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Cool Hunter

— November 1, 2005 — Special
Cool Hunter - There are mavericks in the world who take cool seriously. Professionally, these driven individuals are referred to as Cool Hunters or Trend Spotters. Motivated by a fervent desire to discover tomorrow, Cool Hunters are constantly searching for the next big thing. Employed in design, art, media, strategy, and marketing Cool Hunters set the rhythm for the pulse of pop culture. They crave inertia, rage, and innovation. We are Cool Hunters.

What defines cool? - Cool isn't just what's popular. It's what's not popular – yet. Specifically, Cool Hunters and industry professionals typically refer to cool as the next big thing. Once something becomes mainstream, it's novelty and appeal is lost. The true luster of a cool derives from uniquety, not ubiquity. Guess which word we just made up. That's part of the fun. The underlying concept is that cool represents that which the mainstream seeks to have. Unfortunately, that means most of the cool concepts you discover, were only cool 5 minutes ago. Cheers to that.

Become a Cool Hunter for Trend Hunter Magazine – Do you crave cool? Do you live on the edge? Do you epitomize hip? Are you curious? If so, TREND HUNTER™ should become your new home on the web. There is no place more dedicated to the comprehensive discovery of cool. You can start Cool Hunting today. Engage your intellect with most dynamic individuals on the web.

The Irony of Discovering Something Cool - From Malcolm Gladwell (Author of "The Tipping Point")
"The irony of cool hunting is that the kind of person who starts trends, and also the kind of person who spreads them . . . the reason they play this game is they're interested in occupying a unique position in the culture. The person who starts trends would like to be different. The person who spreads them would like to be the one who connects this weird undercurrent world with all of their friends in the mainstream. So they see a social role for themselves, only insofar as those ideas are out there to be discovered. As soon as the idea is blown wide open and revealed to everyone else, then both of those people lose their social position, and so they're driven to the next thing.

So the faster you pick up on these trends and blow them out and show them to everybody and reveal them to corporate America, the more you force the kind of person who starts them and spreads them to move on and find the next. There's no kind of solution to this. You can't ever solve the puzzle permanently. By discovering cool, you force cool to move on to the next thing. It's "chase in flight." That's a phrase that comes from illusionary biology. It's kind of a treadmill--not an unpleasant treadmill. But nonetheless, it's the wonderful way the cool hunters stay in business, because by being in business they make their own role even more necessary. . ." - PBS Interview
Trend Themes
1. Cool Hunting - Opportunity for professionals to actively search for the next big thing in design, art, media, strategy, and marketing.
2. Uniquity Over Ubiquity - Recognition of the importance of finding and promoting unique concepts that have not yet entered the mainstream.
3. Chasing Cool - Understanding the constant need to adapt and move on to the next trend, creating ongoing opportunities for Cool Hunters in the industry.
Industry Implications
1. Design - Designers can capitalize on the trend of Cool Hunting by incorporating unique and innovative elements into their projects.
2. Art - Artists have the opportunity to be at the forefront of cultural trends by creating and promoting cool concepts and styles.
3. Media - Media professionals can stay ahead of the curve by continuously discovering and reporting on the latest cool trends and ideas.
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