Shea Links: January

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:

“How Dense is Too Dense?” – Work Design:
A look at workplace density, and how to know when you’ve reached your maximum limits for design

“All-Day Cafes are Changing the Way We Eat Out” – Bon Appétit:
A close look at the rise of all-day cafes—the food, the style, and the culture that makes them popular and practical for both proprietors and patrons

 “The Foods We’ll Eat—and Shun—This Year” – Wall Street Journal:
What’s in and out in terms of ingredients, and the process of removing perceptually popular ingredients and dishes from menus and introducing new ones

“How to Court Customers with Outside-the-Box Design” – FSR:
A case study of three different restaurants and how they used design as a transportive element in the dining-out experience

“Restaurants, Retail Had a Merry Holiday Season Despite E-Commerce Growth” – Nation’s Restaurant News:
Details on the 4.9% year-over-year increase in retail between 11/1 and 12/24

“Maximizing the Minimum” – Foodservice Equipment and Supplies:
Design strategies for small spaces, in both front and back-of-house

“Building on Workplace Well-Being” – WorkDesign:
How different workplace details (from lighting to noise to temperature) can impact both workplace design and the eventual results gained by a company

“9 Ways Restaurants Will Look Different in 2018” – Tasting Table:
A piece breaking down restaurant-design trends for the upcoming year

“Apocalypse? Not Now!” – VMSD:
A special report on the challenges facing retailers—evolving the economics of brick-and-mortar stores, shifting malls to be of higher quality overall, the decision to close store branches—and why it’s not all over for the traditional shopping model

“New Hotels to Check Out in 2018” – New York Times:
Notable new hotel properties around the world, many emphasizing an environmental focus

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