futures blog

Month: January 2008

Home sweet home

communities

Home sweet home

Anouk Van Den Eijnde writes: So here’s something I don’t do very often – I built a house, decorated it and put it up for rent all in one night.… Read More »

The lure of celebrity

culture, media

The lure of celebrity

Andrew Curry writes: I think we sometimes under-estimate the power of the relationship between our increasingly audio-visual world and the rise of celebrity culture. And the second part of this… Read More »

Cultural values, design, and global production

design, global, technology

Cultural values, design, and global production

  Eleanor Cooksey writes: I recently read WPP’s annual journal of marketing insights, Atticus, and noted an interesting point towards the end of an article called ‘Getting the little things… Read More »

It’s not about the money any more

economics, marketing

It’s not about the money any more

Brian Chien writes: In an article for the latest edition of the Royal Mail’s Contact magazine, we looked at how modern consumer currencies go way beyond money. Sparked by some… Read More »

The attitude-behaviour gap on debt

economics, personal finance

The attitude-behaviour gap on debt

Gemma Stevenson writes: The scale of consumer debt in this country is now pretty well-known – whether it’s the £1,000 million of mortgage debt or the fact that overall consumer… Read More »

The power of packaging

design, innovation, luxury, marketing

The power of packaging

Jake Goretzki writes: Belgian chocolate – while evidament the best in the world – has always let itself down by the conservatism of its brands (Cote D’Or’s range hasn’t really… Read More »

From wind-powered cheese to socially-conscious snack bars

Streetscapes, sustainability

From wind-powered cheese to socially-conscious snack bars

Anouk van den Eijnde writes: Over the past few months our global streetscapers have been busy tracking down examples of how sustainability issues like energy consumption and fair trade are… Read More »

Zeldin

future, history, trends

In with the old?

  Jo Philips writes: I was struck by the following quote when reading the historian Theodore Zeldin today: “What to do with too much information is the great riddle of… Read More »

iCoursework

digital, education, media, technology

iCoursework

Lucy Pickard writes: In an interesting classroom change, A-level media studies students will now earn 20% of their marks by podcasting or blogging, according to various newspaper reports (Education Guardian,… Read More »