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Megatrends

Instructor: Jeremy Gutsche
If you look at everything impacting the future, there are probably just 50 megatrends that explain every major change in consumer demand. Instead of predicting what’s hip next year, megatrends explain how the world changes in the next 3 to 10 years. At Trend Hunter, we are constantly reevaluating which megatrends are the most important and publicly reveal just 18 Megatrends that we believe have the most sway.

This module explores not just what those 18 Megatrends are, but how best to use them, alongside our 6 Patterns of Opportunity, to productionize creativity and employ more associative thinking.
Workshop Questions:
1. What is one outside industry you could better leverage for inspiration?
2. How does your team currently use trends? What could you do to refine that process?
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Cultivated Restaurant
More restaurants are experimenting with cultivated meat-based dishes
Trend - Lab-grown meat and seafood are being developed as sustainable alternatives to traditional farming. Now that there have been significant innovations in this space, some restaurants are already developing dishes or entire business models around cultivated meats and/or seafoods.
Workshop Question - How can your brand authentically prioritize sustainability?
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Cultivated Restaurant
More restaurants are experimenting with cultivated meat-based dishes
Trend - Lab-grown meat and seafood are being developed as sustainable alternatives to traditional farming. Now that there have been significant innovations in this space, some restaurants are already developing dishes or entire business models around cultivated meats and/or seafoods.
Workshop Question - How can your brand authentically prioritize sustainability?
4.4
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Medicinal Waste
Medical and health products are created with upcycled waste
Trend - The health industry is now prioritizing waste-reduction by taking components of products that would normally be thrown away, and turning them into everything from PPE to bandages and supplements.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing sustainability and waste-reduction?
6.7
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WFH Culture
Brands replicate office culture from home for their employees
Trend - In order to keep employees engaged as many companies enter a year of work-from-home setups, many are trying to replicate in-office rituals virtually. These include everything from coffee breaks to chat rooms that are mapped out to look like offices.
Workshop Question - How is your brand keeping employees engaged?
6.1
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Anywhere Access
Tech brands are prioritizing omnipresent convenience with more innovative designs
Trend - Brands are launching innovative tech accessories, designed specifically for the needs of on-the-go consumers. Although as a concept, portable tech is not new, these products are placing a stronger focus on refining the seamlessness of user experience with anything from invisible keyboards to wallet-friendly designs.
Workshop Question - How can your brand help optimize the consumer experience on-the-go?
5.4
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Morning Vegan
QSRs and restaurants adopt accessible vegan breakfast options
Trend - The rise of vegan breakfast sandwiches and meals in QSRs and restaurants speaks to businesses' increased need to be more adaptive and flexible when it comes to consumers' more niche preferences.
Workshop Question - How can your brand be more flexible in its options?
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Simplified Engagement
Engagement ring-buying platforms help guide users to make the right choice
Trend - Platforms on which people buy wedding rings are offering more information, quizzes and guidance about things related to the quality, design, and fit of engagement rings. These platforms simplify the buying process for users and help them better understand their options.
Workshop Question - How is your brand simplifying the purchase journey for its customers?
6.4
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Nature Fabric
Designers are releasing biomimicry-inspired textiles for use in fashion production
Trend - Previously, designers were eager to explore the concept of biomimicry in their “fashion as art collections,” which were exclusively reserved for viewing only. Nowadays, more brands are making biomimicry-inspired clothing available for purchase.
Workshop Question - How might you employ concept of biomimicry in your products/service?
6.6
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Neutral Beverage
Beverage brands prioritize carbon-neutral or negative production
Trend - Brands in the beverage space are re-shifting production processes to reduce their impact on the environment--aiming for carbon-neutral or negative outputs. Brands attempting this include everything from water to alcohol beverages.
Workshop Question - How is your brand prioritizing reducing its carbon output, or impact on the environment in general?
4.9
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Autonomous Public
Designers are debuting autonomous technology to enhance city infrastructure
Trend - More companies are paying attention to the implications that autonomous technology can have when implemented outside the automobile industry. Permeating different aspects of city infrastructure, self-directed designs introduce greater accessibility and order to public spaces.
Workshop Question - How might your brand utilize autonomous technology?
4.5
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