My iPhone alarm goes off. I open one eye to turn it off. While still waking up and still horizontal (portrait orientation-lock changed my life), I repeat this ritual: scan my email, a semi-conscious cyclopian student of retail. With zero filters to block the flow of information from directly flooding my neocortex, I thumb through a half dozen retail industry news feeds that say the same thing: Online, Ecomm, Social Media, Big Data…. blah, blah, blah…zzzz. Hit the snooze button for nine more. READ MORE
It’s official, summer is over – SCHOOL IS NOW IN SESSION. As I dropped my kids off in carpool this morning, I couldn’t help but wonder how chaotic households across the nation were coping with the traditions (and stress) of this eventful day. The obligatory pictures of the kids decked out with new backpacks and shockingly bright sneakers, the last minute panic that some important notebook was somehow forgotten, and yes … the ABSURD amount of traffic you have to endure – all of these fears and celebrations are part of the right of passage into another year. If you are like me, it was a bittersweet sendoff today … sorry to see my kids growing another year older, yet simultaneously savoring the chance to have the structure of our family schedules restored. READ MORE
A few of my favorite web sightings. In no particular order.
Co-authored by Elizabeth Unruh
A wildly diverse, multi-disciplinary global design firm known for breakthrough ideas that create a better future for people.
LaceUp connects the initiative of individuals with the firm’s drive toward breakthrough ideas by awarding time and money for targeted exploration. Made up of three different “speeds” – Walk, Sprint, and Marathon – LaceUp mini-grants make available the necessary resources for independently driven ideation, collaboration, and habitual breakthrough thinking. READ MORE
WE DID IT AGAIN!!! For two years in a row, the California office won 1st place in the annual IIDA (International Interior Design Association) charity event. Each year, the event features a cohesive theme, around which architects, designers and students create custom outfits which are designed using typical interior design finish materials. You may remember last year’s winning entry, Gilligan’s Island!
This year’s theme was ‘Color Theory, A Celebration of Color’ featuring the Fashion and Design Industry’s hottest colors from years past and their impact on the industry, trends and fashion. Little’s wonderful event Sponsors were Shaw and Spinitar - their involvement was a huge part of our team’s success!
As living beings, we are impacted by our environment. Design plays a significant role in human health, and the way that we configure and manipulate elements in a space can mean more to its inhabitants than whether they like the color of the walls or the texture of the carpet. On the broadest level certain environmental factors have universal effects on all of us – i.e. daylight & circadian rhythm. In other cases these environmental factors are very personal and specific, based on our genetic wiring. Genetics set the stage and the environment activates those genes in different ways. READ MORE
I recently attended the North Carolina Low Impact Development Summit held in Raleigh, NC, where I learned, among many things, that the faculty and students at NC State made shirts that turned ADIDAS into an acronym: All Day I Dream About Stormwater. While I don’t ADIDAS, I do have a passion for the topic of LID, and wanted to share some of what I learned at the summit. READ MORE
Sitting on a panel and reviewing leading design submissions from around the globe is a tremendous privilege – lots to be inspired by and plenty to learn from. I recently had the opportunity to chair the judging for the 43rd International Store Design Competition, which celebrates exceptional global retail design projects in over 20 categories from full-line department stores to manufacturer’s showrooms.
Five best practices rose to the surface throughout this judging process that may be of benefit to you or someone you know who is preparing for a competition: READ MORE