Info

About the creator of ID-Sphere
What is ID-Sphere about and who is it intended for?
How to use ID-Sphere?

General
Code of conduct
Registering and logging in
Membership levels
Posting on the forum
Contributing an article
Posting my own designs and information
My space

Terms and conditions
Privacy policy

About the creator of ID-Sphere

ID-Sphere has been the initiative of Lizzy Van Lysebeth a Belgian furniture and interior designer living and working in London. After finishing his design studies in the UK Lizzy conducted a research project in Tokyo investigating the influences of Japanese tradition on contemporary design in collaboration with GK Design, the design office led by renowned Japanese designer Kenji Ekuan and exclusive motor designers for Yamaha. In 1999 Lizzy moved to Barcelona and set up his own design workshop producing designs for mass production companies and private projects for residential clients. During the 8 years he was active in Barcelona he also directed a master in furniture design for the Escola Superior de Disseny, associated centre of the University Ramon Llull in Catalunia. By the end of 2006 Lizzy moved to London where he currently runs his studio. To see his personal website click www.lizzydesign.com

What is ID-Sphere about and who is it intended for?

ID-Sphere hopes to become a weblog were like minded people share their knowledge about interior design. It is intended to cover information on a wide variety of subjects within the interior design context such as: – furniture design and construction for production or limited editions, – design tools and computer assisted development and presentation, -technical constructions, -designing interiors, -kitchens/bathrooms/bedrooms/offices, -commercial or corporate spaces, -space planning, -material usage, -products and appliances, -interior design marketing or any subject in relation to interior development. It is oriented to anyone interested in those fields and hopes to be of interest to professionals in the sector, scholars and students, production companies, designers and architects but equally to individuals or identities with interests or questions.
ID-Sphere is intentionally an open site which means that many of the sections can be edited, articles can be contributed and reactions and discussions can be posted. Like this an interesting debate should arise on a variety of subjects, and contribute to the learning experience of every individual or member visiting.

How to use ID-Sphere?

 General

ID-Sphere will work largely as any regular website. It differs in the fact that many areas are editable by its users. This allows users to contribute new articles, or comment on existing publications. Users will have to log-in in order to contribute. This precaution is necessary to establish the identity of the user (please see code of conduct)
Please use the appropriate sections on the weblog to post your articles. If you are not sure where to post your article or wonder if the content is valid for ID-Sphere send your article to the editor. He will advice you how to proceed. If you have design, technical, product or any other questions please post them on the forum. Somebody will try to help you. Please use the correct section to post your questions. Read the posting on the forum for more information. If you are not sure where to post your question, post it under the ‘General topics’ on the forum.

 Code of conduct

This is a serious none commercial site and visitors and members are asked to treat it with respect and seriousness. To read the content of the website, vote, comment, subscribe to the newsletter or request an event listing to the calendar there are no special requirements. People who wish to contribute articles, open a not-moderated new post or thread on the forum will need to sign in before they can do so. This precaution is necessary to ensure the validity and authority of the contributor. Members are responsible for the content they contribute to this site. Posting of copyrighted material is illegal and may lead to prosecution.

  • Treat this site, his visitors and members with respect.

  • Registrants must use their real name

  • The following will not be tolerate and will lead to suspension of registration and immediate removal of the content: foul language, racism, harassment, accusations, adult or sexual content, spamming

  • Post self promotion and information about yourself in the appropriate sections of the site. See Posting my own designs and information

  • Please keep postings and articles in relation to the main design theme of this site.

  • Please try to be as accurate as possible when posting. It helps no one to receive inaccurate or wrong information.

Your help is needed to keep inappropriate use of this site to a minimum. Please do report to the editor any behaviour which you feel is not in line with the code of conduct.

 Registering and logging in

If one wishes to contribute an article one needs to be logged in. Find the log in/out access on the right hand site of the homepage.

In order to log-in to ‘My space‘ one needs a username and password, which can be obtained by registering. When you register you will be asked to fill in a username and email address.
Please only use your full real name (first & last name) as a username.

This website does not allow the use of nicknames. All articles or comments need authentication. Users, contributors and members must therefore use their real names. If there is doubt about the authentication of your user account you may be asked to provide proof of identity.

When registering you will be asked for a simple math question. This is not done to question your intelligence but to avoid automatic spamming engines to register to this site.

Once you have registered, a password will be sent to your email address. Use your full name and password to log in to ID-Sphere. Be aware usernames and passwords are case sensitive.

As long as you are logged in you can return to your ‘My space‘ section by clicking ‘My space‘ under the ‘Log in/out’ menu at the right hand site of the homepage.

