Beauty Mega Trends

Months ago, I got a chance to get involved in a trend symposium in Bangkok,Thailand. It was a kind of knowledge festival in smaller version. Eventhough many speakers are colour and concept design experts from Thailand , they also highlighted the conference with the experienced professional forecasters like Ms. Ornella Bignami from Elementi Moda, Milano…

Internet Nostalgia

As we previously reported, MoMA is planning to put video games in its permanent collection. Another exhibition on digital history is recently created by ad agency TBWA\NEBOKO. The Big Internet Museum is a online museum which let you know about the history of internet from ARPAnet to ICQ and Instagram. Popular games and memes are also included…

Single-Minded: the future family

As a Japanese TV drama addict, I am recently following one program called Kekkon Shinai (Wonderful Single Life). It is about single people in 30’s and 40’s, and their reasons of not getting married. In fact, compared to 10 years ago, the percentage of unmarried women in Japan have increased by 6.7% and 8.5% for…

Video Games is Art – It’s Official

Video games is officially welcomed by the art world, as MoMA has decided to put them into the permanent collection. MoMa has acquired 14 classic video games and hopes to increase the list to 40 in the near future. The games will be installed in the Museum’s Philip Johnson Galleries in next March. Some of…

Be Stupid: the explosion of meaningless memes

Still remember planking, the once globally fascinated meme? Even celebrities like Katy Perry picked up that meaningless gesture when the planking fad is still on last year. But that was last year. Now the latest meme is milking. When you milk yourself, it means pouring a bottle of milk on your fully-clothed body in the…

Easy Shopping: The Rise of Shoppable Contents

In order to make consumers purchase, commerce and content go hand in hand. Magazines add e-commerce features to their contents to ease purchase while online retailers are adding editorial to enrich purchase experience. The cross-pollination of the both leads to the rise of shoppable contents. Esquire partners with Netpage for the December issue to create…

Want a Hug?

Free Hugs Campaign has been started in 2004 as a random act of kindness. Since then, free huggers are spreading all over the world. Apparently there is a great need for hugging. This year we see some designers use it as answer to human isolation and to enrich the social communication. London College of Fashion…

Zen-tuary: silent retreat in exhausting world

It’s a world without rest. In this hyper-connected digital society, there is little chance for a real pause to reflect. Yet we need the space and time of silence. In a recent report, after-work silence is spreading among working Chinese. According to a survey by China Youth Daily, 83.1% of the 2,750 respondents said that they keep silent after work to various degrees. Exhausting work and ever-demanding social network keep us too busy. That’s…

Simple Beauty: Creations from everyday objects

Are you too busy to look around and appreciate the simplest thing in life? Will you find the most ordinary objects inspiring? Subodh Gupta, one of the best contemporary Indian artists, is known for creating installations out of everyday objects. The chosen items are usually symbols of everyday Indian life, such as steel tiffin boxes used by…

All About Body: Inside Out

As part of the body series (see part 1 body architect Lucy McRae post here), we move underneath the skin and get anatomical. Inside Out exhibition at Natural History Museum in London just finished last week, it featured nearly 100 plastinate and capillary specimens, from goats to giraffes and octopuses to ostriches. Strip off the skin, you…