and designers must be ready to accommodate these changing needs. More

Frameless showers get show of support
Houzz    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Frameless shower doors convey a clean, modern feel, and they can serve many purposes. Houzz asked 12 professional designers to explain how frameless shower doors boosted the look or function of their bathroom projects. More

Reach out and touch place
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Globalization and digitization are making physical location less and less significant to human experience. Are we building a world where there is no "there" there? How will we know what we have lost? Insight Labs is partnering with architect Mike Davis to assess the components that make a place distinctive and examine how these elements of place can be treated responsibly by architects, planners, designers and others who shape the spaces where we spend our lives. More

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The art of bringing hotel design home
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A house is not a hotel. But can it be? Peter Jon Lindberg reflects on what he has learned about design — and brought home — from a life in hotels. More

The pros and cons of compact bathrooms
Home Interiors Zone    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Big or small, the bathroom is one of the most heavily trafficked rooms in the home, so it's essential for the room to be highly functional. Although a compact bathroom might at first thought seem to have little to no redeeming features compared to a larger bathroom, you might be surprised to hear it's not all bad: Consider the following pros and cons of compact bathrooms and make your own determination. More

Green under foot
Health Facilities Management    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Flooring manufacturers are creating new products aligned with health care sustainability goals, and they're doing so in an increasingly sustainable fashion. "[Sustainability] has a direct impact on the health of both our members and the communities we serve," says John Kouletsis, vice president of facilities for Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit health plan Kaiser Permanente. "If there are toxins in the soil or there are toxic materials that we use in interior design, that can contribute directly to both chronic and acute illness." More

Office design trend separates work, personal life
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At a time when so many people are bringing the office home, there's a growing desire for more separation, physical and psychological, between work and personal life. For many, an office at home but not in the home is proving to be the best way to reconcile work and family life. More

EDAC turns 3
Healthcare Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As the Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification program marks its third year of existence, the design community steps closer to realizing the vision of all health care environments being grounded in evidence-based design. But more work is needed, the founders say. More

Identity, stigma and the horror of exclusion by design
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The fear of being unrecognizable is an element of many horror films. And there is something of the same element when we look in the mirror of our built environments and critically examine the policies we establish. Certain human beings are not reflected or are reflected in a distorted way. More

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How do people find you online?
KOTHEA The Fabric Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
After spending ages trying to figure out what search terms clients were typing into Google to find a designer, the game has changed. In the design world, a place based on aesthetics, turns out those darned potential customers are using images to find designers whose work they like. More

8 rules for creating a passionate work culture
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For the long-term viability of any enterprise, you need a viable corporate culture. It, too, has to be long-term. Here are eight rules for creating the right conditions for a culture that reflects your creed. More

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A bridge interior designers should burn    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Burn the "retreat" bridge. That's what generals in ancient times did to prevent their troops from running away from battle — and it's what you should do to prevent yourself from stopping a marketing campaign too soon. More

Do you feel like a hamster in a wheel when seeking new business?
Design Biz Blueprint    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
You get a good client, deliver a great job — and then? Nothing happens. No new client appears to take her place. It's a repeating cycle: Designers get so excited about one new client or job opportunity that they become completely focused on delivering great design work. They forget that marketing for new clients must be a constant activity for a successful business. More

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Internet marketing and interior design
The Marketing Moment via BlogTalkRadio    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Jo Ann Alston, Allied ASID, NJCID, joins Dynamic Dimensions Marketing founder and radio host Mercedes Tabano II to discuss marketing strategies for people in creative industries. More

4 tips for successful delegating
American Express OPEN Forum    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A business owner-turned-business-coach espouses a principle she calls the "Client Attraction System." The basic tenet is one many business owners don't like: The best way to bring in new business is to delegate some of the things you're doing right now. More

Radio interviews and your interior design business
High Dollar Designer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Barbara Deckmeyer shares a few tips for a great radio interview. Success on the radio boils down to three things: preparation, passion and understanding your audience. More
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