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3-D Printers Are About to Change Your Life
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With their ability to produce highly complex shapes as easily as very simple ones, 3-D printers have revolutionized model-making and product prototyping, and they are destined to influence the design process, too. "They make forms that you can't make with flat materials," says Boston-based architect Elizabeth Whittaker, a capability that — like CAD and 3-D computer modeling before it — will free architects to think in new ways.
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Design & Construction Week: Early Bird Rate for ASID Members
ASID
ASID is excited to participate in the upcoming Design & Construction Week as a supporting organization. For the first time, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) is co-locating with the NAHB International Builders' Show (IBS) to reach more than 70,000 residential construction and design professionals. Through our partnership, ASID members can register for the 2014 IBS and/or the 2014 KBIS at a special discounted registration fee. Early bird rates are available until today, Friday, Dec. 20. To take advantage of these special rates or to learn more, please visit www.designandconstructionweek.com/ASID.
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David Barrett Scholarship Deadline Extended to Jan. 6
ASID Foundation
The deadline to apply for the ASID Foundation's David Barrett Memorial Scholarship, a $12,000 award, has been extended to Jan. 6. This opportunity is open to all ASID member and nonmember design students whose work uses classical designs and traditional materials. Apply today!
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Two Weeks and Counting: Nominations for 2014 ASID Design Awards Close Jan. 5
ASID
The ASID Awards represent the Society's highest level of professional recognition. Consider nominating a colleague (or yourself) for one of these four prestigious national awards:
  • Designer of Distinction Award: Recognizes an ASID professional member who exemplifies a commitment to the profession and demonstrates an attention to social concerns within the profession.
  • Design for Humanity Award: Celebrates an individual or institution for having significantly contributed to improving the environment for humanity through design-related activities or projects.
  • Design Innovation Award: Recognizes work that positively impacts human behavior, promotes comfort, efficiency or communication, exemplifies a commitment to the profession and to sustainability and displays an overall appreciation for design.
  • Nancy Vincent McClelland Merit Award: Pays tribute to the work and accomplishments of Nancy Vincent McClelland, an ardent advocate for professional recognition in the interior design field and the first woman president of the Society.
With a new, simplified nominations process, it's easier than ever to nominate a deserving designer or firm. Nominations close Jan. 5, so don't delay.

