Blogs

December 2016
Blog - 5 Holiday Gift Ideas for your Favorite Architect
The holidays are fast approaching, and you've probably finished most of your Christmas shopping by now, crossing everyone off your list. Except one. If any of your loved ones are architects, then you know how difficult it can be to find that perfect gift, especially since they tend to have a very peculiar taste and style. Well, fear not. We are here to help you on this journey, and we aim to make the architect in your life overjoyed and inspired. Here is a list of gifts they will love.
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August 2016
Blog: 3D Printing - The Future of Concept Modeling at Mockett
We got into the 3D printing game early on. Years ago in fact. Long before it was in the news or making a big splash on social media, and certainly long before it grew into what it is today. In fact, the first model we had in the office was one of the first to hit the market. It was neat. We would walk by and stop and stare through the little door saying "how cool?" and "this is awesome!", but in reality, none of us even really knew what it was...
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July 2016
The Millennial Workspace
The office construction industry continues to grow at a consistent rate, but much of that construction is geared towards a new kind of office space. A new take on design inspired largely by an evolving office culture and the growing needs of its young staff. The millennial work force will soon outnumber older generations and offices are having to quickly adapt to accommodate them. Millennials are known for their ambitious, team-oriented collaborative working habits. They are driven by mobile technology and, by nature, have a different outlook on the working environment which is changing the landscape of the traditional office...
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May 2016
Convenient Power Options = Happy Customers
Ask any bartender and you'll find that there are a multitude of things that we as bar patrons do that just, well, annoy them. From ordering "a beer" without specifying what KIND of beer to say, helping yourself to a cherry from the fruit tray, there are a million-and-one things that bartenders hate. One of those that just happens to be near the top of the list is the "can you charge my phone behind the bar?"...
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March 2016
Barn Door Hardware - It's All About YOU!
So, how did this rustic barn door style make its way into urban lofts and luxury interiors? Well, much of its recent trending success can be attributed to its basic functionality. The graceful freedom of movement is nearly frictionless as the door glides effortlessly across the track. But it's really about options. These decorative track systems combine traditional rustic stylings with modern elegance to create a unique personalized statement piece. Plus, pairing the hardware with the door itself is equally important - finding that right match is part of the fun!...
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March 2016
Blog - Wireless Charging - Free Yourself from Cables!
No Wires, No Mess. The question is: Are we there yet? The answer is: Yes! Wireless Charging technology has existed for quite some time, but not until recently has it become so accessible to consumers. Qi technology (pronounced "chee") is quickly emerging as the most consumer-friendly wireless charging option and lends itself to a number of accessory options. It is quickly becoming one of the hottest topics for mobile devices. Samsung, Nokia, Motorola, LG, HTC, Google, and others are ALREADY incorporating the qi technology into their phone batteries, and it is predicted that ALL Android devices will soon be equipped with wireless charging...
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March 2016
Blog: How Safe is Your Electrical Device?
What is UL and why is it so important? In short, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is responsible for testing hundreds of thousands of parts each year and tagging billions of products with their safety certifications. When a new product is ready for market, regulatory authorities look to see that any and all electrical components have undergone proper testing. Testing is done under very specific criteria respective to the nature of the product, meaning there are multiple listings for different types of electrical components. To bear the mark of UL, a product must pass rigorous testing (which often requires products to be modified and correct deficiencies before qualifying - in fact, almost half of new products being tested will have to make modifications) to become UL listed.
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February 2016
Blog - Ergonomics
Makes sense, right? It's not such an enigmatic concept if you think about it. Whether you work in an office or work from home, a comfortable workspace will keep you focused - staying focused will enhance productivity and inspire innovation.
Investing in a comfortable office chair is key - this serves as the foundation of your ergonomic work environment. Having a chair with casters gives the ability to roam around freely throughout the workspace, and believe it or not, this simple freedom of movement makes a huge difference in the working mindset. Being confined to a stationary chair can make you feel trapped and uncomfortable, not to mention the outdated design.
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January 2016
Blog - Benching Solutions. Is it right for your office?
Benching is the biggest new trend in office design, and those old high cubicle walls are crashing down in favor of an open space floor plan. But will it work for you and your office culture?
Stuffy cubicles obstruct vision and create obstacles for communication. Benching solutions do just the opposite, but with an open plan design, some may feel that they are a little too close for comfort with those around them
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January 2016
Blog - CES 2016 in Review
CES is nothing short of an all-encompassing sensory exploration that will leave you exhausted from tech fatigue. I've never seen so much "stuff" that I never knew I wanted. Until now. Awe-inspiring innovation from all over the world comes together on one stage to completely overwhelm your senses to the point of exhaustion. A virtual snapshot into the future. However, it's clear that much of this new tech is concept driven and has yet to prove a practical application in the average daily life. Many of these edgy tech-savvy startups seem to have invented a solution; now, they're just looking for a problem to meet that need.
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