July 22nd, 2011
Forward Thinking Vol. 36
Our weekly update, where we share what’s inspiring us:
When you think of technological innovation, the pizza box probably isn’t what comes to mind. But in reality, the familiar cardboard box has quite a bit of innovation behind its widespread adoption. This article takes a look at the history of the box and the genius behind the insulated sleeve you always see the delivery guy carrying.
With the digital experience reigning supreme, togetherness and face-to-face interaction is seemingly dissolving. Kinfolk Magazine, a publication that stresses the importance of small and intimate gatherings, aims to challenge this trend head-on. From a designated afternoon teatime to family fishing on the weekends, the magazine illustrates uncomplicated ways of reconnecting with our friends, offline.
This interactive word cloud presents a different way of viewing the Rupert Murdoch phone-hacking scandal by showing the key words from viewers’ reactions during the hearing. As popular words grow and shrink, it gives a unique cross-section of the whole event – leading up to the moment when a protester threw a pie into the mix.
Forget crowd-sourcing – the newest trends in social media are predicting an internet that’s driven by influence and centered around individuals. It’s becoming easier to create and share content with tools like Pinterest and Percolate, so influence may become a key factor in how users filter content. The social web is becoming more holistic, and brands will start looking to individuals as the focal point of engagement.
Google has announced the closing of Google Labs, the company’s experimental arm that created products like Google Correlate and Fast Flip. This doesn’t mean they’ll stop toying around with new ideas, but it does represent a larger movement toward streamlining the company’s expansive portfolio and consolidating their myriad of products.