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Public interest design takes shape
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Evidence has been collecting in publications and exhibits that a new field of practice is emerging, using design as a tool to serve the public, including those who cannot afford design services. As the term "public interest design" enters the public discourse, are there professional standards that need to be defined and understood in order to make the most valuable contribution? More



Go 'biophilic' at work with nature's design
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Biophilic design identifies our place in nature and uses the built environment to maintain, restore and enhance physical and emotional connections to the natural world. As people naturally gravitate toward places that include elements found in the natural environment, it makes sense to take these elements to the office. More

Luxury, storage, ease of use top boomers' design wish list
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If your clientele is made up primarily of baby boomers, there's good news and bad news. While this group is often ready to spend money on luxury upgrades, they also have high expectations. Understanding their needs, wants and priorities is the best way to ensure a successful outcome. More

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"Just trying to do this jigsaw puzzle"
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Author Norman Weinstein encourages architects and designers take a closer (or more likely, first) look at intarsia. This overlooked form of Italian Renaissance wood inlay art can inspire "a jigsaw state of mind" and a change in design thinking. More

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ASID State of the Industry Address

Randy Fiser, Executive Vice President/CEO of ASID, recently presented the Society's first annual State of the Industry Address. The presentation included data from the ASID State of the Industry report, which provides an analysis of the market forces driving the $60 billion interior design industry. Click here to watch a brief message from Randy about the report, which can be downloaded from the ASID Store.


ASID Publishes First E-book: Design Your Perfect Interior

A new e-book from ASID and Design Success University founder Gail Doby, ASID, gives design insider tools and tips for creating perfect interiors and developing strong designer/client relationships. The Kindle edition of Design Your Perfect Interior is now available on Amazon for $9.99 or a PDF can be purchased for $9.99 from the ASID Store.


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Interior Design magazine announces 2012 Hall of Fame inductees
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Interior Design magazine's 28th annual Hall of Fame ceremony, taking place Nov. 28 in New York City, will honor the Hall of Fame class of 2012. Who's included in the roster this year? More



Copper makes an impression at London Design Festival 2012
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The use of ultra-versatile copper is on the rise, whether inspired by the promise of the metal's unique patina upon years of use or its ever-increasing street value. The reasons for copper's distinct resurgence are as varied as its numerous applications, including these examples from the London Design Festival. More

Greening in place
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Green remodeling provides many benefits for older people and those with physical disabilities, as well as the average homeowner. Cost savings matter to every demographic, and an added benefit of an efficient home is that it's more comfortable, with fewer drafts or hot spots. More

Office cubicles vs. modular workstations
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With advances in technology and office furniture manufacturing, the ergonomic attributes, cost and value of panel system furniture have never been greater. How do the features and benefits of traditional office cubicles compare to the modern modular workstations? More


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Déjà vu and designers
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We've all experienced déjà vu at one time or another. Now, research helps explain how déjà vu experiences provide insights for designers' interactions with clients. More

Top hardware styles for flat-panel kitchen cabinets
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The flat-panel, or slab-door, style of cabinet is most often seen in modern or contemporary kitchens. The essence of this style is often about minimal embellishment and letting the natural materials speak for themselves. As a result, subtle hardware choices can make a big impact in a kitchen with flat-panel cabinets. More

Paintings reimagine the concept of living space
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Nathalie Guinamard reimagines interiors from the 1950s and '60s with paint, in order to explore how our memories and identities are shaped by the physical spaces we live in. She's equally as interested in the objects we choose to surround ourselves with in these spaces. More



Renovating an aging urban building into multipurpose office space
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Aging buildings can have at least two lives — through adaptive reuse, they can become vibrant office, retail and mixed-use spaces. More

The reinvention of inspiring floor lamps
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While good lighting is essential for its functionality, the design of the actual fixture is what draws our eye and makes it stand out as a design element of the room. Floor lamps have reinvented themselves over the years, turning what used to be strictly functional pieces into a sought-after design element. More

EPA delays commercial lead paint rule until 2015
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In a positive development for remodelers, the EPA has postponed the lead paint rule for public and commercial buildings until July 1, 2015. The EPA also revised an August 2009 settlement agreement with some litigants to merge the interior and exterior Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting rule for commercial buildings and take final action by Jan. 1, 2017. More


