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Top 100 Innovative Business Trends in 2012

From Creativity-Charged Cafes to Novel Handbags

— January 18, 2013 — Business
One of the most talked about innovative business trends of the year was the idea of open office layouts in order to stimulate communication and creativity among employees. Research has shown that interaction among employees can increase mental alertness, as well as team bonding.

2012 was a year of experimentation in terms of office layout, as many companies moved towards a more open design concept. By allowing employees to interact with one another more readily, companies hoped to stimulate the senses and amp up productivity among workers. Although Google is one of the more recognized companies known for forward-thinking office design concepts, many other businesses are starting to see the benefits in these layouts.

Last year also marked a year of startups and individuals taking risks -- from social media selfvertising to water-only restaurants and whimsical mobile bookshops. To grab consumer attention, businesses are turning to more eccentric and outlandish ways to standout from the crowd.

Trend Hunter's Business Trend Report provides users with over 7,380 crowdsourced business trends to help teams understand the innovation process, and stimulate ideas for potential products.
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Freedom of Expression Apparel
Freedom of Expression Apparel
Clothing Brand UncenShirt Lets Your Tee Do the Dirty Talking
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97
Web Purchase Infographics
Web Purchase Infographics
These US Online Spending Statistics Highlight the Power of the Internet
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96
Gamified Music Shorts
Gamified Music Shorts
Trend Hunter Marina Rotharmel Uncovers the Best Cat Videos with a Twist
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95
Relaxed Folk Fashion
Relaxed Folk Fashion
The Dree Hemingway for Sandro Collection Offers Casual Boho Style
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94
Sticky Page-Savers
Sticky Page-Savers
The Albatros Bookmark Does Not Damage Your Novels
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93
Team-Building Mobile Ads
Team-Building Mobile Ads
The Vodafone One Net Campaign is Hilariously Huddled
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92
Baking Creativity Events
Baking Creativity Events
Le Dolci Cupcake Studio Offers Something Playfully Sweet
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91
Electronic Callout Alerts
Electronic Callout Alerts
The Feedair Notifier is Your Source for Staying in the Loop
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90
At-Home Career Graphics
At-Home Career Graphics
The 'Clocking in from the Couch' Infographic Explains Work Lifestyles
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89
Video Business Cards
Video Business Cards
The EyeJot vCard Lets You Distribute Your Details in VCF Form
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88
Smartphone Comparison Infographics
Smartphone Comparison Infographics
The New iPhone 5 Doesn't Seem to Offer Any Big Changes
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87
Fiscal Olympic Charts
Fiscal Olympic Charts
The 'Rising Cost of Hosting the Olympics' Infographic is Informative
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86
Trend Hunter Hits One Billion Views
Trend Hunter Hits One Billion Views
Thanks to Our Awesome Trend Report Loving Community
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85
Nostalgic Pinterest-Imitation Sites
Nostalgic Pinterest-Imitation Sites
The 'When I Was a Kid' Medium Looks Back
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84
Vibrant Clothing Store Shelving
Vibrant Clothing Store Shelving
The Object Colore Collection is Neon-Hued and Geometric
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83
Chromatic Crayon-Inspired Lacquers
Chromatic Crayon-Inspired Lacquers
Crayola Nail Polish Will Bring Out the Kid in You
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82
Fortune 500 Infographics
Fortune 500 Infographics
The Sortable Apple by the Numbers Chart Shows Exponential Growth
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81
Marketing Mishap Guidance
Marketing Mishap Guidance
The Bad Infographic Guide is a Must-Read for Online Companies
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80
Versatile Literary Logo Ads
Versatile Literary Logo Ads
The Penguin Books 'Books for Every Interest' Campaign Appeals to Many
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79
iPod-Converting Applicators
iPod-Converting Applicators
The Freedom Pop Sleeve Turns Your iPod into an iPhone
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78
Social Media Cameras (UPDATE)
Social Media Cameras (UPDATE)
The Socialmatic Camera Now Comes in a Hot Black Design
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77
Political Phone Cases
Political Phone Cases
The Obama-Biden iPhone Cases Encourage Democratic Participation
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76
Couture Dress Hunting: Trend Hunter Fun Day
Couture Dress Hunting: Trend Hunter Fun Day
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75
Japanese Fembot Diners
Japanese Fembot Diners
The Robot Restaurant in Toyko's Red Light District Has a Giant Robotic Girl
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74
Water-Only Restaurants
Water-Only Restaurants
The Only Thing on Molecule Cafe's Menu is Filtered Tap Water
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73
Subway-Themed Shops
Subway-Themed Shops
CLVII Store in Berlin Features Eye-Catching Printed Walls
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72
Feminine Graffiti Frocks
Feminine Graffiti Frocks
ASOS Black by Lauren McCalmont Features a Medley of Prints
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71
Handmade Home Town Posters
