Eye on Design (ASID)
Oct. 25, 2013

Healthy Conversations: Top Trends in Design for Senior Living
Contract magazine, in partnership with Interface and Universal Fibers, recently hosted a series of panel discussions called "Healthy Conversations," which focused on the changing landscape influencing the design of senior living facilities throughout the country. Four of the panelists share their insights on this market and the forces they see influencing the design of senior facilities in the future.More

Just Launched: ASID Accelerate Studio Education Program
The new Accelerate Studio education program offers accelerated learning opportunities to members eager to expand their design knowledge and adopt new business strategies. The first events in New York (Nov. 13) and Miami (Nov. 18) will examine the latest health-related design topics. Members who attend the daylong program will earn their 0.6 CEU annual requirement. Learn more and register today.More

Society Welcomes Chris Tucker as New COO
The American Society of Interior Designers this week welcomed Chris M. Tucker as chief operating officer. An accomplished nonprofit leader, Tucker brings a wealth of expertise in business operations, marketing and communications, institutional advancement, member services, educational programming and strategic planning to the Society.More

Less Than a Month Left to Plan for REGREEN
Nov. 18, 2013 — Philadelphia

ASID will host the REGREEN Implementation Workshop, a one-day class full of ideas to help you bring sustainable design to your client projects. Based on the REGREEN Guidelines, this course is the perfect opportunity to address your industry-specific green challenges, engage with other area designers and add to your required continuing education units. The capstone course in the REGREEN Trained™ certificate program, this workshop offers 0.8 HSW CEU (IDCEC), which can also be used for LEED CMP. Register now.More

Reminder: 2013 CEU Requirements Deadline Approaching
On Dec. 31, 2013, all ASID Professional, Allied and Associate members will be required to have obtained 0.6 CEU (six contact hours) to maintain ASID membership qualifications. Please remember to complete your CEU courses and report them to Interior Design Continuing Education Council before the new year. Please click here for more information. More

The ASID Job Bank Top Jobs
The ASID Job Bank is one of the best sources you'll find for your next job or your next talented employee! With hundreds of positions available all over the country across multiple career stages, make sure you take a look today.More

Home Improvement Upturn Expected to Begin Tapering in 2014
The home remodeling market continues to improve, with strong gains expected for the remainder of 2013 and the beginning of 2014, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. While the LIRA continues to project annual improvement spending increasing at a double-digit pace in the near term, a slowdown of this growth can be expected by the middle of 2014.More

New Shades and Interactive App Light Up HPMKT
ICON Online
After a successful 2012 debut, Lutron is excited to return to the High Point Fall Market to showcase its design collections. ASID caught up with Staci Quirk, marketing manager of Lutron, to discuss the company's growth, the importance of the High Point Market and the latest trends in shades and lighting management.More

Adam Brandow: The Importance of Silver
The Editor at Large
As the holidays approach and Christie's hosts a newsmaking auction of pieces by 17th-century silversmiths, the auction house's silver specialist, Adam Brandow, weighs in on the value of silver, what it represents and the role it plays in interiors today.More

Does a Big Chair Make People Behave Dishonestly?
Harvard Business Review
After discovering that people who assume "expansive" postures are more likely to steal and cheat, a team of researchers led by Andy J. Yap of MIT's Sloan School of Management suggests that office layout and furniture might induce negative behavior.More

Color Trend: Take a Breath
"Breath of Fresh Air," a neutral shade of pale blue, has been announced as Benjamin Moore's 2014 Color of the Year and as part of the company's Color Trends 2014 palette. How was the hue chosen?More

Scientists Create 3-D Map of Tower of Pisa's Interiors
Australian scientists have become the first to capture the intricate interiors of Italy's iconic Leaning Tower of Pisa through 3-D mapping technology. It took just 20 minutes for a CSIRO researcher to climb the Leaning Tower's nearly 300 stairs and map the interiors of Pisa's 56-meter freestanding bell tower, which dates back to 1372.More

How to Avoid Copycats in Interior Design
Missing my Sunshine
Copying or imitation is the sincerest form of flattery — or so the saying goes. Copycats are par for the course when you're successful in creative business. It's an increasing problem as business has gone online. Here are some of tips to deal with this problem.More

Confessions of a Miser: 6 Tips to a Strong Budget
Bob Fortune
Budgetary decisions often require courage; difficult financial choices affect everyone within an organization. These six cornerstone budgetary philosophies can bear fruit through the ups and downs of many business cycles.More

The Last 10 Percent: How to Get Clients to the Design Finish Line
WSI Designer Marketplace
We've all been there with our clients — we spends months and months creating and executing a gorgeous design plan only to have the clients poop out before they get to the part that actually brings life to the space: that last 10 percent.More

Blogging for Interior Designers
Doodle Home
Whether it's a picture gallery displaying your latest project or an article on the best uses of color in kitchens, a blog gives interior designers an easy platform to market their business digitally. More

4 Interior Design Careers You Should Know About
Intern Queen
The interior design industry is just like anything else: an extremely high-profile, "glamorous" field populated by hundreds of thousands of aspiring designers. Instead of going the obvious — and most competitive — route, consider starting your career in one of these interior design subsets. More

