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Hey there! My name is Alex Scott, Im 24 years old and have been living in the fair city of Toronto for five years now. Hailing originally from the small town of Norwood with a blistering population of 1300, I set my sights on the big city to come do my post secondary. Though I studied business and advertising in school, I am moving towards a career in journalism at the moment as my real passion is and always has been writing. To please my creative writing side I am currently developing a television sketch comedy show with two other people, which will hopefully get picked up in the next few years (fingers crossed!). In my spare time I love travelling, big trips or small, and playing in my band. I look forward to contributing to TrendHunter and bringing you all the latest news on music, travel, gadgets and more!
What's your favorite accomplishment?
I would have to say backpacking through Europe solo. It was the hardest thing initially to jump on a plane and head for foreign lands solo but as soon as I arrived fear turned to excitement and quickly realized that this is the best way to travel. I had the time of my life and will hopefully be heading out soon again!
How do you define cool?
What usually makes a product or an idea cool is that it has a cutting edge quality to it where it grabs enough people's attention, yet also retains a certain classic quality to give it staying power. This what i find seperates a fad from a trend. A perfect example of this would be a product that has been around for years, even decades yet keeps reinventing itself to stay fresh and hip.
What is your secret to uncovering trends?
After bartending for two years in one of Toronto's hottest neighbourhoods I didnt have to look hard to find the latest trends, often they would come right up to the bar! Whether it is the latest style of jean, a rockstar beltbuckle or some new quirky cell phone accessory all I had to do was look around the restaurant and see which products would come in again and again to notice that they had eventually become full flung trends. When looking for the latest in gadgets for fashion you dont have to look much further than King West.
What do you enjoy most about Trend Hunter?
Im brand new to the site but Id have to say my favourite feature so far is seeing trends in modern art I had no idea existed.
What is your favorite trend?
I would have to say the growing popularity of micro brewed beer. 2009 seems to be the year of the independent beer with more people snatching them up at the LCBO and more and more pubs around the city featuring them on their draught taps. They are not only a refreshing alternative from the mega breweries but a great way to support local business.
How do you reset to be creative?
Going for hikes is always a sure fire way to get the creative juices flowing again whether it be through a park in the city or some offbeat trail near my hometown.
What inspires or excites you?
For me travel is always the greatest source of inspiration. A change of scenery can sometimes prvoide an infinite source for creativity.
Predict something awesome for 2020?
Summer Olympics for Toronto!
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Abract Amphitheaters
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Cadillac Couture
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Splitting Smartphones
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Cliffhanger Hotels
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Beauty-Enhancing Boats
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Clear Globular Abodes
Clear Globular Abodes
The Room For London Spherical Home Breaks Down the Walls of Architecture
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Touch Screen Cooktops
Touch Screen Cooktops
The iChef Kitchen Lets You Preprogram Meals
You can cancel your subscription to the Food Network right now: The iChef Kitchen is your new Bobby Flay. With an array of recipes, backed by a powerful "brain," this feat of culinary wizardry will let… MORE
Dark Mesmerizing Menswear
Dark Mesmerizing Menswear
Stare the Cold Away With the Diwon Fall 2011 Collection
I too would stare meaningfully into the abyss if i wear layered in some of the fine pieces from the Diwon Fall 2011 Collection. Featuring some interesting velvet pea coats and a particularly eye-catching… MORE
Razor-Edged Racecars
Razor-Edged Racecars
The Ferrari Enzo Prototype Cuts Through the Road Like Butter
Question: How much drugs must one sell to afford a Ferrari Enzo prototype? Answer: Don't sell drugs -- it's not a stable career choice. Unfortunately, unless your an oil tycoon or Keith Urban, there is… MORE
Malleable Mobiles
Malleable Mobiles
This AMOLED Flip Phone Does Away With the Rigidities of Communication
Though the newest smartphones on the market have pretty much every feature we could dream of in a cellular device, they are still made as stiff, quite fragile machines. The featured AMOLED flip phone by… MORE
Uncanny Celeb Photoshopping
Uncanny Celeb Photoshopping
The Stars Shine Bright in Consumido's Digital Painting Collection
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Luxurious Low Riders
Luxurious Low Riders
Get Your Wealth on with the Fenice Milan Gold and Diamonds Fiat
Owning a $200,000 dollar sports car is so 2010. Nowadays it's all about buying a modest sedan and encrusting it with all of the gold and jewels of the orient, as is evident with the Fenice Milan Gold and… MORE
iPad-Enabled Instruments
iPad-Enabled Instruments
The Ion Piano Master is Music Heaven for the Tablet Lover
Was your New Year's resolution this year to learn an instrument? The Ion Piano Master is here to make that task a little less daunting. Allowing you to dock your iPad directly with the piano, it features… MORE
