Designer Education

Product designers, interior designers and lighting designers are working in a changing industry. Competition from online services, DIY and home improvement tv shows, plus changing consumer lifestyles have continued to shift the way business is done. In this section, product designers, interior designers and lighting designers can read news, trend articles and more.

These smart lamps will revolutionize home lighting.
These smart lamps will revolutionize home lighting.

Sit Back and Relax! 4 Smart Lamps that Do It All

In every well-appointed lighting design, there are the doers (think recessed ceiling fixtures and undercabinet LEDs) and those like that retro torchiere in the corner or the demure lamp on the…
The key to a good blog is good topics. (Photo: NOGRAN s.r.o.)
The key to a good blog is good topics. (Photo: NOGRAN s.r.o.)

3 Tips for Blog Topic Brainstorming

It's finally time. You have your computer opened, and the cursor blinks up at you from the blank word document. Now all you need to do is write your blog, but the minute you raise your fingers to…
Is your website really user friendly? (Photo: Serge Kij)
Is your website really user friendly? (Photo: Serge Kij)

5 Website Design Blunders – And How to Fix Them

A poorly functioning website reflects badly on your company.  It makes it harder for customers to shop or browse your selection, and it frustrates them when they can’t find basic information. Even if…
A quote by Italian designer Massimo Vignelli bedecks a busy corner in Chicago’s River North Arts District. Photo by Kate Bauer.
A quote by Italian designer Massimo Vignelli bedecks a busy corner in Chicago’s River North Arts District. Photo by Kate Bauer.

Get Smart! 3 Easily Accessible Educational Seminars for Busy Interior Designers

Emblazoned in black and white against the red brick of an office building on a busy corner of Chicago’s River North Arts District are the words of Italian design master Massimo Vignelli: “Styles come…
Grammy award-winning Trisha Yearwood will perform at the Stars Under the Stars event 
Grammy award-winning Trisha Yearwood will perform at the Stars Under the Stars event 

High Point Market Announces Spring Performers

Country singer Trisha Yearwood and pop group Dirty Loops are set to hit the stage at the Stars Under the Stars event series at High Point Market this spring. The performances will take place on…
Follow the numbers below to see how Sven Gustafson conceptualized this kitchen design.
Follow the numbers below to see how Sven Gustafson conceptualized this kitchen design.

Last Look with Stonewood LLC's Sven Gustafson

Minnesota high-end custom homebuilder Stonewood LLC incorporates smart technology into the majority of the 10 to 12 houses it builds each year. Here, peek inside one of the company’s latest projects…
It's Complicated Kitchen
It's Complicated KItchen

Inspired by the Movies: Interior Designs We Love

Movies inspire joy, sorrow, laughter and - occasionally - great ideas for interior designs. In honor of last night's Oscars, here are our favorite movie interiors and what you can learn from them.…
Do you know which keywords are really right for your business?
Do you know which keywords are really right for your business?

4 Easy Steps to Better Keyword Research

Let's face it: keyword research is exhausting, especially if you're new to SEO. But if you want to get your showroom or design firm's website high in search results, then you need to play the keyword…
Smith, Sampson, Workman, Bilhuber, Phoenix, Leung
Smith, Sampson, Workman, Bilhuber, Phoenix, Leung

Several New Designer Collections Set to Debut at Spring High Point Market

Product introductions at the spring High Point Market, April 22-26, are highly anticipated, especially with the collections ready to debut from some of the biggest names in the design industry. From…
Nest smart home thermostat on green wall
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Smart Home, Smarter Designer

Technology that can be integrated into the home to make it safer or more convenient (or just cooler) is evolving rapidly. Here, interior designer Sharon Fox of Sharon Fox Designs dishes on her…