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Industry Outlook: What's Ahead for Interior Designers in the Second Half of 2013?
MultiBriefs
Heading into 2013, it appeared the interior design industry was turning a corner. Now, at mid-year, it looks like — once again — recovery is slip-sliding away. Although the final verdict is still out on business performance for the second quarter of 2013, recent indicators suggest even the hoped-for modest recovery may elude the industry as year-end projections in a number of sectors are being scaled back.
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ASID Foundation Research Grants: Call for Submissions
ASID Foundation
The ASID Foundation is pleased to announce the third annual Interior Design Research Grant Program, TRANSFORM, awarding $105,000 in grants to design-related initiatives that address critical gaps in industry knowledge. Research proposals will be accepted now through Sept. 27. To learn more about this year's research topic, eligibility or to download the 2013 RFP, click here.
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IDCEC Numbers Now Available on My ASID and the IDCEC Websites
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ASID members requiring CEUs may now find their IDCEC number on My ASID and on the IDCEC website. This number is required in order to sign into IDCEC to access transcripts, retrieve certificates of completion, warehouse CEUs, register CEUs and more. Your IDCEC number is also required when attending CEU eligible events. And don't forget, 2013 is a CEU deadline year — ASID members requiring CEUs must complete 0.6 CEUs by Dec. 31, 2013. For more information on CEUs, click here.
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4 Upcoming REGREEN Workshops to Choose From
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The REGREEN Implementation Workshop provides designers with a unique opportunity to addresses the industry-specific challenges they routinely face. Designed for professionals who want to create sustainable, healthy interiors, REGREEN fills an important niche in the marketplace. Workshops are scheduled in Seattle (Aug. 21), Denver (Sept. 24), High Point, N.C. (October) and Philadelphia (Nov. 18). For program information and to register, click here.
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Change Agents: Seeing World Through Meta's 3-D Glasses
USA Today
The first shipment of $700 Meta 1 glasses head to Kickstarter contributors in September. These glasses allow users to interact with the virtual world like in scenes from "Iron Man" and "Minority Report." Augmented reality such as this has widespread possibilities in the business world.
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2013 Rising Giants 101-200
Interior Design
Last year, more than 75 percent of the Interior Design 101-200 Rising Giants were concerned about the economy. This year, only 42 percent are. Let's take a look at how business is going for the Rising Giants.
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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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Aiming High
Metropolis
More than two decades have passed since the U.S. Congress signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. Yet while we do have nominally accessible hotel rooms and sidewalk curbs with wheelchair cuts, the ADA has generated far more compliance than it has design. Luckily, a new generation of designers is taking on an ambitious set of pressing social challenges.
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Another New Company Matches Homeowners with Interior Designers
WUSA-TV
Homepolish became a runaway success in its first year of business in New York City. Now the business, which hooks up consumers with affordable interior design services, is looking to glam up the nation's Capitol.
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Design Bloggers: Where They Work
Dwell
In the September 2013 issue of Dwell, the editors profile 18 of their favorite design bloggers, sharing their latest discoveries and inspirations. Here, Dwell takes a peek at their creative work spaces from around the world, from a coffee shop in Cologne to a desk by the beach in Cape Town.
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Future of Home Living: How We Can All Lead More Sustainable Lives
PSFK
As part of its "Future of Home Living" series, PSFK Labs reached out to experts to get their take on the changes that are driving the evolution of the home. Eric Corey Freed, founder of organicARCHITECT, shares some insight on the sustainable design innovations that are changing the landscape of home design.
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What Successful People Do During Lunch
Fast Company
Do you take your lunch break at your desk, staring blankly at your computer? You're doing it wrong. Here are productivity-powering, energy-boosting tips for getting the most out of the midday meal.
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Lead Generation for Interior Designers
Means-of-Production
Inbound marketing is not an exact science, but with a little planning, you are almost guaranteed to hit your lead generation goals. Knowing your target audience is the first step, but lead generation for interior designers is dependent upon meeting the demands of consumers on a personal level.
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Are You Sharing Your Product Discount?
Design Biz Blueprint
Have you had potential clients telling you they expect you to share your product discounts? Stories abound in which clients want to hire your design expertise for a pittance and then want to manage how much money you make. Don't allow this to happen. It is a recipe for disaster.
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How Sensory Information Influences Price Decisions
Harvard Business Review
Can different amounts of visual, auditory and kinesthetic information influence the price customers will pay for an item? Recently, a sales linguistics experiment was conducted in order to answer this question. The results show it's not only what you say, but also how you say it.
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Setting Your Pricing to Make a Profit
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Understanding the relationship between mark-up, margin, overhead and break-even costs will allow you to manage your selling strategy and maximize profit.
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The Seven Principles of Great Universal Design
WSI Designer Marketplace
Interior designers can provide a gracious, accommodating, all-embracing mindset that makes a living space good for everyone. Not only is such universal design a possibility, it is also an imperative: Census Bureau statistics show 1 in 5 Americans has a disability; 1 in 10 has a severe disability.
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Survey: Homeowners Indifferent to Brand Names
SBWire
As the recession is ending, consumers are getting back to the business of kitchen remodeling — but this time around, they are apathetic to brand recognition, according to "Consumer Trends: From Remodeling Rates to Technology Trends," a new study by the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence.
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2013 Residential Architect Design Awards
Residential Architect
The 2013 Residential Architect Design Awards jury evaluated more than 600 entries this year, narrowing the field to only the very best: a single Project of the Year, 10 Grand awards and 23 Merit awards. Longtime categories like Kitchen, Bath and Light Commercial were dropped this year, but a new niche emerged: Adaptive Reuse. Find out more about the winning projects.
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The Art of Using Color in Design
K+BB Collective
Color brings life to decor. It can lift your spirit and inspire you or calm you down — even make you look better if used correctly. So why does color intimidate most people? Even designers can be less than confident at times. But no one wants to live in a monochromatic world, right? So don't limit your clients — wow them.
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Want to Shower in Your Living Room? A Strange New Design Mashup
Fast Company's Co.Design
Product design mashups are strange beasts. But few are as strange as this hybrid bathroom-living room fixture that turns a floor lamp into a portable shower.
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Overlooked Dangers in Kitchen Can Produce Hazardous Levels of Indoor Pollutants
Science 2.0
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indoor air researchers have found hazardous levels of nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide in a surprisingly large percentage of home kitchens. And the most common device for mitigating this indoor air problem — range hoods — vary widely in performance.
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Efficient Appliances Not as Costly as DOE Estimates
Energy Manager Today
The DOE has been overestimating the impact that energy efficiency appliance standards have on the appliance's price, says the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. A report, "Appliance Standards: Comparing Predicted and Observed Prices," says the DOE estimated appliances went up by $148 for 9 different appliance standards, but in reality, they had actually decreased by about $12.
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Balancing People, Planet and Profit: The Challenges of Green Manufacturing
Ecobuilding Pulse
A select group of building product manufacturers candidly discusses the biggest challenges of improving the environmental footprints of their operations and products, and how building professionals can help improve the industry.
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Can Design Rehabilitate the Ailing Healthcare Industry?
Fortune
Smart design has revolutionized everything from electronics to aircraft. A team of architects and designers think it can do the same for healthcare.
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Special Property Paints Enhance Productivity, Health
Buildings
Unless you get pumped about seasonal palettes and pizzazz, paint projects are about as exciting as watching the surface dry. But new products are making a splash with special properties and spinning paint into more than just color on the wall.
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New Reference Guide Explores Color Theory for Hotels
Dexigner
JOI-Design has released its third book, Colours for Hotels, a pioneering reference guide exploring color theory for the hotel industry. Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, co-managing director of JOI-Design, conceived this new book in partnership with Professor Axel Venn, an expert in color physiology and psychology, and trend researcher Janina Venn-Rosky.
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What's Ahead for Interior Designers in 2013?
MultiBriefs
Although the final verdict is still out on business performance for the second quarter of 2013, recent indicators suggest recovery may be elusive.

