Are Open Offices really Open?

By: Jill Mendoza We hear a lot about how todays work environments, especially the open office environment, should be designed to encourage people to collaborate and communicate more effectively. Unfortunately, as design professionals, we find that many people who work in these environments choose to isolate themselves instead, by wearing headphones and communicating through email and instant messaging services rather… Read More

Building Strong Teams

By: Brittany Werth Working as part of a team has become common in most professional environments. But what happens when it starts to go wrong? As the days go by meetings are set, objectives are defined and rules are put into place but the important aspects, which lead to a strong teams, are pushed to the side. Many employees are… Read More

The Botanical Trend

By: Sara Kotarski Commercial plant products from companies such as Artisan Moss, Verde Profilo, and LiveWall are becoming increasingly popular in the market right now. This is partially due to the “botanical trend” that seems to have blossomed into the interior design industry over the past year. Companies of all shapes and sizes are introducing living plants as a design… Read More

Mayo Clinic’s Discovery Square

By: Kris Kleinknight Discovery Square in Rochester, Minnesota is a 16 block sub-district built in collaboration with Mayo Clinic in a highly connected urban life science hub. Mayo Clinic is adding three research centers in a four-story facility on the Destination Medical Center campus in Rochester, MN due for completion in 2019. The bioresearch campus will be the centerpiece of Discovery… Read More

Lighting Trends for 2018

By Rhonda Wessel Lighting design has always fascinated me, and it definitely is something that takes some thought and consideration. As an interior designer, many situations take some more detailed planning. I have been researching and cataloging light fixtures recently, and noticed some popular trends. Most of the lighting trends I have found appear in the residential spaces, however some… Read More

Interior Design Apps

By: Laken Taylor Every interior designer has some tricks up their sleeves and with twenty first century technology it sure got a lot easier. Here’s a list of applications you can get right on your phone! Sherwin Williams Color Snap: Build Color Palettes Color Match Photos Scan Color Numbers Paint Calculator This little app is fun and super handy to… Read More

Green Globes – a Green Building Initiative

By Janet H. Thomas There are multiple assessment systems to engage and assist the Design Community, Developers and Business owners in creating and maintaining sustainable environments. The Green Building Initiative (GBI) worked with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) to bring an internet based assessment tool developed by Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment… Read More

How to Gain Support for your Decisions

Sharing the “why” behind decisions is something Jill Mendoza, our Founder and President of IDO Incorporated, has always tried to do. “But, as Jill explains in this recent Forbes Article, the operative word is ‘tried.’” Over the years, Jill has learned there are multiple factors that can influence how successful you are at empowering team members by sharing the “why” with them. … Read More

Open Offices

By: Brittany Werth The open office plan was supposed to promote a collaborative company culture, create a lighter, happier and more open office environment and promote productivity. Yet articles popping up all over the place paint quite a different picture. So, what went wrong? We need privacy. Togetherness at work can be vital for creation and easy access to one… Read More

Augmented Reality in Interior Design

By: Sara Kotarski Have you ever purchased a large piece of furniture just to find out that it doesn’t fit in the space you intended? Or spent hundreds of dollars on a new sofa to discover that the color juuust isn’t right? Well some furniture retailers, including IKEA, Wayfair, Pottery Barn, and more, have a solution for you. Over the… Read More