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The Basics

How do I register to access my firm's account?

Go to www.designerpages.com/register and complete the form. Make certain you use your work emailed address. Upon clicking the "Register" button at the bottom of the page, you will receive an email with a link to activate your account. Open to that email, click the link, and you will be granted access to your firm's account.

Finding Products

Can I browse all brands by category?

Yes! Super easy. In the header bar, click Brands A-Z. In the upper right corner, there is a "Categories" drop-down to scope the list of brands by parent category. Here is a short screencast: https://vimeo.com/138024698.

What if I can't find a product in the system and I need it for a project?

We are constantly identifying new brands and products to list on the site. Today, there are 350,000+ products representing 5,500+ brands. But we know that's not everything.


Say hello to Product Stubs, which is a feature that allows you as a user to essentially create a placeholder. Look to the right of the global search field in the black bar at the top of the page. Click the upward "Arrow" icon and you will land on the "Create Product Stub" page. Fill in the fields as prompted and click the "Create Stub" button at the bottom. Abracadabra. You now have yourself a product stub. Here is a short screencast: https://vimeo.com/141821707.


For your information, upon your creating a Product Stub (only if it's a Standard Product, not a Custom Product), our content team will reach out to the corresponding brand and invite them to take over the product stub, fill in complete product information, and upload the rest of their products.


Thank you for helping us grow and better serve the needs of the design industry.

Health and Sustainability

What is the BuildingGreen Approved filter?

The BuildingGreen Approved filter is an independent product vetting service for BuildingGreen members.


BuildingGreen has established stringent green criteria in almost 200 product categories. (See the full criteria on the BuildingGreen website.) Its independent team of experts then evaluates products against those criteria. Only products that meet or exceed the criteria appear in Designer Pages when the BuildingGreen Approved filter is “on.” Manufacturers don’t pay BuildingGreen to review or approve products.


The transparency filters used on Designer Pages overlap with, but are distinct from, the BuildingGreen Approved filter. See below for tips on using each filter.


Learn more about BuildingGreen on Designer Pages at http://pro.designerpages.com/building_green.php.

What is the Health Product Declaration (HPD) filter?

The Health Product Declaration (HPD) is used by product manufacturers as a standard format for disclosure of product contents, emissions, and health information. Designers look for HPDs to identify possible health concerns, and to earn LEED points.


There is no central database of HPDs, so we have done an exhaustive sweep and gathered all available HPDs. We have in turn matched those HPDs wherever possible with products in our platform. When the HPD filter is checked on a product category page, only products with HPDs will appear. To see the HPD itself, click through to the product and look under “Attachments.”


FOR BUILDINGGREEN SUBSCRIBERS


Products can have HPDs and still contain toxic chemicals. Also, not all HPDs are LEED v4 compliant.


BuildingGreen’s curated transparency Collections identify LEED-compliant HPDs, and BuildingGreen’s criteria use HPDs as one element in its screening process. Combine the HPD and the BuildingGreen Approved filters to find products with HPDs that also meet BuildingGreen criteria.


Learn more about BuildingGreen on Designer Pages at http://pro.designerpages.com/building_green.php.

What is the BIFMA Level filter?

The Business & Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) Level certification is a multi-attribute, third-party program with a wide range of credits in four main categories: materials; energy and atmosphere; human and ecosystem health; and social responsibility.


Designer Pages users can filter products to any BIFMA level certification. The level only applies to office furniture, so use this filter with applicable product categories.


FOR BUILDINGGREEN SUBSCRIBERS


There are a lot of furniture products available at the highest BIFMA level certification (Level 3). BuildingGreen approves products that attain that level, while also looking for indicators of health and sustainability such as forestry certifications for wood, and the absence of toxic flame retardants. Use the BuildingGreen Approved filter on furnishings to get a comprehensive view of what’s green.


Learn more about BuildingGreen on Designer Pages at http://pro.designerpages.com/building_green.php.

What is the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) filter?

C2C is a third-party multi-attribute certification program that uses five categories to evaluate products based on the “cradle to cradle” manufacturing philosophy.

Designer Pages has flagged C2C-certified products in our database, which appear when the filter is activated.


