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The site trendwatching.com has identified top 10 consumer trends for 2010.  They include:

Urbany   (F)luxury and Mass Mingling

http://trendwatching.com/briefing/

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A blog on the Design Intelligence magazine website waxes optimistic about the future in spite of the current state of the economy, based on the state of the young generation preparing to enter the workplace. 

In a recent issue of Inc. Magazine, best-selling author and management guru Jim Collins was interviewed about thriving in light of the current economic “crazy times.” As someone who has made it his life’s work to study organizations, Collins exhibits a remarkable – and reassuring – energy about the future. When asked about the source of this optimism, he said,

“A lot of it has to do with the young generation. A general at West Point told me, ‘This is the most inspired and inspiring generation to come through West Point since 1945.’ I see the same thing with the young people who come to work for me. They have a sense of responsibility and service and a lack of cynicism that is remarkable and wonderful. It’s an ethos, and it’s collective…

Original blogpost is HERE.

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Ms Vessey’s mermaid tail was created by Wellington-based film industry wizards Weta Workshop after the Auckland woman wrote to them two years ago asking if they could make her a prosthetic tail.

The suit was made mostly of wetsuit fabric and plastic moulds, and was covered in a digitally printed sock. Mermaid-like scales were painted by hand.

Mr Taylor said not only did the tail have to be functional, it was important it looked realistic. “What became apparent was that she actually physically wanted to look like a mermaid.

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No doubt you are all wondering, what is the ratio in the U.S.   From my limited research, the number seems to be around 0.7.   

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http://www.wordle.net/gallery/wrdl/582444/Presidential_Address_To_Congress

Obama’s speech was plugged into a script called ‘wordle’ and this graphic is the result.

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http://www.boingboing.net/2008/08/12/architecture-generat.html

Interesting philosophical question here:  if you design the process, not the object  ( a current trend called ‘generative design’ ) are you still doing a composition,  is the product still architecture?  

Don’t try this at home , kids.

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http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090323/ts_nm/us_financial_skyscrapers

Globally, work has been halted on 142, or 11 percent, of 1,324 skyscraper projects, including 29 of 301 U.S. projects, according to Emporis GmbH, a German company that tracks development. Work is stalled on the five tallest buildings on five continents, including the Spire — Emporis refers to these landmark buildings as “Babel” projects.

proposed 150 story chicago spire by Santiago Calatrava

proposed 150 story chicago spire by Santiago Calatrava

http://www.adammessinger.com/2004/06/02/rfid-clubbers

According to New Scientist, VIP members of Barcelona’s Baja Beach Club can now opt to get an RFID transmitter implanted in their arms for €125 (plus the €25 VIP membership fee). The transmitters — about the size of a grain of rice — emit a faint radio signal that can be detected by scanners at the door, allowing chipped members to skip the wait in line. They can also be associated with the member’s bank account to act as a debit card at the bar, eliminating the need to carry your wallet with you to the club.

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Scary.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/spiraltwist/3169670992/sizes/o/

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This diagram is amazing.   There must be at least 100 design concepts here.

http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2009/02/the_21st_century_faq.html

What does FAQ  stand for anyway????  

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A vision of the future from 1929 by Norman Bel Geddes.

A provocative article that points out that so many developments in the 20th century were not predicted accurately.  The 21st century should be the same, except more so.