Handmade Home Town Posters
The City Prints by Jason Haynes Boast Your City Pride
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70
Fast Food Interior Overhauls (UPDATE)
Fast Food Interior Overhauls (UPDATE)
McDonald's Family-Focused Design Launches in the UK
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69
Jobless-Celebrating Ads
Jobless-Celebrating Ads
The Benetton 'Unemployee of the Year' Campaign Recognizes Artistic Souls
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68
Damage-Resistant Mobile Devices
Damage-Resistant Mobile Devices
The Lumion T2 Smartphone Will Give Apple Some Competition
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67
Corporate Giant Charts
Corporate Giant Charts
The 'Just How Big Is Apple?' Infographic Shows the Extent of Influence
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66
Smartphone Polaroid Cameras
Smartphone Polaroid Cameras
The Impossible Instant Lab Turns iPhone Images into Real Photos
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65
Ornamental Shoe Collaborations
Ornamental Shoe Collaborations
The Kenzo x Vans Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection is Sneaker is Florid
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64
Geeky Gamer Credentials
Geeky Gamer Credentials
Paolo Castellaneta Space Invader Business Cards Stand Out From the Crowd
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63
Booze Market Infographics
Booze Market Infographics
The Alcohol Industry Graph Reveals Tipsy Figures
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62
Jolly Beverage Branding
Jolly Beverage Branding
Buddy Mulled Wine Packaging Commands Festive Conduct
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61
Client Communication Graphics
Client Communication Graphics
The '10 Things Your Customers Wish You Knew About Them' Infographic
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60
Tattoo-Inspired Vodka Bottles
Tattoo-Inspired Vodka Bottles
The Absolut Mexico Bottle Design References Mayan Culture
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59
Monthly Subscription Sunglasses
Monthly Subscription Sunglasses
The Freshades Company Delivers Handpicked Eyewear
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58
Subway Tunnel Housing
Subway Tunnel Housing
'The Apartment' by IKEA is Located in a Parisian Metro
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57
Old-Fashioned Tokyo Menswear
Old-Fashioned Tokyo Menswear
The STUDIOUS 2012 Fall/Winter Collection Carries Japanese Labels
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56
Posh Kitchenware Pop-Up Stores
Posh Kitchenware Pop-Up Stores
The Umami Mart Pop-Up Shop Opens Up in Oakland with Sophistication
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55
Eerie Basement Boutiques
Eerie Basement Boutiques
Hostem Adds 'The Chalk Room' to Its Interior Design
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54
Cardboard Creature Pop-Ups
Cardboard Creature Pop-Ups
Stella McCartney Kids Pop-Up Shop Offers a Cute Shopping Experience
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53
Chic Career Styles
Chic Career Styles
Shopbop Workwear Boutique Features Polished Professional Separates
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52
Haute Hunger Games Lookbooks
Haute Hunger Games Lookbooks
Lauren Conrad's Paper Crown Fall 2012 Lookbook Features a Cast Member
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51
Comparative Media Graphics
Comparative Media Graphics
The Social Media vs. Traditional Media Infographic is Future Focused
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50
Spoofed Logo Ads
Spoofed Logo Ads
The Livingroom Communication Campaign Urges Brands to Live
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49
Smart Travel Containers
Smart Travel Containers
The 'Gunny Sack' Mason Jar Confections are On-the-Go Perfection
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48
Diverted Attention Infographs
Diverted Attention Infographs
The Perils of Multitasking Chart Explains Why Focusing is Key
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47
Whimsical War-Inspired Accessories
Whimsical War-Inspired Accessories
Peace Bronze Fuses Fashion and War Weapons in its Designs
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46
Social Media Comparison Infographics
Social Media Comparison Infographics
Go-Gulf.com Compares Statistics of Major Websites
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45
Word Mosaic Portraits
Word Mosaic Portraits
'Beautiful Words Beautiful Art' Turns Books into Masterpieces
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44
Graphic Wooden iPhone Decals
Graphic Wooden iPhone Decals
The Field Trip iPhone Skins are Funky and Waterproof
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43
Creative Industry Perspective Charts
Creative Industry Perspective Charts
The State of Graphic Design Infographic is Thoughtful
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42
New Designer Window Displays
New Designer Window Displays
Selfridges' Bright Young Things Campaign Launches Again
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41
Logo Tattoo Ads
Logo Tattoo Ads
The Saatchi & Saatchi Lovemarks Campaign Relies on Emotion Not Reason
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40
Hilarious Hipster Cards
Hilarious Hipster Cards
You Probably Have Not Heard About These Ray Thomas Designs
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39
Whimsical Mobile Bookshops
Whimsical Mobile Bookshops
The Robi Rolling Library by Linie Zweii Gives Books to the Poor
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38
Digital Business Card Devices
Digital Business Card Devices
'Halo' by Fitorio Leksono Says Goodbye to Paper
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37
Stealthily Shelved Shops
Stealthily Shelved Shops
The New York Camper Shoe Store is Full of Surprises
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36
