Shea Links: April

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:

“Why It’s So Hard to Revamp Classic Restaurants” – Eater:
How beloved, classic restaurants struggle with their regular clientele when they need to change or expand, and how they respond to that resistance

“At Luxury Stores, It Isn’t Shopping, It’s an Experience” – Wall Street Journal:
A piece on urban specialty stores and how they draw customers with experiences, despite higher prices

“The Importance of Color in the Workplace” – Work Design:
How color in the workplace can reflect brand essence, create connections to clients and employees, and affect the overall environment

“Factory Architecture in the Age of Industry 4.0” – Metropolis:
How a handful of companies have transformed industrial factories into offices that also encompass labs, manufacturing areas, and innovation studios

“How Arcade Bars Became Boozy Playgrounds for Adults” – Eater:
A look at the success of the “barcade” trend in New York and its spread across the country

“Strike a Pose” – VMSD:
The continued importance of, and current trends surrounding, mannequins in retail stores today as the best way to give a 3-D vision of clothing

“The 14 Best Food Lovers’ Hotels in the US” – Bon Appétit:
A roundup of BA’s US hotels with the best dining options

“Putting the Front Desk in the Hotel Guest’s Pocket” – New York Times:
How hotels are using apps and mobile devices to improve guest experience

“Fast Casual Makes Its Dinner Push” – QSR:
After years of being relegated to “lunch status,” QSRs are pushing to play in the dinner game

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