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CEU Reporting Deadline Extended to Jan. 15
ASID
The Society has extended the current continuing education reporting deadline to Jan. 15, 2014. During January, the ASID Member Engagement and Membership departments will receive reports from the Interior Design Continuing Education Council listing all ASID members and the number of CEUs each member has reported. For more information or FAQs, visit the ASID website.
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Transform Lives by Supporting Interior Design Research
ASID Foundation
Design is not neutral — it either hurts or it helps. That's why the ASID Foundation is committed to providing the resources and tools necessary to ensure that interior design makes a positive impact, one that illuminates purpose, evaluates function, enhances well-being and transforms lives. See the good work we've accomplished and then offer your support to keep the momentum going. Donations made before Dec. 31 will be tax-deductible.
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2013 Business Year in Review
Interiors & Sources
With the Great Recession in our rear view, 2013 proved to be a year of sustained growth for the design industry, and economic indicators from AIA and ASID suggest there's more to look forward to in 2014.
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Builder Confidence Rises Four Points in December
HousingZone
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved four points to a 58 reading on the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index for December. This gain reflected improvement in all three index components — current sales conditions, sales expectations and traffic of prospective buyers.
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Head West for Nation's Healthiest Housing Markets
Zillow via ForResidentialPros.com
The nation's healthiest housing markets in October are clustered in California and the rest of the West, according to the newly released Zillow Market Health Index.
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Why Young Professionals Don't Mind Sacrificing an Office for a Gym
Houston Business Journal
While energy companies innovate in the oil fields, they are still known for being conservative internally. But with the war for talent, oil companies are adopting innovative recruiting tactics, starting with paying attention to the way people like to work at work.
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Shielding Your Business From Lawsuits, Threats
David B. Mandell, JD, MBA, and Jason M. O'Dell, MS, CWM
Given today’s litigious society, where successful interior design firms are the target of lawsuits from competitors, the government, clients, customers and even employees, implementing a business protection plan is crucial.
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Toolkit Offers Free Resources for Academic Design
Research Design Connections
A number of tools useful to people designing academic environments are available free at Learning Space Toolkit, a resource center for designing and sustaining technology-rich — yet informal — learning spaces.
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Four Essential Tools for Small but Growing Businesses
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If you're looking to grow your business in the coming year (and who isn't, right?), the following are four more tools you can use to do so.
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The Case for Slacking Off
Harvard Business Review
Can you be an effective creative professional if you're constantly checking your email? One executive tells Harvard Business Review you can't. "If I'm so busy doing what people expect me to do, there will be no time left for what I ought to do. You can't do creative work at a cyber pace. Creative work has its traditional rhythms."
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Four Ways to Improve Your Next Electronic Proposal Submission
Joe Latta
Proposal professionals have long explored ways to optimize their hard copy submissions, from adjusting paper colors, tabs and binding types to developing unique packaging materials. However, as many government and commercial organizations shift to electronic-only submission requirements, a new challenge has emerged: how to optimize a proposal file.
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Running a Business with Your Significant Other: A Significant Challenge
Business 2 Community
Maintaining personal relationships while building a company is one of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur. There's a reason for the old saying "Don't mix business and pleasure," but with so many successful entrepreneurial couples in the workforce, it's obviously possible. So, what are the tricks to balancing happy home life and successful business?
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Eight Home Design Trend Predictions for 2014
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Sheila Schmitz, site editor for Houzz.com, analyzed the 2 million+ photos posted on the site to see what might be trending in design for the year ahead. Find out what she knows by viewing her top eight predictions for 2014.
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What's In, What's Out for Kitchens in 2014
Zillow via Yahoo
The 2014 Zillow Digs Home Design Trend Report surveyed members of Zillow's Design Advisory Board to explain why certain kitchen features are fading from popularity and outline what's in store for the new year.
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Hospitality at Home: The Party-Ready Penthouse
Curbed
Architect and designer David Rockwell may be better known for his chic restaurants and bars (and perhaps a showhouse or two) than private commissions, but when homeowners approached him to create a party-ready space, he "was intrigued by their way of looking at the project through the filter of hospitality."
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GREENBUILD 2013: Collaboration, Technology and Informed Decision Making
ICON Online
Ellen Farber, Allied ASID, LEED Green Associate, Associate IIDA, had three goals when she attended GREENBUILD 2013: to find inspiration, increase her understanding of sustainable technology and to obtain continuing education credits. The event delivered on all three goals, she says.
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Implementing Green Bathroom Design
Archita Datta Majumdar
What does a green bathroom entail? For many it means healthier construction and neater designs that gives one more room to breathe. For others it is the use of ecofriendly materials in its construction that leads to a healthier environment. In reality, a green bathroom is a combination of both concepts.
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2014 Incandescent Bulb Ban Got You Worried? Light the Way to Alternatives
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In a move to sway the country to being more energy consciousness, 40W and 60W incandescent bulbs will no longer be manufactured or imported in the United States. Learn everything you need to know about the ban and affordable lighting alternatives.
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Materials Update: A Clearer Picture
Healthcare Design
The momentum for bringing more transparency to materials selection got a boost this fall when the U.S. Green Building Council released its LEED v4 standard, which includes credits for building product reporting and disclosure. The move follows growing concern about building materials and hazardous chemicals, and their effect on occupants and workers. As awareness has grown, several tools have entered the marketplace.
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Emerging Approach to Wayfinding: Carpet Designs
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Royal Philips and Desso have announced a partnership that could entirely transform wayfinding, courtesy of a new flooring solution that combines LED lighting with light transmissive carpet. The product could very well change the way people interact with information and their environment in offices, hotels, conference centers and other public spaces.
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Workplace Design and Perceptions of Leadership
Research Design Connections
Bodin Danielsson and her research team studied the relationship between workplace design and perceptions of the leaders of an organization. They found that "office environment has an influence on perceived managerial leadership . . . poorer ratings of leadership were found in shared-room offices, and better in medium-sized open plan offices."
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3-D Printers Are About to Change Your Life
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With their ability to produce highly complex shapes as easily as simple ones, 3-D printers have revolutionized model-making and product prototyping; next up is the design process.

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Infographic: Interior Design Trends for 2014
Inhabitat
The Glass Tile Store just launched a new infographic on the hottest design trends for 2014. It's packed with tips on what colors, patterns and textures to choose, how to use space and more.

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Research: How Lighting, Color Impact Design
Michael J. Berens
All designers work with color and light. As we approach the darkest day of the year, now is a good time to remember just how important light is to our health and well-being.

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Power Players in Healthcare Design Face Obamacare
Interior Design
Obamacare has arrived — and there's no looking back. Architects and healthcare designers have already begun to encounter smaller budgets and shifting expectations. Fortunately, design can play a critical role as hospitals, outpatient facilities and pharmacies evolve and adapt. Leading the charge will be designers who help to invent new models for the delivery of affordable care.
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Bring Your High Ceilings Down a Couple Notches
Turnstone
If you've been paying attention to office design trends in the last 10 years, you've probably noticed that the height of ceilings seem to have grown by leaps and bounds.
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Cool Interior Design Trends for the Office
OfficeAnything
This year has seen some amazing office inventions and interiors. It seems like just about every business owner is hipping up to the latest trends. Everywhere, ergonomic furniture, new training rooms and open office layouts have been improving workplace productivity and efficiency all year long.
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