Design News That Inspires

Sharing our thoughts on the latest design news and trends.

  • May Community Spotlight: YMCA of Greater Indianapolis
    05.13.2022IDO Team

    May Community Spotlight: YMCA of Greater Indianapolis

    When we talk about IDO’s Core Values, we will often use the word “Connectedness.” The IDO team defines this Core Value of Connectedness; as a special and powerful collective energy that emerges when we connect with each other, our clients …

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  • Form, Function, and Workflow in Lab Spaces
    05.11.2022Bob Guindon

    Form, Function, and Workflow in Lab Spaces

    If ‘Form Follows Function’, then is Designing Good Workflow in Laboratory Spaces important too?  – Yes! In all that we do as space planners and designers, there is some element of organization to how we do it. In the life …

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  • New Designer Perspective: College vs. Real World Experiences
    05.05.2022Breck Jackson

    New Designer Perspective: College vs. Real World Experiences

    I recently graduated from college and began a career as an Interior Designer all within a month! While this has been an exciting time in my life and a moment that I have been looking forward to, I needed to …

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  • Height-Adjustable v. Traditional Desks: The Cost of Being Stationary
    04.26.2022Julie Burroughs

    Height-Adjustable v. Traditional Desks: The Cost of Being Stationary

    When considering the purchase of a height-adjustable desk versus a traditional stationary desk the first question is typically regarding the difference in cost. The simple answer is that height-adjustable desks are more expensive than stationary desks. Two to three times …

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  • Color Theory in Behavioral Health Settings
    04.19.2022Sara Kotarski

    Color Theory in Behavioral Health Settings

    It is estimated that around 26%, or 1 in 4 American adults, suffer from a diagnosable mental illness each year. This number has increased by more than double over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. As new mental health treatment …

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  • Mom(my) Brain: Fact or Fiction?
    04.13.2022Amber Wozniak

    Mom(my) Brain: Fact or Fiction?

    You’re scrambling around in the morning, trying to get your heathen of a 3-year-old son out the door to daycare. You turn to your husband and say, “Grab his…you know that thing over there that he takes to school every …

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  • Flexible vs. Standard Lab Designs
    04.06.2022Amanda Medlen

    Flexible vs. Standard Lab Designs

    Laboratory spaces of yesteryear are fading away in place of newer, more efficient flexible spaces. But what does this entail? At IDO, we’ve had the honor and privilege of working with these types of mission-critical environments for the past 30 …

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  • April Community Spotlight: Purposeful Design
    04.01.2022IDO Team

    April Community Spotlight: Purposeful Design

    Purposeful Design: Rebuilding Lives, Building Furniture To kick off our monthly blog series spotlighting local not-for-profits, civic, and other organizations, we are highlighting a dear partner of ours, Purposeful Design. Doesn’t their tagline just say it all! In case you …

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  • Senior Perspective: Flexible Environments in Higher Education
    03.24.2022Emma Stachowski

    Senior Perspective: Flexible Environments in Higher Education

    Flexibility is a hot topic when talking about higher education and the design field post-pandemic. The abrupt, nationwide switch to online and hybrid learning presented many challenges. It also emphasized that students do not learn in the same way or …

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  • Can Seniors Really “Age in Place” with Dementia?
    03.11.2022Anne Holden

    Can Seniors Really “Age in Place” with Dementia?

    To those who know me, you may know this topic is very near and dear to my heart. This is a hard topic to write about. It’s personal. It’s real. It’s an excruciating reminder that life is way too short …

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