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A new form of luxury travel is emerging that not only entertains, but also informs and inspires. In 2014, Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks launched a program called Curiosity Retreats—a series of thought leadership lectures and events hosted at his luxe mountain resort in Colorado. The event featured seminars led by luminaries in fields including nanotechnology and the science of happiness, along with sunrise yoga, guided hikes and other resort perks.

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-With Facebook and Apple News integrating articles seamlessly into their platforms, the Financial Times looks at the future of publishing and whether news organizations can adapt.

-“Marriage equality in the US is about to create a $2.6 billion wedding boom,” predicts Quartz.

-The New York Times examines how global fashion retailers are capitalizing on the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

-Fast Company explores how Instagram plays a role in teens’ lives by looking at case studies from the Class of ’15, the first group to use the platform throughout all four years of high school.

-Business of Fashion looks at how Amazon is playing “the long game” with its fashion offering.

Continue reading “Weekly Roundup: Equality windfall, “farm to fashion,” and the Class of Instagram” »

July 2, 2015

DNA music

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A UK-based art-science team is poised to change the way we think about data storage with its new project, Music of the Spheres. Employing bioinformatics technology, the collaboration encodes music onto strands of DNA suspended in soap solution. While recording music on soap bubbles may seem fantastical, the venture suggests the potential for vast storage space at the molecular level at a time when big data weighs heavy on the minds of companies and consumers alike.

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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.

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Flatbook small

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 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” »


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