We present // DDW trend tour

This is the online version of the Trend Tours we gave during the Dutch design week. During these trend tours, we explained the 3 main trends through the manifestations we spotted In the Klokgebouw at the DDW. The trends we explain are "Spice up the clean-up", Peacefull Escape" and "Isolating Loneliness". Thank you so much for taking part or watching our trend-tours. If you have any further questions, don't hesitate and contact us on social media @futurethinkersils or leave a comment under this post. For more information about the trends you can download our Trend Book here

DDW // Digital Trend Tour

Welcome to our digital trend tour. We are students from the study course of International Lifestyle studies, and we are going to present several signals related to three trends that we spotted in the past five weeks. Let’s first explain what a trend is. A trend is a shift in values and needs driven by forces which happen among certain groups in the society. What we do as trend researchers, we look into society and research why consumers purchase certain products and behave in certain ways. Our aim is to understand and predict how the future will be, according to people’ lifestyles and current developments within society. Ok, so let’s dive into it and if you have any questions, leave a commen

DDW Trend vlog 7

Every year students of the study Trend research and concept creation from the Fontys are at the Dutch Design week. We give daily trend tours and keep you updated about the trends online as well. Follow our channel for trend talks with designers. This vlog is about the trend "Isolating Loneliness". Want to know about us and the trend book? You can see the trend book here.

Seen at Strijp T-R

Gotelinde Creator: Floris Roding The trend Isolating Loneliness is about children that are going through a difficult situation where they could feel isolated and lonely. Connecting with others that relate to you, is a form of combating loneliness. This trend ensures you are able to communicate with others. Floris Roding is a student from Utrecht University. He created a short adventure game called Gotelinde. It mainly focuses on a young Germanic girl coping with the loss of her loved ones through the five stages of grief. The storytelling of the game lets the player strongly feel his emotions and ordeals, by connecting with the character making his way from level to level. Gotelinde fits wit

Seen at Strijp T-R

Bokken bouillon The trend Spice-Up the Clean-Up is about making the world a little better, while focusing on small local and often unseen issues. These problems consist of hidden trash-ures, which are materials that normally wouldn’t be recycled or found in the first place. Ontwerpstudio Annelies Hermsen’s main focus is food design. In her research, she observed that in the food industry there is a lot of bone waste, specifically with male goats’ bones. The reason for this is that for those goats, they are mainly used for the production of milk. Since the male goats do not produce any milk they are not necessary within the industry and thus often slaughtered after they are born. For thi

ILS welcomes Koert van Mensvoort

Philosopher and artist Koert van Mensvoort will be this years ‘guest lecturer of the year’ at ILS. He is best known for his work on the philosophical concept of Next Nature, which revolves around the idea that our technological environment has become so complex, omnipresent and autonomous that it is best perceived as a nature of its own. Van Mensvoort is director of the Next Nature Network. It is his aim to better understand our co-evolutionary relationship with technology and help set out a track towards a future that is rewarding for both humankind and the planet at large. During three seminars, Van Mensvoort will share his knowledge and vision with the students of ILS. His first lecture w

DDW Trend vlog 6

Every year students of the study Trend research and concept creation from the Fontys are at the Dutch Design week. We give daily trend tours and keep you updated about the trends online as well. Follow our channel for trend talks with designers. This vlog is about the trend "Plan-B". Want to know about us and the trend book? You can see the trend book here.

Seen at YSKI

​INSECTOLOGY: FOOD FOR BUZZ Designer: MATILDE BOELHOUWER The trend Plan-B is about that the human race has been using natural resources without al- ways bearing in mind what the consequences are. Now that the danger feels imminent, we want to repair what we broke. However, instead of fixing the damage and responsibly change our behaviours, humans accept the facts of irreparable harm. Instead, we use technology as a means to resolve those prominent issues. ‘Insectology: Food for Buzz’ is a project in which Boelhouwer created a series of ‘flowers’ from the perspective of an insect. These flowers summon the five most important pollinators (the bee, hoverfly, day and night butterflies, bumblebe

Seen at Plan-B

Sport chair & Desk Designers: Kiki and Joost The trend Spice Up the Clean-up is about taking initiative when it comes to cleaning up the local area. This trend focusses mainly on using hidden trash-ures in order to give it a new purpose. Hidden treasures are materials that normally would be overlooked and not given a second life. Kiki and Joost created a project in collaboration with ‘Sports for Children ‘, where the recycled sport material is used for redesigning new objects, especially desks and chairs. The aim of this project is to raise funding for kids around the world that do not have sport equipment. Therefore, with these funding’s transportation and the gears are paid. Sport chair &

DDW trend vlog 5

Every year students of the study Trend research and concept creation from the Fontys are at the Dutch Design week. We give daily trend tours and keep you updated about the trends online as well. Follow our channel for trend talks with designers. This vlog is about the trend "Isolating Loneliness". Want to know about us and the trend book? You can see the trend book here.

