posts tagged ‘Objectifying Objects

Read our roundups in magazine form on Flipboard, via the iOS and Android app or online; click here to find our magazine collection. -An FT special report on South Korea includes a look at the growing influence of its pop culture and the expansion plans of hot messenger app KakaoTalk. -The Economist examines the recent […]

We’ve been talking about Objectifying Objects—fetishizing the physical and tactical as objects get replaced by digital/virtual counterparts—since putting it on our 100 Things to Watch in 2011 list; last March, our report “Embracing Analog” updated the idea. The latest manifestation of this trend: The new book S., conceived by the director-producer J.J. Abrams (Lost, among […]

Find our roundups collected in magazine form on Flipboard, the iOS and Android app; download the app to view this week’s edition here: http://flip.it/J6Fj -New York magazine mulls “What Does Manhood Mean in 2013?” citing from our own recent “State of Men” report. -The FT ponders how marketers will reach Millennials, given that they prefer on-demand […]

Our March report, “Embracing Analog: Why Physical Is Hot,” examined today’s urge to seek out physical objects and experiences as a countertrend to our digital lives. Two manifestations: the continuing vinyl revival and the somewhat unlikely return of cassettes. This week comes the first Cassette Store Day, a promotional event with participation in the U.S., […]

“Good digital, these days, you can hear something two miles away. But it doesn’t do the analog thing, which is warm and beautiful,” observed Lou Reed at a Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity session on Thursday. His wide-ranging conversation with Grey Group worldwide creative director Tim Mellors covered the icon’s music, photography, poetry and […]

Find our roundups collected in magazine form on Flipboard, the iOS and Android app; download the app to view it here: http://flip.it/n7D37. -The FT’s “Responsible Business 2013” special report includes looks at how businesses are attempting to build in social value and lead consumers toward more responsible behavior. -Most Americans feel they’ve lost their privacy […]

Last week at a SXSW panel, our director of trendspotting, Ann Mack, outlined why, in a digital era, more people are embracing analog objects. As we noted last week, nostalgia is a key driver of this trend. Another is the appealing attributes of physical items that set them apart from digital products: Among other things, […]

-The Economist examines India’s next generation of tech entrepreneurs and why the sector hasn’t evolved faster. -The New York Times looks at the crushing impact of Italy’s severe recession on its smaller businesses. -“Russians, Asians and Arabs are rewriting the rules of European tourism,” reports The Guardian, with the continent hosting a new cohort of […]

At SXSW this week, our director of trendspotting, Ann Mack, outlined the enduring appeal of real-world, analog items in an increasingly digitized world. As we buy more apps, e-books and downloads, and as digital screens become our default interface with the world, we are increasingly seeking out physical objects and experiences. Nostalgia is one key […]

Paul Woolmington Frank Rose                   On Monday, I spoke on a SXSW Interactive panel, “Embracing Analog: Why Physical Is Hot,” along with Frank Rose, author of The Art of Immersion and correspondent for Wired, and marketing authority Paul Woolmington, co-founder of communications management consultancy Naked Communications Americas. […]


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  • Kenzo Totem
    July 6, 2015 | 11:51 am

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    This summer, Parisian fashion label Kenzo premieres its collection of unisex fragrances, Totem. Priced lower than the brand’s other fragrances, the new collection targets younger consumers who value diversity and eschew gender stereotypes, putting the brand in an ideal position to succeed with generation Z.

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  • Bloom
    June 29, 2015 | 11:32 am

    Bloom

    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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