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Jinsop Lee: Design for All Five Senses
TED
Good design looks great, yes — but why shouldn't it also feel great, smell great and sound great? Designer Jinsop Lee (a TED Talent Search winner) shares his theory of five-sense design, with a handy graph and a few examples.
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Researching Home: Evidence-Based Residential Design
ASID
Applying scientific evidence in home design will differentiate you from your peers and can justify charging premiums for your services. The ASID Foundation has published the first professional guide to evidence-based design for residential designers, authored by environmental psychologist, Dr. Sally Augustin, and Barbara Miller, ASID. To download a free copy, click here.
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Donate Your AmEx Points to the ASID Foundation
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ASID has partnered with the American Express Members Give program, allowing you to donate directly to the ASID Foundation by redeeming your American Express® Card points for donation dollars. Donations benefit the ASID Foundation and our partnership with The 1%, a nationwide program that challenges designers to commit one percent of their time to pro bono service. To learn more or donate, click here.
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A New Humanism: The Language of the Built Environment
Metropolis
Although languages are fluid, and there are limited objective relationships between forms and their messages, we still say we "express ourselves" in built environments and, in turn, places "speak" to us about the people who built them. We are continually "reading" environments to find clues for orientation, making connections or gaining a competitive edge.
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Suzanne Trocmé Breaks Down the Science of Design
Sourceable
When designing a furniture piece or decorating an interior space, it all comes down to science, according to British designer, author and curator Suzanne Trocmé.
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AIA Compensation Survey Reflects Salary, Benefits Uptick
ForResidentialPros.com
A recent survey by the American Institute of Architects reveals that while the recession has slowed gains in salary across the board, some growth has been seen by firms since 2011.
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Lighting the Lowline
Residential Architect
A radical experiment in daylighting could result in New York's first illuminated underground park, thanks to a contraption that could collect sunlight above ground, bring it through the street using fiber optic cables and then redistribute it into the subterranean space using a reflective dome.
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Museum Puts Micro-Apartments to the Test
Newsday
It is projected that 600,000 "new" New Yorkers, many of them single young professionals, will move to the city by 2030, a trend that has architects and designers creating 350-square-foot micro-unit apartments to accommodate them. Now, the Museum of the City of New York is putting micro-unit living to the test.
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Designers Scout the Las Vegas Market for Top Trends
The Editor at Large
Late last month in Las Vegas for the summer market, the annual Ahead of the Curve panel took place featuring designers Windsor Smith, Ron Woodson and Alexa Hampton. The three embarked on what moderator Susanna Salk described as a "non-stop design fest," scouring the market in search of their favorite design finds to share with market goers.
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Technology Tools & Tips for Interior Designers
ICON Online
With so many new technology tools becoming available every day, design professionals have the ability to streamline and optimize their work in unprecedented ways. Though having options is great in some ways, it also means needing to sort through hundreds and maybe even thousands of options to find a great productivity tool for your business.
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This Will Be the No. 1 Business Skill of the Next 5 Years
LinkedIn
Every few minutes, a new buzzword rips through the business world, skids, gets a few quick books written on it and ends up in a pile of tired terms next to "synergy." Today, one of the biggest corporate buzzwords is "storytelling."
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How Best to Use Pre-Written Interior Design Articles
High Dollar Designer
Are you struggling with creating fresh content that's relevant and helpful to your readers? Are you scrambling for ideas or strapped for time to write from scratch? Many savvy interior designers use pre-written content to boost their engagement, their readership and their income.
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Build a Career Worth Having
Harvard Business Review
We live in a time of chronic dissatisfaction in the workplace. Gallup's 2013 State of the American Workplace study found that as many as 70 percent of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs — 18 percent to such an extent that they are actively undermining their co-workers. How can we explain this? Better yet, how can we change it?
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Design Tips and Ideas for the Modern Kitchen
Dwell
As part of Dwell's Designer ABC's series, Kerrie Kelly, ASID, outlines 10 simple elements to consider for your well-planned kitchen. "The perfect recipe for a beautiful kitchen calls for giving a lot of thought to both the components and the activities that take place in the room, from cooking and cleanup to snacking and socializing," Kelly writes.
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Making the Most of the Bathroom
K+BB Collective
Home renovation projects are popular this time of year, and revamping an existing bathroom or adding a cloakroom or en-suite can add considerable value to a property. What are the current bathroom trends that will result in a top-class bathroom?
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Interior Textiles
Specialty Fabrics Review
Fabric technology has taken designers from tents and art installations to a mainstream commercial business in hospitality and retail spaces.
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Versatile Vanities Address Storage, Personalization Needs
Kitchen & Bath Design Business
Moving beyond functional workspace, bathroom vanities offer designers an opportunity to personalize the bathroom with myriad options in style, size and finish. But while trends are all over the board, varying by region, design style, purpose of the bath and consumer lifestyles, vanities should enhance the room.
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Rethink Biomimicry?
EcoBuilding Pulse
From materials and systems to form, architects look to the natural world for inspiration, but are they missing bigger opportunities?
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Going Green in Senior Living Proves Worthy for Residents and Bottom Line
Senior Housing News
Senior living providers are realizing the environmental benefits of going green for their communities and their residents, and they're doing it without breaking the bank or launching large-scale design projects.
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Greener Gestures: A Sustainable Home That's Meant to Last
Chicago Tribune
What does "green" really mean? In corporate America, it's definitive and quantifiable, such as Patagonia's $20 million green venture capital fund or Cisco's stringent greenhouse gas reduction goals. But Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, director of the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, believes "greening" is a gradual process for most homeowners — as illustrated by a Chicago couple whose home won the Chicago Athenaeum's Green GOOD Design Award.
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Green Cleaning in Action: Dry Ice Blasting and Eco-Friendly Mold Removal
Green Building Elements
Mold growth frequently occurs both in commercial and residential buildings in any area that is prone to damp or leaks, and it can lead to health issues in people who regularly come into contact with the spores released. There are various methods used to remove mold; however, dry ice blasting is the most effective and environmentally friendly method available.
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Gensler: Successful Workplaces Balance Focus and Collaboration
Arch Daily
Gensler, who recently topped out on the world's second tallest skyscraper in Shanghai, just released a report outlining the keys to designing a successful workplace. Using their custom "Workplace Performance Index" they surveyed 2,035 office workers in the U.S. to find out what makes employees happy and productive in their workplace.
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Shedding Light on Retrofits
Interiors & Sources
A lighting retrofit can reduce energy consumption, improve working conditions and make businesses more attractive to consumers. Here are some tips to help make your next retrofit more successful.
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TED Talk: Design for All Five Senses
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Good design looks great, yes — but why shouldn't it also feel great, smell great and sound great? Designer Jinsop Lee shares his theory of five-sense design.

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Seven Tips From Leading Design Entrepreneurs
Fast Company's Co.Design
For the modern-era business to succeed, design has to be built in from the ground up. It's a tall order for designers, who now more than ever need to nourish their inner CEO.

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The 10 Most Interior-Design Savvy Cities
PRWeb via Long Island Newsday
Elite Fixtures has named the 10 Most Interior-Design Savvy Cities in America, based on proximity to art schools, remodeling expenses and décor.

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Green Healthcare Design Doesn't Have to Cost More
Healthcare Design
Five years ago, the study "Demystifying First Cost Green Building Premiums in Healthcare" was released, showing that the capital cost premium for green healthcare design was 2.4 percent. How has that figure changed since then?
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Play's the Thing: Architects Add Fun to 7 Global Schools
Interior Design
Interior Design rounded up seven international schools, each with a healthy dose of fun courtesy of the creative architecture that went into them.
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