Recent Podcasts

Meet the Winner of the 'Space to Be You' Pod Design Contest

In this episode of I Hear Design, we sit down with the winner of the inaugural Space to Be You pod design contest, Emma Franceschina, and Carla Bostock, SnapCab’s Art Director and Product Aesthetics Designer, to talk about the contest and the inspiration behind Emma’s winning entry, which will be on display at NeoCon this year, which will be on display at NeoCon this year.

Lighting the Way to Better Health: How Lighting and Controls Can Impact Wellbeing

Health and wellness are top of mind for every designer and specifier, but what role can lighting and controls play in supporting occupant wellbeing? In this episode produced in partnership with Leviton, experts from the company's various brands share their insights into the ways in which lighting design can help improve health outcomes in healthcare facilities, the role UV lighting technology plays in disinfection and the myriad of solutions available to designers today. 

The Fifth Wall: Design Options and Considerations for Specifying Commercial Ceilings

Ceilings represent a significant amount of square footage and investment in design projects, which requires designers and specifiers to give careful consideration to what gets installed in the ceiling plane. In this episode of I Hear Design, we talk to Steve Udolph, national sales manager at CertainTeed, to find out how ceilings can contribute to issues like acoustics, wellness and biophilia, as well as the variety of architectural forms and finishes available to designers to help them achieve the looks they want without sacrificing performance. 

The Great Disruption, Resiliency and the Workplace of the Future: A Look into Gensler’s 2022 Design Forecast

In this episode of I Hear Design, guests Janet Pogue, principal and global workplace research leader for Gensler’s DC office and Natalie Engels, principal, work sector leader and design director in the firm’s San Jose office to talk about Gensler’s 2022 Design Forecast. In this insightful conversation, Pogue and Engels explore how "The Great Disruption" has impacted the way architects and designers are looking at space now and in what ways will it impact the office. They also answer questions about how we design for sustainability and health now, and how do we ensure the built environment is flexible enough to deal with the kind of ongoing change we’re seeing? 

How to Specify Cable Railings

Need to specify a durable, corrosion-resistant solution to define perimeters, connect spaces or complement a design? Cable railings may be the solution for your client.

Alternative Design: Inspiration Behind Conversations That Matter

If you're one who loves to push the boundaries of design thinking, you don't want to miss this episode of I Hear Design, in which Robert Nieminen interviews Kaelynn Reid, host of the "Alternative Design" podcast. The topics Reid has covered in season 1 of the podcast run the gamut of microbiomes in the built environment to looking for design solutions and inspiration by considering what we can learn from populating Mars, as well as how prison facilities can be designed to be more restorative places for inmates. Listen in on this engaging discussion about some of the more innovative ideas being discussed on the fringe of the design industry.

Lighting Control Trends and Industry Outlook for 2022

The pandemic has changed the way designers approach just about everything—and lighting design is no exception. In this episode produced in partnership with Leviton, we discuss the way designers need to consider lighting control specifications, the trends in controls we'll see in 2022, as well as what some of the crucial lighting and control needs are for commercial applications and the benefits they offer occupants.

Trends in Hospitality Design and Resilient Flooring

The hospitality industry came to a grinding halt during the pandemic. How is the industry faring now and what trends are emerging? In this episode, AVA flooring's vice president of Commercial Business Development Jeremy Whipple sat down with Robert Nieminen to discuss design trends emerging in hospitality, the return of trade shows and in-person events, and how the resilient flooring industry is faring, specifically.