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IIDA Bulletin


Interior design involves a lot of hard work, but those in the profession know that the rewards are plentiful and found in every stage of the process.

The science of design is constantly changing, and it’s more important than ever for designers to remain open to new ideas, because they’re going to be arriving in ways we could never have imagined just a few years ago.

Thanks to globalization and the internet, ideas are traveling wider and faster than at any point in history, giving design the opportunity to become a truly universal language—but is there a downside?

Is it possible to reverse-engineer the lives of design masters to map out the route to success? Maybe not, but there are at least five basic qualities, embodied in IIDA Fellows, that play an important role in the mastery of design.

It’s been an incredible 2013 for IIDA and its expanding number of international competitions. Here's a look at our current portfolio of competitions and their contribution to the design industry at large.

To me, the movers and shakers of the design world are those who have taken the field to places we've never seen before. Here's a small celebration of some of my favorites.

As the release of LEED v4 approaches, we’re reminded of the social and environmental responsibilities facing designers in the 21st century. But are we doing enough?

If design is the process of making order out of chaos, community plays a vital role in shaping that order.

Successfully integrating a retail space with a client's brand is about more than just telling a story -- it's about compelling the customer to become part of it.

Pantone's declaration of emerald green as the color for 2013 has me thinking about color's importance all over again.

Stepping into my role as IIDA president, I can’t help but consider the role that CEUs have played in getting me to this point in my career and life.

As I prepare to pass the baton of the IIDA presidency and NeoCon rolls ever closer, the phrase “Out with the old, in with the new” takes on a profound dimension.

When we design entertainment spaces, we have an opportunity to communicate more directly and effectively with the public than at virtually any other time.

Healthcare clients are enlisting interior designers to help create safe, comforting places for their patients. Here’s how you can help.


Technology is a constant presence for many of us, but how is that changing how we interact with and design the next generation of interiors?

As technology spreads trends and breaks down barriers at an ever-faster clip, maintaining an international approach to design has become more important than ever before.

Despite continuing challenges in the market, we should take a moment to reflect on our strengths as design thinkers, and honor the educators and innovators pushing us forward.

The federal workplace is changing rapidly to respond to new ways of working, mandates for space reduction, new technologies and sustainability mandates, resulting in opportunities for innovative interior designers.

This year's NeoCon show was the usual mix of craziness and excitement. New International President Jim Williamson discusses some of IIDA's most exciting advancements from the biggest week in the contract industry.

With NeoCon just around the corner and the association's first book on the way, new IIDA President James Williamson discusses what members can expect to see in the coming weeks and months.
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