Category: Workplace Planning

Professional Management

By: Amanda Medlen There are so many books, materials and resources out there for business, but which ones are the best ones?  I think that it would be fair to say that it really depends on your company, the culture that you are trying to promote and the status of the business itself.  I truly believe that no matter the… Read More

Achieving Transparency Through Open Book Management

By: Lee Boyland In the built environment industry, the current climate seems to be booming. Design professionals are hammering away right now! So how does that translate to businesses’ financial success? It doesn’t necessarily mean their books are in good shape. One tool we’ve added to our belt in the past few years is embracing and teaching open book management… Read More

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

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

Designing for a Maintainable Break Room

By: Catie Sterling One essential part of design is making sure a new space can be maintained over time. This is especially true in common areas, such as a break room. Once users start to move into a space, it can become messy if not designed well. A couple break room renovation projects have inspired me to write my blog… Read More

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

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

Are We Alike or Are We Different?

By: Lindsay Ferro One of the most popular topics in regards to workplace environment right now is generational differences in the office. It feels like there are a million studies out there! But they all tend to result in one similar conclusion… Baby Boomers are typically more reserved, prefer a sense of normalcy, and are more traditional. While, Millennials typically… Read More

NeoCon 2017

By: Catie Sterling I was very fortunate this year to have the opportunity to go to NeoCon for the first time with IDO. As a new interior design professional, I tried to take in as much of the convention as possible. Dozens of manufacturer’s reps informed us on their innovative new products, new directions of their companies, and allowed us… Read More