ASID Eye on Design
July 29, 2011

Remodeling expected to have long, hard winter
Custom Home Online
A continual bright spot throughout the housing decline, home improvement activity now is showing signs of a potential stall. The Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity report, released July 21 by the Remodeling Futures Program at Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, forecasts that remodeling spending will be down 4 percent through the first quarter of 2012. Although discretionary funds used for home improvement should continue to increase through fall of this year, indicators such as a downturn in pending home sales and housing starts portend a winter drop that might linger well into next year.More

Biophilic design: Creating comfortable spaces
Biophilic design is wonderfully comforting. It leads to spaces that are similar, at a fundamental level, to the ones that gave us shelter in our primordial past and creates an emotional climate in which people flourish.More

Bathroom design for all ages
Residential Design + Build
Design considerations for aging in place have become the rule and not the exception. There is an extraordinary amount of information on universal design and its application. By sorting some of that information into three key categories — safety, comfort and sanitation — one can develop a best practice for designing a bath of any size.More

Food design: A new aesthetic
La Stampa via Worldcrunch
Paola Antonelli sees a big future for design. "In the coming decades, design will become methodology and philosophy for those politicians, scientists and economists who want to adopt a human, holistic and constructive approach," writes the senior curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. One new place to look for this trend in daily life is "food design." More

Let 'em choose
Research Design Connections
In a soon-to-be-published article in Psychological Science, researchers at Rutgers University confirm the psychological power of making choices. These findings reinforce the importance of providing options to your design clients.More

New report spotlights 'hub zones' for learning environments
The life of today's student is a never-ending blur of reading textbooks in the coffee shop, trekking to the library, quizzing classmates in study group, mingling in the dorm lounge and chatting at the student union. With the rise in learning taking place outside traditional classroom walls, a new survey from Herman Miller sheds light on a new phenomenon: hub zones. These deliberately crafted, indoor collaborative spaces are emerging as key learning centers on campuses throughout the country.More

Common ground among the generations
Though there are plenty of differences in the interior design needs of our nation's three most influential generational groups of homeowners — baby boomers, Generation X and Generation Y — a recent study has found some common ground in the kitchen.More

3 novel lighting designs
Three new lighting designs blur the lines between lamp and objet d'art.More

Pakistan: Promoting the art of interior designing
The Express Tribune
Citing a need for "innovation in the corporate sector for design," the Pakistan Institute of Interior Designers opened an exhibition in July that has been touted as the year's most anticipated event for interiors enthusiasts. The road show exhibition features works of the institute's members, furniture designers and interior professionals, as well as seminars and networking for professionals.More

Applying evidence-based design at the new Parkland Hospital
Healthcare Design
The design team for the new Parkland Hospital in Dallas implemented an evidence-based strategy to create a hospital for the future. Mindful of the link between the physical environment and patient and staff outcomes, the designers are striving to improve patient safety and outcomes, increase patient, staff and family satisfaction, improve efficiency and create an environment conducive to the best practices of today and the future.More

Professional WordPress themes for interior design studios
Interior design and luxury furniture oriented professional WordPress themes always are ranked well. These templates are modern and elegant; they have flexible front pages, image slideshows with smooth transition effects, powerful administrator panels and many more features that make them mighty yet universal, suitable for any type of firm. More

AutoCAD of the future
Interior Design School Daily
Need to open an AutoCAD file on your smartphone? Make some notes? Email it to your contractor or client? With the latest update for the successful AutoCAD WS mobile application for iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android, you can do all of those things.More

8 tips to social media success for interior designers
Design Success University
Are you among those designers who aren't engaging in activities related to the various social networking sites (Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook)? If so, you aren't realizing the business boom that comes from keeping in touch with your target market.More

The presentation story
Healthcare Design
Stories can make a great addition to health care interior design presentations. An effective story should tell what is meaningful to the client and how it relates to the facility, and it should get the owner excited about the project. What steps can ensure a presentation has created a unique, special solution to the many issues that surround environments in a health care facility?More

Unpredictable outcomes
Design Intelligence
Many design and construction projects are managed and delivered in a manner that makes outcomes unknowable and uncertain. It's time to rock the boat. Start with three simple action words: standardize, analyze and react.More

Asia theme park boom means big business for designers
The Associated Press via Architectural Record
A rush of theme park construction in Asia is providing a financial lifeline for designers, as the North American market for big resorts already has topped out.More