Eye on Design (ASID)
Nov. 16, 2012

LEED for Homes Award Winners at Greenbuild 2012
Mother Nature Network
Recipients of the 2012 LEED for Homes Awards were announced this week during the U.S. Green Building Council's Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in San Francisco.More

This Old House Names 100 Best Products of 2012
This Old House has named "The TOH Top 100," a list of the 100 best new home products of the year. The editors searched for the most unique, helpful and coolest home products in seven categories: Kitchen, Bath, Tools, Building Products, Outdoor Living, Home Tech and Finishing Touches.More

CoreNet Report: Flexible Workplace — Before, During, After Change
Multi-Housing News
Office spaces are becoming more flexible to promote employee productivity. The end result is a smaller real estate footprint and increased employee collaboration.More

Moving Design Thinking to Higher Ground
The 2012 Venice Architectural Biennale is coming to a close in late November, making this a good time to reflect on this year's theme of "common ground," with some highlights from the exhibition.More

Using Evidence-Based Design to Advance the Healthcare Narrative
Healthcare Design
A strong narrative can open doors for innovation when using evidence-based design on a healthcare project and creates a way for the client and users to fully understand design concepts being proposed. Designers often use storytelling as a way to communicate with clients, and a strong narrative becomes even more crucial in an evidence-based design project. It can show the client what's important, beyond just the functions of the space. More

Personal Choice Matters Most
Kitchen & Bath Design News
When asked about current trends in master bath remodeling, a few similarities surfaced among interior designers, including increased use of porcelain tiles, LED lighting and chrome finishes. But the underlying theme is about homeowners making more choices that are highly personal, creating spaces unique to their needs and wants.More

Think Tank: Beware the Comfy Workplace
FM World
Nearly a quarter of respondents to FM World's latest Think Tank poll said employers are spending too much money on the well-being of their employees. But many of the respondents who said employers were not spending enough (77 percent) were adamant that ensuring a comfy environment produces a much more productive workforce.More

Examining Real-World ROI for Green Retail Design and Construction
New York Real Estate Journal
The number of retail design and construction projects incorporating sustainable strategies is rising at an exponential rate. Naturally, so are the questions regarding initial implementation costs, tracking measures and return on investments. With an increased understanding of key items, retailers can integrate the latest in green building innovations and see social, environmental, and economic benefits.More

Creativity and Education: Why it Matters
Adobe has released a new study, "Creativity and Education: Why it Matters," shedding light on the role of creativity in career success and the growing belief that creativity is not just a personality trait, but a learned skill — and a critical one at that. More

15 Favorite Paint Tricks
The editors at Lonny have assembled their 15 favorite tricks and techniques for using paint to add instant character to any room.More

Five Master Suite Design Concepts
The term "master suite" implies that the space is much more than merely a master bedroom and bath. While the overall size of new homes continues to drop, the master area seems to demand more attention than ever.More

Is There Room for a "Hollywood Star" Designer?
DesignBuild Source
The notion of the "starchitect" has been slammed by many as being hyperbolic at best and counterproductive to industry collaboration at worst. While these starchitects may be on the wane, however, a new group of entertainment industry stars are taking acclaim from a very different industry: interior design.More

Leading the Future
Interiors & Sources
In her Interiors & Sources column, ASID President Barbara Marini, FASID, IDEC, explains that as the interiors profession heads into the future, designers everywhere must develop a mindset focused around professional and social leadership.More

Design Success University Launches 2012 Fee and Salary Survey
Design Success University
During the month of November, Design Success University is collecting data for its 2012 fee and salary survey for interior designers, with results to be made available in January. Share your input to help strengthen the design community! If you respond before Nov. 21, you will qualify for a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Respondents will receive notification when the results are available for complimentary download. Click here to complete the online survey.More

Are You Pushing Clients Away?
Design Biz Blueprint
We all want to be successful designers and have great jobs, terrific clients and plenty of money to flow into our lives. Unfortunately, we sometimes subconsciously block that flow by adopting attitudes and behaviors that stop good clients from finding us. Here, Terri Taylor, ASID, shares tips to get rid of what she calls "scarcity thinking."More

The Cost of Competing
Architectural Record
Winning a design competition can mean new work and prestige — and even making the short list can be great publicity — but as anyone who has ever entered one knows, the costs can be staggering. Small and medium-size studios in particular often find themselves conducting a tricky analysis: weighing the possibility of a payoff against significant up-front expenses.More

Using Core Values to Overcome Analysis Paralysis
Your organization likely already has defined several (hopefully succinct) core values that guide all aspects of the work you do. Those values, when made part of every employee's everyday activities, become obvious guiding principles to make decisions on the fly with confidence the decision is right and proper.More

How to Use Pinterest's New Secret Boards
Tech Cocktail
Pinterest launched its much-requested private boards in early November, just in time for holiday shopping lists. Private boards are limited to three per person, and you can invite others to collaborate on your boards. Private pins won't even be searchable, so there's no need to worry about anyone stumbling across them. Here are some ways businesses could take advantage of this.More