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Design as an enabler of change
DMI
Are we perhaps leaving the era of design thinking and (re)entering the era of design? Can we (re)assimilate the social and economic power of design — in effect, go back to where it all started — or can we take design in a new direction? Here are some thoughts on the changing world we live in and the opportunities for design therein.
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Designing for concentration
Research Design Connections
Swedish researchers have confirmed that whether workers do tasks requiring concentration/focus is a factor that should be considered when workplaces are being planned.
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The rise of the hotel bakery
Slate
One of the key trends in hotel design in recent years has been a sharp focus on creating a hotel lobby that is a destination, not just a pass-through. But what's a modest hotel to do? The best hotels offer both something you can't get at home and a welcoming sense of home.
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Time's almost up! Enter first design competitions of the year
IIDA
Today is the deadline to enter the Interior Design Competition and the Will Ching Design Competition. The deadline was extended to 11:59:59 p.m. CST Thursday, Feb. 20, in order to accommodate as many entries as possible. Submit your projects today — judging will begin March 1, with winners honored during a June 8 awards reception.
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Calling all hospitality stars: Awards competition now open
IIDA
The IIDA/HD 18th Annual Product Design Competition opened Monday, Feb. 3. Be sure to submit your entries by April 18 for a chance to be listed among the all-stars of hospitality design products. This competition focuses on innovation, function and aesthetic advancements in the hospitality industry.
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IIDA now seeking the next Educator of the Year
IIDA
The International Interior Design Association has opened its 3rd Annual IIDA Educator of the Year Award. Created to honor the exceptional accomplishments and commitment to Interior Design by a full-time educator, this annual honor bestows on its recipient a $10,000 cash award and a complimentary 2015 IIDA Membership. IIDA gratefully acknowledges Milliken as the continued sponsor of this award.
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Are you the IIDA Member of the Year?
IIDA
The search has begun for the 2014 IIDA Member of the Year. This annual award recognizes an IIDA Member who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service through his/her commitment, passion, professionalism and dedication to assisting IIDA as it advances the Interior Design profession. Apply by March 7 to be considered.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Source sustainable products with Cradle to Cradle database
Buildings
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has launched a database that helps users source healthy and environmentally friendly products. The database, called the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Registry, allows consumers, designers and builders to make healthier decisions and calls for greater transparency from the manufacturer.
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Google planning new office in San Francisco
Value Walk
Google Inc. is leasing a 35,000-square-foot office space in the Mission district of San Francisco, where it will house up to 200 employees and be the hub of startups the search engine giant acquires.
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Case study: Union Services Agency
Herman Miller
When Sally and Gary Corbin started Union Services Agency, which specializes in providing commercial insurance to labor unions, they made do with "excuse-my furniture" in what Sally wryly recalls as her "dumpy basement office." Seventeen years and three moves later, the daughter-and-dad duo find themselves in a spiffy renovated warehouse percolating with character.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


4 benefits of cloud computing for business travelers
Nadine Miller
If travel is an essential part of your job, you know the challenges of spending more time on the road than in the office. Using cloud collaboration tools makes things much easier and provides more agility. Here are just a few of the ways in which migrating to a truly virtual office can make the travel lifestyle easier for the sophisticated professional.
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Do you want your website to tell a better story? Parallax it
Copyblogger
You want to tell a story. I want to tell a story. But so often when we tell stories on the Internet, our words have to do all the heavy lifting. That's pressure. Wouldn't it be great to have a design with the strength and style to lighten the storytelling load?
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Google Chromebox facilitates face-to-face meetings remotely
Small Business Trends
Google has positioned Chromebox for Meetings to replace the technically complex videoconference system your business currently uses. Up to 15 people can join a single conference hosted through Chromebox for Meetings.
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