IIDA Spectrum
Jun. 26, 2014

Mind over matter
As more limited-service restaurants go upscale and competition becomes stiffer by the day, brands are finding that embracing the psychology of design is key to enhancing the guest experience. In essence, restaurants that have for so along designed their core around taste are now appealing to consumers' other senses — sight, hearing, smell and touch — to influence behavior, increase customer satisfaction and capture guest loyalty on a deeper level.More

The coolest tech office you've ever seen
Casa Sugar
Cubicles and stuffy offices are becoming obsolete in the startup world — and SoundCloud's new headquarters are no different. True to its name, this company asked designers to keep audio considerations at the top of the list when creating a cool space.More

Healthy foundations: Using evidence-based design to improve outcomes
Everyone who has stayed in a hospital will have views on whether the environment was comforting or stressful. A good or bad physical environment — from noise levels to room layout — can even dominate the experience.More

How to create an open-source office
No one loves open-plan offices. Here are tips for designing one that actually boosts employee productivity. First thing to understand? The ideal office space is a myth.More

Submit your entries now for IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition
IIDA is now accepting entries for the 3rd Annual Healthcare Interior Design Competition, which was created to honor and celebrate outstanding originality and excellence in the design and furnishings of healthcare interior spaces. Any design professional practicing legally within their jurisdiction is welcome to apply. The design projects must have been completed between January 1, 2012, and March 31, 2014. Enter online before Friday, Aug. 1.More

How design has changed the world, how the world has changed design
As IIDA celebrates its 20th anniversary, we take a look back at the past two decades, tracking the progression of a single design element — the chair — to see how it's evolved in form, function and focus, and how those changes have been reflective of a changing design industry as a whole.More

An app for that: Solving the No. 1 complaint about offices
Fast Company's Co.Exist
Too hot? Too cold? Enough complaining to your coworkers. An app called Comfy is trying to put temperature control back in the hands of employees. Tell the app that you're too warm or cold, and it automatically sends a blast of air directly to your part of the office. Over time, the system learns what temperature a group of coworkers likes at a certain time of day, and it automatically adjusts.More

8 new creative collaborations in the pipeline
Editor at Large
Companies often look to creatives — interior designers, product designers, costume designers and artists — to collaborate on product development. As part of an ongoing series, Editor at Large is highlighting a number of creative unions that are in the works this summer.More

Highlights from NeoCon 2014
Talk Contract
It's a wrap: NeoCon 2014 took place this month at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, drawing thousands of attendees to check out the latest products for commercial interiors. What were some of the best highlights?More

New insurance options developed for commercial interior designers
PRWeb via Insurance News Net
Business Insurance USA has announced a new level of commercial insurance coverage for interior designers, specifically structured to provide combined general liability with errors and omissions protection under one policy. This newly structured coverage option now makes important commercial insurance coverage available to interior design companies of all sizes. More

The one marketing tactic that can improve your cash flow
American Express OPEN Forum
If you're leaving referrals to chance, you're missing out on business. Follow these easy steps to make referrals part of your marketing strategy.More

Webrooming is the new showrooming
Danielle Wegert
A new concept facing consumers and retailers now is webrooming. Consumers look online for different products and then go to the brick-and-mortar store to make the purchase. There are many reasons for this action, but one of the most common is the consumer wants information. How should this influence your work as a professional?More