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Delivering the workplace as a hospitality brand
Steelcase
Brands are meant to communicate values and make bold promises. Great brands proclaim aspirational values that can inspire customers to lifelong loyalty. Imagine launching a hospitality brand that could support good workplace choices, foster employee engagement, spur innovation and promote wellness, while graciously delivering an array of inspirational workplace experiences that delight their knowledge workers.
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Inside the evolving hotel bathroom
The New York Times
From no-frills to cushy, cramped to roomy, a hotel bathroom can be an oasis or an eyesore. It's considered an indicator of how upscale, current and clean a hotel is, an extension of its identity.
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Avoid the cubefarm: 5 office design tips to promote collaboration
Innocentive
Every business wants to be like Google some day, and businesses are realizing there is something in the physical layout that contributes to success. Facebook is building a space where people can live, eat, party, swim — and work. And Apple has started a supersonic campus for its future. There seems to be a direct line linking environment, collaboration and innovation.
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Emergency department redesign cuts aggression by half
Design Week
Pearson Lloyd's redesign of a hospital accident and emergency department — "A Better A&E" — has cut aggression against hospital staff by 50 percent, according to a new study.
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IIDA NEWS


41st Annual Interior Design Competition now accepting entries
IIDA
From Dec. 9 until Feb. 14, entries are being accepted for the 41st Annual Interior Design Competition. Through this competition, IIDA, along with publishing partner Interior Design magazine, celebrates outstanding, innovative Interior Design/Interior Architecture that encourages new ideas and techniques in the design and furnishings of interior spaces. Enter today!
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Product of the Week: Mechanical pencil
IIDA
Throughout the month of December, IIDA is offering 20 percent off a different logo merchandise product each week while supplies last. During the week of Dec. 9-15, our No. 2 most-requested item is on sale: It's a mechanical pencil that comes in black, blue, maroon and green. You will feel like No. 1 using the IIDA #2 pencil! To purchase IIDA promotional merchandise, fill out the order form and email it to Erin Cook or fax it to (312) 379-5159.
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INDUSTRY NEWS


Pantone names its 2014 color of the year
Sourceable
Radiant Orchid, also known as PANTONE® 18-322, has been named Pantone's Color of the Year for 2014. The year ahead will see the 2013 winner (lively emerald), hand the reigns over to the purple hue, which Pantone expects to be widely adopted across the interior design, fashion and beauty industries.
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EdSpaces Innovation award winners announced
Contract
IIDA has announced winners of the inaugural EdSpaces Innovation Awards, which recognize manufacturers and designers for excellence in product design for learning environments. The awards were handed out at EdSpaces, the trade show and conference sponsored by the National School Supply and Equipment Association.
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Announcing the 10th annual HD Awards
Hospitality Design
It's that time of year again: Hospitality Design magazine is proud to announce the 10th annual Hospitality Design Awards, which honors the industry's best projects (which have opened since Dec. 1, 2012—March 1, 2014) and the creative teams behind them. Submission forms will be available Dec. 16, and entries are due March 3.
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BUSINESS & OPERATIONS


6 end-of-year questions to ask your tax adviser
Forbes
Your end-of-year to-do list may seem full already. But it's not complete unless it includes a conversation with your accountant.
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3 reasons to fire your worst customers today — and how to not create more
Dallas Business Journal
We all know that pruning our least-profitable and highest-maintenance customers makes sense. But our nagging fear of not covering our expenses without them often keeps us from eliminating the rotten apples from our good bushel. Here are three good business reasons to fire bad customers.
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6 apps every designer must have
WSI Designer Marketplace
Let's face it, apps just make life easier. We are all on the go to some extent, and apps are a great way to get things done while we are out and about. If you're a designer, you'll want these six tablet and smartphone apps at hand.
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