Eye on Design (ASID)
Sep. 4, 2015

Apply to Attend GO PRO by September 10
GO PRO 2015 is an exclusive, invitation only event that will bring together 100 of the nation’s top emerging design talent for two days of engagement and collaboration, October 15-16, 2015 in Brooklyn, N.Y. Attendees will have exclusive access to the featured project, the Barclays Center, and the architecture and design teams that made the project a reality. The group will value ground-breaking content provided by leading professionals, and networking opportunities with fellow emerging designers and industry thought leaders. Review the agenda. GO PRO has been developed for designers early in their careers – emerging professionals with up to five years of professional experience and students in their final year or two of education. ASID will bring together the best emerging design professionals by requesting applications to attend GO PRO. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and accepted attendees will be notified by September 17. Learn more about the application process and apply to attend GO PRO today! Thank you to our generous sponsors, Cosentino, Wilsonart, and Metropolis!More

Greenbuild 2015 Hits D.C. in November
Plan to join ASID and interior designers from across the nation at Greenbuild 2015 Monumental Green, the largest sustainable building event in the U.S., Nov. 18-20 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Green building is uniting people, changing lives, revolutionizing business and addressing our world’s most pressing problems. There’s nothing more monumental than that. Learn more.More

Enter the Houzz Impact of Design Showcase Today
The Houzz Impact of Design Showcase is a platform for interior designers to showcase what they believe the next 40 years of design will look like and how it will impact the human experience. Entrants will receive exposure to 35 million homeowners and professionals in the Houzz community and will be highlighted at High Point Market 2015. The showcase winner will have access to great prizes like $1500 in photography services from a photographer of their choice in the Houzz Photographers Network, a complimentary one year ASID Membership (if eligible), a free copy of the Evidence-Based Design for Residential Environments publication, and one free ticket to a 2016 ASID National event of their choice (up to $195 value). Learn more and enter today! More

ASID Research Indicates Evolution in Design
The Interior Design 2015/2016 Outlook and State of the Industry report provides evidence that the interior design industry is strong and growing and that it’s evolving, too. To view the full economic data and trends analysis, purchase the report. ASID members may purchase the report for $29.95, and non-members may purchase it for $44.95.More

Homeowners Look to Update Master Bedrooms with Professional Help
Qualified Remodeler
According to the Houzz 2015 U.S. Bedroom Trends Survey, nearly three-quarters of renovating homeowners (71 percent) and half of homeowners updating their décor (49 percent) are hiring professional help for their master bedroom upgrades. Homeowners are willing to make extensive changes to their master bedrooms – over half of renovating and decorating projects are major in scope. One in five renovating homeowners is increasing the size of the master bedroom.More

Year-Over-Year Gains for Custom Home Building
Eye On Housing
NAHB's analysis of Census data indicates that the number of custom home building starts posted a slight increase on a year-over year basis as of the second quarter of 2015. Over the last four quarters, there were 158,000 construction starts of custom homes, compared to 146,000 for the four quarters prior that began with the third quarter of 2013.More

Designing to Fit the Vision: When Your Interior Includes Animals
Ukiah Daily Journal
More and more often, clients ask for special consideration, within their commercial or residential interior design plans, for the important animals in their lives. What has significantly shifted over recent years is the manner in which we regard their place in the stream of private, business, or public life, and the mandates affecting their presence. There are important laws, compliances, and regulations that now influence some decisions for interior project design concerning our animals. Health, safety, and basic consideration for others have gained new attention and importance. By default, these circumstances have presented new opportunities for creativity in this special aspect of our everyday business or domestic living sites.More

Ex-Apple Engineer Takes on the Furniture Industry with Couches You Can FedEx
Fast Co. Design
Brad Sewell—formerly a design and manufacturing engineer at Apple—thinks we're buying furniture all wrong. The problems, as Sewell told Fast Company, lie in high shipping costs, lengthy shipping time, and crappy materials that won't hold up over the years. His company Campaign, which launched this week, seeks to upend the way we think about our furniture. The company's name derives from a style of furniture from the 1800s that could break down and assemble quickly.More

Safeguard Your Designs to Avoid Theft, Lawsuit
By Lloyd Princeton
Whether it's vetting a design concept or solving problems on site, design projects take teamwork and team thinking. Many individuals may contribute to the final design and implementation. At the end of the day, though, it should be clear to all involved who owns the project and the rights to all concepts, sketches, renderings, presentation boards, photographs, etc. Otherwise, you could find yourself the victim of design theft or embroiled in a lawsuit.More

Sustaining Success Through Leadership Transition
Design firms that plan and implement successful leadership transitions are well-positioned to build upon their legacies and achieve new levels of growth and success. Effective transition of a leadership position results from a transparent process that identifies an organization’s changing needs, objectively evaluates candidates, and implements decisions in a way that all leaders might aspire to new levels of achievement.More

