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The changing interior design profession
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While much regarding the interior design profession has changed for the better over the past 25 years — with advances in research demonstrating the impact of the environment on project outcomes — designers still struggle with misguided public perceptions that confuse decorating with design. Despite these challenges, universities are now offering exciting new education options that result in more technical knowledge and professional credibility.
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How to design a better office for both introverts and extroverts
Fast Company
Ask workers what bugs them most about the office, and chances are they'll tell you they can't concentrate or focus on their work. Could a "palette of place" give workers control and choice over where and how they work? One company goes deep into work space.
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Conceptual office swaps chairs, desks for 'experimental work landscape'
Dezeen
Medical research suggests that too much sitting down can be bad for your health, so RAAAF and Barbara Visser have developed an experimental office that encourages workers to lean, perch or even lie down.
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Hotel seating designers focus on comfort
Hotel Management
Though not a novel concept, only recently have hotels gone for comfort over beauty when it comes to seating.
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Study on decentralized nurses' stations yields surprising results
Healthcare Design
Study results shared at the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference offer surprising insight into the concept of decentralized nurses' stations. Instead of leading to improved communication, collaboration, efficiency and other expected benefits, the design seemed to weaken the sense of teamwork and job satisfaction among nurses.
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IIDA NEWS


Students, take the next step in your career
IIDA
Registration for students is now open for IIDA Student Mentoring Week 2015, taking place Feb. 23-27. Student Mentoring Week takes you out of the classroom and into the real world of Interior Design for one day, shadowing a local design professional. This is your chance to advance your career! Read more.
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10th Annual IIDA Student Design Competition focuses on well-being
IIDA
The Student Design Competition celebrates original design and rewards individuals and/or teams whose projects demonstrate innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact. This year's focus is on evolving the concept of the open office to offer employees a workplace that encourages health, well-being, collaboration and productivity. Submit your entry before the deadline Friday, Jan. 16.

Not an IIDA Student Member? Don't worry, we have you covered. An IIDA student membership is included for individual entries to the competition (pending submission of application and required documents).


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INDUSTRY NEWS


The 2015 Pantone Color of the Year is…
The Wall Street Journal
What's the color that will take over 2015, and how did the Pantone Color Institute come up with the name? WSJ's Christina Binkley and Pantone's Leatrice Eiseman discuss with Tanya Rivero.
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Talking 3-D map simplifies wayfinding
Buildings
A new type of interactive wayfinding map has been developed that can provide audible directions to destinations and information about included buildings when their icons are touched.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


Learning new things means getting up from your desk
Harvard Business Review
While there's no question that the exponential growth in the volume, variety and detail of data can help boost productivity, improve customer experiences and enhance decision-making, it can also stifle managers, turning them into detached, desk-bound decipherers of information.
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The 5 new rules of employee engagement
Inc.
What really keeps your workers motivated? These true tales reveal the surprising answers.
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Thinking about a mobile website? 3 types exist, but only 1 is worthwhile
Randall Craig
If your organization is considering a new website, you likely already know the site must be mobile-friendly. In developer-speak, this means the site must be developed using responsive design — usable no matter what device is knocking at the Web server's door. Unfortunately, not all responsive design is the same.
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