Eye on Design (ASID)
Dec. 21, 2012

For 2013, Taking Note of 20 Bestsellers from 2012
The Editor at Large
Between trend forecasting and anticipating what will be the next hit in 2013, why not take a look at the year's "sure things"? Here are 20 designs in textiles, furniture and fixtures that stole the show this year.More

Architecture Billings Index Signaling Gains for Fourth Straight Month
The American Institute of Architects
Billings at architecture firms across the country continue to increase. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the Architecture Billings Index reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The AIA reported the November ABI score was 53.2, up from 52.8 in October.More

Interiors & Sources' Favorite Projects of 2012
Interiors & Sources
The editors at Interiors & Sources have compiled their own special wish list — one filled with projects that have not previously been published in their pages but nevertheless deserve to be seen.More

Interior Design Billings Dip Slightly in October but Stay Positive
The ASID Interior Design Billings Index declined by half a point in October but remained well into positive territory, marking 10 consecutive months of positive billings. The ASID Inquiries Index also was down by just a half point from September.More

A New Humanism: Part 3
The experience of a built environment is, of course, different in each culture and in each of us. Yet we all share an evolutionary past and a core human nature that kept winning in a competition to survive. And we are all clearly enough alike to create cohesive societies, global ideologies and design that have commanded respect and inspired imitation across continents, through revolutions and over millennia.More

Do Housing Starts Reveal a Jobless Recovery?
Housing starts are up, but construction jobs are down, which raises the question of whether a potential economic recovery from the Great Recession will be a jobless one, Stephen Jacob Smith reports in the latest issue of ARCHITECT.More

Builders Hanging Help-Wanted Signs as Industry Rebounds
Construction employment in the U.S. is poised to rebound as a swelling pipeline of projects prompts companies to expand. Builders in October had the most job openings and broke ground on more homes than at any time in the past four years, according to new government data.More

The Science of Creativity in 2013
Big Think
In 1950, psychologist Joy P. Guilford delivered a lecture to the American Psychological Association calling for a scientific focus on creativity. Decades later, we are witnessing a renaissance in creativity in both the lab and the pages of popular books and magazines.More

Evaluating the Effects of Positive Distractions on Imaging Rooms
Healthcare Design
The use of positive distractions in healthcare has been shown to result in improvements in patient outcomes. The Center for Health Design studied one such distraction, an environmental design intervention that utilizes technology, to measure its effect on patient and staff experiences in imaging rooms.More

The Eames' "Powers of 10," Re-Imagined By 40 Artists
Fast Company's Co.Design
With contributions from 40 artists, the Powers Project is assembling an exquisite, corpse-style homage to the seminal 1977 clip from Charles and Ray Eames.More

Brentano Unveils 2013 Color Forecast
Interiors & Sources
Derived from a year's worth of observation and analysis, Brentano's 2013 color forecast pinpoints six colors that will shape interior design in the coming year. More than any other factor, color — and these colors specifically — will guide the Brentano Design Studio and the collections they develop for 2013 and beyond.More

Seven Top Trend Caveats for the 2013 Luxury and Affluent Market
American Affluence Research Center via ForResidentialPros.com
For those whose target market is the affluent and upscale, the American Affluence Research Center cautions not to be unduly influenced by coming-year predictions about this demographic. The Center offers caveats for those who may consider basing their marketing plans on these predictions.More

Contract's 2012 Brand Report Awareness Survey
Contract recently published its 2012 Brand Report Awareness Survey. Compiled from a random sample of magazine subscribers, 355 respondents — all of whom serve an architectural or design function at an A&D firm — identified their top three manufacturers in 32 product categories.More

Where to Stay in 2033
What will the hotel of the future look like? That is the question students of the Parsons School of Constructed Environments were faced with this semester. Will the next hotel brand be about business, relaxing, geographic-based, dispersed, centralized, virtual? Will it be about meetings, smaller spaces, moveable rooms?More

Want to Get Paid What You are Worth?
Design Biz Blueprint
For many years designers have relied on product mark-ups to be compensated fairly for their creative abilities and organizational services. While the old model of product mark-up has been profitable for many of us through the past years, the unintended consequence is the client mistakenly believes the "wow" of interior design is just access to products.More

Terms-of-Service Cheat Sheet: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr
Fast Company
Before you ditch Instagram for another photo-sharing site, read its terms of service. Or at least read this cheat sheet to get an overview of how your photo-sharing options compare on key criteria. More

Interior Designers: How Good is Your Brand's Color?
Kothea The Fabric Blog
Color really does matter. Interior designers don't need anyone to tell them that. But knowing good colors and combinations for clients' spaces is not the same as knowing how colors work in graphic design. Could your design business's branding be suffering because of color choices?More

2013 Tax Planning for Deductions and Credits
CBS MoneyWatch
Here is what you need to know to decide if you should make some moves to increase the deductions and credits that can be claimed in 2013.More

Six Weird Habits of Successful People
American Express OPEN Forum
We call people weird because they do things differently than we would. Seth Godin wears those brightly colored but mismatched socks. Steve Jobs' work uniform was a black turtleneck and jeans. Look around and you can see the obvious differences in a lot of successful people. What most business owners don't see when they look at successful people are the habits they've developed. More

Always Go with Your Gut — But Only if You're an Expert
Business Insider
The decision-making process is often a choice between taking your time to review objective information or trusting your gut and going with your feelings. A new study suggests you should trust your gut — but only if you're an expert.More