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Score: 7.1
Recent and Warm Top 4 Examples: 2,823 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 15 - Feb 16
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The connection between tech and prestige is strengthened through design
Implications - In the digital age, gadgetry has come to be associated with prestige. Connecting tech to high-end design strengthens this association, giving consumers the opportunity to double up on the elitism. This is specifically prevalent in the home, as the definition of comfortable living becomes more complex. [More]
Score: 7.8
This Week and Warm Top 4 Examples: 4,443 Total Clicks Date Range: Dec 15 - Feb 16
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Distinctive high-end electric vehicles entice consumers seeking opulence
Implications - As the auto market moves closer to making electric vehicles accessible to the average consumer, many manufacturers are pairing ultra-luxurious EV concepts and bold contemporary designs. In addition to being a means of saving on fuel costs, such opulent electric vehicles provide high power-to-weight ratios while taking on the appearance of supercars. This shift speaks to the mainstream acceptance of fossil fuel scarcity and suggests that opulence is not mutually exclusive with conspicuous consumption. [More]
Score: 8.5
This Month and Hot Top 4 Examples: 10,393 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 15 - Jan 16
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Brands create museum-worthy exhibits recounting company milestones
Implications - As consumers continue to respond to sympathetic brand narratives, many retailers are supporting the creation of dedicated museum-worthy exhibitions that provide both entertainment and educational benefit. Often hosted in dedicated temporary spaces or traditional galleries, these events serve to enhance a brand's history with an emotional component that viewers can connect to. This progression is related to the interest in enriched brand stories that remind consumers of a brand's journey to success. [More]
Score: 7.1
This Month and Mild Top 4 Examples: 16,538 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 15 - Jan 16
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Consumers see lush surroundings incorporated into structural design
Implications - As environmental concerns continue to influence consumer spending, many designers and architects are blurring the line between natural and man-made in their work. Often serving the purpose of facilitating natural climate control systems or to combat pollution, such structures seek to inspire consumers to live in cooperation with the natural world rather than against it. Related to fears around climate change and the wellness movement, this progression highlights a growing awareness of the role people's surrounding's play in determining quality of life. [More]
Score: 8
This Month and Warm Top 4 Examples: 5,796 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 15 - Jan 16
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Designers consider alternative forms of energy for the sake of cost
Implications - As consumers become more conscious of their consumption, they increasingly consider certification when it comes to purchasing a home. Passively powered or energy-neutral residences are not only more socially responsible; they are also more cost-effective, and it is the reduced expenditure that is driving consumer interest in both clean energy services and eco design. The widespread adoption of new techniques in energy efficiency speak to the rising cost of living and maintenance. [More]
Score: 9.2
This Month and V. Hot Top 4 Examples: 41,773 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 14 - Jan 16
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Indoor gardening in homes and building emerges to satisfy eco aesthetics
Implications - Public and residential architecture is seeing a widespread incorporation of indoor gardens as consumers become more invested in both the health and sustainability of their environments. This continued blurring of indoor and outdoor spaces speaks to the influence of the eco movement in determining aesthetic preferences, as well as the desire for enhanced quality of life. [More]
Score: 9.3
This Month and V. Hot Top 4 Examples: 15,628 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 15 - Jan 16
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Residential homes shrink to better accommodate the modern family
Implications - As family sizes continue to shrink, modern architecture is moving away from opulent, large-scale homes towards smaller, more minimalist designs. This simplified approach offers comfort, aesthetics and status to the modern consumer in a more sustainable form. Instead of space and luxury, this shift suggests that the next generation of families are more interested in reducing their footprint both in terms of square footage and consumption. [More]
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Score: 7.7
This Month and Warm Top 4 Examples: 11,894 Total Clicks Date Range: May 15 - Jan 16
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Consumers swap plastic for glass in portable appliances
Implications - Portable appliances used to prepare and serve beverages are eschewing plastic materials in favor of glass and stainless steel. Ultimately, the rise of the artisan movement has influenced a desire among consumers not only for higher-quality goods, but also higher-quality presentation of goods, even while on-the-go. This design progression speaks to the evolution of the consumer as a connoisseur. [More]
Score: 7.8
This Month and Warm Top 4 Examples: 17,002 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 14 - Jan 16
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Gamified apps fall second to analog motivators to organize thoughts
Implications - Though there are tons of gamified apps to help boost productivity, studies show that physically writing and recording schedules creates a stronger sense of accountability. This accountability is more important now than ever for consumers, as to-do lists are longer and society is moving at a faster pace. Ironically, this calls for a more personal, thorough and antiquated approach to productivity. [More]
Score: 6.7
This Month and Mild Top 4 Examples: 3,592 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 15 - Jan 16
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The novelty of low-tech translates into prestige to establish individualism
Implications - Rarity has always been tied to exclusivity, and exclusivity to prestige. As society becomes wholly digitized, analog items -- such as notebooks or stationery -- become symbols of elitism. Contemporary, high-end design drives this point home, adding fuel to the divergent fire of a tech backlash. [More]