Eye on Design (ASID)
Jan. 4, 2013

Design for the Whole Human Experience
Metropolis
ASID EVP/CEO Randy Fiser writes, "We work hard to advance the interior design profession, as well as the success of our members . . . to this end, we provide professional development and educational resources, as well as leadership opportunities. For many of our members, building networks is key. And as the design industry evolves, so does our commitment to meet the changing needs and values of our professional members."More

Nominate a Colleague for the ASID Design Awards!
ASID
Now is your opportunity to nominate an organization or colleague who has made significant contributions toward the advancement of the interior design profession, while exemplifying a commitment to enhancing the quality of life. To nominate someone for an ASID Design Award, complete a nomination form and email to designawards@asid.org by Jan. 20. More

Last Chance to Register for the ASID Legislative Symposium!
ASID
Register by Jan. 9 for the 2013 ASID Legislative Symposium, Feb. 1–3, in Dallas. Symposium attendees will earn seven IDCEC-approved CEU credits. Don't miss your chance to learn how the legislative process works and exchange best practices with colleagues. Click here to view the full agenda and to register.More

Mark Your Calendars: Join ASID at NeoCon and Dwell on Design
ASID
Save the date for two not-to-be-missed events from ASID this summer: ASID@NeoCon in Chicago, June 10–12 and ASID@Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, June 21–23. Stay tuned to ASID.org for more information in the coming months!More

Check Out the New ASID.org
ASID
We are excited to start 2013 with the launch of a new and improved ASID.org to provide you the tools to engage with clients, expand your resources and excel in today's marketplace. Be sure to explore the redesigned site and add a headshot and contact information to your MyASID member profile so that consumers and designers can search for you! More

Credentials Count
Interiors & Sources
Titles are important in the workplace, as they help people understand what one does for work. Professional credentials, on the other hand, function in a different way: They typically indicate minimum standards of education, experience and, in some cases, examination. A credential is a "seal" that has far more meaning than a title.More

EPA Opens Comment Period on Commercial Building Lead Paint Hazards
ForResidentialPros.com
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in the process of determining whether renovation, repair and painting activities on public and commercial buildings create lead-based paint hazards, and has opened a comment period to allow for additional data and other information to be submitted by the public and interested stakeholders.More

Forecast Looking a Little Brighter
HousingZone
On the heels of an inconsistent 2012 market, remodelers are slightly more optimistic headed into 2013. The improving housing market, low interest rates, and the close of the presidential election season are some of the factors behind the optimism.More

3-D Printed Furniture Arrives
SourceYour.com
After predicting its advent, the team at SourceYour.com heralds the arrival of 3-D printed office furniture. Design software continues to evolve, honing the ability to customize aesthetics while preserving product design features such as strength and durability.More

Is Working on Your Own Business Too Hard?
Design Biz Blueprint
Being a successful and joyful business owner requires a certain mindset to keep you focused and disciplined, but perhaps an entirely different mindset to keep you flexible, relaxed and empowered. When you are feeling overwhelmed by your work and there is just too much stuff to do, it is time to take a fresh look at what it means to own your own business.More

The Miracle of Compound Interest and Referral Sales
HousingZone
Compound interest — the interest calculated on both the principal and accrued interest — is one of the great wonders of the world. Customer satisfaction has a similar compounding effect on customer referral sales. The problem is, most businesses don't think about their current customers in a "compounding" comparison.More

Getting the Service Right
Hospitality Interiors
It is essential to create an understanding of how service quality can be measured over the long term, to be able to provide a continuous positive experience for customers. There are eight key principles for designing service experiences, according to one consulting agency.More

Does Your Blog Need a Strategy, a Purpose, a Goal?
High Dollar Designer
Is there a way to have a blog and spend a minimum amount of time without making life as a designer more clogged with "must do's" that may or may not bring the kind of selective clients (high-end) that you want to target?More

Furniture Gets Sized for Smaller Spaces
Los Angeles Confidential
Starter castles, McMansions — call them what you will, in the past 20 years many homes across America were built to enormous size. But today, even affluent homebuyers are rethinking the scale of the mega-house. And a smaller footprint requires smaller furniture.More

Top 10 Home Design and Remodeling Trends for 2013
Construction Informer
It's that time of year when the predictions for the upcoming year start flowing. For remodelers and builders alike, it may be instructive to see the 2013 trends Neil Kelly Company is calling out, especially with potential game-changers like granite losing popularity. Is stainless steel also shedding its luster? Read on. More

Green Design Predictions for 2013
Inhabitat
As we embark upon this brand new year, we do so with optimism and hope that 2013 will give rise to a better, more sustainable future. So now that the toasts have been made and "Auld Lang Syne" has come to a stop, Inhabitat is turning to some of the world's leading environmental experts and design luminaries to offer their predictions for 2013. More

EPA Awards Almost $700,000 to Students
Eco-Structure
As part of its People, Prosperity and the Planet annual student design competitions, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving nearly $700,000 to 45 student teams. Under Phase 1 of the competition, each team will receive a grant totaling up to $15,000, for an overall amount of $675,000 among all teams, to be applied toward designing and developing sustainable technologies to help protect people's health and the environment.More

Redefining the Ordinary
Interiors & Sources
While corporate interiors have increasingly moved toward the open plan and reduced their square footage as standard practice, a younger generation of workers equipped with mobile technology has been the real game-changer. The "new normal" in which we find ourselves looks a lot more like the home than the office, and traditional models for the design of corporate interiors simply aren't equipped for the new modes of work that are emerging.More

Standing Desks, Home Offices and the Future of Work
TreeHugger
Whether we work at home or at the office, the location and way we work is less important now than the results. It is hard to adapt for workers and managers, but it's inevitable. Here is a review of some of those changes that became evident in 2012.More

Planning for Staff Traffic Management
Healthcare Design
Evidence-based design is certainly not a new concept in the healthcare industry. In fact, it is increasingly applauded for its impact on a number of key result areas: improved patient outcomes and promotion of healing; increased employee productivity and job satisfaction; and reduced operating costs and improved economic performance. What has not been as closely examined is its impact on day-to-day efficiencies such as traffic flow.More

Understated Luxury: Design Hotels of 2012
3rings
The year 2012 brought an influx of boutique hotels that feature stylish but homely interiors. Each of these designer destinations possess an understated luxury that makes guests feel as if they are in a more deluxe version of their own apartment.More

Patrick Norguet's Furniture Slated for McDonald's
DesignWire Daily
When you think fast food, it's most likely burgers and fries — not inventive design — that comes to mind. But McDonald's, the worldwide fast food giant, is upgrading the look of many of its European units with new outdoor furniture by French designer Patrick Norguet.More