#WELCOME TO THE LAST DAYS OF 2019! And what a roller coaster it was, we have emerged in an eventful era with political, social, economic and ecological changes. But there are so many things to look forward to. Next year a new decennium will start. Young consumers (25-35 years old) and brands will choose to have a more moderate and reassuring view of the future. Enthusiastic to finally change the conversation of gloomy, dystopian times, forward-thinking companies offer a clear vision that is realistic, challenging and optimistic. A growing number of creative projects and campaigns are now focused on presenting honest emotions, expressiveness, and connectedness. These are the kind of values that have the power to change the playing field for brands… Let’s get ready for #2020! This picture was taken during a design deep dive of beer brand Vedett, one of those brands to look forward too in 2020! Thanks Emilie Heesters for the picture and Lars de Beer (whats in a name;-)) for making the graphics pop!
Last week, I was honored to co-host a Sense Supper Club in Amsterdam. Sense Supper Clubs are evenings organised by members of the Sense Network: a global community of highly motivated, visionary, articulate and creative thinkers and doers who have collaborated with the likes of Nike, PepsiCo, Converse and Sonos.
During this evening these ‘Sensers’ come together in their local cities to eat, drink and to share and discuss their extraordinary creative journeys, careers, side hustles, live projects and collaborations. With previous Sense Supper Clubs hosted in Londen, Berlin and Los Angeles, Amsterdam of course could not stay far behind.
Read more about my experience of this creative evening in Amsterdam below.
Last Sunday it was hot, and not just because of the weather!
Trdmrkr’s Hortense Koster was speaking at the Hoxton Amsterdam about how to design a great (retail) experience. Together with Vivian van Schagen founder of The Invisible Party, brand and creative director Sophie Spindler and moderated by Amanda Cardinale founder of Workwhile agency.Very happy with the event and smiles and cocktails were a bonus too.
For the launch of the Fuji Instax SQ6 Trndmrkr offerend customer insights keynote presentation and inspiration for retail outlets who will be carrying the new model. See more inspiration square sushi and of course the instax SQ6… in the after movie of the event below.
Thank you for attending the first instax insights session!
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!
Trndmrkr has been working on some projects that create future scenarios and research customer experience.
If you want to know more on financial institutions are adapting to future needs, be sure to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
And we will be sharing some more inspirations in the weeks to come …
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
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.
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.
The last couple of months, I worked as lead facilitator of the Philips HealthSuite Lab together with the Dutch Ministry of Health and several health providers and e-health firms to make electronic health records work better for patients and providers in the Netherlands. The following video of NPCF MedMij proudly looks back on this project and the three intense and successful workshop days
Together with a international group of multi-talented influencers andin particular Philip McKenzie had the opportunity to write an article for the Alchemy report, supported by InfluencerCon. The focus of this issue was “Gatekeepers/Crashers: Thriving or Dying?” and is all about “revealing the true machinations behind culture, commerce and influence by bringing gatekeepers and gatecrashers face to face a modern day showdown”.
My contribution is about ‘Hacking’ The System, read more on this in the Alchemy report below or go to the site of Influencer Conference. Special thanks to Philip McKenzie, global curator of Influencer Conference, for bringing these people together.