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Healthy Hotel Rooms
The Herman Group
As more of us who are road warriors endeavor to stay healthy on the road, the hospitality industry is responding with new menus, new designs and new opportunities to help travelers focus on well-being. Big brands and others from cruise lines to convention hotels are beginning to understand that for a segment of the traveling public, health and wellness are a top priority.
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Xiaobo Quan Talks EBD Research and Patient-Centric Design
ICON Online
Xiaobo Quan, Ph.D., EDAC, is a research associate at the Center for Health Design. Xiaobo focuses his efforts on special research projects, as well as the CHD's major research initiative, the Pebble Project. Working closely with director of research, Anjali Joseph, Ph.D., EDAC, and Pebble Project partners, planners, designers and other researchers, he examines the impact of the built environment on human behaviors and healthcare outcomes.
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November President's Letter: The Benefits of Mentoring
ICON Online
ASID National President Rachelle Schoessler Lynn, FASID, CID, LEED AP BD+C, sees promise and potential in the future of the profession — especially if veteran designers reach out as mentors. "As we plan for the future of interior design, ASID is committed to investing in students and emerging professionals. But that's not enough. We need you to encourage and nurture that next generation," she writes.
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Repurpose with a Purpose: SHELTER Competition Will Help Communities in Crisis
ASID
The SHELTER design competition challenges students to offer a solution for temporarily converting existing vacant buildings into shelters that support the health, safety and welfare of a community in crisis following a natural disaster. You could win $2,000 and national recognition of your work — the opportunity to showcase your work with more than 28,000 ASID members and the design community! Submissions are due by midnight Sunday, Jan. 12. Entry fees are $35 for ASID student members or $75 for non-members. For more details, check out the competition overview.
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Don't Miss Out on the David Barrett Memorial Scholarship
ASID Foundation
The ASID Foundation is awarding $12,000 for the David Barrett Memorial Scholarship. This opportunity is open to all ASID members and nonmembers whose work uses classical designs and traditional materials. Apply by Dec. 18 to be considered!
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Protecting Original Design: A Pressing National Issue
The Editor at Large
As more interior designers develop signature styles and product lines, protecting original design is more important than ever. Many industry leaders have honed in on this idea and are exploring the line between inspiration and replication.
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2013 Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey Now Open
Design Success University
It is time for the Design Success University annual Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey, and we need your help. Please tell us about your biggest challenges going into 2014 when you get access to the survey. Our new Interior Design Fee & Salary Survey e-book will debut Jan. 14. This year's numbers should show a dramatic improvement in most interior designers' business, though some are still struggling. The new e-book will be full of great advice to help you resolve some of those key problems, so please help us out by participating in the survey today.
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How Young Is Too Young for Universal Design?
DAASE News & Views
One of the challenges of delivering the message about "universal design" and accessible interiors is that for many, particularly the younger generations, designing a home with accessible features and universal design concepts is not something they will need. They often never consider what might occur should they have a health issue or an accident that makes being in their home at the least "inconvenient."
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The Coveted Halls of the Design Library
The Wall Street Journal
WSJ Magazine takes a behind-the-scenes look at the Design Library — "the world's best-kept design secret" — a mecca for the more than 3,000 fashion, interior and paper goods designers who tap its seven million textile designs every season.
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High Point Market Fall 2013: Trend Watch
Christina Mogk
Refined. Textural. Simple. Crafted. Strong. If asked to describe High Point's Fall Market trends for 2013, those are some of the first words that come to mind. If you're looking for one key takeaway: Details matter.
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Healthcare Designers React to New LEED v4
Healthcare Design
Classified by the U.S. Green Building Council as the most significant and comprehensive update since LEED's inception, the new LEED v4 features more aggressive energy and water efficiency prerequisites and credits, and unprecedented building product reporting and disclosure requirements. Overall, healthcare designers are embracing the update, particularly the notion of product transparency. But some are wondering if the new system's requirements are a bit too ambitious.
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Not Feeling Inspired by Your Interior Design Business Anymore?
Molloy Management Blog
"I have been a designer for a very long time. I have always loved what I do, but it is not feeling the same to me now. I am burnt out. I am not excited anymore. I almost feel like quitting. What do I do?" If you can relate to these sentiments, Julia Molloy has some insight that might help you find your way back to inspiration and motivation.
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Take Your Interior Design Business to the Next Level With a Better Website
SparkyHub
As more interior designers graduate from college and enter the workforce, the competition becomes even greater. Taking advantage of every available marketing tool allows you to maintain a top position in your market. Your website can be a highly influential factor — if you take the time to invest in better website design.
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Who Cares About "Likes" These Days?
Jeffrey Dobkin
Do you have a big "like" button wasting space on your website? Do you send visitors unimportant requests to "like" you, instead of valuable requests such asking for referrals? Time to change this outdated practice.
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Working the Booth: Seven Ways to Improve Your Trade Show ROI
K+BB Collective
When it comes to selling your K+B design services, nothing beats a "face-to-face." The personal connection you make with a one-on-one exchange far exceeds any other communication method. And one way to get more face-to-face meetings is through exhibiting at trade shows and home shows.
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Design Business Blogging
Relevant Design
In the first of a three-part series, CJ Dellatore helps interior designers set goals for their design blogs. Part 2 outlines five keys to compelling content, while Part 3 explains how to put this knowledge into action and promote your blog — and thereby your business.
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Butting Heads Over a Key Decision? How to Break the Logjam
Inc.
Some disagreement is natural — and even good — within teams. But if it gets out of hand, you need a conflict resolution strategy.
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10 Ways to Boost Creativity for Design Professionals
Freshome
Creativity is at the heart of all design, but seeking the inspiration to boost that creativity can sometimes be a challenge. Here are a few tips to help unblock the innovative process if you find yourself stuck in neutral.
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Rapport Elevates Condo Redesign
The Plain Dealer
Dan Groth and Sande Chernett bicker, laugh and tease just like a long-married couple. But they're not wed; Chernett is an interior designer and Groth is her client. Then again, the relationship between a designer and a client is a bit like a marriage: Two people are in each other's hair. Large sums of money are at stake. Communication and mutual respect are key. In Groth's case, it led to the redesign of his dreams.
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Pale Yellow Named 2014 Color of the Year by PPG Pittsburgh Paints
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PPG Pittsburgh Paints brand has named Turning Oakleaf, a soft but energetic buttercream yellow, as its 2014 Color of the Year. Experts from PPG Industries said they expect the color to have a prominent role in the coming year as part of their forecast for use of brighter, more optimistic colors among homeowners.
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Seven Awesome Add-Ons for Kitchen Cabinets
Houzz via Forbes
Remember when having a microwave or an electric can opener mounted under wall cabinets was considered state of the art? Now you can attach smartphones and tablets and even hide the necessary outlets out of sight. Curious what today's cabinet additions can do for you? Check out a few of the latest and most useful offerings in cabinet-mounted gadgets and accessories.
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How to Mix and Match Furniture for a Modern Home
Dwell
Take a look into these 10 homes to see how they have effortlessly furnished their interiors with playful collections of mismatched items.
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When It Comes to Floors, Go With the Grain
Sourceable
Period floorboards are often hidden under carpet, tiles or linoleum, waiting to be discovered and restored to their former glory. They are a fantastic feature in a period home, and there's nothing more satisfying than revealing and enjoying them after years under cover.
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10 Innovations Poised to Change Sustainable Industries
Mashable
NASA, USAID, Nike and the U.S. State Department don't sound like teammates, but they're all equal participants in an international accelerator focusing on sustainable programs and social good. In 2010, the quartet partnered on LAUNCH, a sort of Y Combinator for global development. A recent three-day forum at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratories hinted at 10 innovations that will change sustainable materials.
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Brad Pitt's "Make It Right" Opens LEED-Platinum Housing Complex in Kansas City
Archinect
Make It Right, an organization that helps communities rebuild after environmental or economic disasters, opened its most recent project in Kansas City, Mo., in November, repurposing an abandoned school into LEED-Platinum apartments.
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New State-of-the-Art Facility for Researching Retail Environments
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GlaxoSmithKline just opened an innovative retail research center. The Shopper Science Lab is a state-of-the art research facility providing in-depth understanding of how and why shoppers make decisions and what influences their choices.
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Using Good Design to Eliminate Medical Errors
Fast Company's Co.Design
A British research team has studied life-threatening hospital mistakes, spent time observing healthcare practitioners at work in their facilities and analyzed existing data to find evidence-based solutions to incorporate into the built environment.
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Research Shows Design Impacts Patient Mobility
Healthcare Design
In 1960, the U.S. Public Health Service reported that disability from immobilization was one of 10 preventable health problems and that such disability could be reduced by 50-75 percent. Decades later, immobility is still an issue and garnering even more attention in the era of healthcare reform, reimbursement and patient-centered care.
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Grape Expectations: The Rise of the Statement Wineries
The Telegraph
Wineries are moving into the 21st century, with state-of-the-art buildings designed to both respect tradition and exploit new technology.
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The Dynamic Productive Workspace
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Designers are constantly being challenged to create activity-based, dynamic workspaces. How can these workplaces facilitate movement, improve productivity and even impact public health?
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Road Warriors Want Healthy Hotel Rooms
The Herman Group
As road warriors endeavor to stay healthy on the road, the hospitality industry is responding with new menus, new designs and new opportunities to help travelers focus on their well-being.

