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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 […]

Of the many insights on generation Z that we uncovered doing research for our latest trend report, some of the most striking were related to gender and sexual orientation. We found that 82% of our generation Z sample (age 12 to 19) say they don’t care about other people’s sexual orientation, 88% say people are […]

For years food delivery services have sold themselves on numbers. Seamless offers 12,000 different restaurants while Eat 24 boasts 20,000. Now, a more curated approach is taking hold. Maple, the much anticipated delivery service backed by Momofuku’s David Chang, launched at the end of April. There are only three lunch and three dinner options on […]

Millennials have dominated the news agenda, not to mention popular discourse, for the past few years. But now a new generation is poised to come of age—and they’re a different group altogether. Our latest trend report, released today, focuses on generation Z: the 12- to 19-year-old cohort. Representing over $44 billion in annual purchasing power, […]

-MakerBot, 3D printing’s most visible brand, has closed all its stores. Is the industry due for a reckoning? Via Vice. -Can the global fashion industry respond to a $31bn opportunity in Africa? Business of Fashion investigates. -Whole Foods will launch a lower-priced chain aimed at delivering healthy food to millennials, reports NPR. -Virtual reality headsets […]

-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 […]

-Chipotle has become the first major restaurant chain to ban genetically modified ingredients, according to The New York Times. -However, New York magazine points out that Chipotle’s decision may only add consumer confusion surrounding GMOs. -Nielsen takes a global look at the future of technology and personalized recommendations in the grocery store. -The Vatican calls […]

-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 […]


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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

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    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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