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:

“Retailers Experiment with a New Philosophy: Smaller is Better” – New York Times:
How mass-market retailers are being inspired by boutique showrooms, giving a more luxurious experience by showing off a smaller selection

“When You Leave a Tip—Whether You Want to or Not” – Washington Post:
Another factor in the ongoing tipping debate, looking specifically at automatic tipping (gratuity pre-added to bills) and its effect on both businesses and patrons

“New Ways for Restaurants to Thrive in the Mall Food Court” – QSR:
A look at the changing nature of malls and dining options, and a handful of ways that quick-service restaurants can adapt to draw more customers

“Thinking About Designing Your Workplace Around Millennials? Stop!” – Facility Executive:
The idea of designing workplaces with a “Life Stage Strategy,” working with different groups and generations, rather than designing for one specific generation

“Are Hotel Concierges Endangered by Apps? Don’t Bet on It” – New York Times:
Examining the rise of apps being used in lieu of concierges, and emphasizing the experiential touch that humans offer

“5 Ways Fine-Dining Has Changed” – Restaurant Hospitality:
From a chef’s point of view, how fine dining has evolved in recent years

“Top Stories of 2017” – VMSD:
A roundup of the year’s top retail stories, focused heavily on acquisitions and Amazon

“The Top Food and Beverage Trends for 2018” – QSR:
A full look at the National Restaurant Association’s (extensive) lists of 2018 trends, including food trends, concept trends, global flavors on the rise, sweets, and more

“Bellcour’s Tradition and Charm Praised by the New York Times” – Shea:
A New York Times travel piece highlighting Wayzata’s Bellecour and Chef Gavin Kaysen

“The Future of Retail in the Age of Amazon” – Fast Company:
A longform examination of retail in the internet age, including the Mall of America, Target, Warby Parker, and MartinPatrick3—which is held  up as a prime example of experiential shopping

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