Eye on Design (ASID)
Jan. 23, 2015

Designing Special Spaces for Autistic Children
The Star
Autistic kids react differently to environments than other children. One designer learned how to create special spaces that help these kids to adjust. AJ Paron-Wildes became an expert in creating calming spaces, starting in her own home. More

ASID Business Courses: Earn Over 50 Percent of Your CEUs While Improving Your Business Knowledge
The Society's new online Business of Design series will provide you with practical information you can apply to your business immediately, and will get you started on completing your ASID CEU requirements. The four course series, totaling .7 IDCEC CEUs, will provide a solid foundation on which to build your business, and will focus on four crucial areas of business acumen: Setting Your Intentions, Attracting Clients, Managing Projects, and Sustaining a Practice. The next reporting deadline is Dec. 31, 2015, and requires 1.0 CEUs. Start learning and earning now. Visit http://asidelearning.bizvision.com/category/business-courses for all the details.More

Registration Open for Accelerate Studio: Small Business Strategies in Boston
Register now for the first ASID Accelerate Studio event of the year! Taught by Steve Nobel of NOBELINKS on Feb. 12 in Boston, MA, this targeted workshop will feature six sessions on business strategies. Created with residential designers and small business owners in mind, each session will focus on topics to help interior designers build successful, sustainable businesses. Attendees can participate in all six sessions or choose sessions a la carte. Click here to learn more about Steve Nobel and Accelerate Studio: Small Business Strategies. Register today.More

Call for 2015 ASID Fellow Nominations
Fellowship is the highest honor that ASID bestows upon its members. Elevation to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of an individual designer, but also elevates before the public and the profession a model interior designer who has made a significant contribution to the profession and the Society. ASID members have the opportunity to recommend outstanding professionals for the Society's highest honor.
Nominations close Feb. 4. Submit an entry today.More

Design the World: The ASID ICON Big Winter 3-D Contest Giveaway
Technology continues to transform the way interior designers work. ASID ICON is sponsoring a contest for one lucky winner to receive a brand-new Flashforge Creator Pro Dual Extrusion 3D Printer valued at more than $1300. Entrants must be ASID members, at least 18 years of age, and legal residents of the United States. Your entry must include your name, ASID member number, and a brief description of your experience with 3-D printers, your thoughts on the potential of these devices, and how you would use the printer if chosen as the winner. Submit your entry on the ASID Facebook page at facebook.com/ASID7 and look for the Design the World announcement. Visit asid.org/3Dcontest for all the contest details. Don't delay — the contest ends at 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31.More

House Swapping for Design Professionals
The New York Times
Behomm (pronounced "be HOME"), an 18-month-old home-exchange website, has the comeliness of a shelter magazine, with one big difference: Viewers don't just drool over beautiful properties; they stay in them. What makes Behomm different from Airbnb (and a likely harbinger of home-exchange sites to come) is its peer-to-peer network. All its members are visual artists, designers, or allied professionals. To join, they must work in one of 98 creative disciplines listed on the application, from animator to window dresser.More

Architecture for Humanity Closes San Francisco Headquarters
On Jan. 1, Architecture for Humanity laid off all staff and closed its head office in San Francisco. Although there has been no official statement from the organization, the news has been widely circulated, with Architecture for Humanity founders Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr issuing a statement saying that they are "deeply saddened" by the news, and urging the organization's other chapters around the world "to continue their much-needed work."More

Council for Interior Design Accreditation Elects New Board Members
Interior Design
CIDA, the independent, nonprofit accrediting organization for university-level interior design programs in the United States and Canada, has elected new officers and appointed new directors to its Board. Two new director appointments were made to the nine-member Board. Dr. Lisa Waxman, FIDEC, ASID, was appointed as liaison to the Interior Design Educators Council. Caroline Hughes, IDC, was also appointed as liaison to the Interior Designers of Canada on the CIDA Board.More

IFI Announces Date for World Interiors Day 2015
International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers
The International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers and its global community will celebrate World Interiors Day 2015 on Saturday, May 30. Designed to spotlight interior architecture/design, the event actively engages professionals, national organizations, design enthusiasts, and the general public to explore creativity, imagination, vision, and passion in relation to the role of interiors in society, culture, and our future built environments. More

People-Focused Sales Strategies
While sales continue to be challenging for many design professionals, a people-focused approach is generally viewed as the best pathway to success — whether that means relying on client testimonials to make sales, referrals to win leads, or a people-focused approach to close the sale. That's according to a recent survey conducted by the Research Institute for Cooking & Kitchen Intelligence.More

Build Your Design Business with a Powerful Houzz Profile
Fred Berns
If Houzz.com is going to work for you, you need to put some work into it. That's one of the takeaways from a new report issued by representatives of this social media platform that connects homeowners with design and building professionals. The report — "Reputation Management: A Guidebook" — emphasizes the importance of presenting an extensive profile that "builds your credibility" and "helps prospective clients understand how you differ from your competitors." So what goes into an extensive profile?More

Creating an Interior Design Marketing Strategy That Works
Pink Cloud
Sometimes, marketing for interior design can seem like a nearly impossible feat. How do you rein in all the many things you do and combine them into one message that makes sense? A focused marketing strategy, of course. The right marketing plan is gold.More

