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:

“The Dichotomy of Resimercial: How Workplace Design Impacts a Relaxed Mind” – Work Design:
How to balance the residential comfort that workers crave with an environment that encourages them to be “switched on” for work

“Baldamar Opens October 16 in a New-Construction Building by Shea” – Shea:
A roundup of news on Baldamar’s upcoming opening in Roseville

“Is Designing for Instagram Hurting Design?” – Fast Company:
How design is suffering in the social-media age as some firms lean too hard into trends and “sharable” spaces

“Open Office Design of Today Focuses on Choice and Collaboration” – Interiors + Sources:
A comprehensive look at the open office, including its history, the importance of variety, and the impact of engaging spaces

“Forever 21 Bankruptcy Signals a Shift in Consumer Tastes” – New York Times:
What the Forever 21 bankruptcy signals for malls, fast fashion, chain stores, and the retail industry as a whole

“The State of QSRs” – Restaurant Development + Design:
The steps that QSRs (primarily traditional fast-food restaurants) are taking to ensure forward motion, including further embrace of technology, plant-based proteins, and more

“Trends in Hospitality Are Moving Away From Easy Luxury” – Metropolis:
How designers are working with hoteliers to create authentic experiences to their locations, rather than just luxurious ones

“These Scientists Studied 500+ Logos. Here’s What They Discovered About Good Branding” – Fast Company:
An analysis of popular brand identities, and a dig into what makes a logo the most effective

“James Beard Award Winner Opens Shea-Designed Snack Bar” – Shea:
A Star Tribune piece on the opening of Isaac Becker’s Snack Bar in the North Loop

“When a Hotel Bar Becomes a Cocktail Destination” – FSR:
The recent resurgence in hotel bars, due to strong cocktail programs, extensive offerings (including nonalcoholic), and high demand