Shea Links: June

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:

“Inside the Secret Laboratory Where Marriott is Cooking Up the Hotel of the Future” – Fast Company:
A dive into Marriott’s Innovation Lab, where room prototypes are used to generate and test ideas, scale, and more

“The Twin Cities Restaurant Revolution, Brought to You in Part by Shea” – Shea:
The Star Tribune’s look at the evolution of the modern Twin Cities dining scene from a two-star town to a three-star one, featuring many Shea spaces and clients

“The Boutique Fitness Boom” – New York Times:
The influx of boutique fitness into malls and mixed-use centers as part of the “experience economy” now valued in retail

 “Secrets to Optimizing Kitchen Workflow” – Foodservice Equipment and Supplies:
Tips for designing kitchens to perform at their best capacity, depending on concept, menu, off-premises dining programs, and other key factors

“Workplace of the Future: Designing to Recruit Top Talent” – Work Design:
A look at how office design helps draw and retain top employees

“Bon Appétit Loves the Dual Concept at Popol Vuh and Centro” – Shea:
The Bon Appétit piece on global dining in the Twin Cities, featuring Popol Vuh and Centro

“Where Weary Travelers Can Lay Their Heads, and Watch Planes Go By” – New York Times:
In addition to the new TWA Hotel at Kennedy International, how high-end, airport-located hotels are becoming more common in the US as they serve as a great source of airport revenue and convenience for travelers

“State of the Industry 2019: How Smart is the New Retail Intelligence?” – VMSD:
The recent advances in retail intelligence, and how it relates to the personal customer and experience

“I’ve Been Studying Logos for Decades. Here’s What Changed This Year” – Fast Company:
A logo expert’s take on the logo-design industry in 2019, with brands being driven more consistently by a variety of visual techniques

“Shea Ranks as One of the Twin Cities’ Top Architectural Firms” – Shea:
The Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal’s annual list of top architectural firms in the Twin Cities, featuring Shea