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Mixology Lifestyle
Cocktails and mocktails become an area of self-education among consumers
Trend - There is a renewed interest in culinary arts in the TikTok era that also impacts the world of nightlife and drinking. A new era of cocktail fascination is emerging, with mixology treated as an area of interest among consumers. Mixology hobbyists are more interested in flavor combinations and sensorial experience than the simple act of drinking.

Insight - This repositioning of mixology speaks to members of Gen Z who consume less alcohol than their predecessors, but still enjoy the ritual of social drinking. It introduces a new avenue for consumers who lean more sober-curious. With more focus on the craft and alternative functions of cocktails or mocktails, this group can focus on exploring flavor and texture. To these consumers, this pursuit is more about self-expression and immersion into a new topic of interest than sheer consumption.
Workshop Question - How can we tap into the growing trend of self-education in mixology to enhance consumer engagement and brand loyalty?
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Downsized Home
Compact environmentally-friendly homes are gaining traction with millennials
Trend - Architectural companies are creating compact homes with sustainability-first designs. Often with an emphasis on minimalism and nature, these homes offer the essentials for living comfortably in a compact structure built with eco-friendly materials.

Insight - As more millennial consumers become homeowners, many are noting the current undesirable state of the housing industry. With rising costs of living affecting more than just housing costs, it is becoming increasingly difficult for many such consumers to live comfortably on their own. As a result, architectural companies are creating compact, often portable, homes with eco-friendly designs that help mitigate energy costs, tax rates, and more.
Workshop Question - How could your company make its products or services appealing to homeowners concerned with environmental factors?
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Grounding Sheets
Brands are launching bedding with conductive materials like silver or carbon
Trend - Grounding sheets, made with conductive materials like silver or carbon, embody a wellness trend aimed at harnessing the Earth's natural energies for health benefits. By allegedly transferring the Earth's electrons to the body, these sheets replicate the benefits of barefoot grounding, promising improved sleep, reduced inflammation, and greater relaxation.

Insight - There is a growing consumer desire for holistic and nature-inspired wellness practices, especially in an era of digital overwhelm and disconnection from natural environments. This growing trend in wellness reflects a desire for solutions that combine the best of modern science with traditional wisdom. For brands, this presents an opportunity to innovate within the wellness space, offering products that promise to reconnect our bodies with the Earth's natural healing properties.
Workshop Question - How can your brand leverage the growing consumer interest in holistic and nature-inspired wellness practices?
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ADHD Chair
Brands are launching chairs that provide small amounts of movement and stimulation
Trend - ADHD chairs are designed to support movement and focus by providing subtle stimulation. These features help concentration and alertness, addressing the challenges faced by many with ADHD in maintaining focus, especially in environments that require prolonged periods of sitting, such as classrooms and offices.

Insight - The growing recognition of ADHD is part of a broader push towards inclusivity and the creation of spaces designed for diverse needs, with the goal of challenging conventional standards. This reflects a societal embrace of neurodiversity, with the understanding that customizing environments can significantly help communities that have been mainly underserved. As advocacy for neurodiversity grows, brands have a golden opportunity to pioneer in neuro-inclusive design, paving the way for spaces that are both more equitable and effective.
Workshop Question - How can your brand incorporate neuro-inclusive design principles to create products that cater to individual needs?
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Bamboo Bike
Brands are crafting electric bicycles with bamboo frames to further sustainability
Trend - Electric bicycle manufacturers are using bamboo in place of aluminum for frames to improve sustainability. Bamboo is lightweight and malleable for bike frames, while also being biodegradable. By using bamboo, brands are aiming to reduce their carbon footprints and appeal to eco-conscious consumers.

