For this year’s Design at Large program at the Miami/ Basel design fair, Dutch studio Atelier Van Lieshout has premiered its latest addition to New Tribal Labyrinth, an ongoing series of work imaging design for a future marked by over-consumption and limited raw materials. The new sculpture, The Original Dwelling, is a hybrid home and pool house that takes the form of a cave, blending primitive and futuristic design.
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Collaborative consumption platforms such as Airbnb have revolutionized travel from the perspective of the consumer, transforming vast amounts of private residential space into bookable accommodations. But as more people let out their rooms on Airbnb and similar platforms, a new hybrid of producer and consumer is emerging. Startups are rushing to cater not just to the needs of guests, but also to hosts. Continue reading “The sharing economy prosumer” »
-As virtual reality draws attention at the E3 video game industry conference, new systems of etiquette and safety are emerging, says The New York Times.
-As more Americans delay children until middle age, Quartz looks at some of the pitfalls of late parenthood.
-Not only is men’s fashion getting more creative—men’s runway hair and makeup are becoming their own art form, says Dazed.
-From “halal travel” to “smart mosques,” a new Deloitte report uncovers growth opportunities across the nine key pillars of the digital Muslim economy.
-The “sharing economy” hits a snag as a California court declares Uber drivers employees, not contractors. Via The New York Times.
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As consumers get savvier at avoiding traditional advertising, brands are trying new ways to blend ads with media content. Now, these “native ads” are expanding onto platforms with a romantic or even erotic focus. In the latest example, no less a diva than the newly single Mariah Carey created a Match.com profile to promote her latest video. Much like a first date, dating platforms offer the opportunity for undivided attention—but the potential for missteps and embarrassment is equally great.
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-Bloomberg paints a gloomy financial picture for Generation X, declaring “reality really does bite.”
-At its annual developer conference, Apple announced new initiatives in music streaming, mobile payments and news. Ad Age has the details, with implications for advertisers.
-The New York Times reports on Uber’s strategy to break into the Chinese market.
-A new Pew Research Center survey examines multiracial America: “young, proud, tolerant and growing at a rate three times as fast as the population as a whole.
-Warm weather aside, “America is stuck in a no-vacation land,” says Skift.
-In our age of internet-fueled nostalgia, products never truly die. PepsiCo may bring back Crystal Pepsi, bowing to fan pressure, says Ad Age. Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Reality bites, Insta-food and Crystal Pepsi comes back” »
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Japan is deeply admired in Asia’s emerging economies, particularly in Southeast Asia, and Japanese brands seeking growth amid a sagging domestic economy should take note, a new report from J. Walter Thompson Asia Pacific has found.
While consumption lags at home, rising wealth across the region is leading to greater demand for Japanese products. “Japanese companies that once saw Southeast Asia as a production hub now view the region as a major target market as well,” the report notes. Continue reading “Japanese Brands in Asia’s Emerging Markets” »
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As concerns about the environment mount worldwide, consumers are becoming interested in products that protect against the harmful effects of pollution. Beauty companies are ramping up their efforts to respond.
In a November 2014 study, market research firm Mintel found a 40% increase between 2011 and 2013 in the number of beauty and personal care launches that included an anti-pollution statement, and projected that the number would continue to rise.
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-2015 has been a breakthrough year in transgender visibility. Writing for Adweek, transgender advertising industry veteran Chris Edwards helps marketers navigate the gender identity conversation.
-We are spending half our waking lives consuming media, according to a report outlined in Quartz.
-As agencies plan biometric data visualizations for Cannes Lions, Adweek looks at how brands can harness this data beyond applications in fitness.
-CNN spotlights American Mipsterz—young, hip Muslims unapologetically embracing their multiple identities.
-With the aid of ubiquitous tech, online sharing platforms and affordable tools like 3D printers, “Afrimakers” are shaking up the African economy, per Harvard Business Review.
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A new wave of technology companies is finally—some would say inevitably—getting into the mobile commerce game. Instagram and Pinterest have both recently launched “buy buttons.” Even Google, which has long allowed retail rivals such as Amazon to dominate mobile commerce, recently announced that it will display shoppable links alongside mobile searches.
More searches now happen on mobile than desktop in 10 countries, including the United States and Japan, and the list is likely to lengthen. But so far, brands hoping to convert time spent on mobile devices into purchases have struggled to integrate e-commerce with the apps consumers already use. Continue reading “Mobile shopping’s next wave” »