Registering automatically subscribes you to the ID-Sphere newsletter. 

 Membership levels

There is no charge for any level of membership, but neither will you ever get paid for any level of membership. This is an entirely voluntary site.

You do NOT have to be a member on this site
As a –Non member- you can:

  • view and read this site and its forum
  • subscribe to the newsletter
  • comment on articles
  • request a calendar listing
  • participate in the forum (as a non-member post or comments will need to be aprroved by a moderator before they will appear online)
  • request a friendslink

When you first register you will receive a –subscriber- membership.
As a –Subscribers- you can:

  • do all of the above
  • go to My space
  • change your personal profile
  • participate in forum discussions (posts or comments appear immidiately online)
  • have a private inbox to send and receive private messages from other forum members
  • sign up to receive email notication when someone posts a new reply to a forum thread you like

If you would like to contribute articles you will need a –contributor- membership.
As a –Contributor- you can:

  • do all of the above
  • submit articles to be reviewed before being published
  • edit your own articles

If you successfully submit articles you may be upgraded to the –author- membership.
As an –Author- you can:

  • do all of the above
  • publish articles directly without review

Authors who have successfully contributed for some time may be invited, if they so wish to, to become assistant editors.
As an –Assistant editor- you can:

  • do all of the above
  • review, edit and delete articles and comments made by other members
  • edit and delete forum messages

When an assistant editor becomes an editor his privileges will be extended.
As an –Editor- you can:

  • do all of the above
  • write, edit and delete pages
  • add, edit and delete areas of interest

If as an editor you like to get more involved please contact the administrator. A few more levels can be awarded towards user management, site interaction, layout construction, etc.

 Posting on the forum

You can post as a guest on the forum without the need to register or log-in. Guest posts are moderated however and will need approval before they will appear in the forum.  If you would like you messages to appear immediately you will have to register. See above for log-in details.

Writing a post
To write a new post navigate to the subject in which you would like your post to appear and select ‘add new topic’. You will be guided to a small editor’s page. Fill in your post’s title, make the math question (required to counter automatic spamming), write your post and add it to the forum by clicking on ‘save new topic

Replying to a post
To reply to a post navigate to the post you want to reply to.
You have 2 options now:

  • select ‘reply to post’ to reply to the initial post or

  • select ‘quote and reply’ above a specific comment. This last option will put a quotation of that comment in your reply to highlight the fact that you specifically replied to that comment or post.

To finalize your reply follow the same instructions as ‘writing a post’ (see above.)

Forum posts are not held for moderation for logged-in members and will be published immediately. If however the moderator considers your post not to be appropriate for the subject in which you added your post he may move your post to an other subject. Please do not spam and keep topics in accordance to the theme of the forum (see code of conduct.) If you are not sure where to add your post, add it to the ‘general topics’.

If you would like to receive email notifications when someone replies to your message or to any message of interest to you click on the subscribe button  below that specific post.

 Contributing an article on ID-Sphere

In order to contribute an article on the weblog you will need to be logged in as ‘contributor’. See above for log-in details and membership levels.

You can request to upgrade your membership level on the write an article page. We also advise to complete the ‘write an article page’ before submitting your article. 

Articles are written in the ‘My space‘ part of the site. The ‘My space‘ is a specially designed space. Among many other things it is used to write and manage articles. Please refer to the ‘My space‘ information to learn how to use and manage the editorial interface.

If you are a new contributor your first articles will not be published immediately but will be held for moderation. This is to ensure that articles in the main categories of the site are kept to a certain standard. If moderators agree your article meets the requirements it will be released for publication. If you continue to contribute valuable articles moderators may consider upgrading your user level to that of ‘Author’. Articles written by authors are not held for moderation but can be published immediately.

Contributors of articles are asked to complete the profile page and write a small background description in the ‘My space‘ section. This helps moderators to value with which authority you contribute your article. Please be honest. If you are a student, say you are and don’t pretend to be a professor. If your article is genuine and interesting your title will not stand in the way of its publication.

Please contribute articles which are genuinely yours. Copyright laws apply also on this website and thus infringement will be in violation with the law. If there is doubt or a dispute by any person about the authorship, your article may be removed until proper proof of authorship is established. Please read the full terms and conditions below.

 Posting my own designs and information

There are 4 sections on this site where you can put personal designs or promotional material. Under the articles menu on the left site of the home page ‘short notes’ you will find various sections, labelled ‘Products’, ‘Interior pictures’, etc. These sections are meant to showcase interesting contemporary interiors, products and more. These interiors or products, etc. can be your own. Items published here will however be screened by the editors and if found to be of interest to the community will be published.