Help Your Overwhelmed, Stressed-Out Team
Harvard Business Review
Is your team stressed out? These days, everyone seems overwhelmed and way too busy. But even when your team members have a lot on their plates, they don't have to sacrifice their health or happiness. What can you do to reduce your team's stress? How can you help them focus on what really needs to get done?More

Consumers Prefer Practical Over Pizzazz in Smart Home Technology
Michael J. Berens
At this year's Consumer Electronics Show, manufacturers paraded a host of new smart devices designed to track our behaviors and vital signs and then respond or alert us when action needs to be taken. The devices on display ranged from monitors for utilities, plants, babies, and pets, to a washer and dryer that pings your smartphone or tablet when the cycle is done, and a refrigerator that sends a photo of the interior to let you know the cupboard is bare. Without question, smart technology has arrived and will change how we relate to our homes. But are consumers ready to jump on board?More

Five Smart Home Materials You Need to Know About
Andrew Dent, the vice president of Library and Materials Research at Material ConneXion, shares his top five picks for products with new applications in the home.More

The Future of Interior Design and 2015 Home Remodeling Trends
Homes & Gardens of the Northwest via The Oregonian
Designers polled predict a greater shift to transitional design — that style way station between traditional and contemporary — as well as more emphasis on metals, and a greater emphasis on having a healthy home with the help of better air filtration systems and the elimination of offgassing and formaldehyde finishes. They call these "The Great Eight" trends.More

The Hipness of Bicycle Décor
The Associated Press via Miami Herald
Bikes have become part of hipster culture. There are bicycle-themed dining, drinking, and shopping establishments from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York, and dozens of bike-friendly burgs in-between. While the rides themselves are often tricked out with colored tires, swanky seats, and vintage baskets, there are also those who see more than the sum of two wheels, a frame, and a seat. Designers and artists are creating furnishings and art that give bicycles a whole new way to roll down Cool Street.More

Freedom Within Four Walls
In the run up to the German bathroom tradeshow, ISH 2015, the Association of the German Sanitation Industry is using its Pop Up My Bathroom trend forum to address designing for different stages of life. The four concept bathrooms — children, singles, families, and elderly — following the slogan, "Freedom within four walls," and focus on barrier-free bathrooms, as well as new bathroom concepts.More

Best of Memory Care Design 2014
Senior Housing News
In memory care design, bigger isn't always better. And attention to detail is paramount — whether it's lighting, safe walking paths, or the overall aesthetic of the community.More

Sustainability a Hot Trend for Restaurants
Green Building News
In the culinary world, sustainability tops the list of hottest trends for 2015. Environmental sustainability, sustainable seafood, and food-waste reduction are among the top restaurant trends for 2015, according to the Washington-based National Restaurant Association. From large franchises such as Dunkin Donuts, to local eateries, chefs and restaurant owners are focusing on where they can improve their operations in an environmentally friendly way.More

Mortgage Default Rates About One-Third Less in Energy-Efficient Homes
Housing Zone
Default risks are on average 32 percent lower in energy-efficient homes, controlling for other loan determinants, according to a study by the University of North Carolina – Center for Community Capital. Many have speculated that energy-efficient homes should have lower default risks than standard homes because the lower energy costs free up more money to make mortgage payments.More

Room for Debate: Are Cubicles Preferable to the Open Office Layout?
The New York Times
Though about 70 percent of U.S. workplaces have open office floor plans, numerous studies have shown that employees who work in offices with no or low partitions suffer increased stress from lack of privacy and disrupted concentration — which ultimately decreases worker productivity overall. Should the open office layout be reconsidered? Is it time to bring back the cubicles and the corner offices? The New York Times asked experts and readers to offer their views.More

Designing Restaurant Kitchens to Fit, Not Fight, the Space
The Splendid Table
Food writer Francis Lam, a judge on the show "Top Chef Masters," interviews restaurant designer Jimi Yui on how designers go about designing restaurant kitchens. "I think any decent designer will tell you that what we really do is listen really, really hard," says Yui, who has designed kitchens for chefs like Mario Batali, Eric Ripert, and Masaharu Morimoto.More

Resilient Healthcare Design
Health Facilities Management
Past storms and earthquakes have shown how important it is for certain hospital buildings to withstand high winds, flooding, or seismic activity. In a practice known as "resilient design," healthcare design and construction professionals are drawing on these experiences to develop facilities made to resist a variety of natural or human-induced disasters, and to recover quickly afterward.More

Hospitality and Residential — Sharing Design and Amenities
Hotel Business Review
Do hotel guests prefer to cozy up in front of a warm fireplace on plush couches in spaces that remind them of their own living rooms at home, or do they long to inject a bit of hotel luxury into their residential apartment with rainfall shower heads and purified air filters? The answer is "both." Hotel design trends are crossing over into multi-family residential buildings, and visa versa.More

Workplace Ecology Under the Microscope
Ecology is a term often associated with natural environments and their corresponding animal kingdoms, but it applies equally well to employees and their relationship with the workplace. Workplace ecology can be thought of as the connection between design, productivity, and well-being.More