Seen at Sectie-C

Noeskwam Designer: Alicia Minnaard The trend Spice Up the Clean-up is about taking initiative when it comes to cleaning up the local area. This trend focusses mainly on using hidden treasures in order to do so. Hidden treasures are materials that normally would be overlooked and not given a second life, but with this trend you see clear examples of how some designers are tackling this problem. In this case, a fashion designer. Nowadays, there are many designers in the fashion industry working towards this problem. As you all might know, there is a lot of waste floating in the middle of the ocean. However, a few residents of the imaginary island called Noeskwam took action upon this. The tri

Seen at Sectie-C

Assignment by ACHMEA SCHADE PARTICULIER Commissioned by STORDES The trend isolating loneliness is about combatting isolation in a new way. When someone is going through a difficult situation they tend to feel lonely. Nevertheless connecting with others that relate to you is a tool help you to overcome your lonesome. The empathy exercise was designed to help your empathy ability. The exercise helps the company Achmea to get a bigger insight of employees and their clients, especially on one’s reaction and behavior. At Achmea as a damage control company, communication is one of the most important values. By using the empathy exercise, they improve the connection between the customers and the st

DDW Trend Vlog 4

Every year students of the study Trend research and concept creation from Fontys are at the Dutch Design week. We give daily trend tours and keep you updated about the trends online as well. In this VLOG we talked about the trend Peaceful Escape which you can find in our trend book as well. We have interviewed with the designers of the product named “The Loungescape Powernap".

Seen at Central

MUDSHIRT Creator: Ivar De Jong The trend Spice Up the Clean-Up is about taking initiative when it comes to cleaning up the local area. This trend focusses mainly on using hidden treasures in order to do so. Hidden treasures are materials that normally would be overlooked and not given a second life, but with this trend you see clear examples of how some designers are tackling this problem. While wandering around Central in Eindhoven, we spotted something that caught our eye. Summers in the Netherlands are nothing short of unpredictable. The sun can shine as bright as possible in the morning, and by noon it will be raining uncontrollably. This is something Dutchies like to complain about, esp

Seen at Campina

SUSPENDED ANIMATION Creators: Maartje Dijkstra & Newk The trend Inter-connectedness is all about the aesthetic of the natural world which is always in constant movement. Everything in nature is connected and flows careless and endlessly. Humans are part of nature too, but most of the hand-made products have a static shape. Therefore, there is an increase in human need for adaptation to the constant metamorphosis of nature. The real desire is to deeply connect to our own nature and to benefit from its aesthetics in a psychological, cognitive and spiritual way. For her work Suspended Animation, the Dutch fashion designer Maartje Dijkstra was inspired by the extravagant natural phenomenon 'hibe

European funding for future research

Erasmus+ has honoured the Foresight project, which was co-initiated by Fontys ILS, with an amount of almost 400.000 euros. Foresight is aimed at developing an education module focused on future-oriented research by young people in different countries. In addition, a tool is being developed to measure the future awareness of students. Foresight has been developed together with partner universities in Turkey, Hungary, Belgium and Spain. ‘Erasmus+ stimulates European cooperation', explains lecturer Christianne Heselmans. ‘To make young people more aware of the future, it is important that they learn to explore it, but also that they do research into what their desired future is. That is what th

DDW Trend Vlog 3

Every year students of the study Trend research and concept creation from Fontys are at the Dutch Design week. We give daily trend tours and keep you updated about the trends online as well. In this vlog we talked about the trend Spice Up the Clean-up which you can find in our trend book as well. We have interviewed with the designers of the product named “Urban Terrazzo".

Seen at TAC

Catching Birds of Paradise Creator: Hanneke Klaver Picture: Hanneke Klaver Yesterday, one of the blog posts was about the signal, Underwater Illusions, that linked to our trend Interconnectedness. The explanation of this trend is the human desire to reconnect with nature through it’s movements and visual expressions. The signal we found for today is also linked to this trend. The signal is part of a graduation project called ‘Catch air’ created by Hanneke Klaver. In this project, she explores the movements of the human body. The signal itself is called ‘Catching birds in paradise’. She got her inspiration from David Attenborough, who researched the great highland of new Guinea. This is the

Seen at Kazerne

ALL FALLS DOWN Creator: Sander Hagelaar Video: Sander Hagelaar Peaceful Escape is one of the trends that we want to address in this blogpost. It is about escaping from a stressful society. Since we need to do a lot of work in short amount of time with high expectations and with a lot of responsibilities. People are looking for a way out to get rest and have an escape from society. “Nature can be ephemeral, unpredictable and intangible”. This is one of the quotes from Sander Hagelaar about nature and related it back to his own design. His project is calling ALL FALLS DOWN. It represents a short experience for passengers who are often too busy or simply stressed due the modern society. It is a

Seen at Campina

Manureality Creator: Martijn Straatman The trend Spice Up the Clean-Up is about the initiative to clean the local area from hidden treasures. Hidden treasures are the materials of waste that are considered as useless or are underestimated which will be given a new purpose. With Manureality, Martijn Straatman aims to create a 100% natural and biodegradable furniture from the horse manure. Disposal of horse manure can be charged for a high fee to be used for farming in the Netherlands. With his concept, Martijn is not only helping local horse keepers or famers to discard the animal dung, but also creates meaningful (interior) design products. Giving the hidden treasures the new purpose. Before

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