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How the Spaces Around Us Dictate Our Health
The Seattle Times
Much of today's built environment would have been unimaginable a century ago. It reflects stunning changes in the materials and technologies we use and in the ways we live our lives. Well-designed places can promote health, and design professionals can create them. Health depends, in part, on wholesome places, not just for individuals, but across entire communities, and health professionals can recognize and support them. Accordingly, two worlds need to come together.
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GO PRO/NYC Approved for .8 CEU Credits
ASID
This fall's GO PRO/NYC has been approved for .8 CEUs — more than the required amount of CEUs due by the end of this year! Taking place Oct. 4-5 in Manhattan, GO PRO/NYC includes cutting-edge educational sessions, networking events and more. Only 100 spots are available for this exclusive conference, so register now! For a full schedule of GO PRO/NYC events, click here.
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Final Call for ASID Foundation Research Grants: Proposals Due Sept. 27
ASID
The proposal window for ASID Foundation's third annual Interior Design Research Grant Program, TRANSFORM, will close in one week, on Sept. 27. This program awards $105,000 in grants to design-related initiatives that address critical gaps in industry knowledge. To learn more about this year's research topic, eligibility or to download the 2013 RFP, click here.
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NeoCon East: Inspiration and Innovation
ASID
Have you registered for NeoCon East? Scheduled Oct. 16-17 in Baltimore, this event is the largest commercial furnishings exposition and conference on the East Coast for the A&D community, with a special focus on showcasing products on the GSA schedule. Click here to register, and make sure to stop by the ASID booth #2686!
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In Search of Bloggers: Share Your Perspective During High Point Market
ASID
This fall's High Point Market, Oct. 19-24, is shaping up to be a blockbuster event! The Design Viewpoints Series, developed by the High Point Market Authority and ASID and co-sponsored by Horchow, has a full slate of fantastic sessions in store for Fall Market. ASID is also seeking attendees who can share their viewpoints on high-level trends, game-changing products and more from High Point, via ICON Online. Contact communications@asid.org if you would like to participate as a High Point blogger.
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Best of Americas Winner List Offers Preview of HD Americas
HD Talks
Who doesn't love a good product roundup — especially one that offers a sneak peek at a much-anticipated show? This year's Best of Americas product competition winners will be seen at the inaugural HD Americas show, Sept. 24-25 in Miami.
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Fall Design Trend: Neutrals and Organics
Dwell
This fall, the editors at Dwell are loving neutral and organic tones. A slideshow offers a glimpse of some of the Dwell homes that really capture the concept of this trend, and the editors offer recommendations for incorporating neutrals and organics into your own home.
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The Hybrid Age
Interiors & Sources
Our modern age is the first to witness the wide-scale implementation of technology in public spaces. What does this evolution mean for the design process — and society at large?
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MIT Researchers Unveil New, Smarter Way to 3-D Print
Fast Company's Co.Design
Any budding designer with a desktop 3-D printer can create an intricate scale model of the Millennium Falcon, but what about something as straightforward yet functional as a chair? It simply won't fit inside the printing box. MIT-based researchers and instructors Marcelo Coelho and Skylar Tibbits teamed up to tackle this very problem.
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Special Function Rooms and Technologies Seeing Resurgence
ForResidentialPros.com
Specialty rooms, new systems and technologies are all returning as a high priority among homeowners as the housing market continues to improve throughout the country. There is a particular emphasis on products offering energy efficiency and fewer maintenance obligations.
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5 Tips to Help You Master Boutique Selling
Joy of Marketing
The difference between your sales process and the sales process of discounters is night and day. You're not closing the sale by adding pressure. You're not negotiating. You close every sale the opposite way: by doing so many things to please the client, from the first interaction to the last encounter, that it seems more like a personal interaction than a sale.
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The Deal on Discounts
Good Business Consulting
The growing trend of daily deals and group buying websites shows no immediate signs of slowing down. The catch is that in addition to the cost of using the service, the discount that participating companies must provide is often very close to their margin. Proceed carefully and consider some key points if you want to make a daily deal work for your business.
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Warning Signs of a "Predator Prospect"
High Dollar Designer
Have you ever had to "fire" a client? You know the ones: They are demanding, demeaning, they don't value you or your time, nor are they very pleasant to work with. Can you spot them early in the process and save everyone's time?
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3 Ways to Score Free Publicity for Your Small Business
YFS Magazine
Are you totally stumped when it comes to getting publicity for your business? Relax — you're not alone. If you're looking for creative ways to get media coverage for your brand while contributing value to your community, try these three tips to get free publicity for your business.
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Why Email Marketing is Small Business's Best Friend
Small Business Trends
With all of the forward thinking hype surrounding social media marketing, its older brother, the email campaign, is often seen as something of a relic of a past. But for small businesses, email campaigns are still an important part of any marketing toolbox and may even drive more sales than social media campaigns.