Another place where personal information can be published is under the ‘MyDesign’ section and the ‘My Services’ of the forum. The ‘MyDesign’ and ‘My Services’ sections have a lot more liberty on the sort of content that can be published. If you are unsure your design or service is fit for the ‘Short notes’ section publish your items first in the ‘MyDesign’ section of the forum. If it is found to be of interest a moderator will pick up on it and help you to move your items to the ‘Short notes’ section.

If you organise an event or exhibition and would like people to know about it you can request a listing of that event in the events calendar.

The last section where personal information can be left is under the menu item friends. Here you can leave a link to your own website with a short description.

 My space

In order to reach ‘My space‘ you first need to log in. Once you are logged in you can reach the ‘My space‘ part by pressing ‘My space‘ under the ‘log in/out’ menu on the right hand site of the home page.

In the ‘My space‘ section of the site you will have a menu bar at the top of the page. Depending on the member level you have this menu will vary. The main page is the ‘dashboard’ which displays some general help and information. To writing an article press ‘Write’ on the menu bar. A writing editor will open in which you can write your article. Follow the instructions. Choose only ONE category to publish your article under. You can upload pictures but keep pictures in the maximum sizes allowed (max: 500 pixels wide X pixels 600 high.) Please leave the other sections on the page to be completed by the moderators or editors.

Apart from the guidelines which you will find in your editors window when opening a new writer’s page you will find a line and the code word ‘ratings’ between brackets. Please do not remove this. When you publish, it will not show in your article. It is a code word which will display the voting bars on your article.

If you have editing problems, general questions or HTML queries you can find more information on the dashboard page of the ‘My space‘ section. Alternatively you can find information and ask questions on the forum.

Terms and conditions

(1) Introduction

These terms and conditions govern your use of our website; by using our website, you accept these terms and conditions in full. If you disagree with any part of these terms and conditions, do not use our website.

(2) Intellectual property rights

Unless otherwise stated, authors own the intellectual property rights of their article and posts. All other material is the intellectual property right of Lizzy Design. Subject to the licence below, all these intellectual property rights are reserved.

(3) Licence to use the website

You may post, view, download for caching purposes only, and print pages, articles or posts from the website for your own personal use, subject to the restrictions below.
You must not:
(a) republish material from this website (including republication on another website);
(b) sell, rent or otherwise sub-license material on the website;
(c) reproduce, duplicate, copy or otherwise exploit material on our website for a commercial purpose;
(d) edit or otherwise modify any material on the website unless you own the intellectual property; or
(e) redistribute material from this website except for content specifically and expressly made available for redistribution (such as our newsletter).
Where content is specifically made available for redistribution, it may only be redistributed within your business.

(4) Limitations of liability

The information on this website is provided free-of-charge, and you acknowledge that it would be unreasonable to hold us liable in respect of this website and the information on this website. Whilst we endeavour to ensure that the information on this website is correct, we do not warrant its completeness or accuracy; nor do we commit to ensuring that the website remains available or that the material on the website is kept up-to-date.
To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law we exclude all representations, warranties and conditions (including, without limitation, the conditions implied by law of satisfactory quality, fitness for purpose and the use of reasonable care and skill).
Our liability is limited and excluded to the maximum extent permitted under applicable law. We will not be liable for any direct or indirect loss or damage arising under these terms and conditions or in connection with our website, whether arising in tort, contract, or otherwise. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing exclusion, we will not be liable for any loss of profit, contracts, business, goodwill, data, income, revenue or anticipated savings arising under terms and conditions or in connection with our website, whether direct or indirect, and whether arising in tort, contract, or otherwise.

(5) Restricted access

Access to certain areas of our website is restricted. We reserve the right to restrict access to areas of our website, or indeed our whole website, at our discretion.
If we provide you with a user ID and password to enable you to access restricted areas of our website or other content or services, you must ensure that that user ID and password is kept confidential. You accept responsibility for all activities that occur under your user ID or password.
We may disable your user ID and password at our sole discretion OR if you breach any of the policies or terms governing your use of our website or any other contractual obligation you owe to us.