Three Big Lessons to Apply to Your Own Business
Laurie Brown is a customer service industry veteran with 29 year of experience. She says exceptional customer service has become a must to survive and thrive. Here are some big lessons she has shared from a few big players synonymous with excellent customer service.More

Handling the Questions You Hate to Hear
A meeting with a client or prospect is rarely a time for impromptu brilliance. You’re not likely to come up with a knock-their-socks-off response to a question out of nowhere. Approach meetings hoping for the best, but preparing for the worst. Expect the unexpected, and craft, ahead of time, good answers to lousy questions. Don’t let tough questions tie you up, bring you down, and stress you out. Create a list of your killer questions — and a cheat sheet of answers to them.More

Do Green Buzzwords Work on Consumers?
As part of this year’s Eco Pulse survey, the Shelton Group decided to take the American pulse when it comes to green buzzwords, to find out whether they really have mainstream appeal, whether consumers really get what they mean, and whether some of them actually turn consumers off. Among other responses, they found you may turn customers off completely by using jargon, even if they want what you’re selling. “Low-VOC,” for example, was a real stinker in terms of consumer desirability — a majority actually gave it a negative rating — but when they asked respondents how they felt about indoor air quality, they got a completely different picture.More

Learning from Nature
Human Spaces
Research demonstrates that attentional capacity (which is essential for cognitive functioning) is restored when children/students engage with nature. This means they are less easily distracted and are more able to manage daily tasks. If we as architects and interior designers want to apply biophilic principles in educational settings, we need to consider how spaces can incorporate natural elements or take advantage of limited exterior spaces.More

Groups Join to Develop New Version of the International Green Construction Code
GreenBuilding NEWS
The IgCC is sponsored by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), ASHRAE, the International Codes Council, the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The code is scheduled to be released in 2018. “Our goal in this partnership all along has been to share resources to increase use of the IgCC and make it simpler for code officials, designers, and contractors to build environmentally efficient structures that will lessen energy and water consumption and reduce the carbon footprint,” said ICC Board President Guy Tomberlin.More

The 42 Best Websites for Furniture and Décor
The Huffington Post
While it’s always a good idea to check out big purchases in person, shopping the internet for home decor is an easy alternative to hitting up crowded stores. And with so many amazing sources for stylish and affordable goods at your fingertips, it's almost scary how fast you can decorate an entire home. Huntington Post offers a list of some of the best websites for furniture and décor.More

11 Marvelous Mudrooms and Entryways
Mudrooms are all about function, but that doesn't mean they can't be stylish as well. Features like decorative hooks, relaxing colors, sophisticated finishes, and clever built in shelving units and drawers make mudrooms the perfect place to welcome owners after a long day.More

Kid-Friendly Interior Design: How Far Is Too Far?
One persistent source of interior design drama and intrigue has to do with kids, particularly the notion that outfitting a home with super whimsical features will surely delight the youngest residents. From tunnel slides to multiple floors of netting, there is a lot folks can do to render their abodes more like stylish McDonald's PlayPlaces. These fun-focused décor maneuvers popping up with varying degrees of ridiculousness got us asking: have design-minded parents gone off the deep end?More

The Internet of Things: The Impact on the Travel and Hotel Industry
Hospitality Net
According to research by SMA, two out of three people plan to purchase a smart home device in the next year. These innovations are giving rise to similar Internet of Things (IoT) technologies for use in travel and hotels—for example, connected mini bars that feature removal sensors for auto-charging guests, and smart suitcases that can be tracked and monitored. Mobility and convenience are two shared critical components of travel and IoT, making them a natural fit. By taking advantage of IoT solutions currently on the market, hotel and travel companies can realize increased operational efficiency and a more personalized guest experience.More

28 Fresh Picks in Flooring
Interior Design
From bold saturated jewel tones and lively graphics in carpets, to soft surfacing and subtle shifts in texture and tone in tiles and hard surfacing, here are 28 recent debuts in flooring selected by the editors at Interior Design magazine.More

Good Design Can Combat Open-Office Issues
Building Design+Construction
According to the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), more than 70 percent of American employees now work in an open office, a huge jump from just a decade ago, so issues were bound to arise as the trend became more pervasive. But the reality is that most people don’t like traditional cubicles, and it’s not feasible (nor advantageous) for every company to provide private, closed office space for every employee. Open offices are a great solution, but only if they’re done the right way. Let’s take a look at a few of the most common issues arising in open offices and explore the ways that good design (and good management) can help mitigate those challenges.More

Paint Colors for Long-term Care Settings
McKnight's Long-Term Care News
While an extensive study of the literature on color theory and practice in healthcare published during the last 50 years concluded that there's insufficient evidence to evoke a certain mood, and there's not enough evidence to link specific colors to particular health outcomes, the current color design trend is to use hues that are found in the natural setting around the facility and/or have particular relevance within the local culture.More