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New study proves beautiful buildings are greener
TreeHugger    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new study from the Pattern Mapping Institute attempts to prove that beauty makes a difference in green building performance. Through a study of correlated AIA Cote award winning and LEED Platinum projects, they found that integrated designs that aligned beauty and function had four times the impact of those with just LEED Platinum certification. More

Big government goes small
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Budget shortfalls and austerity pressures have forced governments to reduce the size of projects and designers to look for novel solutions. Here's how you can survive (and prosper) in the new world of institutional design. More

Housing costs a burden for many seniors
Senior Housing News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The number of older people who have high incomes has increased substantially in the past 30 years, but many seniors are still very burdened by housing costs. While the proportion of older Americans who are considered "high income" increased from 18 percent to 31 percent between 1974 and 2010, with middle-income seniors accounting for the biggest proportion at 34 percent, housing continues to account for the largest proportion of total household expenditures for the aging population. More

Falling for fall colors — a look at Pantone's color trends
Crossville via Elevate Your Space    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For the fall 2012 season, Pantone is highlighting 10 trending shades: French Roast, Honey Gold, Pink Flambe, Tangerine Tango, Ultramarine Green, Bright Chartreuse, Olympian Blue, Titanium, Rhapsody and Rose Smoke. Just reading the names of these colors evokes beautiful imagery and invites us to either wrap ourselves up in cozy shades or flaunt our hues out in the world. More

Designing medical offices for telemedicine
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When designing medical office facilities for e-visits, it is essential to integrate the technology into existing spaces within the office. Ideally, the spaces for these consultations occur in a private, quiet area with appropriate furnishings, lighting and room for writing, entering data or reviewing records. More

Profit Workshop at Fall Highpoint Market

Angela Merola will be bringing her highly acclaimed workshop, Profit Mystery Solved! Simple Solutions to Reclaim Your Value and $$$$, to Highpoint. This highly interactive workshop is a must for anyone struggling to find those illusive profit dollars or those simply looking for easy-to-implement tips and tricks to raise your profit margin overall. This workshop is approved for 0.2 CEUs. The workshop is offered Sunday, Oct. 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Highpoint Theater. Click here to register.

Share Your "Iconic Space" In ASID ICON!

Each issue of ASID ICON features an "Iconic Spaces" page, profiling a member along with a timeless interior that inspires him or her. From the intricacy of Spain's Alhambra to the colors of Dorothy Draper's hotels to the simple lines of Frank Lloyd Wright's homes and so many others — we want to know which timeless interiors have made an impression on you.

If you would like to be featured, please email and include (1) your name, title and firm name; (2) a short description of your iconic interior: why you chose it, what it means to you, how it's influenced your design philosophy, etc. (about 75-100 words).

Keep up with all the ASID news at ASID ICON online.

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Meet Dan. He’s frustrated because the conversation happening several workstations away is preventing him from concentrating. He’s like 70 percent of employees who say they would be more productive if their office was quieter. The LogiSon Acoustic Network would provide the noise control and speech privacy he needs to excel.

Living style: Helping clients find perfect color inspiration
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Color consultant Kelly Porter writes, "After more than 10 years of doing color consultations, I'm still amazed at how many homeowners hire a painter before deciding on the colors they want. These are my most challenging and fascinating clients — the ones who want me to show up and immediately choose the perfect colors for them, without having any background information. When it comes to color, this approach is rarely a winning one." More

Master class: A tribute to Albert Hadley
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In a showhouse honoring Albert Hadley, the dean of American decorating, a dozen admirers take his design lessons for a spin. More

Consumer confidence slumps in August
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Turns out people really aren't feeling so chipper about the economy this summer. Consumer confidence slumped sharply in August to 60.6. That marked the fifth drop in the past six months and the lowest reading since November 2011, according to the Conference Board. MORE

