IIDA Spectrum
Jul. 31, 2014

A futuristic office design to combat distraction
Fast Company's Co.Exist
Most of us hate open offices because of the inherent distractions, but it isn't necessarily that much easier to focus in a space of your own, thanks to email and kitten videos. So what would the ideal workspace look like? One suggestion, from two Dublin-based design students, is a large room with flexible spaces for every task: Instead of sitting at the same desk all day long, you could move from place to place as needed.More

Library as infrastructure
The Design Observer
Reading room, social service center, maker-space. How far can we stretch the public library?More

How important are lifestyle perks in business centers?
Officing Today
We know there's a blurring of the lines between the home and the office. As such, the home and the workplace are undergoing something of a role reversal. Are your business clients now hankering for lifestyle perks more reminiscent of a home?More

Fast food chains engaging in extreme makeovers
The Associated Press via Columbus CEO
National fast food chains are spending millions of dollars renovating, relocating, razing and rebuilding their restaurants. The reasons are varied and the investments considerable.More

IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition: Friday is the final day to enter
IIDA
The deadline to enter IIDA's Healthcare Interior Design Competition is Friday, Aug. 1 — so don't delay! Submit your entry to be considered for this prestigious award. The competition honors outstanding originality and excellence in the design and furnishings of healthcare interior spaces.More

IIDA invites you to enter the 2014 Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards
IIDA
The Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards seeks to recognize and honor the highest level of creativity and design excellence in interior design/architecture projects in the countries that comprise the Asia-Pacific region. Entries will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 22.More

Interior Design's 2014 Rising Giants
Interior Design
A steady recovery from the Great Recession has been tracked by Interior Design's research department for several years. Now, it's time to formally say the profession has exited recovery mode and entered a period of prosperity. The Rising Giants, the 100 firms right behind Interior Design's top 100 Giants, are having a very good run.More

Robot furniture builds itself
CNN
Imagine that the chair you're sitting on became a sofa on demand as the day moved from light to dark. Or if all your furnishings could move out of your way as you walk through a room. These thoughts could one day become reality through research being conducted at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology.More

An alternative to LEED: Updated Green Globes sustainable interiors program
Canadian Architect
ECD Energy and Environment Canada recently announced the release of the most significant upgrade to the Green Globes® for Fit-ups program, now renamed Sustainable Interiors, since it first became available in Canada in 2004. More

The 3 biggest networking mistakes
Fortune
About 42 percent of senior managers in a new OfficeTeam poll cited "Not asking for help" as the No. 1 networking mistake in a new survey by staffing firm OfficeTeam.More

Time to refresh? 3 tips for updating your logo
Business News Daily
To make a strong first impression on consumers, businesses need an impactful logo. A new study from Endurance International Group, a cloud-based platform solutions provider, discovered that 15 percent of small businesses with five employees or less have no logo at all, with 56 percent of businesses having designed their own logos without any professional help.More