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Consumer co-creation ensures a truly personalized product experience
Implications - Combining customization with co-creation, brands are putting user experience directly into the hands of consumers. By letting go of full control, brands are indicating trust in the end user, allowing them the freedom to interact with the product the way they see fit and truly make it their own. Beyond crowd-sourcing to please a large audience, brands are leveraging in-person customization to engage the individual on a more personalized level. [More]
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Aug 17 - Sep 17
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Modular items that are still usable when compressed increase efficiency
Implications - Items that traditionally stack or collapse usually do so for ease of storage or transport. Creatively designed objects and products that garner functionality while both expanded and compressed help consumers and businesses alike to maximize their available resources. Brands can employ a function-forward stacking mindset to create multifaceted conduits that more deeply engaging consumers, piquing curiosity throughout the very experience of employing them. [More]
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Oct 16 - Aug 17
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The gamification of graphic design skills reflects the need for savvy imaging
Implications - It's no secret that elegant graphic design is essential for brands' survival in saturated industries. However, the demand for designers outweighs the supply of those naturally drawn to the field. Companies have gamified the process of training designers, which in turn reflects the massive potential of gamifying skills acquisition. Brands that position information about their products as niche skills or knowledge and provide gamified solutions stand to better engage consumers. [More]
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43,409 Total Clicks
Jan 17 - Aug 17
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Art & DesignDesign
Minimized redesigns on common items increase their efficiency
Implications - It's tempting to add to items in the name of improvement, but minimizing product designs can be even more efficient. Creative tweaks that reduce products to their essential functions can greatly improve consumers' experiences with them. If designers think in terms of the users' real experience with products, they can maximize the usefulness of even the commonest and most entrenched items. [More]
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114,498 Total Clicks
Aug 16 - Aug 17
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The 6 Patterns of Opportunity & Top 18 Megatrends
Designers and creators rethink national icons to align with modern style
Implications - National identities are steeped in centuries of tradition, but individualistic creators aren't content to be defined by regional personas. Rather than deferring to predetermined identities, modern designers and writers are rethinking their countries' icons and histories to fit the persona of the modern consumer. The willingness to rework deeply entrenched ideas illustrates the importance of individual identity-construction. [More]
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Aug 16 - Aug 17
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Art & DesignWorldDesign
Spray bottle-formatted spices and other ingredients enable easy flavoring
Implications - Consumers are opting for spices and other foodstuffs formatted in spray bottles that enable a more easily measured means of dispensing such culinary ingredients that allows for a wide range of flavor preferences. A convergence of the pursuit of convenience and the new culture of the experiment foodie, this progression highlights the power of packaging design in reimagining the use of such common ingredients. [More]
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37,935 Total Clicks
Nov 16 - Aug 17
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Palm leaf prints dominate design in everything from fashion to packaging
Implications - As ubiquitous in the Instagram-driven collective design ideal as 'Millennial pink,' palm leaf prints can be observed as commonplace in contemporary branding, retail design, fashion and much more. This fixation highlights the influence of an image-driven social media culture in which one's possessions and surroundings become a prop that speaks to a new kind of social currency. [More]
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Feb 16 - Aug 17
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Trend Hunter Services
Fresh fruits are made more enticing with user-friendly wrappers
Implications - While consumers are far from impressed when it comes to casing a naturally wrapped fruit in excess packaging to the detriment of the environment, they are however enticed by innovative packaging that offers user benefits beyond grocery display. Taking consumer behavior into account, produce brands are repositioning fruits to come in practical forms of encasement that draw in choice-inundated consumers who are looking for ways to incorporate healthier foods into their daily lives but find them impractical. [More]
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33,852 Total Clicks
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Wearable tech takes on a more streamlined approach for seamless integration
Implications - As wearable technology becomes more commonplace for everyday consumers, chunky wearables are seeing a sleeker exterior as consumers look for pieces that suit their aesthetics and lifestyle aspirations. Armed with the knowledge that the future of technology is becoming an extension of the human body, many brands are opting for thinner and more streamlined designs that can be almost forgotten by the wearer, opening them up to a world of connectivity without the bulk. [More]
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Jul 16 - Jul 17
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TechArt & DesignFashionDesignGadgets
Consumers opt for custom cell cases that speak to their personal identities
Implications - As selfies continue to reign supreme on social channels, having a phone case that is equally on brand has become important for consumers conscious about their online image. While creative cases are nothing new, an increasing emergence of personalized cases ensures that consumers can send a message and get their unique identity across with an item that is special to them and their self-image. Already carefully curating their social feeds, customizing details such as their cell phone case that is sure to show up in any mirror shot demonstrates the desire for a more sentimental approach to accessories and style. [More]
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64,904 Total Clicks
Feb 16 - Jul 17
This Quarter and Warm