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'Overwhelming Evidence' of Link Between Office Design, Productivity and Wellness
Workplace Insight
A new report from the World Green Building Council claims it has "overwhelming evidence" that office design significantly impacts the health, well-being and productivity of staff. A range of factors — from air quality and lighting, to views of nature and interior layout — can affect the health, satisfaction and job performance of office workers, the new report finds.
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July Interior Design Billings Index Shows Acceleration in the Industry
ASID
Based on the July survey, business conditions have improved and show positive momentum across most of the design industry space. Both the ASID Interior Design Billings Index, at 60.7, and the ASID Inquires Index, at 67.3, have recovered from slower pace of growth. Firms of all size classes are growing.
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Announcing ASID Business of Design Week: Oct. 6-10
ASID
Join ASID for an inaugural program designed to promote how to use your membership benefits to best enhance your business. In-depth webinars, blog posts, daily digest emails and the announcement of exciting new programs will make this a not-to-miss event! Be prepared for the unveiling of a brand-new ASID affinity program, as well as exclusive tools and opportunities that continue to bring value to your ASID membership. Look for more information to be announced in the coming weeks.
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Refresh Your Resume at ASID Career Exchange During NeoCon East
ASID
If you haven't yet registered for NeoCon East, Oct. 29-30 at the Baltimore Convention Center, here's one more reason to sign up now: Top designers and industry experts will review your resume or portfolio and answer questions about their businesses at the ASID Career Exchange held in conjunction with NeoCon East. If you want a fresh perspective on your resume, your career direction or your business strategy, take part in this valuable exchange.
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Interior Design Magazine Teams with ASID for GO PRO/NYC
Interior Design
As part of ASID's fourth annual GO PRO/NYC event Sept. 18-19, Interior Design staff members hosted more than 100 emerging design professionals at the magazine's own office at SANDOW global headquarters in New York.
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Design Thinking in Harvard Square
Design Mind
The business community's growing interest in design recently led to Harvard's Innovation Lab for a crash course in the process and techniques of sensemaking, or how we turn qualitative research data into design.
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Changing Rooms: Why Architects Are Rethinking Space
The Telegraph
The ways in which we use our homes are changing. Boomerang kids and elderly parents are joining the family fray. Posh new houses now have two kitchens: one for show, one to actually cook in - or even the latest trend: a "night kitchen" near the home cinema and gym to serve popcorn and smoothies.
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IKEA's Next Style Revolution: Itself
Reuters
The store that inserted Scandinavian design into millions of households from Beijing to Boston needs to come up with something new to keep its leading position in an industry that is fast being transformed by travel and the Internet.
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Infographic: Hottest Regions for U.S.-Based Multinational Design Firms
DesignIntelligence
The shift in global economic power is driving significant trends in many areas of business and life. Some see cause for concern, but others have found increasing opportunity.
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Quirky Spin-Out Launches Touchscreen Controller for Smart Home Gadgets
Fast Company's Co.Design
In Quirky's latest move to wedge its way into the burgeoning smart home market via Wink, its smart home subsidiary launched in partnership with GE, the startup is releasing a touchscreen panel that will serve as a central command hub for Wi-Fi-connected devices coming from both its invention community and various partner companies.
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New Apps to Aid in Home Design and Renovations
Reuters
Last year Americans spent approximately $130 billion on home remodeling projects, the highest amount since 2007, according the U.S. Census Bureau. As home spending ramps up, apps aim to ease some of the pain and expense. A free app called Sweeten links homeowners to contractors, interior designers and architects to help create their dream house or apartment.
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'Now' Is How to Build Your Interior Design Business
Fred Berns
Interior design professionals can't grow their profits simply by convincing prospects to buy. The key is convincing them to buy now. Prospects have lots of other things they could spend their money on right now rather than your design services. "Why you?" used to be the question foremost on a prospect's mind. Now there's a second one: "Why now?"
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The Business of Design
Interiors & Sources
While the qualitative elements of design might be what ignite passion and inspiration and pleasure, we need to put the color wheels and fabric swatches aside. Replace them with pie charts and Excel sheets, and be prepared to talk bottom line business.
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How to Diversify by Starting a Product Line for Your Design Business
Interior Desig+n Community
Have you ever thought about starting your own product line? For an interior design professional the opportunity to sell your own line of goods is both an excellent way to grow your brand and add an additional revenue stream.
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Quote Projects With Specific Prices Instead Of Round Numbers
Lifehacker
If you sell your time and need to give quotes to customers, you'll often round to the nearest zero. Potential clients might be more likely to accept your bid if you use an exact price.
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Conquering the Costs of Interior Design
The Interior Design Advocate
Interior design is a costly pursuit. Fine interior design is costly and entry-level interior design is costly. No matter what tier you're working in, it all adds up. This is where budget strategy becomes every design lover's best friend.
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Design Is Not About You or Me, It's About Them
Business 2 Community
Design is more than a client's personal likes and dislikes. It is more than your favorite color or how you just painted your new kitchen. Design is also more than something that goes in a designer's portfolio. It should always be about the end-user: your customers, your market, your audience.
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Fall Fashion Week Trends You Can Bring Into the Home
Bellacor
The fall season has only just begun, but the world's top fashion designers have already showcased their collections for spring 2015. Here are six trends that ruled Fashion Week, along with ideas for incorporating them into your interior design.
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Wake Up Your Bathroom Decor with a Statement Wall
Houzz
You might be tempted to play it safe when it comes to bathroom walls and opt for plain white tiles or just a simple lick of paint. But perhaps it's time to install a wall with a wow factor, be it an intricate pattern of metallic tiles or a sturdy slice of decorative stone.
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All About the Hardware: KBIS 2015 Product Releases
Modenus
KBIS 2015 has seen a flood of unique hardware designs. Nothing says clean lines like the latest collections.
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Green Building Professionals in Top Demand: USGBC
Sourceable
Unveiling the results of a study of job posting from around America, the United States Green Building Council says the number of job listings that specified a LEED qualification increased by 46 percent over the 12-month period to February this year, coming in at 9,033.
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Wisconsin Passivhaus Combines Green Building, Tiny House, Sustainable Living
TreeHugger
Sonya Newenhouse practices what she preaches: She founded Madison Environmental, a green consulting firm, and now is putting her name to use by building and selling the NewenHouse, described as "superinsulated, sustainable, small kit homes that are furnace free, even in cold climates."
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A Look at New Books on Green Building
Ecobuilding Pulse
Good books on green building and construction are hard to find. With industry growth in building green, comprehensive guides to rethinking construction for energy efficiency and sustainability are helpful to anyone new to the field.
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Link Between Design, Productivity, Wellness
Workplace Insight
A new report from the World Green Building Council claims it has "overwhelming evidence" that office design significantly impacts the health, well-being and productivity of staff.