(6) My space / forum / comments / articles

You must not use our website in any way that causes, or may cause, damage to the website or impairment of the availability or accessibility of the website.
You must not use our website in any way which is unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful, or in connection with any unlawful, illegal, fraudulent or harmful purpose or activity.
You must not use our website for any purposes related to marketing without our explicit written consent.
You must not use our website to copy, publish or send mass mailings or spam.
You must not use our website to copy, publish or send material which is illegal or unlawful, or material which could give rise to legal action under Spanish and other applicable law. All material you copy, publish or send via our website must not be defamatory, obscene, indecent, hateful, discriminatory or inflammatory; such material must not infringe any person’s intellectual property rights or rights of confidence, impinge upon any person’s privacy, or constitute incitement to commit a crime; further, material must not be misleading, deceptive, sexually explicit, threatening, abusive, harassing or menacing.
We reserve the right to edit or remove any material posted upon our website.
We may take such action as we deem appropriate to deal with the posting of unsuitable material, including suspending or cancelling your account, restricting your access to our website, or commencing legal proceedings against you.
In respect of all material that you post on our website, you grant to us a worldwide, irrevocable, non-exclusive, royalty-free licence to use and publish such material online.

(7) Variation

We may revise these terms and conditions from time-to-time. Please check this page regularly to ensure you are familiar with the current version.

(8) Entire agreement

These terms and conditions, together with our privacy policy, constitute the entire agreement between you and us in relation to your use of our website, and supersede all previous agreements in respect of your use of this website.

(9) Law and jurisdiction

This notice will be governed by and construed in accordance with Belgian law, and any disputes relating to this notice shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Belgium.

(10) Our contact details

The full name of our company is Lizzy Design registered at Jagers-te-voetlaan 60, 1980 Eppegem, Belgium.
You can contact us by email to editor@id-sphere.com

These terms and conditions are based on a template created and distributed by www.website-law.co.uk.

Privacy Policy

We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of our website visitors; this policy sets out how we will treat your personal information.

(1) What information do we collect?

We may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal data:

(a) information about your computer and about your visits and use of this website, such as your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views;
(b) information that you provide to us for the purpose of registering with us
(c) information that you provide to us for the purpose of subscribing to our website services, email notifications and/or newsletters
(d) any other information that you choose to send to us

(2) Cookies

We use cookies on this website. A cookie is a text file sent by a web server to a web browser, and stored by the browser. The text file is then sent back to the server each time the browser requests a page from the server. This enables the web server to identify and track the web browser.
We may send a cookie which may be stored by your browser or on your computer’s hard drive. We may use the information we obtain from the cookie in the administration of this website, to improve the website’s usability purposes. We may also use that information to recognise your computer when you visit our website, and to personalise our website for you.
Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies. (For example, in Internet Explorer you can refuse all cookies by clicking “Tools”, “Internet Options”, “Privacy”, and selecting “Block all cookies” using the sliding selector.) This will, however, have a negative impact upon the usability of many features of our website.

(3) Using your personal data

Personal data submitted on this website will be used for the purposes specified in this privacy policy or in relevant parts of the website.

We may use your personal information to:
(a) administer the website;
(b) improve your browsing experience by personalizing the website;
(c) enable your use of the services available on the website;
(d) send you email notifications which you have specifically requested;
(e) send to you our newsletter and communications, where you have specifically agreed to this, by email, post or similar technology. You can inform us at any time if you no longer require communications to be sent, by emailing us at editor@id-sphere.com
(f) deal with enquiries and complaints made by or about you relating to the website;

We will not provide your personal information to any third parties for the purpose of direct marketing.

(4) Other disclosures

In addition to the disclosures reasonably necessary for the purposes identified elsewhere in this privacy policy, we may disclose information about you:
(a) to the extent that we are required to do so by law;
(b) in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings;
(c) in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention)

Except as provided in this privacy policy, we will not provide your information to third parties.

(5) International data transfers

Information that we collect may be stored and processed in and transferred between any of the countries in which our servers are located. Therefore, if you are in the European Union, information which you provide may be transferred to countries including the United States, which may not have data protection laws equivalent to those in force in the European Union. You expressly agree to such transfers.

(6) Security of your personal data

We will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.
We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure servers. Of course, data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, and we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.
You are responsible for keeping your password and user details confidential. We will not ask you for your password.

(7) Policy amendments

We may update this privacy policy from time-to-time by posting a new version on our website. You should check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes.
We may also notify you of changes to our privacy policy by email.

(8) Your rights

You may instruct us to provide you with any personal information we hold about you.

(9) Third party websites

The website contains links to other websites. We are not responsible for the privacy policies or practices of third party websites.

(10) Updating information

Please let us know if the personal information which we hold about you needs to be corrected or updated.

(11) Contact

If you have any questions about this privacy policy or our treatment of your personal data, please write to us by email to editor@id-sphere.com

This privacy policy is based on a template created and distributed by www.website-law.co.uk

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