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 Every Office Building Needs an Amenity Center” – Interiors + Sources:
How office buildings (such as Shea-designed Fifth Street Towers) are incorporating tenant-only amenity centers to help draw prospective companies, and why it’s an important and desirable factor

“Shea Turns 40 in the Star Tribune” – Shea:
A Q&A with Shea CEO and founder David Shea, detailing the firm’s last 40 years in design

“The New Rules of Dining Out” – Food & Wine:
A conversation with top hospitality professionals about how modern dining out has changed, and what makes it successful for all parties involved

“How To: Connect the Digital and Analog Brand Experience” – Restaurant Development + Design:
How restaurants can ensure brand consistency so that customers get cohesion, from checking out a restaurant online through the dining experience

“Designing for Dayparts” – Shea:
A How We Create piece highlighting the all-day dining trend, and how Shea-designed Benedict’s, Bellecour, Fire & Grain, and Patrick’s Bakery fit into the notion

“Restaurants of the Year 2018” – Food & Wine:
A roundup of Food & Wine’s top restaurants of the year, including Minneapolis’ Grand Café

“The Age of Enlightenment” – VMSD:
A piece detailing the importance of lighting strategy in the retail experience

 “McDonald’s 2.0: How Fast-Food Chains are Using Design to Go Local” – Curbed:
A longform piece discussing how fast-food chains (Taco Bell, KFC, McDonald’s, and more) are using design variations to give a more localized feel and elevated dining environment

“Defining and Measuring the Influence of ‘Resimercial’ Design in Today’s Workplace” – Work Design:
A further exploration of the evolution of office planning models, with data that emphasizes employee reactions to “resimercial” design

“Bat & Barrel Set to Open at Target Field” – Shea:
A roundup of news from the media preview of Shea-designed Bat & Barrel at Target Field