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How to Competitively Price Your Service
American Express OPEN Forum
In the life of every entrepreneur, there comes a time when you have to decide how to price your product or service. How do you find the right balance?

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Sustainable Age-in-Place Homes Help Boomers
ICON Online
With the expanding population of 76 million baby boomers, designing a "sustainable life" for aging in place may be the next big trend.

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Curbing Negative Patient Experiences With Evidence-Based Design
Healthcare Design
Today, the patient experience is everything. Dissatisfied patients can share their experiences instantly via social media, but turning to proven evidence-based design principles first can prevent that from ever happening.
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With Merely a Coin, You Can Redesign This Smart Furniture System
Wired
Japanese design studio Nendo has created a hyper-adaptive line of office furniture that can alter workspaces with literally the push of a button, ending the time vacuum created when small businesses try to reconfigure their existing furniture to fit new office layouts.
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Designing the Future
Progressive Grocer
"If the very idea of a supermarket was new and there had never been a supermarket before, would we build something like we have today?" Kevin Ervin Kelley, of Shook Kelley, thinks not. New store or remodel, here are some ideas from the front line of design.
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Is Chicago Raising the Bar on Hotel Design?
HotelChatter
Two more Chicago hotels — The Talbott Hotel and ACME Hotel Company — are taking steps to bolster the swank of their interiors. The news follows the recent announcements that the historic Chicago Athletic Association is enlisting the services of the hotter-than-now Roman and Williams design firm and that new (and fine) rooms are expected this October at Thompson Chicago.
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