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Clinton Global Initiative: The design lab
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Design thinking is a useful tool for generating collaborative solutions. Here, AIA Executive Vice President and CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, presents a tutorial on design thinking at the Clinton Global Initiative 2012, by asking, "How can design combat chronic disease?" More

Healthcare designers as change agents
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With the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act, the healthcare industry is set for change. What is the designer's role in the process? Healthcare facilities will be reconfigured to meet the challenges of increased patient volume and multiple delivery models, and cost will be a primary factor driving the change, encouraging designers and stakeholders to consider the most efficient ways to deliver that care. More

Is sustainable attainable?
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Sustainability and green practices are in the spotlight. But the question in the hospitality industry is not whether hotels care — they do — but whether they incorporate sustainability practices as a basic standard of doing business. More

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The great recovery project
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With millions of tons of potentially valuable resources going into landfill every day, the economic case for recovering and reusing raw materials is stronger than ever. What part can designers and businesses play in this process? More

The brilliance of color
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We normally understand color in terms of pigments: materials that reflect back a certain wavelength of the spectrum of light. But the Pollia berry offers a brilliant example of structural color. What is the benefit to designers? Not a lot at this time, but there is a lot of interest in understanding photonic color, which is the scientific field that structural color falls under. More


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The surprisingly colorful homes of 10 famous architects
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Architects often get classified as stark minimalists obsessed with the seemingly boring, non-color palette of black and white. Flavorwire dispels this myth with a virtual visit to the vibrant homes of some of its favorite architecture and design legends. More

How design thinking can help save movie theaters
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It seems that in the hyper-connected, on-demand world today, the magic of going to the movies has lost its spark. But like any design strategists with a soft spot for buttered popcorn, the authors wondered whether the problem was worth looking at from a fresh perspective. Can design thinking bring the magic back to the movies? More

Holistic approach to hotel space changes future of small meetings
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Workspring at Marriott — the industry's first purpose-built suite of integrated spaces and common areas designed for small meetings — takes a holistic approach, bringing together seamlessly integrated service, technology and contemporary design. The chain intends to offer a collaborative work experience that will promote creativity and innovation through the design of its meeting space. More

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Finding the right formula
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We all want to make and keep more money. But how do we do that? Julia Molloy offers three components she says will create a better bottom line for your business. More

How to be a happy and successful freelancer (or work with one)
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With more and more professionals opting to freelance in an economy where full-time jobs can be hard to come by, it's more important than ever to take a structured approach to this innately flexible role. Here, freelancers share their best practices for being their own boss and working with clients. More



Copycats
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Once upon a time, it wasn't that hard to protect intellectual property. But it's so easy now to duplicate an image or design in the online world. Designers and architects need to know how to protect themselves from the potential risk of others taking credit for, or profiting commercially from, their work. More

What is growth?
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We often think of growth strictly as an increase in top-line sales, number of projects, or number of team members. But there's much more to it, writes business coach Mark Richardson. More

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How to avoid being shopped
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Today more than ever, clients are "shopping" designers. This doesn't mean clients are buying furnishings themselves; rather, it refers to the bigger issue of people looking to designers for free advice, with no intention of ever hiring them. More

Don't object to price objections
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Price objections can actually be a good thing, argues Fred Berns in this video. In fact, studies show your chance of closing the deal spike 30 percent if there are price objections. So how can you turn an objection into an agreement? More


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13 office trends that will disappear within 5 years
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Keeping an office space up-to-date not only improves the space itself but also the company's ability to attract and retain the best talent and best clients. So pay attention to a recent LinkedIn survey that sheds light on the tools and trends that are likely to vanish from offices by 2017. More

Best ways to make customers love you
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Interior designers know how important referrals and word-of-mouth are, so hearing a customer say "I just love working with you" can mean a lot more than just a compliment. Here are the seven rules for getting customers to love working with you, based upon conversations with Jeffrey Gitomer, author of the The Sales Bible, and Dr. Earl Taylor, master trainer at Dale Carnegie. More
 
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