Social Media Marketing Tips for Interior Design Professionals
For small-business owners, running the operations of a design business can be all consuming. But attracting new customers into the sales funnel is something you can't ignore while you are busy with the day-to-day tasks of running your business.More

Kitchen Accessories Provide Style and Accessibility
Kitchen & Bath Design News
In today's smaller kitchens, finding storage is more important than ever, which makes efficient and space-saving interior fittings critical. An aging consumer base is also boosting the market for interior fittings and accessories that maximize accessibility. What are some other hot trends in the kitchen?More

13 Gray Rooms That Will Completely Change the Way to Look at This Color
The Huffington Post
Many times, the color gray is associated with indecision, bleakness and well, sadness. But actually, this hue can be quite empowering in a room.More

Diverse Decor: Brass, Bright Colors and Art Lead the Way
The San Diego Union-Tribune
When it comes to interior design trends for fall and winter, the choice of styles and selections can be so confusing and overwhelming, it can make one swear to never remodel or freshen up a home again. But Kimberley B. Hansen, who became president of the San Diego chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers in October, says more choices and ideas make her job more fun and her clients happier.More

A Miracle New Plastic, Made From Anything But Nasty Stuff
Fast Company's Co.Exist
Plastic was once a miracle invention, but these days the wonder is wearing thin. Mounting pollution, the fact that plastic has an association with toxic substances and its fossil fuel roots are just some of the reasons people are keen to find alternatives. One of those alternatives is Zeoform, a material developed in Australia.More

Emerging Green Building Material Technologies to Watch
Don Rosato
Green technology is helping to create a new market and value network, according to recent Plastics Institute of America market trend analysis. This is particularly true in the evolution of green building material solutions.More

Why Biophilic Design is More Than Just Another Interior Trend
Biophilia. It's a word you're about to start hearing a lot more often. And it's going to have an increasing influence on interior design and architecture.More

Think Sustainability is Too Costly? Think Again
Herman Miller
Herman Miller has long believed that sustainability and profitability aren't mutually exclusive. An advocate of environmental responsibility since 1953, when then-CEO D.J. De Pree said, "We will be good corporate neighbors by being good stewards of the environment," the company tracks and shares its progress toward sustainability, as well as the costs associated with it, on a number of fronts. More

Vinyl Group Launches Reporting Label for Toxic Chemicals
With demand growing for product ingredient reporting through the Health Product Declaration, the Resilient Floor Covering Institute has introduced a competing format it claims will be easier for manufacturers to navigate and for architects and specifiers to understand.More

Taking the Lead
Interiors & Sources
As the release of LEED v4 approaches, we're reminded of the social and environmental responsibilities facing designers in the 21st century. But are we doing enough?More

Hotels Plugging in to the Trends
Chicago Tribune
In trying to meet customer demands, hotels have done the comfortable bed and bedding bit. They've added healthy menu items. And now they are picking up on social media traffic. Lobby makeovers feature open spaces, plug-in places, comfortable seating and attractive design that encourage work on iPads and laptops and chatting in person or by text.More

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Healthcare Design
Experts affiliated with The Center for Health Design describe strategies and interventions for improved outcomes — a lynchpin of the Affordable Care Act — through design.More

Small Office, Big Impact: How to Project Authority, Creativity
The Wall Street Journal
Designers are finding new ways to make small offices seem larger — and to make a powerful statement. With the right layout, furniture and accessories, it's possible to convey values such as creativity, authority or collaborative openness in even a tiny space.More

Top Trends in Design for Senior Living
Four of the panelists from a recent summit offer their insights on the senior living market and the forces they see influencing the design of senior facilities in the future. Read on for the top 15 emerging trends.More

Best Online Sources for Interior Designers
L'Essenziale Home Designs
Gone are the days when interior designers would around the city in search for exclusive and stylish products to decorate their clients' houses. Today more and more professionals prefer to do it online. More

Kitchen Survey: Bigger Not Necessarily Better
When it comes to kitchens, bigger isn't necessarily better, according to the Houzz Kitchen Remodeling Survey, which polled nearly 8,000 consumers about their kitchen remodeling plans and progress. More

Don't Underestimate the Power of Biomimicry in Office Design
Fresh Workspace
It's easy to underestimate the role that biomimicry can play in interior design and architecture. This is usually based on some idea that when it comes to copying nature in a product, it's simply about reproducing natural images. But it is only part of the story.More

Strategies: Correct Use of Color Can Lead to More Green
Denver Business Journal
Designing an office or facility can be expensive, but it's no place to scrimp. In fact, the right decor — and especially color design — can increase profitability.More

Inside Pinterest's Beautifully Spare New Headquarters
Fast Company
To match the uncertain nature of startups, Pinterest founder Evan Sharp steered away from sleek decadence in favor of clean spaces that foster creative collaboration.More

Design Updates in the Dental Office
Dentistry iQ
Two areas — flooring and lighting — have made the largest impact on dental practices' ability to meet performance and aesthetics expectations.More