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20+ Times Designers Proved That Less Is More

There’s nothing better than a simple minimalist design that brings you a clean, free feeling.  But attaining this minimalist aesthetic is not as easy, sometimes designers need to put a lot of effort and thinking into their designs to make the result look as simple as they do. This list compiled by Bored Panda proves just that, and it’s an inspiration to all of us what a good product looks like. From a genius minimalist business cards to creative book covers, this list proves that you don’t need anything extra to create a good design!

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#1 This Business Card Shows All Contact Info Using Only An Email Address

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#2 Awesome Beer Cans Show The Pantone Color Of The Brew That’s Inside

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#3 The Cover Of 1984

Image source: Adronauts Berlin

#4 This LED Clock

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#5 Really Smart And Also Minimalist Design

Image source: Ozyman_Diaz

#6 Simple And Clever Milk Branding Concept That Features A UFO Space Ship Lid

Image source: Kan Salt, Marcel Sheishenov and I-Media Creative Bureau

#7 Pop-Outlet

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#8 Cover Illustrations For Each Harry Potter Book

Image source: Kincső Nagy

#9 Oddly Satisfying Knife Set From Delgon

#10 A Silly Light

Image source: Kosho Tsuboi

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These Soundproof Tiles Will Make Any Music Studio Look Cool

Design studio Form Us With Love has created unique wall tiles using a material called wood wool. This material, also known as excelsior, is usually used for such things as packaging, cushioning and even toy stuffing. Now it is turned into an interior design that not only looks good but is also sound absorbent moisture and fire resistant.

Creating beautiful visual patterns on walls, this product can be used in music studios for its sound dampening qualities and the product is also eco-friendly! Scroll down to see how it looks yourself!

(h/t Yanko Design)

Design studio Form Us With Love has created unique wall tiles using a material called wood wool

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This material is usually used for such things as packaging, cushioning and even toy stuffing

It not only creates beautiful patterns on the walls but it is also fire and moisture resistant

This product can be used in music studios for its sound dampening qualities

And the product is also eco-friendly!

See the whole process captured in a video!

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This Amazing 2D Cafe In Japan Looks Like It’s Straight Out Of A Comic Book (18 Pics)

The newly-opened “2D Cafe” in Tokyo, Japan is exactly what it sounds like – a cafe where everything appears to be in 2D! As soon as you walk in through the front door, you’ll instantly feel like you’re a comic book character. Neat, huh?

The coffee shop is located in the Shin Okubo district of Tokyo and it’s every Instagrammer’s dream. Everything inside – from the tables and chairs to the curtains and wallpapers – is made to resemble a black and white comic book or a cartoon.

More info: twitter.com | Instagram

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Come in, grab some bubble tea and a piece of pie and enjoy the comic book experience.

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After spending some time inside, you might get confused with what’s real and what’s merely drawn on the wall. So make sure to double-check before trying to walk through the door – it just might be a drawing!

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The “2D Cafe” has all sorts of treats for everyone with a sweet tooth, ranging from bubble teas to patbingsu – a Korean-style shaved ice dessert that comes in a variety of flavors, like strawberry and banana.

See more pictures from this amazing cafe in the gallery below and don’t forget to check out the amazing Yeonnam-dong 239-20 Cafe in Seoul here!

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Aušrys Uptas

One day this guy just kind of figured “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending around the web. Something that always peeks his interests is old technology, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness so if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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25 Terrible Interior Design Choices Captured By Real Estate Agents

Designing a nice interior for your home is quite the art form – every little mistake you make, you’ll be seeing every day, meaning everything has to be perfect. Yet sometimes these mistakes are unavoidable and all that’s left is to learn to live with them and hope that none of your guests notice them. Now, this could work – until it comes the time to sell your house. Believe us when we say that real estate agents notice everything – and we mean everything.

Recently, real estate agent Venessa Van Winkle shared a collection of the craziest home designs her fellow real estate agents captured at work and most of them are so bad, they’re hilarious. From carpet-lined bathrooms to claustrophobia-inducing toilets, check out the most terrible interior design choices captured by real estate agents in the gallery below!

 

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Aušrys Uptas

One day this guy just kind of figured “I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?” – and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that’s trending around the web. Something that always peeks his interests is old technology, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness so if you find something that’s too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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11 Designer and Client Differences That Explain Why They Never Understand Each Other

While they should be on the same team in order to attract the audiences, the client and the designer often have completely different expectations when it comes to the product in the making.

