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#WhatsNext2018

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WELCOME 2018!

Hope you all enjoyed the holidays.

As founder of Trndmrkr, I would like to wish you a happy new year!  For Trndmrkr 2017 has been a wonderful year and it was a pleasure working together with talented people on several communities, (trend)research projects, presentations and workshops!

As my way to say thank you, here is a short overview of 5 big trend areas that will be(re)defining customer needs in 2018. And if you are interested to learn more, please let me know.

Looking forward to make 2018 even better with you!

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Case Licht Verdicht: a study on the future of living in the city of Rotterdam

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Living in the heart of the city, in the middle of the urban vibe, is becoming popular.
As a result, means that cities like Rotterdam are facing a challenging task to ‘top-up’ excisting buildings to provide for extra horizontal space.
In the study “Licht Verdicht”, moderated by the ‘Branchevereniging Nederlandse Architectenbureaus'(BNA), seven multidisciplinary design teams looked at how to literally bring Rotterdam’s city center to a greater extent.

For the project “Lumiere Lijnbaan”, Trndmrkr (Hortense Koster) worked together with Adam Smit, Mijke Rood (ZZDP Architecten), Walter Spangenberg, Rudi Roijakkers (ABT), Edwin Santhagens and Stephen Tas (Santenco). Trndmrkr was responsible for a trend trend research on the future needs of users to live, work and shop in the project “Lumiere Lijnbaan”.

The results of the study are published in the book Licht Verdicht. The book shows how we can create new space on top of the old giants already standing. Renewal without demolition: it can – with some perseverance – lead to beautiful things. As Hans Ibelings writes in his view: Lightweight is a plea not to choose the path of least resistance and, where possible, to build on what is already.
The Book Licht Verdicht and is available in Dutch on the site of the BNA

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How we do it: Design Thinking as a Basis for Innovation

Design Thinking is a proven method to shape innovation creatively. Innovation is about new solutions, new ideas and their realization, and creating an unique value. That value is not so much the technology, product or service, but especially in the experience of the customer / user. They are experiencing value through the use of products and services to achieve their goals. Therefore defining what is value is increasingly a co-production between provider and customer. What role does a product of service have in this changing landscape? And how can an organization reinvent itself? Can a industry or department (e.g. marketing) also innovate itself? Design Thinking is one way to find an answer to these questions.

Below are the steps Trndmrkr uses to come to an answer.
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Having a open-minded,active and creative mindset is indispensable.

Furthermore it is important to remember:

“Design Thinking is a process which includes the ‘building up’ of ideas
However, it is not a religion or a linear process. The steps can occur simultaneously and be repeated.
It’s all about understanding the story and finding the red line”.

For more information what Design Thinking tools can do for your challenge, contact Trndmrkr.

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Google’s latest project: Improving city life

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Google’s products are designed with the goal of improving your digital life, but the company now wants to help city dwellers IRL with Sidewalk Labs.

Sidewalk Labs’ website described itself as an “urban innovation company” with a “focus on improving city life for residents, businesses and governments.” read more here.

 

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Her story

A couple of years ago Trndmrkr wrote a trend report and gave lectures about a new female narrative -about the changing mindset and empowerment of women . Today, this shift towards a more femine mindset is expanding world wide. JWT has finalised research spanning nine countries – including the US, the UK, Saudi Arabia, Brazil and China.

The living research, known as the Female Tribes campaign, includes interviews with 4,300 women between the ages of 18-70. Setting out to “change the conversations brands have with women”, key findings from the report include:

76% believe there has never been a better time to be a woman
58% said role models in TV or film have inspired them to be more assertive or ambitious
74% said their work is linked to their sense of self
86% said that femininity is a strength, not a weakness.

See more on how female mindsets are changing in the documentary Her World

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Design Thinking- The Movie

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Just got a glimpse of the new documentary: Design & Thinking
I’m curious how this documentary explains the journey and can add to a more professional crowd- aka my learnings of at least 10 yrs of putting DT into practise.
If you are in Berlin check out the screening at ITR8 or check the website:
designthinkingmovie.com

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How to use WhatsApp to conduct research

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Ref: OMD Interational

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Designer and researcher: the new creative partnership

TimeisnowExperience design agency Foolproof has a clear vision where more future forward creative agencies are moving towards: teaming up designers with researchers.

It is something that I personally have experienced as a win-win situation for both clients and agencies who want to create effective customer centric products and services. Looking forward to seeing & experiencing this collaboration at more ad agencies as well. Read the whole article here.

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Frog Tech Trends 2015

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This overview of tech agency Frog summs up nicely what tech is enabling – Currently I am working on food related projects so l am curious how “Eat Your Technologies” and “The Internet of Food Goes Online” will evolve in the next few years.
What trends do you think will have the most impact in our daily life?