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Do You Have Bully Clients?
Design Biz Blueprint
Have you ever had potential clients tell you they expect you to share your product discounts? Don't allow this to happen to you — it's a recipe for disaster! And it's a form of bullying.

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Invisible Kitchen
Architectural Record
i29 Interior Architects used decorative wall panels and an optical trick to create a vanishing kitchen inside a Paris apartment. When not in use, the kitchen is hidden behind a wall with decorative paneling.

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Micro-loft Living in America's Oldest Indoor Mall
CBS MoneyWatch
Living in the mall is probably a teen dream. But it's also a reality in Providence, Rhode Island, where nearly 100 micro-lofts, many of them 225-square-foot studios, came online in a historic shopping mall last fall.
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Cozy in Your Cubicle? An Office Design Alternative May Improve Efficiency
Bloomberg Businessweek
In 1993, Jay Chiat had an epiphany while skiing in Telluride, Colorado. The adman who created memorable "1984" TV commercial thought it was time to "think different" about his own office: Chiat believed the workplace had become as static as an elementary school, with people only leaving their desks for lunch and for trips to the bathroom.
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Families Want Functional Guest Room Design
Hotel News Now
When it comes to designing guest rooms for families, it's back to the basics, according to sources. The key is functional space.
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The Healing Power of Art: Can Hospital Collections Help?
NBC News
Most of us agree that hospitals are inherently stressful and it's pretty bleak to stare at a blank wall or wait for a doctor in a cramped, dark room. Sick or not, we'd prefer a sunny view or a Monet watercolor. Yet in an era of escalating healthcare costs, it's important to justify spending on aesthetics and design. Can an attractive drawing or photograph reduce pain or anxiety? Do patients with art in their environment heal faster? More and more hospitals think so. And they're putting big money behind it.
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So, Just How Do You Design a Bible Museum?
The Washington Post
How in the world do you design a museum that says "Bible"? Such epic conceptual challenges are daily fare for SmithGroupJJr, the architectural firm doing the eight-story Bible museum being built near the National Mall.
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