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America's Leading Design Cities
The Atlantic via Citylab
Where are the key clusters and geographic centers of design in America? Which are its leading design cities? Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, crunched the data to find out.
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ASID IDBI Shows Continued Improvement
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The recent slowing of the U.S. economy earlier this year has not impaired the design sector. May's ASID index shows continued strength in design activity. Both the billings and inquiries indexes are at their highest levels since late 2010.
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Remembering Bruce Brigham: An Extraordinary Life
ASID ICON Online
The Society lost one of its great leaders in July, when Bruce Brigham, FASID, ISP, IES, passed away. As ASID National Board of Directors president in 2009, Brigham touched the lives of interior designers everywhere. Colleague and friend Rosalyn Cama, president of CAMA, Inc., helps pay tribute to his contributions in this personal memorial.
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Top Designers on How to Create the Perfect Color Scheme
Architectural Digest
Pinpointing the perfect hue and finding the right combination can be tricky, but when you nail the ideal palette, the results are guaranteed to be dazzling. Architectural Digest asked some of the top talents in design to share their personal tips for mastering the art of color — from deploying punchy brights to creating golden glows.
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Power Designer: Leviton Launches The Renu Palette
Kerrie Kelly, ASID
Building codes say we have to have an outlet every so many feet. Switches are simply a necessity of life. So what do we do about a highly functional eyesore when it comes to hiding, or at least minimizing, the impact they have on our interior design?
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Interior Designs: Is Space the Final Trademark Frontier?
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP via JD Supra Business Advisor
Attempts to register as a trademark the interior design of a commercial business, such as a restaurant or retail store, have been largely unsuccessful. But now Apple has registered its interiors in the U.S. and is attempting to do something similar in Germany. Are they paving the way for others to follow?
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The Architect Has No Clothes
Commons Magazine
Why does so much modern design look harsh and feel inhospitable? The phenomenon known as "architectural myopia" may explain why architects fashion built environments for others that turn out to be woefully unsuccessful in ways that are obvious to non-architects.
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Daughter Doesn't Buy Dad's Cheering of US Homeownership
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David Stevens, chief executive officer of the Mortgage Bankers Association, has spent his career touting the merits of homeownership. One person still isn't buying it: his daughter. Sara Stevens, 27, knows interest rates are low, rents are high and owning a home can build wealth. She also had a front-row seat to the worst real-estate slump since the Great Depression. "The world has changed," she said.
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Mobile Procurement and the Interior Designer
Spend Matters
As a designer and his clients strolled through the empty house, they went through everything from the floor plan to paint colors. While the couple presented their ideas for each room, the designer was diligently entering all of this information into the mobile procurement platform on his tablet. Within an hour, he was able to procure all of the designs they requested.
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Three Ways to Raise the Local Profile of Your Design Business
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As a business owner, you face the very challenging task of not only delivering a unique service, but also making sure there is public awareness of your brand. By creating your own "buzz," you have the power to transform your brand's profile from relative unknown to household name. Here are three ways to tap into that potential.
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New Paradigms of Leadership in Interior Design
Archita Datta Majumdar
Like many other industries, interior design has gone through a metamorphosis in recent times. While the ups and downs of the economy have reshuffled the way interior design is looked at and afforded by most, the changing demographics have also brought forward new demands to which designers must cater.
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Optimize Your Outsourcing Experience
Pink Cloud
It makes a lot of sense to outsource areas of your design business that you have neither the time nor the interest or expertise to perform well. Your time is much more valuable than what you will pay to delegate that task to someone else. Plus, you will save yourself a lot of unnecessary stress and improve the efficiency of your business. To get the most from outsourcing, take some time to compare the full cost of working with different providers.
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What You Know About Aging in Place Could Be Wrong
Design Alliance for Accessible Sustainable Environments
DAASE President Michael A. Thomas, FASID, CAPS, writes, "Since the completion of my first project for a senior client, the 'universal design' solutions I discovered have generally remained the same. But as my boomer clients aged, I saw the need to grasp the principles of 'aging in place,' which expanded on the concepts of universal design."
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Geometrics Shape Up the Bath
ForResidentialPros.com
The fashion scene in 2013 saw the return of geometric shapes, with strong lines and simple colors like black and white making bold statements. The minimalistic trend continued this past spring, with sharper lines and blocks of color added to the mix.
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Finding America's Leading Design Cities
The Atlantic via Citylab
Where are the key clusters and geographic centers of design in America? Which are its leading design cities? Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, found out.

