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Design Local Rocks Music City

There’s more to Nashville than meets the eye, and when you look past the surface of all the honky-tonks, oversized belt buckles and cowboy boots, you uncover a rich dichotomy of opposites that formed the backdrop for the second stop in Mannington Commercial’s Design Local tour.

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Design Local Kicks Off in Jet City

The rainy, gray weather Seattle is notorious for was on full display this past weekend for the kickoff of Mannington Commercial’s second annual Design Local event, but it would have taken much more than that to dampen the spirits of the designers assembled in the Edgewater Hotel.

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Bringing Back Some Balance

I don’t think anyone in their right mind would really argue for bringing back the cubicle. Not the “veal pen” or “prairie dog” variety anyway. But the open plan has its own drawbacks, too

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Design Local: San Fran Surprises

San Francisco is a city of surprises. There’s something new to greet you around every corner, a fact that I witnessed firsthand last week as I participated in the second stop in Mannington Commercial’s Design Local competition.

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What I “Like” About Social Media

We here at I&S recently conducted a survey of thousands of design professionals to wrap our heads around the role that social media plays in your day-to-day operations (or if at all). The results were both surprising and telling.

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April Editorial: Think Global, Design Local

During my first trip to Vegas, I was on a budget. And one of the very first things I learned upon checking in was why you should never, ever visit Sin City on the cheap...

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A Finnish Twist on Interactive Design

Considering that Finland holds the coveted title of World Design Capital 2012, I can definitely say it was no wonder to me when I discovered recently that a small coffee shop in Helsinki gave new meaning to the term “interactive design” by giving online users complete control over the ambiance of the space.

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A Case of Greenwashing?

We have spent many years as a trade publication championing the sustainable design movement and providing content to help designers cut through the greenwashing, not perpetuate it. So, I went back to re-read what we had published and to determine how badly we had sinned.

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A Tale of Two Towers

With the hypersensitive, politically-correct culture that we find ourselves in these days, it begs the question of whether or not architecture should also follow suit. If a building risks offending someone’s sensibilities, should the design be altered?

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