Shea Links: October

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:

“It Costs a Lot for a Huge Company Like Dunkin’ Donuts to Change Its Name. So What’s the Payoff?” – Vox:
A look at the material and awareness costs of rebranding—with Dunkin’ as a case study—and how companies can decide whether it’s worth it

“Designing the Modern Quick-Service Restaurant Kitchen” – QSR:
Examining QSR kitchen design, and how it can engage customers while still being functional

“Gavin Kaysen Announces Next Project, Shea-Designed Demi” – Shea:
The local and national news scoop on Jams Beard Award winning chef Gavin Kaysen’s next venture

“Here Come Fancy Convenience Stores, AKA Gentrified 7-Elevens” – Eater:
The rise of upscale mini-marts peddling wellness and high-end products, and their impact on gentrification and self-perception

“Workplace Hospitality: A New Value Proposition” – FES:
How companies are vying to retain employees via the installation of hospitality-focused workplace amenities

“Functional by Design: Service Stations” – FES:
A look at staff service stations, and creating them to be both functional and aesthetically appealing

“Forget the Minibar. At Fancy Hotels, the New Thing is the Maxi-Bar” – Bloomberg:
How high-end hotels around the world are making hotel minibars feel more like luxurious real bars, using methods including cocktail butlers with bar carts, a greater selection of spirits, and more

“Fast-Casual Restaurants, Full-Service Appeal” – Shea:
The latest How We Create piece featuring Surly Pizza Upstairs, Centro, and Edwards Dessert Kitchen, showing how a fast-casual restaurant can be both well-operated and well-designed

“Why You’re Buying Products from Companies You’ve Never Heard Of” – Wall Street Journal:
The rise of the “microbrand” trend, including details on advertising spots, production, outsourcing, and more