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NeoConversations Podcast Episode 7: Designing Branded Spaces

In this episode of NeoConversations, we explore what it takes to effectively design brand character into a space. How can brand values and purpose be communicated through materiality, visual language, ambiance and experience? What’s in the tool kit needed to implement a design program company-wide? In this episode, Amy Devers talks to Renee Hytry Derrington, International Design Lead for Formica Group, and Abbott Miller, a partner at world-renowned design studio Pentagram to explore all the...

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NeoCon 2019 Day 3 Recap

Liz Ogbu gave a fascinating keynote presentation on working with communities in need to leverage the power of design to catalyze sustained social impact. Attendees also got outside and into some of Chicago's most innovative work spaces with the Inside Design Tours and IIDA Student Tours and Panels at the McDonald's Global Headquarters. Thank you to all that participated at NeoCon 2019! Join us next year, June 8-10 for NeoCon 2020.

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NeoCon 2019 Day 2 Recap

Ilse Crawford, Creative Director and Founder of Studioilse, kicked off day two of NeoCon with a her presentation "Stuff Matters: The Material World We Make". The party continued with a busy day of exhibiting, seminars, and parties. Did we mention parties? Attendees and exhibitors mixed and mingled on the 7th Floor for the Exhibitor Happy Hour, and the party continued outside at the NeoCon Plaza.

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NeoCon 2019 Day 1 Recap

As the first day of NeoCon 2019 wraps up, let's take a look back at just a few highlights. Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, Founders of Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors in New York, kicked of NeoCon 2019 programming by discussing balance and experience in design followed by a Q+A with the audience. After weeks of anticipation, some new showrooms made their debut including Hightower, Kwalu, Beaufurn, Montisa, Cumberland Furniture, Emeco, and HAT Contract. Additionally, many new...

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NeoConversations Episode 6: The Evolution of Tile Surfacing

In this episode of NeoConversations, trusty and timeless tile is making its way into exciting new territory with large format panels, countertop slabs and high resolution digital printing. The design opportunities are almost limitless. Listen as host Amy Devers talks to Laura Muller, CEO of Four Point Build Inc., Frank Douglas, VP of Business Development for Crossville, and Noah Chitty, Directory of Technical Services for Crossville, to learn all about the technology and possibilities of...

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Chicago Designers Share Where to Eat and Drink during NeoCon Week

Forward Fruit is a Chicago-based branded environments and experiential design studio. In applying a strategic, user-driven methodology to hyper creative projects, they create soulful, on-brand solutions that are exciting, beautiful, and inspire brand-user connections. See their work at the new NeoCon Plaza. Forward Fruit leaders Elise Metzger (right), Principal, and Marissa Smith (left), Principal, present a guest blog with their recommendations for the latest and best spaces to eat, drink,...

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NeoConversations Episode 5: Powering Flexible Workplaces

In this episode of NeoConversations, we are taking on the challenge of designing flexible workplaces - specifically, designing in power and data distribution solutions that can keep up with the speed of evolving technology, business transitions, budget demands and the ever-changing need for adaptable power configurations. Frequently, this happens in pre-existing buildings, which creates its own set of unique challenges… so what are the creative solutions? Amy Devers talks to Steve Batchelder...

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NeoConversations Episode 4: Design and the Circular Economy

In this episode of NeoConversations, we are asking: What is the circular economy and what role do architects and designers play in it? How can we design truly sustainable spaces and specify materials in which the entire lifecycle has been considered, including eventual reuse? What are the implications, misconceptions and benefits associated with materials made from regenerated waste? Joining us today are two experts who taking the lead in the circular economy... Listen as host Amy Devers talks...

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NeoConversations Episode 3: Details Make the Difference

The craft and details of a space can impact us on more than an aesthetic level—they can add an extra element of reinforcement, structure or aesthetics, while also being on trend. In this episode of NeoConversations, Amy Devers talks to Dana Madden, Architectural Product Manager for XtremeInterior™ by Tamlyn, and Wayne Braun, Principal at PDR in Texas about architectural trim and how it can be used to enhance interior spaces by adding sophistication, depth, color and drama to walls. Beyond...

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A Locals’ Guide to Chicago Gems

Chicago is absolutely no Second City when it comes to world class art, architecture and design-- and to inspiring places to visit. We asked 8 Chicago based design leaders (and partners for this year’s NeoCon) to share their favorite spaces and places to visit in the city. Add these designer-curated stops to your NeoCon 2019 Chicago ‘To-Do’ List! John CzarneckiDeputy Director and Senior Vice President | IIDA "The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool in Lincoln Park is an oasis of quiet beauty in...

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