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Bizarre Consumer Insights

Intergalactic Consumerism
Products made in space gratify consumers' sense of novel indulgence
Trend - While our capacity for mass space travel is still years away, brands are offering consumers a taste of outer space through products that are partially or fully made in space. Be it a cookie or a pair of boots, these goods satiate shoppers looking to indulge their sense of individuality.

Insight - Space travel is an ambitious project that has captured the attention of many consumers who are rooting for innovation and human progress. Individuals are interested in the novelty of this concept and often internalize it as part of their personal brand. As a result, they become vastly engaged in products and services that bring them closer to knowing and experiencing outer space, while also allowing them to show off their future-forward mindset.
Workshop Question - What excites your consumer? How can you inject a bit of that into their experience with your brand?
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Extreme Healing
Consumers turn to adventurous remedies for well-being
Implications - Consumers are seeking to draw benefits from therapeutic but unusual traditions practiced by other cultures. Including treatments that use tactics such as fire and reptiles, these adventurous health methods reflect a desire to push boundaries and experiment with activities that promote well-being.
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Scheduled Adventure
Targeting Boomers, travel evolves to cater to those craving wanderlust
Implications - Formalized ways to complete one's bucket list are taking precedent on a global scale to satisfy growing Boomer desire to make each trip more about unique experiences worthy of brag rights. Offering the opposite of relaxation, the destinations shy away from luxurious amenities to focus on everything that isn't material to create meaningful memories and embrace carpe diem.
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Lesscapism
Less luxury is more as consumers search for a truly unique vacation
Implications - Increased dependence on technology and an addiction to material goods are making some consumers seek less luxurious alternatives when vacationing. Escaping their extensive digital media use and material possessions, these consumers are choosing rustic tourist attractions that boast a harsher realism, providing an experience that is more refreshing than daily extravagance.
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Apocalyptic Attitude
Consumers go above and beyond in preparation for doomsday
Implications - More consumers are bearing a survival state-of-mind, taking the alleged upcoming apocalypse of 2012 to heart with extreme preventative measures and apocalyptic “gear,” from retail-friendly weapons to gas masks and survival shelters. This fear of impending doom among consumers presents a new and bizarre niche for anti-doomsday products, services and even brand messaging.
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Haute Apocalypse Gear
Haute Apocalypse Gear
The Heyniek 'Fantastic Fatalism' Line is a Hot Way to Go
The Heyniek 'Fantastic Fatalism' line is based on the Mayan prediction that 2012 will be the end of the world. Visual artist Heyniek, or Niek Pulles, has designed an imaginary fashion line called 'Fantastic… MORE
Artistic Apocalyptic Avoiders
Artistic Apocalyptic Avoiders
The 'Climate Capsules: Means of Surviving Disaster' Exhibition
25 German artists have created an exhibit entitled ‘Climate Capsules: Means of Surviving Disaster’ which plays with survival of the inevitable Apocalypse in very intriguing ways. The apocalyptic avoiders… MORE
Post-Apocalyptic Vegetable Farms
Post-Apocalyptic Vegetable Farms
Lettuce-Growing Vending Machine Produces Sunless Salad Greens
This Japanese lettuce-growing vending machine grows salad greens with fluorescent bulbs instead of sunlight and can produce more than 20,000 heads of lettuce a year. It's good to know that even in a nuclear… MORE
Compact Multiuse Survival Gear
Compact Multiuse Survival Gear
Sol Survival Kit Prepares You for the Worst
Whether you're a camper, hiker or just enjoy the adventures of the outdoors, having proper equipment is always a must. The 'Sol Survival Kit' is definitely one of those items you should bring when something… MORE
Minimalist Gas Masks
Minimalist Gas Masks
The Samsonite Breathing Mask Trims the Fat off Conventional Gas Masks
Bradly Hood is a designer who is trying to change the conventional perception of the gas mask with his Samsonite Breathing Mask. This mask is designed to let users breathe easily without encumbering their… MORE