Detroit: the Birthplace of Modern American Design

Detroit: the Birthplace of Modern American Design By Janet H. Thomas, RID Detroit is known as the motor capital of the world and epicenter for development of the US auto industry. What is less well known is the powerful influence on Modern American Design that grew out of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan a community northwest of the Detroit metro area. George… Read More

How are you building your ship?

By: Jill Mendoza Getting the work done verses the experience of doing the work. When you consider building your ship or planning your workplace environments by introducing open office plans it may be for various reasons; to gain space efficiencies, increase the feeling of connectedness, or to make employees more productive. Whatever the driver is for your business, there is growing… Read More

Plants Reduce Indoor Air Pollution

By: Donna Metallic, RID We are spending 90% of our time indoors and it’s becoming evident that there’s a huge disconnect between us as human beings and nature. There are simple tools that can help bridge the gap between our indoor spaces and outdoors.  One simple item to improving our indoor air quality, is indoor plants. Indoor plants can remove all… Read More

How to Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance

By: Sara Kotarski These days, it is very easy to get overwhelmed by the constant demands of your job. According to a Harvard Business School survey, nearly 94% of working professionals said that they work over 50 hours per week. But did you know that working less can actually improve your productivity and prevent burn out? Maintaining a better balance… Read More

WELL Building Standard: Fitness Review

By: Yasha Ogg In following up on the Fitness Intelligence blog post by Julie Knight, the WELL Building Standard offers some interesting features in the Fitness Category that can be implemented into one’s daily activities. How can a company encourage physical activity among employees? One of our clients has implemented a protocol that personal trash cans by desks are prohibited…. Read More

Fitness Intelligence

  By: Julie Knight, RID The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released the 2017 findings of the American Fitness Index (AFI) report. The AFI findings assist communities to identify opportunities to improve residents’ health and to help use community assets to better support a healthy and active lifestyle. The AFI report measures personal health, preventive health behaviors, levels… Read More

Social Media’s Role in Today’s Business

By: Brittany Adkins These days, it isn’t always enough to pursue traditional advertising in the form of commercials and printed ads to get your company’s message to your target market. Social media has created a new platform by which businesses can reach a much larger audience than they ever have before. Much of this can be attributed to businesses shifting… Read More

Let’s Go! – The Importance of Getting Away

By: Kris Kleinknight Continuing with the year of finding your Zen; we work hard and we need to find time for enjoying our passions.  Taking time to be with family, friends, or just quiet solitude helps to reenergize your spirit. Robert Kriegel, author of “How to Succeed in Business Without Working So Damn Hard,” says workers get many of their… Read More

Why We Love Project Managers (And You Should, Too!)

By: Rhonda Wessel What is a Project Manager?  What does a Project Manager do?  How is Project Management related to Interior Design?  Why would I need a Project Manager?   Here at IDO, most of us are Interior Designers, but we also play the role of Project Manager for several of our clients. We also work alongside other Project Managers outside… Read More

Co-Working Spaces: Redefine How You Work

By: Kelsey Venekamp Why are co-working spaces—defined as membership-based work spaces where various groups of freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting—so effective? As noted in Knoll’s latest white paper “The Rise of Co-Working”, workers who utilize co-working spaces are provided the added benefits of enhanced collaboration, productivity and job satisfaction—not to mention… Read More