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Easy ways to add flash without wasting cash
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"How can we get the most bang for our buck in design?" This question never gets old, nor will it. Winning a project proposal means being able to deliver more for less — ever more for less and less. Finding solutions to add impact without ballooning the budget requires designers to be willing to rethink materiality and, sometimes, to take a few liberties with reality. More

Public comment period opens for 2014 FGI guidelines
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A public comment period has begun for the "Guidelines for Design and Construction of Health Care Facilities," a publication of the Facility Guidelines Institute. Among the changes proposed for the 2014 edition are several new risk assessments, updated commissioning guidance, staff nap rooms in hospitals and medication safety zones. If you have recommendations or feedback, be sure to submit comments before Nov. 22. More

Saying 'meh' to media rooms
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As recently as 15 years ago, consumers were showing off then-new big-screen televisions in then-new media rooms that cost thousands — or even hundreds of thousands — to equip. But now, media rooms elicit a big "meh," according to a survey by Better Homes and Gardens. More

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Designing adult, children's shower spaces
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Small yet distinct differences exist in showers for adults and those for children. But it's possible to design shower space to grow and evolve with a child through adulthood, if you pay attention to shower head placement and other bathroom features. More

Interior designer seeks help with thesis research

A Canada-based interior designer invites you to participate in a short, 15-minute survey. The data collected will be used for her thesis research on "Succession Management for Design Firms." The principle research question — "How do we find and train the right people to take over management of design firms?" — focuses on leadership characteristics required to manage creative individuals. Click here to complete the survey. The deadline is Friday, June 15.

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Doing the impossible: Recycling used tile
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Until now, post-consumer tile has been considered non-recyclable. While many tile manufacturers have reused scrap powders and unfired tile successfully, hundreds of millions of pounds of damaged or otherwise unsellable fired tile have gone to landfills each year. Additionally, there has been no environmentally friendly manner to dispose of previously installed tile — until now. More

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Cooking exhaust hoods' ability to vent pollutants varies widely    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cooking exhaust hoods designed for home kitchens vary widely in their ability to capture and vent away the air pollutants generated by the gas burners on cookstoves, according to a study by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists. Of seven representative devices they tested, the capture efficiency varied from less than 15 percent to more than 98 percent. More

Caring for caregivers: Furnishings that reduce stress and strain
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One way health care designers are working to enhance the environment of care is by improving the environment for caregivers. Focusing on elements that create a less stressful, more productive workplace and limit the risk of injury will go a long way toward influencing outcomes positively, says Debra J. Levin, EDAC, president and chief executive of the Center for Health Design. More

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Furniture that makes the grade
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Even as teaching and learning styles have become less rigid, it turns out what students learn in school has remained relatively consistent throughout the years — foundational subjects like reading, writing and arithmetic, which unfortunately leave little wiggle room in the curriculum. The good news is the desks and chairs that make up students' days are adapting to allow for a little more wiggle. More

Controlled efficiency
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Today, we are in the midst of an era of regulated efficiency. And as a major consumer of electric energy in commercial buildings, lighting is subject to a large host of design restrictions and control requirements. Various product standards are affecting the availability of lighting equipment, while municipal lighting ordinances are setting boundaries on outdoor lighting design and energy codes are dictating building design efficiency. More

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Tackling tap contamination
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Harmful bacteria called Psuedomonas can thrive in tap water and become a health risk, especially in health care settings where patients' immune systems already might be weakened. The design of a water faucet and backsplash area plays a role in cutting down on this nasty bug. More

The metrics of distributed work — and its effects on design
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A recent study by Knoll shows many organizations are adopting a model known as distributed work: a combination of heads-down, focused work with formal and informal collaboration and social interaction in a wide variety of settings within a company's building or campus. How does a distributed work program influence the design attributes of the office? More

What's next in hospitality design?
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Local sensibility, authenticity and an amped-up "wow" factor are the key trends in hospitality design, according to Architectural Systems President Nancy Jackson and David Ashen of D-ash Design. The two review key takeaways in hospitality innovation and design trends from the recent HD Expo in Las Vegas. More

'Techorating' trend marries technology and interior design
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There is a growing trend in interior design that is easy to understand, relatable and applicable in almost every home: It's called "techorating." "'Techorating' is the blending of technology into the overall design of a room to create functional, stylish and unique environments that work well and look great," says Janna Robinson, technology and design expert. "This design trend grows from the integral role technology now plays in our lives and the majority of American homes." More

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Asking the right marketing questions
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During a difficult economy, it takes much more ingenuity and determination to get business. If you are one of the designers negatively affected the past few years, consider these questions. And then think about how your answers can lead you on the path to increased business success. More

Interior design business project workflow
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For the past few years, the interior design industry's focus has been, of course, billing structure. But now we are seeing something different: workflow! Business is starting to pick up again, and designers have been figuring out the best way to catch this wave. This means setting up processes and company structure to handle more work. More

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Business lessons from the 'good old days'
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Kitchens and baths are beginning to see renewed interest, but consumers still are cautious in their purchases. So, how we get back to building our DPH businesses in this fast-paced world where everything has become so impersonal? More

Do interior design images attract or repel clients?
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There can be no argument about the importance of images in attracting clients to a particular interior design website. But images should be used in the correct manner, or clients might get turned off because the images featured just overwhelmed or confused them. More

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2 and out: How to not waste your time
Residential Design + Build    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Don't waste your time with prospects who don't value it. Use a Professional Services Agreement as a tool for bringing a clear end to the sales process and a beginning to the client management phase of business. More

How good is your presentation?
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Each time you give a presentation, you're putting your career on the line. Few things are worse than making a fool of yourself in public — and few things better than a closing round of applause. Keep your presentation on target and compelling by asking these yes-or-no questions before you walk into the meeting. More
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