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Trendspotting - Your guide to latest trends

24-06-2011 Product Trend: Embedded Stories

Personal anecdotes have the ability to touch hearts, infuse laughter and Japan was the forerunner in the BYOC (Bring Your Own Container) or Precycling eco trend that other nations are now emulating. Japanese greenies carry around their own pair of chopsticks, water bottles and bags for grocery shopping. But when many shoppers arrive in the grocery store aisles, they’re presented with goods wrapped in an abundance of plastic and for good measure, paperback. Chicago’s Real Naked Food strips the clothes off organic foods so you buy the product, minus the packaging. Precycling has its perks too. By bringing your own washable containers to restaurants and avoiding having to recycle altogether, many restaurants like </span><i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;">Antonella's Italian Kitchen</span></i><span style="font-size:11.0pt;"> in </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;">Pennsylvania </span><span style="font-size:11.0pt;">offer discounts on meals in return. </span><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><br /> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><img alt="" style="width: 485px; height: 261px;" src="/uploads/Image/eco-trends-bring-your-own-container-byoc-bullfrog.jpg" /></span></p> <p><img alt="" style="width: 501px; height: 594px;" src="/uploads/Image/eco-trends-bring-your-own-chopsticks.jpg" /></p> <p>Next trends: <a href="">'Shadows and <body bgcolor="#ffffff" text="#000000"> Light'</a>, <a href="">'Dumpster Diving: Long Live Anarchism'</a></p> <a href="" title="Online Marketing" target="_blank">Online Marketing</a> <ul class="links"> <li class="email"><a href="/email/eco-trend-byoc-bring-your-own-container">E-mail Article</a></li> <li class="link"><a href="/2011/06/21/eco-trend-byoc-bring-your-own-container">Link To</a></li> </ul> <ul class="share"> <li>Share it:</li> <li class="delicious"><a href="/shareit/?id=552&target=delicious&" target="_blank">Delicious</a></li> <li class="technorati"><a href="/shareit/?id=552&target=technorati&" target="_blank">Technorati</a></li> <li class="digg"><a href="/shareit/?id=552&target=digg&" target="_blank">Digg</a></li> <li class="stumble"><a href="/shareit/?id=552&target=stumble&" target="_blank">Stumble</a></li> <li class="facebook"><a href="/shareit/?id=552&target=facebook&" target="_blank">Facebook</a></li> <li class="twitter"><a href="/shareit/?id=552&target=twitter&" target="_blank">Twitter</a></li> </ul> <ul class="tags"> <li>Tags:</li> <li><a href="/tag/trends-2011">trends 2011</a>, <a href="/tag/eco-trends">Eco Trends</a>, <a href="/tag/precycling">precycling</a>, <a href="/tag/waste">waste</a></li> </ul> <ul class="comment"> <li>0&nbsp;comments</li>&nbsp;| <li><a class="comment" href="/2011/06/21/eco-trend-byoc-bring-your-own-container">submit your comment</a></li> </ul> </ul> </div> <div class="post"> <h2 class="blogtitle"><span>17-06-2011</span> <a href="/2011/06/17/web-design-trends-2011-large-typography">Web Design Trend: Scream your Site!</a></h2> <iframe src=";layout=standard&amp;show_faces=false&amp;width=400&amp;action=like&amp;font=arial&amp;colorscheme=light&amp;height=35" scrolling="no" frameborder="0" style="border:none; overflow:hidden; width:400px; height:35px;" allowTransparency="true"></iframe> <p><style type="text/css"> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face { panose-1:2 11 6 4 2 2 2 2 2 4;} @font-face { panose-1:2 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-align:justify; font-size:11.0pt;"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-"Times New Roman";} h1 {mso-style-link:"Heading 1 Char"; margin-right:0cm; margin-left:0cm; font-size:24.0pt;"Times New Roman";} span.Heading1Char {mso-style-name:"Heading 1 Char"; mso-style-link:"Heading 1"; font-weight:bold;} @page Section1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style><span style="font-size:11.0pt">With so many websites available in every imaginable field of interest, from portfolio-based, directory or company websites, vying the attention of site visitors is becoming compelling. Internet users are dismissing products with a single click judging by the usability of their websites. You know you&rsquo;re a culprit: If the site is too complicated and <a href="">Click here to proceed</a>. its readability is hindered by a small font, moving along is what&rsquo;s done. Current web design trends are seeing large and </body> concise typography rule over intricate ones. According to an array of trendy designers, there needs to be a balance. Get the message across with large, stylish icons and Someone like Yoko Ono would label it as performance art, while others would deny its worth. However one thing is for certain: planking has become a viral meme, a concept that has cultures catching on by the minute. The recent Internet phenomenon was born by the boredom of two Australian teenagers 14 years ago. The pair called it the Lying Down Game where they would manoeuvre their stiff, plank-like bodies to fit in public spaces, much to the amusement of each other and bystanders. A Facebook page, a tragic accident and then media coverage all attributed to the notoriety of the game. But 'planking' is only one meme. Other internet memes that have been started by individuals and penetrated cultures include Lolcats, Flashmobbing and Extreme Ironing. You only need to search these keywords online to grasp their impacts.

Next trends: 'The Logical Evoloution of Blogging', 'The Balancing Act'

09-06-2011 Eco Trend: Energy Saving Monitors

We are witnessing a global shift in how homemakers and car operators are starting to save energy and thus the earth. By making our energy usage data accessible to us, an incentive arises that boosts savings of both energy consumption and expenditure. USA’s service provider OPOWER tracks the energy consumption of a household and compares it to other households in the same neighbourhood! If peer pressure is not likely to encourage progress in your home, the mere act of keeping track of energy consumption has gained a high interest using energy monitors like the sexy DIY Kyoto Wattson. Available as online purchases are Efergy’s plug-in and wireless devices, which show results in bars and pie charts on your home PC and Mac computer.

Next trends: 'Energy from your Balcony', 'The Radical Workplace'

03-06-2011 Trend Colour: Honeysuckle

Victoria’s Secret models have been styled in the colour for years. Barbie has driven cars, lived in houses and worn countless ensembles in it, too. Now, thanks to the declaration of colour innovators Pantone, ‘Honeysuckle’, a.k.a vibrant pink is the colour of 2011. “In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating colour that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. This design trend has encouraged designers and stylists to take a feather out of Barbie’s beret. Badgley Mischka and Peter Som both used this colour in feminine frocks, while interior stylists will be introducing feature walls, blankets and even lamp shades in the dynamic hue.

 Next trends: 'A World of Colour', 'Brightening up the Slums'

01-06-2011 Fashion Trend: Colour Blocking

Colour enthusiasts will be glad to know that colour blocking is back in fashion after Gucci’s 2011 Spring collection showcased bold greens, oranges and blues, all fused into single ensembles. Following suit was MaxMara’s sporty fluros and Etro’s 70’s-inspired mustards and yellows. It didn’t take long before the likes of J-Lo and Olivia Wilde transformed the looks from runway style to a highly wearable fahion trend. But it appears that the first lady, Michelle Obama was ahead of the trend, blocking colours in her clothing for the past few years. No matter what the season, wearing colours can infuse energy and joy into your mood.

 Next trends: 'Cool Fashion Trend turns to Geeks for Inspiration', 'Skirting the Floor'