Play Your Own Kind of Music: Lessons From Renzo Piano & Tadao Ando

Play Your Own Kind of Music: Lessons From Renzo Piano & Tadao Ando

Renzo Piano & Richard Rogers: Centre Pompidou The first time I heard of architect Renzo Piano, it was in connection with his building-turned-inside out, the Center Pompidou in Paris (designed in collaboration with this year’s AIA Gold Medalist, Richard Rogers)....

Finding Beauty in the Forgotten: A New Life for Old Materials

Finding Beauty in the Forgotten: A New Life for Old Materials

One of the petals of the “5 Leaf Clover” that makes a successful Strategic Branded Experience is Sustainability. In this issue, our interiors expert, Andrea Woelkers, writes the story reminding us that innovation comes from unexpected places and that many materials...

Welcome To Las Vegas: A Design Journey And A Dedication

Welcome To Las Vegas: A Design Journey And A Dedication

At the beginning of our design journey to completely “reboot” the existing Welcome to Las Vegas souvenir and novelty store at the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace, Andrea and I set out to visit the Neon Boneyard for inspiration. It sounds a bit eerie, but it was one of...

Brad Pitt Proves the Power of Environmental Psychology

Brad Pitt Proves the Power of Environmental Psychology

I always knew I had a connection with Brad Pitt. Believe it or not, it wasn’t because of his undeniable good looks that led me to pick him out on a poster full of young, handsome, up-and-coming actors in 1993 and declare him my boyfriend. The connection came years...

Ringing In The New Year With Our Amazing Interns

Ringing In The New Year With Our Amazing Interns

We thought that life at DxDempsey was already pretty awesome, then this past Fall we welcomed our interns--Madison, Tanner and Charlie--and, well, now it’s just off the charts! So we are Ringing in the New Year with these amazing individuals who have been helping with...

It’s All About Relationships (And Maybe A Little Kismet)

It’s All About Relationships (And Maybe A Little Kismet)

It was the call I had been waiting for and it came at the worst time. Returning to Newark Airport from an international trip in 2008, I took my phone off airplane mode and saw a message with an area code from Las Vegas. I took my chances in the Customs line and...

Nashville: The Place to Go If Y’All Want a Great Brand Experience

Nashville: The Place to Go If Y’All Want a Great Brand Experience

Sometimes it only takes one text in a group thread to change the course of your life. We had our sights set on a Girl’s Weekend in Vegas until Marybeth added this: "I heard a podcast with Blake Shelton and he was talking about all the bars that were opening up in...

Close to Home: Good Design Changes Everything

Close to Home: Good Design Changes Everything

My five siblings and I grew up in a development, which my Mom viewed as a handsome, well-situated, functional house for raising such a brood, but her heart was always looking toward a dream home. As we all grew up and moved out, the house that was once buzzing with...

How One Call Turned Flood Damage Into Brand Triumph

How One Call Turned Flood Damage Into Brand Triumph

On that August afternoon, the flood waters in Benton, PA kept rising and Tina, the First Columbia Bank & Trust Branch Manager, watched as they pushed against the exterior glass door on the North side of the building. At about three feet high, the pressure was too...

5 Ways Your Workplace Is Stifling Productivity

5 Ways Your Workplace Is Stifling Productivity

Every profit-driven company wants to optimize the productivity of their greatest assets, their workforce. The problem is that most workplaces stifle productivity without even realizing it. A study of over 2,500 public and private sector professionals revealed that 97%...

What is a Strategic Branded Experience?

What is a Strategic Branded Experience?

THE FIVE LEAF CLOVER THAT DRIVES BOTTOM-LINE RESULTS Michele Dempsey, AIA, LEED AP A brand is a promise wrapped in an experience. Though many corporations preach about branding and building a brand through logos and fl ashy marketing campaigns, very few focus on how...