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Score: 7.3
New and Mild Top 5 Examples: 5,837 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 15 - Mar 17
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Nature-inspired aesthetics resonate with the desire to connect with life
Implications - The hypothesis that humans have an inherent desire to seek connection with nature, known as biophilia, is being consciously integrated into product design. Looking to create association between a sense of wellness with their products, brands across industries are leveraging the beauty of the natural world to entice consumers engulfed by the modern digital era. This stylistic deviation invokes a consumer preference towards simplicity and getting in touch with one’s roots. [More]
Score: 7.5
This Month and Warm Top 6 Examples: 6,569 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 16 - Mar 17
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Designers encourage personalization of the classic jean jacket silhouette
Implications - As consumers look for ways to emphasize individual personality while sticking to staples capable of going from the office to an evening out, many are selecting designer denim jackets that offer unique customizable features or that boast limited edition status from cult brands. Highlighting one of the safer ways one can transform a conventional piece into an outfit-altering fashion statement, this progression underlines the continued influence of the DIY movement, as well as the connection between personalization and exclusivity in the mind of the consumer. [More]
Score: 6
This Month and Mild Top 5 Examples: 4,423 Total Clicks Date Range: Aug 16 - Mar 17
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Fabric innovations allow designers to create reinvent staples with denim
Implications - Given that consumers are more likely than ever to self-educate on topics such as fabric origin before making a fashion purchase, brands are designing creative takes on conventional pieces made from the versatile contemporary denim available today. Similar to how athleisure designers are moving toward designing apparel that resembles regular clothes while boasting the breathability and comfort of workout attire, this shift highlights the willingness of consumers to reimagine fashion norms in favor of simplicity and functionality. [More]
Score: 7.7
This Month and Warm Top 4 Examples: 7,740 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 15 - Feb 17
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Toy brands engage adult collectors through historically significant references
Implications - Catering to the cultural identity of the Millennial generation, toy brands are creating collectible dolls that reference historical figures for added educational allure. With the rise of modern aesthetic movements where consumers are selecting items more purposefully, purchasing decisions are being considered more carefully with a shift in preference towards action figures and toys that exhibit a deeper cultural meaning. [More]
Score: 8.3
This Quarter and Warm Top 5 Examples: 19,981 Total Clicks Date Range: Nov 15 - Feb 17
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Consumers consciously create cozy spaces that emphasize enjoying the home
Implications - Inspired by the Danish manifesto for cozy comfort, consumers in warm and cold countries alike are looking to surround themselves with plush fabrics, warm textures and soft furnishings that embrace users in a cushy hug. An extension of the style of Japanese minimalism popularized by Marie Kondo, the emerging prevalence of Hygge demonstrates a desire in consumers to surround themselves with objects that bring joy while increasing a sense of mindfulness in the home. [More]
Score: 8.2
This Quarter and Warm Top 6 Examples: 18,490 Total Clicks Date Range: Oct 15 - Feb 17
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Millennial pink persists in all forms of branding and fashion
Implications - Deemed by some as "millennial pink," while others may refer to it as "Tumblr pink," the pastel hue has quickly become a mainstay in branding, fashion and advertising that is proving to be successful and even contagious. In addition to its direct relation to a reclamation of the the color pink by young women as a symbol of empowerment, this shift highlights a collective visual consciousness of those particularly tapped into image-based social platforms. [More]
Score: 6.8
This Quarter and Mild Top 4 Examples: 3,657 Total Clicks Date Range: Jan 17 - Jan 17
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Meat products integrate consumer-centric packaging design
Implications - Facing a multitude of meat product options, the modern consumer prefers innovatively packaged meats and proteins that fit in easily with their lifestyle and core beliefs. Acknowledging the importance of individuality and curation for many modern shoppers, meat brands are turning towards packaging that appeals to the consumer’s personal branding while also promoting ease of use. This shift towards consumer-centric packaging designates a more seamless integration of products into increasingly customizable lifestyles. [More]
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Score: 6.3
This Quarter and Warm Top 5 Examples: 1,876 Total Clicks Date Range: Mar 16 - Feb 17
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Skincare and beauty products get reformatted as effortlessly portable sticks
Implications - Taking inspiration from hectic lifestyle of the busy jet-setter, skincare brands are repackaging liquids and creams as solid stick formats for easy, mess-free portability. Streamlined and simple to use, stick-packaged toiletries grant on-the-go consumers a hassle-free solution with products that can now be kept handy at all times without the stress of spills and splatters. [More]
Score: 6.9
This Quarter and Warm Top 6 Examples: 11,439 Total Clicks Date Range: Jul 15 - Jan 17
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Plant-covered restaurants create an appealingly immersive ambiance
Implications - Encouraging a sense of freshness and abundance, restaurants are adopting nature-based decor as a natural source of beauty and sensorial aesthetic that is reminiscent of the garden. Enticing consumers to slow down and enjoy their environment, lavish plants are leveraged to create a calming, yet lively, ambiance that appeals to the modern diner seeking an eco-yet-luxurious lifestyle. [More]
Score: 7.7
This Quarter and Warm Top 6 Examples: 10,165 Total Clicks Date Range: May 16 - Jan 17
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Office spaces physically adapt to the more social Millennial workforce
Implications - With the increase of Millennials entering the workforce, modern offices are physically changing to accommodate a new generation of collaborative and socially oriented employees. The future of office culture depends on the adaptability of its physical space, where promoting a more participatory design aesthetic, including tech-infused elements that encourage open communication, will serve to improve overall employee satisfaction and productivity. [More]