FOR BUILDINGGREEN SUBSCRIBERS


Although C2C is an influential program, the number of C2C-certified products remains in the hundreds, and they are spread across many product categories. You might not find many C2C products in any one category. BuildingGreen has gathered all C2C products in Designer Pages in one place in its curated transparency Collections, and C2C certification also plays a role in a number of its BuildingGreen Approved criteria.


Learn more about BuildingGreen on Designer Pages at http://pro.designerpages.com/building_green.php.

What is the Declare filter?

Declare, a program of the International Living Future Institute (ILFI), provides a database of building products with at least 99% of their ingredients fully disclosed. Declare is particularly useful for Living Building Challenge (LBC) projects, which are required to look for Declare-labeled products.

The Declare filter on Designer Pages identifies products in our database with the Declare label. There are three levels of Declare labels:


  • Red List Free_ These products avoid the use of anything on the LBC red list of chemicals to avoid.
  • Living Building Challenge Compliant_ These products may contain red-list chemicals, but still comply with LBC requirements due to a temporary exception to the rules.
  • Declared_ Companies can participate in the Declare label but not meet LBC criteria.

FOR BUILDINGGREEN SUBSCRIBERS


Declare is a growing program, but labeled products still number in the hundreds, so it can be hard to find them in any one product category. BuildingGreen has gathered all Declare products in Designer Pages in one place in its curated transparency Collections, and Declare certification also plays a role in a number of its BuildingGreen Approved criteria.


Learn more about BuildingGreen on Designer Pages at http://pro.designerpages.com/building_green.php.

Projects Overview

How do I export products from my project?

There are a number of export options available to you. In fact, there's an entire section in our FAQ dedicted to exporting products. Jump to the Exporting Projects section to learn more or download the PDF Export Guide.

Can I create a spec template for my projects?

Yes, you bet you can! Your account's Spec Template can be edited by Super Users only. Super Users, look to your "Firm Nav" drop-down in the upper right corner of the screen within the black header bar. Select the "Spec Template" option from the Super User Panel and you land on a page that allows you to customize a spec template per each category. Now when users add products within these categories to projects, the form will automatically fill-in image captions and prompt users to fill in attributes and nested products in accordance with the template for the category. Here is a short screencast: https://vimeo.com/141817794.

How do I bulk request finish samples for projects?

In the right column, filter by "Finishes" within Categories, and then select the finishes you want with the check-boxes to the left of each finish image. Next, look to the "Action" drop-down menu just above the list of products and click the "Request Sample(s)" option. 

Can I create a defined upholstery layer to then quickly apply to many furniture items in my project?

Add the selected upholstery to the project (just as you would any other prodouct). Click the "Edit" button for the upholstery - it looks like a pencil icon - and on the next page, detail the specification details for the upholstery, such as Code / Tag, Sales Rep, Notes, and any relevant Attributes (e.g. Colorway). 


Now go back to "Edit" the furniture item in your project. Look for the "Nested Product" section and click the folder-icon that is right aligned inside the text field. This tells the system that you want to select a defined upholstery layer. You can pull up your defined upholstery layer either by typing the Code / Tag or Product Name. 


Once the defined upholstery layer is assigned to the furniture item it will carry with it all of the specification details you previously input for the upholstery layer (rather than your having to re-input the specification details again, each time the upholstery is assigned to any furniture item).

Can I keep track of product quantities by room or location?

Yes. Look to the "Edit" button beside the product within the project. At the bottom of the page you will see a "+Rooms" button. You can define the Room Name and fill in a Quantity value. You can add an unlimited number of Rooms to any product within a project. 

Can I create a product placeholder in my project?

This a good use-case for tasks. On the project page, you will notice a blue task icon just off the left margin. Click the icon and you can create tasks for your project. For example, you know you're going to need a work chair, but you haven't yet decided on the product. You might create a task for CH-01 in Private Office 1000 on the 3rd Floor. Later once you've selected the work chair, click the "Add Product" link and type the name of the product. Now that the task has been satisfied with a product, click the "Mark as Completed" link and the task will drop to the bottom of the page.

What if I'm working on a project that's top-secret and I don't want my colleagues to see it?

When creating or editting a project, you'll notice a check-box at the bottom asking you if the project is confidential NDA'd. If you select this box, here's what happens:


  1. The project will disappear from the firm's newsfeed and project lists, so colleagues will not see activity for these projects pop up on their screen.

