IIDA Spectrum
Aug. 6, 2015

If you're wondering about the future of interior design, look to the schools
Metropolis Magazine
For the grads, this is a time of nervous anticipation, tinged with a strong sense of accomplishment created by the rigorous research and analysis they've been conducting and their design responses to what their studies revealed. These grad students are mature, thoughtful, committed people who have taken on some complex and timely issues that designers in every specialty need to be concerned with.More

Little things: Designing for labor, delivery, and beyond
Healthcare Design
Expectant mothers brought something unexpected to health care providers last year: more bundles of joy. It was the first time since the onset of the recession in 2007 that the U.S. fertility rate saw an uptick. And as providers likewise rebound, more and more are starting to free up capital dollars to respond to the women's and infants market by delivering their own new life — facilities projects. More

5 gorgeous hospitals that show how good design can improve patients' lives
Fast Company
If you've ever been wheeled into an ER room on a stretcher and spent hours staring at a windowless gray wall, you're already aware that traditional hospitals haven't exactly been designed to be comforting. But that's changing. Forward-thinking hospitals are realizing that good design that improve patients' mood can actually help people get well faster. More

2015 EDspaces Innovation Awards
IIDA, in cooperation with EDmarket, has created the EDspaces Innovation Awards to recognize manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design for the learning environment.

Only Exhibitors at EDspaces 2015 are eligible to submit product entries. Products not displayed at EDspaces 2015 are not eligible to participate. Products must be designed for the learning environment and offered for sale or use after Nov. 1, 2014.More

NeoCon East 2015
Oct. 28-29
Entering its thirteenth year and now located in Philadelphia, NeoCon East continues to evolve as the premier design expo and conference for commercial interiors on the East Coast. This year's show will feature new partnerships with important regional design organizations as well as the best in products and services, ready to specify, across a spectrum of vertical markets including workplace, health care, education, public space, hospitality, retail, and government.More

What's new in hospitality bathroom design
Hospitality Interiors
ISH is the largest international trade fair for the bathroom industry. Here are some of the products and trends on display at this year's expo that will define hospitality bathroom design for the next two years.More

Why glass matters in sustainable design: Viridian's assertive response to David Coley's article
Architecture & Design
Australia's largest provider of glass has responded to an academic article written by British university professor David Coley which questioned the role glass plays in sustainable building design. "Climate change means we can't keep living (and working) in glass houses" by Coley of the University of Bath posits that a true commitment to sustainable design from architects would involve the reduction of glazing on buildings because glass is a poor insulator and highly glazed buildings require a unsustainable level of mechanical heating or cooling.More

4 senior living design tips to prepare for the unknown
Senior Housing News
Senior living design is a balancing act: Providers must create communities to suit the markets where they are today, but also position them with an eye toward a future that is in many ways uncertain. Providers are finding that in order to maximize a community's lifespan, they must design it to be adaptable, neutral, and mobile so it can flex with market demand and demographic preferences. Here are four ways senior living communities can be designed to withstand the test of time.More

How millennials challenge traditional leadership
Millennials challenge many of today's traditional business practices, so it's not surprising that they are also disrupting corporate leadership. The millennial generation isn't attracted to the money or recognition associated with leadership positions. Rather, they want to be leaders to inspire others, make a difference in the world and lead companies that care about more than the bottom line.More

'YOU-SPs' and lead stories distinguish designers
By Fred Berns
Do the people you need to know…know you? Do they know all that you do? All that you can do? When they need the kind of interior design services and products that you sell, do they absolutely, automatically contact you? If not, that means that they don't "get" what you have. And if they don't get that, you don't get their business.More