Eye on Design (ASID)
May. 29, 2015

10 Outdoor Kitchen Designs We Love
Outdoor kitchens remain an ever-popular trend among home buyers looking for spaces to gather around the grill and bring the magic of the kitchen into the backyard. Here are 10 outdoor kitchen designs from BUILDER and Custom Home that successfully kick the summer heat up a notch.More

Modern Design and CEUS at Dwell
ASID returns to Dwell on Design in L.A., May 29-31, with more than 18 can't-miss continuing education sessions featuring topics of interest to all designers, regardless of career stage. We want to meet you! Please join ASID at booth #2329 for conversation, networking, and more.

The Society will also host Designer Is In – the popular consultation event for design-seeking consumers.

Dwell on Design, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, brings together the best and brightest products, services, and thought leaders in modern design for a series of exhibitions, conversations, education, and more. Don’t miss this event.More

ASID IDBI Hits Highest Level Since May 2014
The ASID Interior Design Billings Index for April reports a billings score increase of 3.3 points (57.7 to 61), and an inquiries score increase of 8.8 points (58.8 to 67.6). Index values above 50 indicate growth. These increases signal a positive outlook for the interior design industry. The inquiries index stands above its three month average, while the IDBI is at its highest reading since May 2014. Firms in the Northeast have improved each month since January, but the IDBI is still below 50 and may be attributable to the harsh winter. Conversely, the South is very high, as it was not affected by the inclement winter weather.More

Celebrate with ASID, July 18 in Boston
Join ASID as we honor the individuals and organizations that are transforming lives through design and celebrate the Society's 40th anniversary.

This year's gala event will take place on Saturday, July 18 at one of the largest art museums in the U.S., the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

See art come to life and enjoy drinks and appetizers during the opening red carpet reception. Then move into the museum’s main courtyard for an elegant dinner and awards show. And finally, round off the night with dessert, dancing, and a tour of the art galleries.

Ticket prices increases after June 15. Purchase your ticket today. More

ASID to Host Keynote, Reception, and more at NeoCon
ASID will once again partner with NeoCon at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, June 15-17, 2015. Register today and don't forget to visit the ASID community lounge at Booth #7-3012.

Kick off NeoCon in style on Monday, June 15, with a luncheon sponsored by the ASID Illinois Chapter at the Miele Showroon, Suite 222. Spend time with colleagues and friends, and network with ASID national leaders, staff, and ASID members from across the country. End your day with an ASID reception hosted by Allermuir, Suite 3-123. Network with leaders from both organizations, meet designers, and reconnect with friends.

On Tuesday morning, Jason Silva, host of the National Geographic Channel series Brain Games, will deliver the keynote address, sure to be one of the can’t-miss events of the expo.More

ASID CEO Randy Fiser Speaks at Corporate Leadership Circle Forum
On May 21, ASID CEO Randy Fiser attended the Families and Work Institute's Corporate Leadership Circle Forum, Rethinking Collaboration - Fostering High-Performing Teams in a Global, Diverse and Open Environment, at Haworth in New York. Fiser spoke on "Trends in Workspace Design: The Interplay between Design and Work Dynamics," and moderated a panel titled, "Workspaces: How Design and Space Impact the Way We Work and Collaborate." The panel included Dr. Michael O'Neill, senior research strategist, Haworth; Katherine Loscalzo, workplace strategy and project delivery leader, Deloitte; Anne Weisberg, senior vice president, Families and Work Institute; and Karyn Likerman, head of inclusion programs and work-life strategies, Citi.More

Explore the Future of Real Estate at Realcomm|Ibcon
The annual REALCOMM Conference & Expo, the well-known automated real estate business solutions and operations event, and IBCON, the smart, connected, energy efficient, high performance buildings conference, will be held June 8-10 in San Antonio. These events will bring together commercial, corporate, government, and institutional real estate professionals to explore the latest technology available to the industry. Mobile, social, IoT, and advanced visualization technologies will continue to impact how we live, work, play, and learn, and in turn, how we use space. See the most innovative case studies, network with the industry's brightest and most visionary contributors, and be a part of the future now. Learn more.More

Jump Start Your Career at NeoCon
Don't miss your opportunity to network with top firms and designers at the upcoming ASID Student Roadmap program at NeoCon on Tuesday, June 16 from 1:45-4 p.m. Experience a curated tour of NeoCon with professional designers who will help you navigate the trade show. Students will meet with their tour leader and be guided to pick up badges, navigate the Merchandise Mart, and tour showrooms. Register today.

