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-Marketing looks at our Generation Z report and how brands can connect with these savvy consumers. -Meanwhile, Adweek warns marketers: “Gen Z doesn’t need you.” -New York considers what IBM’s Watson means for the future of AI. -The FT looks at the rise of women in Lebanese business. -Mashable looks at the spending habits of […]

-The New York Times reports on how Snapchat might affect the 2016 U.S. presidential election. -Jay Z and Beyoncé are looking to make veganism cool, says The New York Times. -Whole Foods is launching a line of smaller, more affordable stores to cater to Millennials, according to The Wall Street Journal. -Increasing access to healthy […]

A recent report from EY and Harris Interactive has found that the pendulum may be swinging the other way for working parents. In a global survey including 1,208 US adults, US men were more likely than women to say they’d scale back their careers for the sake of family. Sixty-seven percent of men have changed […]

-While many traditional fashion brands struggle, athleisure is having a major moment, per BuzzFeed. -People are far more likely to watch video ads on mobile than on desktop, according to YouTube. -The Washington Post explores “lecture capture” tech—basically a DVR for college—and whether it will revolutionize or ruin the education system. -Business of Fashion contemplates […]

-“Now is the perfect time to be a female entrepreneur,” says TechCrunch. -Business of Fashion explores the oft-overlooked $17 billion plus-size fashion industry. -TechCrunch looks at why huge tech companies have been snatching up tiny, nimble startups. -In the not-too-distant future, thanks to wearables, companies will have access to the most intimate parts of our […]

Ji Lee, a former ad man and current Facebook communication designer, recently gave a talk at J. Walter Thompson New York on personal projects and bringing playfulness to work. Lee found his professional calling in subverting the industry he was working in—sticking speech bubbles onto ads for passersby to comment on. The Bubble Project became […]

Project Cobalt is Pepsi’s foray into fashion—a radical category pivot for the soda brand from its historic remit. The “culture platform” is a joint initiative between Pepsi, All Beuys Club, Fashion Business Accelerator 360 and other partners that pairs young talents with established designers to launch new creative projects. First up, a Project Cobalt clothing […]

-An Adweek infographic explores the media consumption habits of American women—a $5 trillion market. -For America’s teens, why get a car when you can get an Uber account? Via The New York Times. -The Atlantic details fashion’s “Menaissance.” -The success of wearable tech will rely on smart fashion partnerships, says Business of Fashion. -The Washington […]

After years of Millennial obsession, Gen Z is emerging as a welcome new focus for brands, researchers and marketers. “Finally,” is the resounding sentiment. “Something new to talk about!” i-D magazine has launched “how generation z will change the world,” a series of articles, photos and calls to arms. Meanwhile, Dazed & Confused’s new cover […]

-“There is no more social media—just advertising,” declares Ad Age. -The Verge hails the return of the album. -Venture capitalists are flocking to India, hoping to find a successor to China’s retail giant Alibaba, reports The Wall Street Journal. -TechCrunch explores the potential in mobile for enterprise. -An Adweek infographic compares what Millennials and Gen […]


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  • Bio-responsive spaces
    May 19, 2015 | 4:48 pm

    DynamicSanctuary

    At last week’s Sight Unseen Offsite event in New York, Ford partnered with indie design studio The Principals to create the “Dynamic Sanctuary.” The sanctuary is a sculptural space made out of plastic, Plexiglas and LED lights that connect to a heart rate monitor and fade in and out based on the wearer’s pulse. The space was meant to be a haven from the chaos of daily life and a “poetic metaphor for the design ideas behind Ford’s 2015 Edge vehicle,” said Sight Unseen.

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  • Rosé’s normcore moment
    May 14, 2015 | 12:21 pm

    Rosé

    As summer nears, once again we’re on the cusp of “rosé season.” While late spring often sees attempts to elevate the red-headed stepchild of the wine world into a product worthy of connoisseurship, this year something different is afoot: a knowing celebration of rosé’s bland charm.

    For perhaps the first time, a wine label is emerging from the self-aware world of Instagram—and, no surprise, it’s a rosé. Continue reading “Rosé’s normcore moment” »

  • Snapchat TV
    May 12, 2015 | 5:25 pm

    Snapchat

    This summer, TV’s highest-paid female actress, Sofia Vergara, will star in a reality series launching exclusively on Snapchat. The series, titled Vergaraland, is co-produced by Fusion and Vergara’s production company, Latin World Entertainment. It will tell the story of her Hollywood life through the eyes of her 24-year-old son.

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  • Virtual reality theme parks
    May 11, 2015 | 4:12 pm

    TheVoid

    Some worry that the coming age of virtual reality could lead to an epidemic of digital shut-ins—why leave the house when you can “be” anywhere with the touch of a button? The Void, however, imagines a social space where virtual reality might draw people together—a 21st century take on the classic video arcade.

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  • Intangibles
    May 7, 2015 | 6:37 pm

    Intangibles

    How much would you pay for a snap? A voicemail?

    Walker Art Center in Minneapolis has launched an online shop that could be considered a conceptual art piece itself. The shop sells what Walker calls “intangibles”—ephemeral, digital commodities such as personalized ringtones or custom avatars to use on social media. Prices range from $1.99 to nearly $4,000, for a virtual ocean-view property on the platform Second Life.

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  • WhatsApp marketing
    May 6, 2015 | 4:32 pm

    Clarks

    Clarks shoes in the UK recently launched a WhatsApp campaign to bring the brand to life for its fans. The campaign asked users to add three characters to their contact lists—“some of culture’s greatest innovators, rebels and fashion icons”—who were all fans of the shoes. The characters then sent messages, videos and Spotify playlists through the app, telling the brand’s story while interacting with Clarks enthusiasts.

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  • Facebook’s Anthology
    April 30, 2015 | 4:20 pm

    FacebookVideo small

    Video is king on social media—more than 4 billion are viewed per day on Facebook alone. To capitalize on that, Facebook has just introduced Anthology, a partnership with seven media companies with the aim of creating unskippable ads.

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  • MyIdol
    April 27, 2015 | 4:55 pm

    MyIdol

    Social media is abuzz with tiny pole dancers. And rock stars. And pandas. All thanks to an app that takes the humble selfie to new heights of playful absurdity—and in 3D, no less.

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  • Tindergram
    April 17, 2015 | 11:03 am

    Tinder Instagram

    Swiping just got more interesting—with its latest update, Tinder lets users browse the Instagram feeds of their potential matches. The pairing (which, Adweek notes, seemed inevitable) offers “a sort of social diary, co-written by your friends and family” to help people better stalk their dates.

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  • Everlane’s Transparent City series
    April 8, 2015 | 2:33 pm

    Everlane LA

    “We call it Radical Transparency,” says e-tail startup Everlane. The company, known for its luxe basics, was built on the principle of disclosing production costs and keeping markups as low as possible. Now, Everlane has launched the Transparent City tour, a first-of-its-kind look at the inner workings of like-minded local companies. The kickoff event in LA brought guests behind the scenes with local bloggers, designers and chefs to learn about their creative inspiration. And, perhaps the culmination of the week — Everlane invited a select few on a tour of their factory, sharing the garment construction process from start to finish. The tour had a 300-person waitlist.

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