Trends

Homecare: Working families demanding speed & convenience

Here at PDD we love exploring the intersection between trends and key sectors. So we’ve put together a short snap-shot series looking at trends within Homecare and what they could mean to the fragrance and packaging sectors.

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Millennials demanding eco products but not willing to compromise on quality & efficacy

Here at PDD we love exploring the intersection between trends and key sectors. So we’ve put together a short snap-shot series looking at trends within Homecare and what they could mean to the fragrance and packaging sectors.

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Single-person households driving alternatives in homecare

Here at PDD we love exploring the intersection between trends and key sectors. So we’ve put together a short snap-shot series looking at trends within homecare and what they could mean to the fragrance and packaging sectors.

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PDD at the Surface Design Show 2017

The Surface Design Show is an annual event showcasing the latest internal and external surface materials and architectural lighting. We went along this year to see what’s new and inspiring in the world of surface materials. Here’s a roundup of what caught our eye…

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Risk management: Tips from Bunyadi, London’s first naked restaurant

So the waiting list for London’s first naked restaurant has gone through the roof. The Bunyadi opens in June 2016 for three months and claims to offer diners an experience “free and unadulterated from the trappings of modern life” including phones, electric lights and even clothing. According to a press release, the naked themed menu includes vegan and omnivore dishes made with all-natural ingredients an d cooking methods, served on handmade clay plates, with edible cutlery.

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HOME – The humanisation of pets

Our expectations of the home as a place of work, rest and play have evolved as family dynamics shift, new needs arise and technology advances. In this series of blog posts, we take a deep dive into the home and discover the products at the forefront of innovation. In this third post we take a look at pet care.

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HOME – The changing landscape of UK’s urban garden

Our expectations of the home as a place of work, rest and play have evolved as family dynamics shift, new needs arise and technology advances. In this series of blog posts, we are taking a deep dive into the home and discover the products at the forefront of innovation. In this second post we look at the garden.

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A taste of the future

I wish I hadn’t got up at 5:15 last Wednesday morning. Not that I’m complaining, but the multi-sensory experience I had signed up to attend later that day was a mind-altering event that was really worth being all there for…

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HOME – Multifunctional, healthy and economical innovations in the kitchen

Our expectations of the home as a place of work, rest and play have evolved as family dynamics shift, new needs arise and technology advances. In this series of blog posts, we take a deep dive into the home and discover the products at the forefront of innovation. Up first, the kitchen.

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4 User Interface trends caused by the smartphone revolution

On January 10th 2015, the iPhone celebrated its 8th birthday. Although there’s little doubt about the impact the iPhone and its fellow smartphones have had, we’ve recently reached an important milestone: In the late part of 2014 smartphone internet traffic overtook desktop internet traffic for the first time and this growth is set to continue. Now more than ever, putting mobile interaction first is vital for any website to survive.

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From kitchen to table highlights

Wow, we’re over half way through the year and it seems not so long ago that some of our team at PDD visited Ambiente (Frankfurt) and IHA Housewares (Chicago) to scout out the latest kitchen and table trends, as well as for the launch of our own collection for ZAK! Designs. So, well into the third quarter and in the midst of summer we’re taking a look back at some of the colourful and inspiring highlights!

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The why of wearables?

Catching up on my LinkedIn newsfeed, I see a link to a video entitled, “Smartwatches could be a perfect home for augmented reality.” As there are few really good applications for AR, and even fewer for smartwatches, I thought I’d see how the designers envisioned combining two questionable technologies.

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Links from the studio-How to disappear

So the internet has been an important pillar in society for a few decades now, but as the NSA spying scandal showed all of us – our vulnerability online is not limited to cyber criminals. Over the last few months there have been a plethora of articles on how to erase your online self, exemplified through the European Court of Human Rights’ ruling on ‘the right to be forgotten’. After all, everything we do online these days is tracked and recorded, unless you solemnly use Snapchat that is.

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The craft of coffee – Part 2: Science and experimentation

The second part of our coffee series looks at how science and technology have allowed professional coffee makers to fully understand the volatile process of making the perfect cup of coffee, tuning machinery and techniques to get the best out of the coffee bean.

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My Top 10 Vending Machines

A vending machine is quite an interesting thing, other than existing since the early 20th century and now being as universal as sliced bread, the future direction for these vendors is just as fascinating as the stuff they dispense. So, I’ve decided to share with you my choice of the top 10 vending machines, and discuss how the marriages of new technologies and ‘convenience’ are revolutionising our fast-moving tech-savvy consumer culture.

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The craft of coffee – Part 1: Experiences and people

Our appetite for coffee is staggering. The UK’s consumption, for example, is defying all odds, reaching a staggering £6.2bn turnover in 2013 = bucking most other retail trends in the same period. In this series of blog posts we will delve into the pinnacle of the industry – the world of craft, or specialty coffee, and outline some of the latest trends to understand what might (and how it might) be served in a high-street coffee shop near you soon.

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Highlights: The Baby Show 2014

There are certain challenges to bringing-up-baby in the city, whether it’s London, Paris, New York, Tokyo or Seoul – from negotiating your way around public transport to being able to sterilize on the go without having to carry around a plethora of bulky equipment, and even smaller space living. In our blog this week we’ll be taking a look at some of the smart solutions for the ‘Urban Baby’ featured at The Baby Show this year at London’s ExCel, and how the theme spans across categories from transport to feeding on-the go.

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3D-printing our way to the future…

Toys, products prototypes, automotive parts, guns, shoes, medical implants, prosthetics, ceramics, meat, gold… It is starting to sound like we are on our way to be able to 3D print our way to the future. Possibilities are already endless, and as research and technology develop, who knows what can become possible!

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When food meets tech…

Food and beverage – nourishing, hydrating, stimulating and refreshing. But what happens when you throw a bit of science and technology into the mix? In our blog this week we’ll be taking a look at how the food and beverage industry has been shaped and influenced by technology from other sectors; and where science, technology and art cross over to create whole new experiences…

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Life beyond the server: Top 5 take outs for information liberation

Consumer, market and design insights sit at the very heart of design and strategy, but how can you get the best out of these vital nuggets of information? How do you make them inviting and accessible for people to digest, liberating them from the depths of the server and to the heights of engagement?

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