Find your next interior design job or learn more about the profession at the ASID Career Exchange on Wednesday, June 17 from 9-10:30 a.m. Students and recent graduates will connect with design professionals and industry representatives for one-on-one networking opportunities. Within 90 minutes, participants will engage in multiple ten minute conversations with reviewers to learn about the interior design profession, or to receive a resume/portfolio critique. Reviewers meet with participants to vet emerging talent and to share perspectives on design career path options. Learn more and register.More

Take Part in CIDA Professional Standards 2017 Webinar
Thursday, June 4, 11-11:30 a.m. EDT

ASID members are invited to join CIDA for an informational webinar about the current project underway to develop the next set of CIDA accreditation standards. The first draft of CIDA Professional Standards 2017 is posted for public review and comment through June 16th. During the webinar, CIDA's Executive Director Holly Mattson will orient ASID members to the standards development project and review opportunities for you to be engaged and have your voices heard. Participants also will have an opportunity to ask questions. Registration for the webinar is free and available here.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.More

Good Design Is a Human Right
Canadian Interiors
Commemorating the 65th anniversary of Good Design in Chicago, Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, museum president of The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and advocate for peace and social justice, declared "Good Design is a Human Right" in a lecture at BMW's design headquarters in Munich, Germany.More

Applying Pressure: The Cost of Neglecting Research Just Went Up
Architect Magazine
For the past five years, evidenced-based design has been a key to the success of architecture firm EDR. Performing routine checkups (keeping tabs on energy bills) and deeper dives (quantifying the success or failure of collaborative space) strengthens the case for research and provides results that are both trivial and profound. While research can become a budget line item, it certainly beats wasting money on hunches.More

New POE Tool Provides Accurate Comparison of Key Healthcare Goals with Performance Ratings
The Center for Health Design
Through a grant funded by the American Society of Interior Designers Foundation, The Center for Health Design has created a standard evidence-based design toolkit that interior designers can use to apply research to healthcare design projects and to conduct post-occupancy evaluation of patient rooms.More

6 Ways to Retain Your Top Talent
When it comes to employee retention, many owners assume money will keep staff from leaving. But there is more to it than simply increasing salaries. Even well-paid people cut and run from employers when they’re not happy. So, how do you make them happy? Here are six tips to help you retain talented team members.More

Getting to Know HENRY — Possibly Your Next Best Client
By Michael J. Berens
Who is HENRY? HENRY stands for "High-Earners Not Rich Yet" — the group also referred to as affluent adults. The term was first used in a 2003 Fortune magazine article to describe a segment of U.S. households with high incomes but little accumulated wealth. Lately, HENRYs have caught the attention of the luxury market. HENRYs are on a trajectory to becoming ultra-affluent or wealthy and thus long-term customers of luxury goods and services. As an interior designer, you should get to know HENRY.More

Is Your Firm Social Enough?
If done correctly, social media can be an effective part of a broader business development effort. However, firms that stop there are missing much of the power of the medium. Those who understand its nature can take advantage of the full scope of opportunity it provides.More

Mastering the Networking and Referral Cycle
We all have symbiotic relationships in our businesses that allow us to cross refer. The hard (but often lucrative) part is finding, developing, and setting up a profitable referral/cross referral relationship with individuals or businesses that may not be related to your direct business. This is where you have to get creative in developing new networking relationships.More

5 Reasons Why Realistic Photo Renderings Can Help Your Project Succeed
Interiors & Sources
For centuries, architects and designers have relied on two-dimensional drawings to share their ideas. These sketches got the job done, but had many flaws when trying to convey ideas to people without a technical understanding of them. They provided adequate direction on how to build a project, but offered minimal help to our 3-D brains in conceptualizing how the finished product would look. Thankfully, rapid improvements in 3-D rendering technology have made the process more efficient, effective, and affordable than ever.More

Sustainable Interior Design Highlights from ICFF
This year marked the 27th year of the annual International Contemporary Furniture Fair, which was held in the Javits Convention Center in New York. Here, you’ll find some of TreeHugger’s favorite eco-friendly products from the show, with features such as sustainable natural materials, upcycled elements, ethical production, and small-space smarts.More

Save Water with Ease: Water-Efficient Home Upgrades
K+BB Collective
With communities across America facing water supply challenges, it is more important than ever to encourage water savings and the installation of water-efficient products in the home.More

LEED Improving on Bridging the Design to Operations Gap
LEED currently does provide elements that help link design and construction to operations, but since they are voluntary, they are an underutilized best practice. This will change in the future as referenced standards such as ASHRAE 90.1 will require a minimum amount of meters in each new building.More

Four Fabulous Outdoor Furnishings
Custom Home
Create the perfect outdoor living space with these premium furniture options, from dining tables to new upholstery choices, that combine style and durability.More

Window Coverings and Your Health
Paints, floor coverings, and other items have been changing over the years in direct response to consumer demands for low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) products and carbon friendly alternatives. The window covering industry is no exception, and great advancements in technology in recent times have elicited some wonderfully inventive products that meet these demands head on.More

Uncommonly Colorful Bathrooms
Architectural Digest
The editors at Architectural Record have featured 10 baths where color is used to brilliant effect.More

Wellness, Well-being, and Productivity in the Office
The cost of office space has a simple metric – dollars per square foot. But metrics for employee productivity in a given layout seem inexact and problematic. Nevertheless, for most firms, the expense of employees far outweighs that of facilities and real estate, making productivity’s potential leverage on the bottom line much greater.More

Trends in Green Hotels
Hotel Business Review
Over the past few years, the words "green" and "sustainable" seem to have exited the cultural climate. But it would be a mistake to assume that environmentally sustainable practice was merely a fleeting craze or fad. To the contrary, the popular concern with green practice appears to have seeped into the culture and taken root. Sustainable design and operation have come to be expected as baselines for responsibility and ethics in business practice of most kinds.More

How Millennials Are Influencing Restaurant Design
From communal tables to USB ports, restaurants are doing what it takes to attract this generation. So what is it that millennials want in a restaurant?More