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The mathematics of space optimization and office design
Mayhew
For any company, the notion of space optimization is a critical one. After all, there exists only so much physical space (e.g., square footage, wall area, floor area) within any interior. The trick to maximizing that space, of course, is a bit complex: You want to reduce the amount of space given to any one employee, but you don't want to risk losing the organizational culture. You also cannot afford to hurt productivity. This is where mathematics (and sometimes algorithms) can help play a part in space optimization when it comes to office design and layout.
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Inside Google's new Tel Aviv office
Office Snapshots
Google has recently moved into an incredible new office space Tel Aviv, Israel. With incredible views of the city, the space is primed for giving employees not only the right tools for work, but also those for inspiration and creativity.
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New RGB lighting technology gives interiors an edge
Design Milk
Imagine bringing the edgy, sleek lighting technology of a club to building facades, walls and partitions. 3form's RGB Technology does that, and does it well by keeping the intricate color displays without making it feel like you're in Vegas everyday (but they probably can if you're into that).
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IIDA NEWS


Multidisciplinary designer to receive IIDA's Titan Award
The Editor at Large
"Michael Vanderbyl, through his multidisciplinary approach and commitment to design, has forged a career path that is nothing short of extraordinary," says IIDA Executive VP and CEO Cheryl Durst, who will present the IIDA Titan award at the IIDA annual meeting on June 8 as part of NeoCon Chicago.
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Student Mentoring Week 2014: Mentors have 1 day left to register!
IIDA
Are you interested in helping the professionals of tomorrow get an inside look at the career they're embracing? This is your last call! Mentor registration for Student Mentoring Week 2014 ends Friday, Feb. 14. Help the next generation of designers explore the industry and give back to the profession by becoming a mentor during the week of March 31–April 4.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Keeping it industrial at new Industrie store
Pop Store Creative Environments
Australian clothing institution Industrie, founded in 1999, boasts more than 70 stores throughout Australia. In 2013, the chain debuted in the U.K. Pop Store undertook the design and build, making it a goal to wholeheartedly encompass the ethos of the brand.
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2014 product trend: Computer-generated patterns
Interior Design
Designers are looking to the virtual world for inspiration this year, resulting in an array of pattern designs that layer traditional and digital elements.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


Instagram publishes physical handbook to inspire brands
PSFK
The team at Instagram has published a hard-copy handbook instructing brands on how to reach their audiences through visual media and show off their best work on the social media network.
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Develop strategic thinkers throughout your organization
Harvard Business Review
In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. And while there is an abundance of courses, books, articles and opinions on the process of strategic planning, the focus is typically on an isolated process that might happen once or twice per year. In contrast, a true strategic leader thinks and acts strategically every day.
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Are smartphones productive tools or distracting devices?
C. Fredrick Crum
Many businesses provide leaders with smartphones or reimburse employees for their use of private phones for business use so that productivity is increased. Is this practice actually increasing productivity — or does having the world at your fingertips create a distraction? A group of researchers at Kent State University seems to have provided an answer in a study that has gained international attention.
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