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Modern appliances adapt into compact, easy-to-use tools for adults & children
Implications - Moving beyond cute, kit-friendly aesthetics, brands are offering kitchen accessories and appliances that both adults and kids can use. Focusing more on functionality and easy access, brands are adapting everything from ovens to knife sets to be more kid-friendly through compact sizing, training sets and streamlined methods. Looking to engage kids without alienating adults, brands are choosing to focus more on accessibility as opposed to aesthetics to draw in consumers of various ages. Such a shift speaks to the dual-functionality of products on the market.

Homework Question - How can you adapt your product and service offerings to be more inclusive of all ages? [More]

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May 16 - Nov 18
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Lighting designs look to celestial escapism for inspiration
Implications - While stargazing has long served as a point of fascination in the human imagination, emerging celestial designs in the lighting space revisit this and serve as an elegant metaphor for the urbanite consumer's search for natural harmony and connection in city environments. By leveraging elements of escapism in design, we are able to relieve some of the social and political tensions that burden our lives.

Homework Question - How does your brand attempt to inject broader meaning into the products or services it produces? [More]

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49,225 Total Clicks
Apr 18 - Aug 18
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Millennial pink aesthetic crosses over into architecture
Implications - As a color, Millennial pink has transcended the aesthetic appeal for more than just its named generation and crossed over into architecture. While pink architecture may not necessarily be new (one simply has to look to the history of pink architecture in areas like the Carribean and Latin America to see this), recent submissions speak to the prioritization of social shareability even in seemingly unlikely industries.

Homework Question - How could your brand adapt to emerging trends in adjacent industries? [More]

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77,777 Total Clicks
May 17 - Apr 18
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New tower designs experiment with the use of wood
Implications - Increasingly, architects and engineers are turning to wood for the construction of eco-skyscrapers and towers. Timber is a largely unexplored building material for structures with more than three stories, but has enjoyed a recent surge in popularity due to its status as a sustainable building material. This preference is reflective of the increased emphasis and awareness that both designers and consumers have placed on sustainable products, in the face of climate change and its consequences.

Homework Question - How does your brand work to satisfy consumer standards on sustainability? [More]

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66,493 Total Clicks
May 17 - Apr 18
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The 6 Patterns of Opportunity & Top 18 Megatrends
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.

Homework Question - What aesthetic-driven adjustments can you make to your products in order to best leverage the emerging desire for social sharing and currency? [More]

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Feb 16 - Aug 17
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Subtly stylish washroom design takes the chaos out of routine
Implications - With the shift away from clutter towards a more streamlined lifestyle, comes a clean design aesthetic permeating the private sanctuary of the home – the bathroom. Clean lines, minimal color palettes and subtle textures create a harmonic space that allows for unwinding and de-stressing after a long day, or a neat and uncomplicated area to get ready for the day ahead. The movement towards minimalism within the washroom denotes a desire for harmony and tranquility, even in the must functional of spaces.

Homework Question - Where can you help streamline your consumer's daily routine? [More]

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201,372 Total Clicks
Oct 15 - Apr 18
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Toys turn into collectible artworks to engage the whole family
Implications - With parents looking to spend more time with their children, toy brands look for ways to appeal to both children and adults alike to foster bonding through joint interest. Taking an artistic approach to toy design, brands are producing eye-catching games that double as collectible décor, enticing parents to splurge a little more on a toy that also doubles as an aesthetic element to their home.

Homework Question - How well does your brand balance appealing to both parents and children at once? [More]

SCORE 6.3
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150,142 Total Clicks
Nov 16 - Mar 18
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Shared spaces take a modular approach for multipurpose usage
Implications - Modern lifestyle shifts mean a more adaptable approach in architectural design is needed in order to maximize the usage of a space. Shared spaces in particular are becoming increasingly relied upon to accommodate different work and leisure preferences so as to create a sense of inclusivity and acceptance.

Homework Question - Are your products and services reflective of how consumers are living their day-to-day lives? What changes could you make to better accommodate consumer needs? [More]

SCORE 6.5
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Oct 16 - Apr 17
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Modern home design takes inspiration from the nomadic lifestyle
Implications - Known for their preference towards experiences over ownership, Millennials faced with the new need to settle down are looking for adventurous and impermanent ways to do so. With less desire to commit to one location or even one design, Millennial homeowners are flexing their freedom through modular styled homes that are portable, adaptable and unencumbered. This speaks to a new perspective on housing that is less restrictive and more fluid.

Homework Question - Modular living is a great way for Millennial consumers to get the most bang for their buck. How is your company adapting to their unique purchasing patterns? [More]

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962,716 Total Clicks
Jan 16 - Feb 18
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Marble and brass combine to create a quietly glamorous aesthetic
Implications - Transitioning away from the simplistic black and white interpretation of minimalism, marbled surfaces alongside brass accents are infusing modern design with touches of glamor. Maintaining the clean and effortless feel the modern minimalist aspires to, marble patterns create dynamic texture for the eye to travel along, while notes of brass and copper incorporate a sense of richness, mirroring the rose gold hue prevalent within the fashion industry. This up-leveled aesthetic predicates new shifts within the minimalist movement.

Homework Question - In what ways could you add complexity to your brand without muddying the core message or aesthetic? [More]

SCORE 5.5
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Mar 15 - Mar 17
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