posts tagged ‘technology

New apps and services are enabling sophisticated content creation on the go, using only mobile devices. This month at the Cannes Film Festival, L’Oréal Paris launched an app called Twicer that lets users record video, then layer a separate video commentary over it. The second layer, usually a video selfie, appears in the top right […]

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 […]

Mennah Ibrahim joined J. Walter Thompson in autumn 2010, heading up the newly established Brand Intelligence team across the agency’s network in the MENA region. In this role, Ibrahim, a self-described “genuine peoples’ enthusiast,” has written widely on consumer intelligence and category knowledge. In 2013, Ibrahim launched an annual trend report that helps brands and […]

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.

For five years, our colleagues at J. Walter Thompson Middle East and Africa have been tracking cultural trends and interpreting what they mean for brands. Now they’re proud to introduce 10 Trends for 2015—a look at the most compelling macro trends for this year and beyond. The report features data from a January 2015 SONAR™ […]

We talked to Alex Pang—whose book The Distraction Addiction explores how to balance the role of technology in our lives—about De-teching, one of the macro trends explored in our latest report, 10 Years of 10 Trends. “We’ve moved from a period of thinking that technologies always bring big, inevitable and unavoidable changes to recognizing that […]

Read our roundups in magazine form on Flipboard, via the iOS and Android app or online; click here to find our magazine collection. Due to year-end office closures, this double-edition roundup covers items from the past three weeks. -Our own Lucie Greene writes about some CES highlights in Campaign; Fast Company, Wirecutter and ZDNet are […]

Read our roundups in magazine form on Flipboard, via the iOS and Android app or online; click here to find our magazine collection. -Stuart Elliott’s last ad column for The New York Times spotlights the top five changes on Madison Avenue over the past 25 years. -In Ad Age, the 4A’s chief digital officer Chick […]

Read our roundups in magazine form on Flipboard, via the iOS and Android app or online; click here to find our magazine collection. -An Economist special report on luxury includes a look at experiential luxury, Millennial preferences and changing tastes in China. -McKinsey’s latest Consumer Economic Sentiment survey finds that six years after the Great […]

Read our roundups in magazine form on Flipboard, via the iOS and Android app or online; click here to find our magazine collection. -Bloomberg takes a look at several studies examining Gen Z’s relationship with technology. -Time nominates the 25 best inventions of 2014. -With a crop of flagships opening in fashion capitals, the FT […]


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  • Food literacy
    May 28, 2015 | 1:07 pm

    Food Education

    Childhood obesity and poor nutrition are endemic in low-income communities throughout the developed world. Solutions based on healthier school lunches and better access to grocery stores have helped, but progress has been slow. Now, nutrition advocates are turning to a new tool: education.

    Outreach tools in this new movement go beyond the classroom, from celebrity chef campaigns to non-profit restaurants. Continue reading “Food literacy” »

  • Bistro In Vitro
    May 26, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    In Vitro Ice Cream

    A new virtual restaurant is serving up “food for thought,” using design to explore a range of possible futures for human interaction with meat. The project, dubbed Bistro In Vitro, takes the far-out idea of in-vitro meat and situates it within the world of online gastronomy as we know it—amid menus, chef interviews, critical reviews and the like.

    Continue reading “Bistro In Vitro” »

  • 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.

    Continue reading “Bio-responsive spaces” »

  • 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.

    Continue reading “Snapchat TV” »

  • 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.

    Continue reading “Virtual reality theme parks” »

  • 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.

    Continue reading “Intangibles” »

  • 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.

    Continue reading “WhatsApp marketing” »

  • 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.

    Continue reading “Facebook’s Anthology” »

  • 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.

    Continue reading “MyIdol” »

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