Shea Links: August

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:

“The Freshest Ideas are in Small Grocery Stores” – New York Times:
Details on the growth of small “experimental grocery stores,” which offer “food experiences” to their customers with amenities like vegetable butchers and craft beer on tap, plus variations like unstaffed grocery stores and those in food deserts

“Shea’s Tanya Spaulding Talks Storefront Chic in Franchise Times” – Shea:
This month’s Franchise Times piece on successful storefront design, featuring Shea Principal Tanya Spaulding as a primary source

“Sorry New York, California is Just Better Now” – Eater:
Eater critic Bill Addison’s take on California dining, and how it’s overshadowing New York with bright food minds and a blend of tradition and innovation

“Capital One Releases Results of 2018 Workplace Design Survey” – Dexigner:
Key takeaways from the second-annual Capital One Workplace Design Survey, including workers’ most-desired design elements, desire for wellness benefits, and an emphasis on flexibility

“Sweet Buzz Builds for Edwards Dessert Kitchen” – Shea:
A roundup of news on the opening of the extremely popular Edwards Dessert Kitchen in the North Loop

“Art Meets Algorithm in Data-Driven Designs” – Restaurant Development + Design:
A look at the impact of data science on design, particularly for multi-unit brands looking to drive engagement and draw in franchisees

“Here’s the Final Nail in the Coffin of Open-Plan Offices” – Fast Company:
Details on a new study showing that open-plan offices don’t lead to more collaboration, and the importance of privacy and quiet space in a workplace

“Mass Appeal” – Washington Post:
The Post critics visit six of the country’s most popular independent restaurants (Tao, Bottega Louie, Joe’s Stone Crab, Old Ebbitt Grill, Carmine’s, and Gibsons) to try to find a common thread or pattern explaining their appeal

“Lucky Cricket Chirps in Hospitality Design” – Shea:
A Hospitality Design piece detailing the work Shea is doing at upcoming St. Louis Park restaurant Lucky Cricket

“The Impact of Virtual Reality Beyond Architecture and Design” – Interiors + Sources:
How utilization of the BIM model can impact and improve the design process, how virtual reality can help in post-design, and what’s next in VR tech