Bohemian Formalwear
Bohemian Formalwear
Lighten Up the Office with the ASOS 2011 Spring Collection
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Serpentine Sound Systems
Serpentine Sound Systems
Don't Constrict Your Tunes, Get the Diana Dumitrescu USB Speaker
The USB Speaker is bringing back some terrifying tot memories of the movie Tremors, which scared the hell out of me as a kid. Kevin Bacon movies aside, the USB Speaker is meant to pack a serious punch… MORE
Muted Celtic Menswear
Muted Celtic Menswear
The Pringle of Scotland 2011 Fall Collection Reaches for the Highlands
Though some are already looking towards spring with tidings of v-necks and cargo shorts, I am still stuck in the throes of winter which is why I have sought out the Pringle of Scotland 2011 Fall Collection.… MORE
Nerdy 3D Movie Scooters
Nerdy 3D Movie Scooters
Pick Up Your Date on the Tron Segway I2
Now you may think Segways are already geeky enough, but deck theTron Segway I2 is a whole new level of dweeb. The Tron Segway I2 is a tricked-out two wheeler using simple materials meant to pay homage… MORE
Dishware-Cleansing Furniture
Dishware-Cleansing Furniture
Keep the Kitchen Sink Empty With the Dishwashing Table
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Hyped-Up Hovercars
Hyped-Up Hovercars
Smooth Out Your Commute With the Chase 2053
Rather than investing in a new suspension set at Canadian Tire to keep your car ride smooth, you should put your savings toward the Chase 2053. With the ability to run on both land and air, the Chase… MORE
Blinged-Out Award Shows
Blinged-Out Award Shows
The Swarovski Golden Globe Stage Shined Brighter Than the Stars
Last night, the Beverly Hilton Hotel was brighter than the Milky Way as all the stars were out in full force for the celebrated awards show and the Swarovski Golden Globe Stage. With more than 3000 pounds… MORE
Lens-Powered Listening Gadgets
Lens-Powered Listening Gadgets
See What They're Saying With the Visual Hearing Aid
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Atmosphere-Powered Refrigerators
Atmosphere-Powered Refrigerators
Chill Out with the Humidity-Powered IceCloud Fridge
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iPhone 4 Song-Blasters
iPhone 4 Song-Blasters
The Sonic Tube Speaker is the Littlest Big Sound You'll Have This Summer
If you're able to house 10,000 songs in a 7" x 3" machine, you probably want the tunes used to project those songs to be just as small. The Sonic Tube Speaker is the newest micro boom box to hook up to… MORE
Wall-Climbing Kicks
Wall-Climbing Kicks
If You're Ready to Take Walking to the Next Level, You Need the 980 Tatou Shoe
You may have heard of the niche extreme sport that calls itself Parkour, see the opening action sequence of 'Casino Royale' to get a better idea. However, the sport is not widely practiced, and very few… MORE
Sneaker-Infused Sports Cars
Sneaker-Infused Sports Cars
The Adidas Mobility Vehicle Brings the Fast and the Furious
In 1978, chocolate and peanut butter finally met; in 1991, beer and citrus; and now it's footwear and automobiles that have become inseparable partners. Introducing the Adidas Mobility vehicle -- part… MORE
Shooting Star Sneakers
Shooting Star Sneakers
The Reebok X Girl Insta Pump Shoes are Astronomazing
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Urbanized ATVs
Urbanized ATVs
Tackle the Rugged Landscape of Mall Parking Lots with the 'Hawk Zero S'
When we think of urban vehicles, we think of Vespas or Smart Cars. We typically don't think of anything remotely close to the Hawk Zero S. But you will now. What better way to arrive at the Symphony Orchestra… MORE
Futuristic Inflatable Wave Riders
Futuristic Inflatable Wave Riders
Conquer Summer with the Divetek Water Propeller
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Boarding School Couture
Boarding School Couture
Class is in Session with the Brothers 2010 Autumn Collection
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Supersonic Eco Cars
Supersonic Eco Cars
The Touch Down Car Tackles Some Serious Speed Records
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Holographic Wrist Phones
Holographic Wrist Phones
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Plant-Powered Pedalers
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Ear-Sized Phones
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Origami Sound Systems
Origami Sound Systems
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Assembled Art
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Sneaker-Infused Sports Cars
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Electrifying Sports Cars
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Recalable Random
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All-in-One Lavatories
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Animalistic Video Recorders
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Serpentine Sound Systems
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Light Show Headphones
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Time Capsule Cameras
Time Capsule Cameras
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Shapely Currency
Shapely Currency
Infographic Coins are Worth Their Weight in Gold
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Body-Powered Concept Cars
Body-Powered Concept Cars
Get Your Groove on with the Swing Beginner Car
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Rainbow-Hued Denimwear
Rainbow-Hued Denimwear
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Etiquette Playing Cards
Etiquette Playing Cards
The Gentleman's Deck Helps You Go from Dork to Debonair
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