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Infographic: DIY vs. Interior Designer
InStyle Modern
Interior designers work hard to quantify their value to consumers who are barraged with DIY magazines, reality shows and websites. This infographic brings the DIY vs. designer debate into visual clarity.

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When Interior Designers Go Bold
Carla Aston
When interior designers go bold, they get noticed. Being noticed leads to bigger, better jobs and means getting published and having more opportunities. But what happens when your clients don't want the "Wow"?

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A New Set of Metrics for High-Performance Workspaces
Work Design Magazine
While coworking may be one harbinger of the future workplace, it is the integration of three C's that is redefining workspace: concentration, collaboration and community.
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Tokyo Hotel With Sci-Fi Interiors Asks for 9-Hour Stays
Curbed
The iconic capsule hotels of Japan have always had a futuristic vibe, looking as they do like a dystopian city's solution to overcrowding. Few of them embrace that characterization quite as fully as Kyoto's Nine Hours hotel, whose all-white pods could easily pass for cryosleep chambers.
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"Glocalized" Facilities the Wave of the Future
BDG Architects
Lodging and restaurant markets around the world face constant economic, political and technological changes. Yet even in these rapidly changing and evolving environments, there are signs of growth that position the global lodging and restaurant sector for imminent recovery and meaningful future opportunity.
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