2018 Color Forecasts

By: Laken Taylor Keeping up with the trends has always been a fun past time for me and color seems to be at the top of the innovative design trends in the past few years. Color can often make so much of a difference that Zillow’s 2017 Paint Colors Analysis study discovered that homes with blue bathrooms generally sold for $5,400 more… Read More

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

The Ace Mentor Program – Living the Future Today

By: Jill Mendoza For several years, IDO Associates have volunteered as mentors who help inspire high school students to pursue careers in design and construction. The ACE Mentor Program is a not-for-profit organization, formed under Section 501(c)3 of the District of Columbia in 2002.  A history of the organization can be viewed here.  Thanks to the dedication of ACE’s mentors… Read More

What is Next for Successful Learning Environments?

By:  Donna Metallic , RID During a recent conversation with a higher education client we started to discuss the ecosystem of a learning environment.  It reminded me of a trip to Steelcase University in Grand Rapids Michigan, where I had the opportunity to discuss the active learning ecosystem and experience firsthand the learning lab products. How can design influence our educational… Read More

Authenticity Never Goes Out of Style

By: Victoria Numbers Authenticity. By definition, authentic means not false or copied; genuine; real. In an era of mass production, technology, and ultra-connectedness, there is a tangible craving for experiences and goods that have a sense of truth to them. A product that is unique and embodies the creative energy of the maker starts to generate a richer connection. Fortunately,… Read More

100 Years of De Stijl: The Pre-cursor of Modern Art and Architecture

By: Janet Thomas, RID 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the introduction of the De Stijl art movement in Amsterdam, Holland. Piet Mondrian (http://www.pietmondrian.com/ ) and Theo van Doesburg (http://www.designishistory.com/1920/theo-van-doesberg/) founded the movement to provide a new voice for modern art after the chaos of World War I. Mondrian referred to this highly structured art form Neo-Plasticism or “New Art”…. Read More

How to Promote Happy, Healthy Work Environments

By: Donna Metallic As Interior designers, we can influence the well-being of occupants and drive productivity of the occupants in the workplace by introducing the WELL Building  philosophy in which the built environments minimize the impact to the human occupant. The office workplace is morphing to adapt to new styles of leadership, to reflect the culture and brand of a… Read More

What’s the Buzz?

By: Julie Knight Ever wondered why people like to gather in a coffee shop or café?  It is the buzz or ambient sound within these spaces. Ambient sound is defined as the background sound present in a location.  And according to recent research, moderate levels of background sounds distract us and subtly encourage us to have original thoughts. Because if… Read More

Building IDO’s Tomorrow

By: Jill Mendoza  When you think of tomorrow you may not be thinking specifically of Hamilton the Musical or Costa Rica or even Ballroom Dancing but as we look to the future and continue to build our IDO team, we have! How many of us wish we could assemble the perfect team? How many times have you or someone on your team said: “If… Read More