While one of them wants bigger, bolder, and brighter, the other one is fascinated with minimalistic forms, pastel colors and subtle designs. While one of them believes photoshop is magic, the other one knows it’s draining work that requires hours of focus. And, of course, the differences don’t end there. To illustrate the designers’ point of view on this common occurrence ‘Trust Me, I’m A “Designer”‘ used an amusing animation that a lot of creators can relate to.

Scroll down to see the full list of the witty differences.

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Agne

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Jobs in Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency, and Resilience (2019)

July 2019

According to the 2019 U.S. Energy Employment Report (USEER), 611,000 people worked in zero-emission technology industries, including renewables and nuclear in the United States.1 The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) recorded even higher renewable energy employment in the United States at 855,000 direct and indirect jobs in 2018.2

However, the Standard Occupation Classification (SOC) system managed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics does not currently include codes to allow for the comprehensive analysis of employment in these fields. To address the lack of country-wide data, the American Society of Adaptation Professionals (ASAP) has initiated efforts to define and quantify the adaptation and resilience workforce. ASAP’s preliminary analysis found that adaptation and resilience employment is predominantly in government (40 percent), non-governmental organizations (36 percent), and the private sector (16 percent).5 However, ASAP reports that adaptation work is growing fastest in for-profit, private sector companies, including for-profit climate service firms as well as climate-affected firms from a variety of industries across the North American economy. Climate adaptation and resilience jobs cut across a number of different types of work, including communications and outreach, conservation and ecology, economics and finance, education, engineering and design, hazard mitigation, planning, policy, program administration, and project management. Adaptation and resilience work have been both incorporated into existing jobs and resulted in new jobs—one example being the creation of high-level Chief Resilience Officer positions in over 86 cities around the world.6 While it is not currently possible to report on the total number of people employed in the climate adaptation and resilience field in the United States, this is an important area of job growth to track looking forward.

Defining Clean Energy Jobs

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) defines green jobs as either “jobs in businesses that produce goods and provide services that benefit the environment or conserve natural resources” or as “jobs in which workers’ duties involve making their establishment’s production processes more environmentally friendly or use fewer natural resources.”7 These definitions include employment in 1) renewable energy; 2) energy efficiency; 3) pollution reduction and removal, greenhouse gas reduction, and recycling and reuse; 4) natural resources conservation; and 5) environmental compliance, education and training, and public awareness.7

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This fact sheet focuses on employment in the renewable energy and energy efficiency sectors in the United States

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and around the world.

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employed 11 million people in 2018, 700,000 more than in 2017.4

Jobs in energy efficiency experienced significant growth—the sector now

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employs more than 3 million people in the United States.3 IRENA reports that, globally, the renewable energy sector

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Climate adaptation and resilience stand out as rapidly emerging areas of employment as a result of climate change impacts. These sectors will be critical to track in tandem with jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the

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coming years.

The job figures cited below are sourced from international organizations, national non-profits, think tanks, and national trade associations. Due to the lack of a single body which conducts job surveys, EESI has collected information from a number of sources which employ different research methodologies and different job definitions in their work. Given that, this fact sheet represents a best effort to portray the status of renewable energy and

energy efficiency jobs with the data that is publicly available.

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ASID Interior Design Billings Index 2nd Quarter 2019 Results Webinar


Join the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) for a live webinar that will provide insight on the current business conditions for the interior design industry as determined by the ASID Interior Design Billings Index 2nd Quarter 2019 report. The IDBI is produced by ASID Research and Knowledge Management in partnership with Jack Kleinhenz, Ph.D., and Russ Smith, Ph.D., both of Kleinhenz & Associates. During the webinar, we will provide a rundown and analysis of the market segments and geographic regions that enjoyed a positive second quarter, 2019; look at the key indices from the report and what they suggest for the design industry over the next six months; and evaluate how interior design practitioners interpret the economic climate. The index is compiled from a monthly ASID survey of 300 geographically diverse firms that primarily offer interior design services, or offer interior design services as part of architectural, engineering, and other related practices.Practitioner perspectives on current and future business conditions for the interior design industry are a helpful indicator of changes in the direction of economic activity. The ASID indices are centered on 50 percent: a score above 50 indicates industry expansion, while a score below 50 denotes contraction.