Insight - Each year, more consumers turn to electric micro-mobility solutions rather than gas-powered vehicles. This is often due to rising costs of gas, dense traffic, and environmental concerns. This has led to an increased amount of micromobility repair stores, as well as increased development of public charging infrastructure to mitigate battery constraints. In recognition of this environmental trend, bike brands are furthering their sustainability by turning to materials such as wood and bamboo.
Workshop Question - How could your brand further reduce its carbon footprint by incorporating renewable energy or sustainable materials in its operations?
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AI Laundry
Brands are using artificial intelligence to improve laundry automation and efficiency
Trend - Appliance manufacturers are turning to artificial intelligence (AI) for the next generation of laundry machines. AI machines automatically optimize the load settings, such as rotation speed, based on the type and weight of the fabrics, thus saving consumers time and effort when doing laundry.

Insight - Adults in North America are finding themselves with less free time each year due to various economic and social factors. Many of these adults struggle to balance full-time jobs with familial and home obligations. This increases their willingness to invest in smart home products that save them time or money. Home appliance manufacturers interpret this desire for time-saving as an opportunity for automation, leading to many brands turning to artificial intelligence.
Workshop Question - How might your brand leverage artificial intelligence to automate tasks and save consumers time or money with your products or services?
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Branded Third Space
Brands launch third spaces that allow neighbors to connect with each other
Trend - Brands are creating "third places," a concept championed by sociologist Ray Oldenburg, to offer social spaces distinct from home and work. These welcoming environments foster regular connections among people through shared interests or activities, responding to the consumer's quest for community and spontaneity.

Insight - The remote work boom and social shifts are fueling a consumer desire for "third places" – hubs beyond work and home for connection. Craving escape from car-dependent suburbs and planned social activities, consumers seek spaces for spontaneous interaction and emotional support. Brands that successfully tap into this trend do so by crafting casual, community-focused havens. These spaces cultivate a sense of belonging and unity, drawing people together over shared experiences and interests, thereby winning the hearts and loyalty of consumers.
Workshop Question - How can your brand create a third space that fosters community connections and provides a sense of belonging for consumers in today's increasingly isolated society?
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Sustainable Filament
3D printing brands are releasing filaments focusing on sustainability
Trend - Brands in the 3D printing space are releasing materials that prioritize sustainability without compromising on function. The sustainability ranges from including renewable resources, such as wood or plant-based fibres, to using energy-efficient, low-emission production systems.

Insight - 3D printing is continually increasing in popularity not only in industrial applications, but also with hobbyist consumers. However, as the industry continues to expand, it continues to attract more attention from environmental regulators and consumers due to the unrenewable nature of most plastic-based filaments. Brands are recognizing the public and private desires for sustainable materials, and in response are investing in renewable materials and energies.
Workshop Question - How could your brand improve its sustainability through investing in renewable energies and materials?
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Rollable Phone
Smartphones are being made with rollable OLED screens for productivity
Trend - Smartphone manufacturers are creating luxury phones with displays that expand horizontally by rolling. These displays function similarly to folding phones but do not leave any visible crease or visible bezel. The larger expandable screen is designed to improve both productivity and entertainment.

Insight - While smartphones have had the same design for over a decade, the recent popularity of foldable phones has led to an increase in experimentation. Consumers interested in future-facing technologies are curious about major innovations in consumer electronics, particularly smartphones, given their necessity in modern life, and are willing to pay more for unique products, especially those with added practical value. As a result, brands are improving on long-stagnated designs to offer new features.
Workshop Question - How could your brand leverage newer technologies to improve the productivity of its products or services for modern consumers?
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Absorbent Package
Businesses are using moisture-reducing packaging without desiccant packets
Trend - Businesses are using custom packaging that reduces moisture levels with custom materials that do not require desiccant packets. These packaging materials are more sustainable and cost-effective than traditional plastic packages while having active moisture-reducing qualities that protect contents.

Insight - Brands that sell moisture-sensitive products, such as textiles, F&B, or electronics, are tasked with ensuring their products are sufficiently protected while maintaining low packaging costs and adhering to sustainability goals. These complex desires are leading to material science companies creating new solutions that aim to replace traditional packaging methods. Brands that partner with these material manufacturers can differentiate themselves from competitors and more quickly achieve goals.
Workshop Question - How could your brand improve its operations' sustainability by focusing on packaging innovations?
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