  2. The project will be unsearchable by Project Name; you can only search for the project by Project Number.

  3. Similarly, when attempting to add a product this confidential project, you will need to identify the project by Project Number (Project Name will not work).

For absolute clarity, your colleagues can technically still view this project, but they would need to know the specific Project Number or have the specific URL to the project page.

What happens if I add a product to a project and the product is later discontinued?

Discontinued products will never disappear from your projects. While you will not be able to find a discontinued product by way of search, the reference point to the discontinued product remains in your project forever. When you click to view the product page, there's a message at the top of this page indicating that the product has been discontinued.

Can I create a cover page?

Exporting Projects

Can I export project folders?

There are number of export options – PDF, CSV, Image Zip – available to you, accesible via the "Action" drop-down above the product list. Here is a link to an Exports Guide detailing the distinction between the various options available to you. We are constantly updating our export options and will continue to do so with your input.

Can I modify the date on my exports?

Yes. In the upper right corner of the project page, click the "More" drop-down and select "Project Status". Next, select an "Event" such as Issued or Submitted, assign the corresponding date, and click the "+" button to add the "Event" to the list. Last step, designate which events you want to be Date 1 and Date 2.

Can I export products to Excel?

Yes. Select the products you want and then from the "Actions" drop-down above the product list, click the "Download as CSV" option. A CSV file can open in Excel, as well as, other similar software applications.

Can I export products to InDesign?

We have developed two very helpful export options to faciliate the creation or product packages in InDesign, thereby providing you a canvas for total customization. Select the products you want with the check-boxes to the left of each product image. Then look to the "Actions" drop-down, and click either "Single Width Card" or "Double Width Card" to export a zip folder containing pre-sized and templated PDF cards that you can easily drag into InDesign (Sample InDesign Template). As you continue to update information in your project folder, you can re-export and replace the PDF cards in your reference folder connected to your InDesign file.  Here is a short screencast: https://vimeo.com/161546407.

Can I quickly download product images from my project?

Yes. Select the products you want and then from the "Actions" drop-down above the product list, click the "Download Product Images" option. The image files will be re-named and numbered to match their appearance in your project.

Can I export a budget?

You bet. You will need to provide the unit cost and count (per room) when editting the product in your project. Then select the products you want and from the "Actions" drop-down above the product list, and click the "Download Rooms as CSV" option. A CSV file can open in Excel, as well as, other similar software applications. Here is a short screencast: https://vimeo.com/167921133.

Can I export single product pages rather than my entire project?

Yes. Select the product you want with the check-box to the left of the product image. Then look to the "Actions" drop-down above the product list and click the export option of your choosing.

What if I want to export products in a specific category and/or in a specific order?

Anytime you export a project to a PDF or CSV file, the export will include exactly what you see on the project page in the order that you see it. If for example, you want to export only Furniture, select the Furniture filtration in the upper right rail. Similarly, you can sort the ordering of products by product name, CSI, Code, and more.

What if I want to customize a PDF export?

We are constantly implementing new PDF templates based on our conversations with subscribing firms and designers. If you want a custom PDF template that matches your firm's current format, we will create it for you and bill you hourly at the rate of $100/Hour. Typically, implementation of a new template takes 4-8 hours based on the level of complication.

 

Account Management

As a Super User, how do I make someone else Super?

Super Users, look to your "Firm Nav" drop-down in the upper right corner of the screen within the black header bar. Select the "Users" option from the Super User Panel and you land on a page that allows you to modify user access and levels. The list is alpha tabulated so find the user you want to modify. In the column second from the right, you will see a button reading Regular. Click that button and it will make the user Super.

How do I deactivate a user?

As a Super User, you have access to the firm's User Page. Once one the User Page, identify the specific user row and click the corresponding "Activated" button. The button will switch to "Deactivated" confirming that you have successfully deactivate the user.

Privacy & Confidentiality

Who can see my information?

As a PRO subscriber, everyone inside your firm can view all projects, collections and vendors. Nobody outside your firm can see any of this information. And of course, you cannot see information belonging to other firms. 

How do I deactivate users that are no longer with my firm?

Super Users, look to your "Firm Nav" drop-down in the upper right corner of the screen within the black header bar. Select the "Users" option from the Super User Panel and you land on a page that allows you to deactivate (and reactivate) users connected to your account.

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Contact us at pro@designerpages.com

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