Related news: Q2 growth revised upward; Fed still seen in play

Movie nights
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Venice Architecture Biennale's latest offering, "Design Onscreen," offers architects and designers the chance to watch projects evolve — and inspires us to do the same. More

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101 best new products for 2012
HousingZone    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The editors at HousingZone's publications put their heads together to choose the 101 best new products for the residential building sector. Fold-away glass showers and full-surface induction cooktops are among the products that got the nod for enhancing style, improving performance and generally making life easier for the homeowner. More

Blurring the line for Gen Y designs
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Designs that appeal to young renters tend to break the rules. Specifically, these designs don't compartmentalize life's various functions the way traditional floor plans once did. "The lines are blurred between work and life," says Primo Orpilla, principal for San Francisco–based Studio O+A Interior Design. More

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LEDs deliver better light, but consumers stick with CFLs
Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Of the 90 percent of Americans who have used LED or CFL light bulbs to save energy and cut costs, most use CFLs — even though LEDs last up to 25 years, brighten immediately and often provide far better light quality, according to a recent Consumer Reports study. More

Collaborative care
Healthcare Design    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Three specific trends are influencing design approaches to the medical home model of care delivery. This model is gaining ground among health care providers as a cost-effective way to provide primary and specialty care while at the same time lowering costs and improving patient outcomes. More

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Using molding to enhance spaces
Qualified Remodeler    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As a professional interior designer, you have a keen eye for detail. You understand and appreciate things like structure, concept, hierarchy, continuity, history and tradition. You recognize quality and craftsmanship. You also want to improve your bottom line. Then you need to read a free whitepaper from Kuiken Brothers Co. Inc., "Using Molding to Enhance the Beauty and Elegance of a House and Create New Revenue Streams." More

Perceiving reality
Research Design Connections    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A new book explores the way perceptions of the physical world are influenced by psychological processes. "Modern neuroscience teaches us that, in a way, all our perceptions must be considered illusions," the author explains. More

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Why the other interior designer got the job
Design Success University    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Do you ever wonder why some designers get the job and you don't, even when you know you were the best designer for the project? What did they do differently? When prospective clients come to you to redesign their space — often where they spend a majority of their free time — it's a very personal and emotional decision to give the reins to someone else, especially someone they don't know. What they need and want from you as a designer is the confidence that you are the best person to turn their vision into a reality. More

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The surprising secret to selling yourself
Harvard Business Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
There is no shortage of advice out there on how to make a good impression — an impression good enough to land you a new job, score a promotion or bring in that lucrative sales lead. Practice your pitch. Speak confidently, but not too quickly. Make eye contact. And for the love of Pete, don't be modest — highlight your accomplishments. After all, a person's track record of success (or a company's, for that matter) is the single most important factor in determining whether they get hired. Or is it? More

Service — good or bad — sets you apart    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"Good enough" customer service isn't good enough anymore. Clients and prospects simply have too many alternate buying options to consider, making it easy for them to leave should they be dissatisfied with your service. More

How to use limited time and budget to generate leads
The Direct Marketing Voice    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Some small business owners aspire to become the next Apple or other big corporation, while others simply pursue the revenue and stability that comes as a result of owning the market in their local area. By keeping a narrow focus and leveraging some of the latest mobile technologies, small-business owners that service specific markets can turn a few dollars — and a just little bit of time — into a lot of qualified leads. More

The 10 most common mistakes in small-business Web design Blog    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The website for your small business plays an essential role in building your brand and in your marketing efforts. Website design should be much more than just an afterthought. A great website design adds professionalism to your online presence and connects you with customers (and potential customers) around the clock, 365 days a year. More

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'Speed dating' event pairs homeowners with service providers
New Haven Register    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Anyone looking to make home improvements dreams of finding just the right architect, contractor or designer. But making the right match? It's almost as hard as dating. So two enterprising businesses, Rings End and Marvin Windows, have created a "speed dating" event that will pair homeowners with architects, contractors and interior designers. More
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