IIDA Spectrum
Aug. 14, 2014

Want healthier employees? Add more windows
Medical Daily
Natural daylight streaming in from the windows of your workplace has shown to significantly improve the health of employees. The benefits may sway employers to implement simple design solutions to increase their workforce output and overall well-being. Researchers from researchers at Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign published their illuminating study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.More

Designing an office around a company's goals
At the end of April, the Eventbrite team moved into new offices in downtown San Francisco. During the design process — which started with a lot of excitement and a blank slate — the company learned that a workspace becomes much more than an office once your team weighs in.More

Creating workplace efficiencies that healthcare providers need
Healthcare Design
Over the past several years, healthcare reform and economic conditions have caused many healthcare institutions to delay or reduce already-limited capital spending on architectural projects, focusing instead on operational or technological change within existing buildings. Now, architects and designers are positioned to play a key role in the process, particularly in helping to create new or renovated spaces that are more operationally efficient.More

Tech basics for active, collaborative learning
Campus Technology
Classrooms designed for active and collaborative learning are transforming the teaching and learning experience for students and faculty. More

Is this the school library of the future?
Fast Company's Co.Exist
At a Los Angeles public school, designers re-imagine what's now a hugely underutilized space at schools across the country. There are still some books, but the main focus is creative thinking and collaboration.More

Best of Asia Pacific Design competition deadline approaches
IIDA is accepting entries for the Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards — but the deadline is approaching. The Best of Asia Pacific Design Awards honor the highest level of creativity and design excellence in Interior Design/Architecture projects in nearly 50 Asian countries. Submit your entries by Friday, Aug. 22.More

4 quick tips for effective email marketing
So much work and creativity goes into a perfectly crafted and insightful email. Unfortunately, there are many instances when you notice minimal click-throughs and many more unopened emails than expected. It may feel like an uphill climb to achieve the status of the upper echelon of email marketing, but in actuality, it's not rocket science. Start with these four basic tips for effective email marketing.More

Portable hotels are popping up in the travel world
Hotels can pop up virtually anywhere, opening the door to traditionally off-limit locations. These unique accommodations have gained worldwide attention on the travel scene, and they're slowly making their way to the U.S. Here's what you need to know.More

Studio uses color to set the tone for Nike presentation space
Set designers Robert Storey Studio used the bright colors of Nike's womenswear range to inform the brash interior of a New York presentation space for the sports brand.More

Creating an ever-flexible center for tech innovation
The Chronicle of Higher Education via The New York Times
Dan Huttenlocher does not like walls. This is not so much an aesthetic preference as it is a practical concern. Walls divide people and define spaces. They restrict movement. They discourage exchange. And they are a pain to move if your needs change, especially when they are stuffed with cables, ducts and other infrastructure accessories. And Huttenlocher is certain his needs at Cornell Tech will change. More

Smart referrals: Basic tenets of a good referral
Catherine Iste
As service providers, we often see other areas of the business than the one we are supporting. While important, these relationships are subject to change. As a service provider it is critical to know a stable of other wonderful service providers to whom you feel comfortable referring your clients. But making a good referral includes a number of considerations.More

9 ways to become more creative in the next 10 minutes
Creativity is a skill to be learned, practiced and developed, just like any other. So how do you make creativity part of your daily life? Here are nine suggestions — and guess what? You can get started on them all in the next 10 minutes.More