November 2018

Team Collaboration: DAS, Roto Studios, Champlin Architects, Danis, Dayton Children's Hospital. Photo courtesy of Dayton Children's Hospital.  
In an industry known for regulatory compliance and conformity in pursuit of safety and quality, it's exciting to be given the opportunity to diverge from the expected. That's one of the things I love about healthcare art. While the work we do is evidence-based, it is also creative and distinctive to each facility. It's our challenge at DAS to comply with facility and safety regulations and adhere to brand standards - while creating a cohesive yet unique art experience. It's like thinking outside the box without breaking any rules!
We couldn't succeed without getting to know the clients - and the other experts involved in every project. We are enjoying the shift from a "consultant / client" relationship to a "project team approach." Art decisions are no longer made in a vacuum - they're part of a larger conversation involving clients, architects, designers, wayfinding specialists and more. When the entire creative team collaborates, amazing things happen!
As you embark on your next project, I invite you to pull together your creative project team and collaborate. Try to do the unexpected! Challenge one another to go above and beyond as a team! The result may provide additional opportunities made possible through collaborative ideas and shared budgets across disciplines. Click here to see more about our collaborative team approach that went above and beyond at Dayton Children's Hospital.  


Barbara Harriman, IIDA, EDAC 
President/Creative Director
Distinctive Art Source 
DAS Participates in Center for Health Design Behavioral Health Event  
DAS Centerpiece at the CHD workshop for Behavioral Health
On September 27th, the Center for Health Design offered a great opportunity to spend the day focusing on Behavioral Health design. Distinctive Art Source was pleased to sponsor lunch and to collaborate with more than 180 behavioral health-focused design professionals.

The workshop, titled "Strategic Design Innovations that Improve Treatment Outcomes, Safety and the Bottom Line," was created to educate design professionals on how to employ physical design strategies and methodologies that support improved care for behavioral health.

  Find out more about the Behavioral Health design workshop here. 

Barbara Harriman Conducts Design Charrette 
with LSU Students 

Since 2003, DAS has worked closely with some of the nation's most renowned healthcare architects and designers to produce meaningful and effective art programs rooted in evidence-based design. But before any of them were renowned, these innovators were (extra)ordinary students with a strong craving to pursue knowledge, learn, and master their craft.
In the spirit of honoring our time working with many great creatives in the fields of Interior Design, Architecture, Graphics and Landscape Design, DAS President, Barbara Harriman, visited her alma mater, Louisiana State University, to host an educational workshop for junior and senior level Interior Design students. A special thanks to LSU graduates Colette DeJean, Cannon Design and Samantha Mitton, Collaborative Studio, for helping facilitate the workshop. 

Read more about the LSU workshop  here.
Featured Project: Dayton's Children's Hospital 

Photo courtesy of Dayton Children's Hospital.

"My dreams dance in her colors,
my spirit soars on her wings.
She encourages me - push my boundaries,
test my limits - all things are possible.
She fears no height, no storm, no gloom.
And all I have to do is whisper ....
- Dayton Children's 

Dayton Children's was in the midst of a campus renewal project including an 8-story patient tower and a campus expansion when the hospital conducted a study that revealed little differentiation from nearby providers and inconsistencies in their patient and brand experience. The intersection of these initiatives provided an opportunity for a physical and cultural transformation. 
DAS was presented with the art challenge to visually and whimsically interpret the "Things that Fly" theme in a decidedly-Dayton manner that interactively engages patients and parents. Click here to view the Dayton Children's project sheet and learn more. 

See you at Healthcare Design!
Distinctive Art Source is looking forward to attending the Healthcare Design Expo and Conference! If you will be there, please stop by our booth to say hello.
N ovember 10-13, 2018
Phoenix Convention Center
Phoenix, Arizona
Booth: 1435

We are also honored and excited to present an educational session at this year's event along with our colleagues at Dayton Children's Hospital and Champlin Architecture. You'll see our session on the agenda for November 11 at 10:45 am: 

Session: #E12: Take Flight: How a Community's History Informed an Environment That Goes Above and Beyond

Artists of Note
About Distinctive Art Source
Distinctive Art Source is a turnkey art consultancy working exclusively in healthcare with a foundation in evidence- and patient-based design. We believe thoughtfully developed art programs contribute to an integrated visual
experience and foster mutually-beneficial community relationships. Our national artist database connects clients with unlimited art sources throughout the country to enable hospitals to conceptualize, visualize and realize the goals of their art programs.
Established in 2003, Distinctive Art Source has served a pivotal role in creating evidence- and patient-based art programs in millions of square feet of hospital space. We are honored to work closely with some of the nation's most renowned healthcare architects, designers and artists, blending seamlessly into existing architectural processes to keep projects on time and within budget.

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