Trends in packaging fluctuate, reflecting what’s important to us as consumers. As we move out of recession, we want to feel special—that we can afford some of life’s little luxuries. We also demand more—more knowledge about the product (and packaging) that we buy and expectations that major brands and retailers are environmentally responsible.
Cities are gradually evolving into more personalized spaces, allowing citizens to organize their life in the most sustainable way. Originally being areas for masses, cities are shifting towards focusing on individuals—their intellectual and physical needs, their passions, social and environmental views and aspirations.
Within the past year, there have been two major trends in re-arranging urban life: on the one hand, cities tend to be eco-friendly and more comfortable; on the other hand, the urban environment integrates technology for communal living, thus gets more tech-oriented and somewhat futuristic.
Find some most vibrant trends in urban living that will gain momentum in 2014, below.
IBM has unveiled its annual report “5 in 5,” featuring predictions on computing technologies—cognitive systems—that will develop within the next 5 years to improve our lives. The forecast is focusing on such areas as learning, retail, healthcare, urban living and safety—each theme is illustrated by a vivid infographics and animated video plus a prediction provided by a researcher/expert in the field. Find highlights from the paper below.
Vending machines have a long history dating back to 215BC. Greek mathematician Hero created the first vending machine dispensing holy water in exchange for a coin. Now fast forward to 1880 where the more modern style vending machine was created in London dispensing postcards. From there, it didn’t take long for vending machines to pop up in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
For decades, the world of retail has been dominated by the idea of the big box. You know the ones: huge, shed-like edifices, 50,000+ ft2, usually on the edge of town. We loved them for their giant range of products, that they always had the stuff we were looking for, and that their prices were amazing. Why bother with the little shop? Yet, are we in the midst of experiencing a turnaround in attitude?