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How to Find an Interior Design Job
Interior Design Info
If you are searching for a job in the interior design field, there are many different types of jobs available, both in residential and commercial interior design. Use these ideas for finding an interior design job that you may not have considered.
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The Next Big Thing for Seniors: Sensor-Centric Living
Bloomberg
Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are finding their next big idea in the elderly capital of America. A group led by former Apple, Microsoft and EBay employees has unveiled Lively, a system of tiny sensors that helps the elderly maintain their independence by letting far-flung relatives know whether they take their pills on time, pick up the television remote or exit the house.
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International Poll Finds Scent Matters in Well-Design Bedrooms
National Sleep Foundation
What makes a great bedroom? The National Sleep Foundation's 2013 International Bedroom Poll queried people in six countries to find out how the bedroom environment contributes to healthy sleep. A convincing majority in every nation identified scent as having an important role in their sleep routines.
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Kitchen Trends 2013: The Green Kitchen
Archita Datta Majumdar
Like any other trend and fashion, how we look at the kitchen and what we want in it changes over time. Surprisingly, the age best known for drama has shown remarkable restraint: The latest kitchen trends show a strong affinity for the simple and the earthy.
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Pull of Purple Making a Comeback
Woodworking Network
How consumers feel (about work, home, economy, etc.) is reflected in the product colors seen in the marketplace. The subdued grays of the Great Recession are starting to give way to a little more vibrancy in colors and designs.
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The Essential Guide to Underfloor Heating
House to Home
Underfloor heating is not only treat for the feet during the cold winter mornings, but also a great space-saver as well as an energy-efficient way to warm up a household.
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Less is the New More: Making the Most of Small Spaces
Treehugger
As people migrate to smaller spaces, good design helps a lot. This is something they figured out in Europe long ago: If you don't have a lot of horizontal room you can go vertical.
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Energy Benchmarking Laws Spread Across the Country
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Energy audits and benchmarking are already required every 10 years in New York City, and Chicago may be the most recent city to follow NYC's lead.
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New SFC Study Shows "Green Thinking" On the Rise
The Editor at Large
According to the Sustainable Furnishings Council's fifth annual consumer research study, consumers are becoming more environmentally conscious in their purchases and are willing to pay more for greener products.
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Highlights of the 2013 Green Good Design Awards
Interior Design
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies have announced the 100 recipients of the 2013 Green Good Design Awards. Hundreds of architecture, design, and urban planning projects were submitted under this year's theme of "Build a Better World Now." What did the winners have in common?
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Geology 101
Metropolis
A Spanish surface manufacturer has developed a new technology that mimics the way nature forms the hardest rocks. The groundbreaking technology could lead to a new surfacing product that is extremely durable and resistant to chemicals and weather.
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Cork, Recycled Glass, Bamboo Part of Eco-Conscious Interior Design
Sioux City Journal via Rapid City Journal
Sometimes going green means getting blue. Skyy Vodka's iconic cobalt-colored bottles are going from cocktails to countertops, providing a recycled glass surface with sustainability and style. That's just one popular option available at a variety of kitchen, bath and interior design centers.
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How Built Environments Dictate Our Health
The Seattle Times
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Pioneering Research-Based Reference Guide
Dexigner
Colours for Hotels, the first academic study to specifically investigate color design for hotel environments, uses experience and research to rank the most important colors for hotels.

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Color Palette Shifting to a More Sophisticated Look
ForResidentialPros.com
The Color Marketing Group predicts the overtly optimistic, chromatic color palette of last year will take a breather as trends shift to adopt a more sophisticated, mature look.

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New Research Finds Dated Décor Directly Related to Poor Hotel Reviews
Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings
New research by the hotel décor maintenance company Hotel Fresh has uncovered a direct correlation between dated interiors and poor customer reviews. When walking into a hotel the first thing most people took note of was the décor, and even hotels that were generally clean fared poorly when it came to reviews if the overall look and feel was one of a dated interior.
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The Best Call Center Ever
Curbed
Looking to annihilate expectations about what a stereotypical call center looks like, a design team broke every mold for SingTel Call Center. Swings, a carousel, themed "huddle areas," coaching rooms and color, color and more color lend an unusual vibe to this office space.
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Interior Designs Setting the Tone at New Restaurants
Commercial Observer
During the past few years, new design innovations and techniques have set the tone in creating a customer experience diners directly relate to a restaurant's food. While many themes have become somewhat of a fad, there is a direct relation between build-outs, creating the ideal experience and having a successful restaurant concept.
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The New Office Perk: Daylight
Fort Mill Times
A recent survey on daylighting issues conducted online by Harris Interactive on behalf of SAGE Electrochromics says 82 percent of employed Americans believe there is a connection between office morale and the amount of natural light in an office.
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High Design: 7 Rooftop Escapes
Interior Design
Shake equal parts design expertise and hospitality know-how to yield these seven rooftop escapes that offer a unique take on the art of bringing the indoors outside.
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