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Mid-year economic outlook for nonresidential construction: Expansion continues, but vulnerabilities pile up

Emerging weakness in business investment has been hinting at softening outlays.

AUGUST 12, 2019 |

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More than 10 years after the end of the most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression, the U.S. economy is again making history by continuing its longest-ever expansion. Nevertheless, emerging weakness in business investment has been hinting at softening outlays, giving commercial and industrial construction contractors cause for concern, according to a mid-year economic outlook by Anirban Basu, chief economist of Associated Builders and Contractors.

“Given that every expansion in U.S. history has ended in recession, leaders of construction firms are rightly wondering when the record-setting expansion will end,” said Basu. “Looking at conditions on the ground, it likely won’t be in 2019, but 2020 could be problematic for the broader economy and 2021 for a significant number of contractors.”

Basu cites numerous vulnerabilities that could trigger a recession in 2020, including:

— Trade wars

— Softening corporate earnings

— Slowing job growth

— Elevated levels of household, corporate and government debt

— Election 2020

But there are plenty of reasons to remain optimistic. “For the most part, the economy has held up better than anticipated,” said Basu. “During the first quarter of 2019, gross domestic product expanded at a smart 3.1% annualized rate. The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis’ initial estimate suggests that the economy slowed to 2.1% growth during the second quarter, but that neatly beat economists’ expectation that that growth had fallen below 2%.”

“The economy could continue to prove resilient,” says Basu. “To date, the economy has navigated ongoing trade disputes and associated tariffs with aplomb. It has also withstood serial interest rate hikes, the longest federal government shutdown in history, extreme weather, shifting immigration policy, ongoing labor market shortages and a lengthy investigation regarding foreign influence in U.S. elections.”

To read the full economic outlook story, visit ConstructionExec.com.

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Join The Fight For Positive Design Public Policy

Government affairs successes take an abundance of time and funding to establish and execute. ASID GPA has an ambitious policy agenda to advance the profession. To achieve our goals we need additional resources devoted specifically to advocacy. ASID has been fighting for practice rights and other positive interior design policy for 50 years and now is the time to double down on eliminating harmful laws and creating constructive ones that will benefit the nation, consumers, industry partners, firms, practitioners, and all ASID members.

ASID has established the Advocate by Design (AxD) Fund, a political education fund (PEF) that helps educate the public and policymakers on the impact of interior design work and the policy issues important to the interior design profession. It is not a PAC and no money will be directed to any individual candidate for office. The AxD Fund enhances the work of ASID GPA and enables ASID to be consistently represented in national, state, and local policy debates and discussions. With your support, we can elevate the interior design profession on the government and public policy stages to new heights.

The national chair of the Advocate by Design Fundraising Committee is Janet Roche, Allied ASID, MDS, CAPS

WHY DONATE

Address the Unexpected

Despite planning and preparation, helpful and harmful legislation can be introduced out of nowhere and without warning. The AxD Fund will ensure that ASID can mount a defensive or offensive advocacy effort whenever, wherever, and however needed.

Expand the Reach

We can engage more supporters by creating interactive materials, covering member travel costs to government affairs-related events, hosting events, and providing more money for state-level advocacy initiatives.

Change the Narrative

The public and policymakers need to understand the value interior designers bring to the world. ASID can lead that charge through consistent messaging, sponsorship, and physical presence, all of which require substantial time, effort, and funding.

Consistently engaging in advocacy is a resource-intensive, but necessary task. Ensure that interior designers are at the table for the conversations that matter most.

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Coaching pays off for new managers

Study finds increased engagement and readiness for new roles.

AUGUST 13, 2019 |

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Those in the engineering and construction industries that undergo a coaching program are more engaged and better able to perform in new management roles, according to a new white paper by FMI.

“Executive Coaching: Driving Real Results for Leaders in the Built Environment” is based on interviews and a quantitative survey conducted with executives who were coached.

The survey found that:

— 91% of participants said that coaching increased their readiness for a new leadership role

— Nearly 88% of participants suggested that coaching increased their overall engagement in their roles

— 87% of respondents said that executive coaching has a high return on investment

— 77% of survey respondents stated that their coaching experience exceeded their expectations

Coaching made a significant impact to leaders in four main areas: serving as a sounding board for thoughts and ideas, a platform for effective leader transitions, a catalyst for engagement, and a driver of commitment and real ROI.

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