June 30, 2015

Future primitive

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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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-New research from Think With Google profiles millennial dads why they “turn to digital in their moments of need.”

-Viral video titan BuzzFeed is looking to expand to TV, according to The Wall Street Journal.

-In the wake of Taylor Swift’s showdown with Apple, The New York Times looks at how indie labels are faring in the streaming game

-BBC looks at how crowdfunding is taking hold in Africa.

-While GIFs are ancient in internet-years, they’re becoming the ad format of choice as video in general proliferates, per Adweek.

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Millennial dads, streaming showdown and the ‘moment’ moment” »

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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.

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Monobrands, men’s beauty and the graying of parenthood” »


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” »


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” »


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.

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Transgender ads, Afrimakers and hacking the human OS” »

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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” »


10 Years of 10 Trends

The Future 100

Things to Watch

  • Bloom
    June 29, 2015 | 11:32 am


    A new service called Bloom aims to bridge the generation gap using stripped-down technology. The service includes a minimal tablet display interface that seniors can place in a chosen room to receive updates from family, as well as a smart wristband that activates the display automatically when users approach it. Other family members who’ve downloaded Bloom can share photos and videos to their loved one’s stream using their mobile devices.

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  • SecondHands
    June 25, 2015 | 12:02 pm

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    British online supermarket Ocado has announced its SecondHands program: a five-year project aiming to create an autonomous robotic warehouse employee. An example of our “Cognitive Technology” trend in this year’s Future 100 report, the project could revolutionize the way factories handle repairs, logistics and more, but comes with its share of challenges. Continue reading “SecondHands” »

  • Offices for the young at heart
    June 23, 2015 | 5:59 pm

    LegoModern offices, especially in the tech sector, have become known as adult playgrounds that foster creativity and collaboration. The image of millennials playing ping pong at work is its own meme in the age of The Social Network. And there’s a prevailing idea that the younger the workforce, the more cutting edge and productive the company.

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  • Transparency ratings
    June 22, 2015 | 4:23 pm


    The fight for digital privacy continues to gain momentum two years after Edward Snowden’s dramatic disclosures. But while most technology companies have made progress in protecting consumer data, some are lagging behind, according to the latest report from the Electronic Frontier FoundationContinue reading “Transparency ratings” »

  • Taste rewind
    June 19, 2015 | 5:29 pm


    Spotify’s new Taste Rewind feature is a music lover’s time machine. It’s a tool designed to help listeners discover “what you’d be jammin’ out to if you were born during a different decade.”

    Taste Rewind asks you to choose three of your favorite contemporary artists, then creates a personalized playlist representing each decade from the ‘60s on. Targeting a younger user base, the app plays on Millennials’ tendency to be nostalgic even about eras they never experienced. Continue reading “Taste rewind” »

  • Menswear’s delicate side
    June 17, 2015 | 5:13 pm


    Recent years have seen a surge in gender-neutral fashion, from luxury heavyweights such as Prada to cult favorite Hood By Air. But this week at London Collections Men, designers are offering a new twist: lace, ruffles and velvet, constructed in distinctly masculine shapes. Continue reading “Menswear’s delicate side” »

  • Co-working gets domestic
    June 16, 2015 | 5:28 pm


    Popular co-working space WeWork will soon launch WeLive—a project that combines WeWork’s famously fun work spaces with dorm-style micro apartments. A press release for WeLive describes the buildings as “neighborhoods,” featuring 200+ apartments with shared commercial-grade kitchens and community spaces, along with several floors of office space. Continue reading “Co-working gets domestic” »

  • Native American dining
    June 11, 2015 | 1:56 pm


    Although it’s easy to sample the cuisines of Ethiopia or Vietnam in most major US cities, Native American restaurants are practically nonexistent. However, with the rise of locavore movements and interest in pre-industrial foods from the likes of the paleo crowd, the indigenous cuisines of the United States could be ready to claim their rightful place in today’s food culture. Continue reading “Native American dining” »

  • Time-travel media
    June 8, 2015 | 5:13 pm

    Future Chronicles

    The Future Chronicles, currently raising money on Kickstarter, bills itself as the “first magazine ever that travels through time.” Created by German agency Hyperraum, the magazine aims to explore both the past and the future through creative narration and design.

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  • Invisible wearables
    June 2, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    Project Jacquard

    A new initiative announced at Google’s annual developers conference is making waves in the wearable tech world. Project Jacquard, launched in collaboration with Levi’s, makes touch interfaces more wearable than ever by weaving them directly into traditional textiles. This high-tech fabric is made of conductive thread that can respond to touch signals like swipes and taps, and sync up with a smartphone to execute basic functions. Digiday calls the innovation “Google Glass for your ass.”

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