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Office space efficiencies: Open design vs. traditional plans
Smart Business Cleveland
In the past 10 years, office space design has moved from traditional private offices to open collaborative design. About 65 to 70 percent of companies have migrated to an open plan, with workstations and few, if any, hard walls from floor to ceiling. In this plan, whether you own the company or you're an intern, you're in the same environment, with access to everybody. So, how do you know which is best to meet your specific requirements?
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How patients might design a psychiatric hospital
BBC News
Artist and activist James Leadbitter is on a mission to design a user-friendly psychiatric hospital, with the help and ideas of anyone who wants to get involved.
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3 simple ways to nail a first impression — of a business
Business Insider
The look and feel of your business speaks volumes. Here are three things every business should check before the first customer walks in the door.
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The new place to be: Trends in office design
designMENA
With office design experiencing an evolution, CID has taken the time to speak with industry leaders to see what the new trends in office design are and how they're making the office space the new place to be.
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IIDA booth collaboration at NeoCon 2014
IIDA
IIDA has partnered with the 3D Printer Experience (3DXP) and Unbranded Designs to present a series of custom furniture pieces that employ 3-D printing and standard manufacturing techniques for the IIDA booth at NeoCon 2014. The booth will serve to educate designers and the public at large about Interior Design and the developing technology poised to advance it.
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18th Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition winners announced
IIDA
IIDA has announced the winners of the 18th Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition. Presented in partnership Hospitality Design magazine and open to exhibitors at HD Expo 2014, the competitions honors innovation, functionality and aesthetic advancements in the hospitality industry. Awards were presented in 19 categories, as well as the Eric Engstrom Best of Competition Award. The gallery of winning products can be viewed on the IIDA website, and the list of winning products, manufacturers and Designers will published in the July issue of Hospitality Design magazine.
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COOL 2014: Honoring the profession's best
IIDA
IIDA's annual NeoCon black-tie gala celebration is a special evening to honor the winners of two of the most prestigious competitions in the Interior Design profession: the 41st Annual Interior Design Competition and the 22nd Annual Will Ching Design Competition. Please join us Sunday, June 8, at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago for this exciting event. Click here to purchase your tickets online, or complete the COOL Reservation Form. For more information about COOL, please contact Aisha Williams.
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Wal-Mart China to upgrade stores for $93 million
Reuters
The China operating arm of U.S. retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. said it plans to invest nearly $93 million to remodel 55 existing stores in China this year to enhance store operations and optimize customer experience.
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Flexibility to define $450 million UAE workspace market
GN Focus
With Expo 2020, the rise in projects and an increase in exhibitors at workspace at Index, it's clear the UAE commercial interiors industry is on an upswing.
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Auntie Ann's unveils first redesign in company's history
QSR
Auntie Anne's Pretzels, the 1,540-unit franchise, announced the release of a new store prototype that will incorporate the look and feel of a home kitchen with warmer tones, prominent brand messaging and enhanced equipment.
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Anticipate or participate?
Interiors & Sources
Design proposals often originate from an extrapolation or reimagining of what has been successful in the past. Often this process of reflecting on previous success is effective, and design precedents provide a useful level of objectivity. But this anticipatory process is undergoing a significant transformation to a new model of direct consumer participation, or co-creation.
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How to attract traffic to your website
Mayur Kisani
It is important for businesses to have a website — one that works on all devices. After you have that website in place, it's time to think about how it can be used to grow your business. Learn how to get your website in front of as many relevant visitors as possible, so it can help you expand.
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Design & Spec: In favor of strategic partnerships
Commercial Observer
Scott Spector writes, "You may have already guessed this based upon the title of this column, but let me start right off by saying I'm a huge fan of creating strategic partnerships, also known as professional alliances. If two parties or more can come together to help one another and, even more importantly, their mutual client(s), the benefits can be exponential."
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