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All Shook Up: Boomers Rattling the 55+ Market
Michael J. Berens
Are they moving or not? That is the question baffling the 55-plus market as it pins its hopes for recovery on aging baby boomers, who are showing signs of restlessness.

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Clients Who Want to Shop Retail Making You Crazy?
Design Biz Blueprint
Many potential clients want to use retail outlets to furnish their homes. Consider this strategy to help ease your frustration with their wishes: Instead of trying to beat them, join them.

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Rooms That Are Outta Sight
The Wall Street Journal
Hidden rooms and passageways might seem like the stuff of a Victorian murder mystery, but these spaces are increasingly popular in homes, with owners installing them for reasons of design, security and just plain fun.
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Pure Home Aims to Be the 'Google' of Home Furnishings
Editor at Large
The newly launched Pure Home has a unique point of difference from other online retailers — it has a "contextual" search engine that can recommend products based on a user's taste, color and style preferences. Through tools such as Vibes, aspirational images are brought to the user, categorized into style groups like industrial, contemporary and midcentury modern, allowing users to view collections in those categories and browse a set of hand-curated color palettes and products across all brands.
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Wet Rooms Offer Stylish Universal Design Options for Seniors
K+BB
To meet the demand for universal design in the bath, a "wet room" eliminates barriers, yet incorporates stylish design elements. Wet rooms have been popular in Europe and Asia because of tight square footage, and the one-level design makes them an ideal solution for seniors.
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Honda Open-Sources Smart Home Design
Ecobuilding Pulse
Honda is making the plans for the experimental "smart home" it launched in March available to the public. The re-configurable plans include architectural, interior design and M/E/P schematics.
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Should There Be a 'Pretty Good House' Standard?
HousingZone
Building professionals are debating whether the industry would benefit from a so-called "Pretty Good House" standard. This would provide a guide for making design and construction choices, setting a bar for a better house than the code-minimum house that is not as complicated as certification programs. This standard would provide a list of options without being as prescriptive as LEED or similar standards programs.
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Which Consumer Segments Will Pay More for Sustainable Products?
Ecobuilding Pulse
An online poll of 30,000 consumers in 60 countries conducted by Nielsen reveals consumers across the globe are increasingly willing to pay higher prices for sustainable products and services than they were in 2011. The global average of respondents willing to pay more came to 55 percent in 2014, 10 percentage points higher than the global average in 2011.
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Authenticity Drives Design
HD Talks
Authenticity is an abstract term but one that is pervasive in the hospitality design world. A hotel may look beautiful but if it doesn't exude a sense of place, then it comes across as hollow.
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Evaluating Post-Occupancy Evaluations
Healthcare Design
How do healthcare designers know if their carefully planned design solutions actually accomplished intended goals for improved patient care delivery? Post-occupancy evaluations are one way to answer that question.
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Reworking Kindergarten Classroom Design
Sourceable
Kindergarten classrooms are commonly noted for their colorful interiors, pattern clash and mix and match decor. However, a new study has found that this conventional design, which features a highly visual environment, actually may be distracting for early learners.
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Finding a Place for Freelancers
Contract
Spurred by economic changes, advances in technology and perceptions of work among new generations, attitudes toward temporary workers have shifted, causing companies to re-evaluate how they are assimilated with full-time staff. This poses a unique set of challenges for designers who are creating offices to suit a flexible and ever-changing workforce.
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The Office of the Future May Well Look Like a Giant Rock
TreeHugger
In response to a call by the Netherlands' chief architect to respond to "the notion that being continually seated throughout the day is bad for you," a design team created a landscape of possibilities for upright working. The office dispenses with the traditional desk and instead "offers its users the chance to find the optimal position to complete their duties throughout the day."
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