When we go to work something happens and we rarely notice, it’s a subconscious event that happens, a self-preservation thing. It would take an awful lot of effort, not to mention training & practice to stop, change or control. But, it’s the source of much low-level stress; not a ‘good stress’ type (although I’ve never really believed there is such a thing).
According to statistics from the United Nations Environment Programme we currently produce about 300 million tonnes of plastic waste every year. That’s roughly the weight of the entire human population! In previous posts Laura has highlighted the wonderful products made from ocean plastic pollution and the designers & manufacturers working to responsibly recycle these plastics.
Coincidentally Katie Turton, a student from Birmingham University who we’ve been watching over the last year and who was a guest blogger for us last September, has dedicated her final year project to raising awareness of the plastic pollution in our oceans.
Her work has a strong visual impact and is thought-provoking, so we’re delighted to share it with you here, following its showcase during week 1 of New Designers last month.
We are kicking off Monday morning looking back to our Trend Hub feature at the Exclusively Housewares & Exclusively Electrical 2018 Shows in London. At the show Scarlet Opus outlined 2 key trends for kitchenware in 2019 getting specific about important color palettes, smarter material use and the global food direction that is affecting consumer purchases and lifestyle choices.
The sun relentlessly beats down on me as I write this post, most of us (people) are enjoying the 3rd mini-heatwave of the year; it’s hard to keep in mind that it’s only Tuesday and a work-day. Everything about today is screaming chill, relax, eat, drink, smile, enjoy and do all of this outdoors. I’m doing my best to comply, after all nature’s driving influence today has reminded me about my favorite design trend for the SS2018 and compelled me to share it with you.
Last month I was exploring encouraging curiosity in a post about why unpredictability should be a feature of your next project. It was a subject that caused lots of interesting discussion at the London Stationery Show at the end of April, where we created a display inspired by the ‘Out of The Ordinary’ trend from our Autumn/Winter 2018/19 trend report. Together with visitors we discussed ways in which unexpected outcomes, chance discoveries and satisfying a customer’s desire for adventure have significance in product design, services, marketing and our lives in general as Big Business and the Media seek to steer, distract and control.
One of the items on the Trend Hub display and Trend Tours that attracted interest and resonated with visitors was a guided journal called ‘Find Your Adventure’ by Nicole LaRue that invites you to change the way you expect the world to be.
Recently I’ve been thinking about how so many of our apparent choices in this digital age are predetermined for us – that we are constantly being directed. Online recommendations steer us away from what is unrelated, unfamiliar and unexpected. This effectively edits out anything that challenges our pre-existing beliefs and interests. I’m talking about how when I buy a book on Amazon it then suggests similar books that might interest me; Netflix and YouTube make suggestions of similar things to watch in relation to what I’ve already watched; Instagram and Pinterest suggest who else to follow based on who I already follow. The algorithms work on the basis of ‘If you liked that, you’ll love this’. Continue reading “Why unpredictability should be a feature of your next project”