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NYSID offers first master's in health care design
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The New York School of Interior Design is offering the country's first master's degree in health care interior design. The program curriculum has two complementary threads: understanding healing and restorative environments, and the business of health care. The program is designed for students of varied backgrounds who understand that in the health care, business and design are inextricably intertwined. More

Optimizing natural light for greener spaces
La Jolla Light    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Natural lighting is both a necessity and a hindrance when it comes to energy-saving architecture, challenging designers to strike a balance between light allowance and solar shading. With the right innovations, however, it is possible to achieve this balance — and to create stunning, contemporary and sustainable spaces built to last. More

ABI continues to contract in July
Architect    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The AIA's monthly billing index showed contraction again in July, but the rate of contraction slowed considerably, and some of the nation's regions and the industry's sector are showing signs of life. At 48.7, the score for July was better than the 45.9 recorded for the month of June, which was a slight moderation in decline from the 45.8 recorded in May. More

10 cutting-edge electronic faucets you don't have to touch
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After languishing in relative obscurity for years, the electronic faucet is poised to enter the spotlight. As a result, major players in the plumbing industry are making a play for the category with sleek introductions meant to capture buyers' attention. More

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Occupant benefits of daylight harvesting and automated shading
Interiors & Sources    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When we talk about truly sustainable design we need to go beyond energy savings to include the human elements of the workplace, such as glare, views and distractions. Strategies such as daylight harvesting and automatic shade control contribute to energy savings by reducing the amount of electric light required when daylight is present, while minimizing solar heat gain. These strategies also work to improve occupant comfort, reduce glare and maximize views without continual user maintenance, thereby achieving an optimal balance between energy, functionality and comfort. More

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International design and practice: Lessons from an expert abroad
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Aided by technological advancements and stimulated by evolving economic conditions, North American design firms are increasingly working overseas. The projects and collaborations can be highly invigorating, but also unusually challenging, so they require careful consideration. More

Aging in place: a safe-house guide
Aging in Place Institute via ThirdAge    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Louis Tenenbaum, one of the nation's most respected certified aging in place specialists and the founder of the Aging in Place Institute, has shared a list of safety modifications recommended for making homes more functional for people of any age. More

Expert panel: How to design a digital media room
The Design Hub    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's hardly a revelation that digital media is such an important part of our everyday lives: Smartphones, tablets, digital TV, games consoles, music systems and computers are the basis for most of our entertainment these days. Consequently, private clients expect interior designers to be able to integrate these elements together in a digital media room. More

Affordable luxury
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In a down economy, builders, architects, designers and home buyers are all forced to make tough decisions about costs. When the budget starts ballooning, a design professional is forced to get creative. More

Sea change aboard ship cabin in one day
San Francisco Chronicle    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For interior designers, there are some challenges that just come with the territory. But for Kendall Wilkinson, a recent project came with an unusual obstacle: Rather than having four days to complete a makeover of a 337-square-foot ship's cabin she had never entered before, she learned she had just one day. More

Hoteliers focus on guest health, sustainability
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The biannual American Hotel & Lodging Association 2012 Lodging Survey shows that hoteliers are keeping an eye on guest health, green initiatives and technology resources. More

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Designing new paradigms
Healthcare Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
What will our health care system look like in the future? As the community of people responsible for those medical facilities, designers need to be a strong voice in this conversation. More

5 emerging home trends from NYIGF
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Five design trends, ranging from nostalgic American motifs to modern prints, are being showcased with their corresponding colorways in a curated display at the summer New York International Gift Fair. More

Donald Kaufman on choosing colors
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When the Metropolitan Museum of Art was looking for a palette for its newly renovated American Wing, it turned to a master colorist: Donald Kaufman. Elle Decor's conversation with Kaufman sheds light on his theory of color. More

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Color-zoning interior spaces
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Interior design elements are vital in creating the appropriate atmosphere for a space. There are, however, a number of different factors that go into accomplishing this goal. Key factors include general zoning, color choice and lighting. While the latter two aspects gain most of the attention, the zoning element is often not used to its greatest potential. More

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Design attitudes formed online, via brands
Research Design Connections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Information we get from electronic and print media influences our sense of style; no surprise there. A soon-to-be-published article in the Journal of Consumer Research details how: "Design blogs such as Apartment Therapy or lifestyle brands such as Martha Stewart help consumers exercise taste in their everyday life as they learn how to generate meaning through objects." More

10 steps to modernize surgery centers with interior design
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The patient experience is influencing many facets of health care — and interior design is influencing the patient experience. Ambulatory surgery centers in particular are turning to interior design to create a greater sense of "home" and less sense of "institution." More

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Are you sure you want more business?
High Dollar Designer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's pretty easy to start an interior design business. You set up a website, get business cards printed, do your marketing and basically "hang out your shingle." However, getting your interior design business to pay the bills is quite another matter! More

Branding from the ground up
Interiors & Sources    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
We all have a brand. People form opinions in their minds as to who we are and what we do, and it's important not just to understand, but to manage it. As competition for clients increases, having a strong personal brand can make all the difference. More

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How to get your clients to sell you on working with them
Design Success University    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
So many interior designers get nervous when they meet a prospective client for the first time. That's completely understandable. After all, you want them to like you enough to hire you, right? How would you like to learn an easy way to change the dynamic so they're trying to convince you why they'd be a great client? More

Interior design business questions: Expect the unexpected    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Clients have questions. That's part of the process. But the questions you're never sure how to answer — like "Can you give us a better price?" or "Why is this project taking so long?" — pose the greatest risk. Prepare today for those tough questions so you don't end up cutting your fees or giving away your time to avoid a confrontation with a difficult client. More

Facebook 'Promoted Post' can reach users outside your network
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Facebook recently announced it is testing a new advertising feature that would extend the reach of Facebook pages for brands. The new Promoted Posts feature would allow brands that run Facebook pages to post their content to the news feeds of users who aren't fans of their page. More

Why blogging makes so much sense for service companies
DigitalSherpa    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Businesses that provide services need to present a credible, professional appearance in all of their external communications. They also need to foster a reputation for being an expert in the field and staying up-to-date on the latest advances in the industry. Blogging for service companies can achieve all of these objectives while increasing traffic to your business website. More

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Email marketing is king — here's why
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a business world obsessed with gaining more customer intelligence, you would think email marketing would get more respect. Those who dismiss email marketing are missing its multiplier effect. More
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