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:

“Marriott Needs to Revamp Its Dining Strategy—and Knows It” – Skift Table:
The evolution of hotel dining and how hotel chains (with a focus on Marriott) are shifting strategy to make dining a major focus as a hotel draw

“Moving into an Existing Restaurant Versus Building Your Own” – FSR:
A look at the pros, cons, and questions for restaurateurs to ask when deciding whether to search for a second-gen space or start from scratch in creating a restaurant

“Design Details that Make Spaces ‘Insta-Famous’” – Shea:
How Shea designs using popular design features to enhance the overall experience, rather than just creating “Instagrammable moments” that don’t fit into the space

“Can Old-School Private Clubs Become Cool Again?” – Curbed:
How country clubs are competing with a new generation of private clubs, moving towards a younger, busier audience

“Brand-New Bars and Cafes, Striving to Look as Old-Fashioned as Possible” – Grub Street:
Examining New York restaurants designing with a nod to the city’s history in their storefronts

“How Restaurants Rebound When They’re Too Damn Loud” – Eater:
The solutions restaurants employ when they don’t take noise into account in their design—hiring acoustical experts, adding sound-absorbing elements, and more

MSP Magazine Praises the Dining Room at P.S. Steak” – Shea:
Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine’s review of P.S. Steak, which lauds the transformation of the dining room

“Why Funky ’70s-Style Fonts Are Popping Up On Brands Like Chobani and Glossier” – Vox:
A look at the proliferation of curved, smooth typefaces in both startup and corporate branding, lauded for their expressive, warm vibe

“A Balancing Act: The Art of Meeting Vision, Budget, and Owner Expectations” – Restaurant Development + Design:
How designers and architects can work throughout an entire project to keep clients happy and on budget, even while finding “surprises” throughout the process

“Shea Wins IIDA FAB Award for the Marvin Windows and Doors Office” – Shea:
The announcement and details of Shea’s 2019 FAB Award win for Best Small Workplace Design