Toilet Paper Promotion Companies
Toilet Paper Promotion Companies
Star Toilet Paper Explores Interesting Advertising Avenues
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35
Exquisite Couture Temp Stores
Exquisite Couture Temp Stores
Louis Vuitton Pop-Up Shop Opens for Cannes Film Festival
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34
Billionaire Infographic Ads
Billionaire Infographic Ads
The Forbes Brasil Campaign Gives People "A Billion Reasons to Read"
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33
Tech Start-up Floating Cities
Tech Start-up Floating Cities
Blueseed is “Silicon Valley’s Visa-Free Offshore Start-U
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32
Futuristic City Makeovers
Futuristic City Makeovers
The Future of Architecture Project Explores Holistic Urban Concepts
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31
Controversial Colored Cat Books
Controversial Colored Cat Books
The 'Why Paint Cats: The Ethics of Feline Aesthetics' is Purrfect
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30
Reinterpreted Nostalgic Tablets
Reinterpreted Nostalgic Tablets
The Chalkboard Pad is a Throwback to Simpler Times
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29
Storybook Character Silhouette Ads
Storybook Character Silhouette Ads
The Colsubsidio Book Exchange Campaign Promotes Used Literature
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28
Alexander Ludwig, Actor of ‘The Hunger Games’ (INTERVIEW)
Alexander Ludwig, Actor of ‘The Hunger Games’ (INTERVIEW)
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27
Tragically Hilarious Books
Tragically Hilarious Books
'All My Friends are Still Dead' by Avery Monsen and Jory John
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26
Traveling Fashion Boutiques
Traveling Fashion Boutiques
The StyleLiner is a Pop-Up Shop on Wheels
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25
Sports Extremist Action Shots
Sports Extremist Action Shots
The Go Pro Hd Hero 3 Captures the Impossible Photos and Videos
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24
Chic Parisian Mass Fashion (UPDATE)
Chic Parisian Mass Fashion (UPDATE)
Check Out the Full Jason Wu for Target Lookbook
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23
Boxy Pop-Up Shops
Boxy Pop-Up Shops
The LNG Mobile Store Concept Turns from Truck Bed to Expansive Spread
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22
Color-Blasted Pastry Stores
Color-Blasted Pastry Stores
The Cioccolato Boutique by Savvy Studio is a Adorably Sweet
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21
Pricey Apocalypse Kits
Pricey Apocalypse Kits
The ‘Z.E.R.O’ Zombie Kit Will Save You For The Price of $24,00
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20
Fairytale-Inspired Shop Interiors
Fairytale-Inspired Shop Interiors
Betulla Store by Carola Vannini is Fit for a Princess
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19
Corporate Hammock Hangouts
Corporate Hammock Hangouts
Google Pittsburgh Office Provides Workers with a Net-Like Resting Area
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18
Custom Social Media Selfvertising
Custom Social Media Selfvertising
Facebook Cards Lets Users Enhance Offline Business Networking
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17
Curvy Pristine Restaurants
Curvy Pristine Restaurants
Busride Design Studio Creates Interior for The Smokehouse Room
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16
DIY Re-Purposed Tree Limbs
DIY Re-Purposed Tree Limbs
The Gabriel Rutledge Branch Hooks are Eco-Tastical
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15
Quirky Customized Notebooks
Quirky Customized Notebooks
The Julien Denoyer 'Moleskin Cahier Journal' Collection is Snappy
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14
Grid Retail Spaces
Grid Retail Spaces
The Sumit Shop by M4 Design Features Linear Design Elements
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13
Efficient Edible Packaging
Efficient Edible Packaging
The David Edwards WikiCells Food Technology is Revolutionary
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12
Timber Tablet Stands
Timber Tablet Stands
These Wooden iPad Stands are Multi Functional
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11
Trend Hunter Reality Promo
Trend Hunter Reality Promo
Superhero Fashion, Paparazzi Flash Mobs, Tattoos & Augmented Reality
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10
Zippered Page Savers
Zippered Page Savers
The Zipmark Bookmark Seals in a Good Story Until You're Ready to Read Next
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9
River Viiperi
River Viiperi
Top Male Model of the Fashion Industry (INTERVIEW)
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8
Earthy DIY Eateries
Earthy DIY Eateries
Viet Hoa Mess Offers Patrons an Underground Dining Experience
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7
Posh Luxury Campers
Posh Luxury Campers
The American Retro Caravans are a Stylish 70s Throwback
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6
Movement-Inducing Wall Stickers
Movement-Inducing Wall Stickers
These Halloween Wall Decals are Perfect for Any Party
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5
Creativity-Charged Cafes
Creativity-Charged Cafes
BASE camp by Nest One is a Cutting-Edge Workspace
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4
Novel Handbags
Novel Handbags
The Book Purses by Karen H. are Made for Literary Lovers
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3
Pop-Up Shopping Pods
Pop-Up Shopping Pods
The Nike+ Fuelstations
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2
Emergency Disaster Pods
Emergency Disaster Pods
Life Armor Can Help You Survive Another Hurricane Sandy
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1
Cardboard Box Pop-Up Shops
Cardboard Box Pop-Up Shops
Naver App Square is a Cool Temporary Store by Urbantainer
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