Predictions for 2012

Tech Trends by Mashable’s Pete Cashmore (via CNN)

Social Media Trends by David Armano (via HBR)

Consumer Trends by Trendwatching

CES Trends (via IBT)

Cultural Trends by JWT

Cocktail Trends (via Fox Noise)

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Darmanogram, iPhone Car, Brooklyn Botanic, Brands Go Hollywood, $

Known for it’s off beat designs, Swiss automaker Rinspeed unveiled a new concept car that will be shown at the 2009 Geneva auto show. The Rinspeed ‘iChange’ has a ton of unique design ideas packaged in it. Gone are such mundane things as a key. Its role is filled by an Apple iPhone, which plugs into the dashboard and controls key vehicle functions
This Thursday, Brooklyn Industries is teaming up with the Brooklyn Botanical Garden to host an event in their NY and Chicago stores to celebrate plants. There will be raffles for plants, gardening books, and botanic garden memberships. Representatives from the garden will also be on hand to offer advice on resuscitating sunlight deprived houseplants back to life. Brooklyn Industries will launch their new spring 2009 line which is inspired by gardens and art. “Green” refreshments will be served. You can find details of the event here. Garden and fashion label, interesting pairing.
A slideshow on highlights how far brands are going to get infused with popular entertainment. A review of eighteen “innovations” from CAA describes how the talent-turned-marketing agency goes about working with content makers and corporations to create a win-win for both parties. In the slideshow, we see examples that include how CAA helped Neutrogena introduce a 22-year-old Neutrogena scientist into LonelyGirl15; and how they “wove” Cisco, Acura, Microsoft and UPS into the plot of web series Gemini Division.

All About Money
Designboom has compiled a lengthy post all about currency design and artists who use monetary imagery in their work. They showcase money from around the world and explore artists who play with these powerful symbols of wealth. It’s an interesting look at the complex relationship we have with these little pieces of paper and metal.


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