Shea Links: December

At Shea, we pride ourselves on staying on top of what’s happening in design news. It helps us keep tabs on what’s fresh, inspiring, and happening in the world—and we make a few headlines of our own, too. Here are some recent articles delving into design, experience, and what’s buzzing in our community:

“The Importance of Telling Brand Stories in the Workplace” – Work Design:
How brand consistency and elements bond both employees and consumers in the workplace

“Are We Witnessing the Death of Casual Dining?” – FSR:
A look at how mid-scale chains are struggling, projected reasons why, and how they’re revamping to try to draw more customers

“Two-Day Towns: New Orleans” – Shea:
Tanya Spaulding and David Shea’s picks for what to see, where to stay, and what to eat in New Orleans

“17 Ways to Leverage a Small Footprint” – QSR:
Tips on fitting a big restaurant idea into a small space, a nice companion piece to Shea’s “Small Spaces, Big Impact” blog

“The Best Restaurants in America” – Eater:
Bill Addison’s annual guide to the 38 best restaurants in the country, this year including Shea-designed Spoon and Stable

“D.C. Got Everything it Wanted Out of CityCenter—Except the Crowds” – Washington Post:
A longform piece looking at how D.C. and its citizens have built and responded to the new City Center complex

“How Grocery Stores Became the New Restaurants—and Where to Eat Now in the Twin Cities” – The Star Tribune:
A look at how grocery stores have gone beyond deli and ready-to-eat options by adding their own restaurants

“How the Hospitality Industry is Adapting to Laptop Squatters” – Eater:
How coffee shops are changing their models (some to pay-per-minute, some with membership fees, some switching to happy hours later) to discourage—or better accommodate—“laptop squatters”

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