Food Printing

For years we’ve been hearing about how 3D printing is going to revolutionize this and that. Every time a new round of “Next Big Thing” talk starts, there are incredibly interesting examples of innovation leading the way, but then the … Read More

CultureWavesQ3: Bio-Packaging

Floating some few hundred miles off the coast of California is a buoyant indictment of the current state of marine ecological wellbeing. Worthy of the moniker “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” it is a stark example of the problem plastics and … Read More

CultureWavesQ3: Identity Branding

When a Brand Goes Beyond a Name When I was younger, I remember how important it was to have certain name brands attached to things like clothing and shoes. This was so important, in fact, that kids were subjected to … Read More

CultureWaves Q3: Blockchain Transparency

Blockchain technology—basically a process of recording and linking transactions together— was born from cryptocurrency. When the latter debuted online, the thing that made it special, the thing that set it apart was the blockchain. So, why is this important to … Read More

CultureWaves Q3: The New Era of Vending

2018 is an era of unprecedented convenience. Brands are going out of their way to get to the consumer faster and more directly—as seen in this example from Pizza Hut, where autonomy, artificial intelligence and delivery methods are all used … Read More

CultureWaves Q3: 2023: A Moon Odyssey

It’s not an optical illusion. Space really is closer than ever before. The physical distance might remain the same, but technological advances have closed the access gap between our Earth and the vast expanse of space. Governments no longer hold … Read More

CultureWaves Q3: Counterculture: The Brand

Some of my earliest memories are ghost stories, scary movies, fairy tales, and folklore–the type of subjects that terrace the edges of the darker side of the human psyche. Even when I was scared, that feeling of perhaps stumbling upon … Read More

CultureWaves Q3: Designer Genes

Designer Genes is a topic in our current quarterly report, which you can download here. My sister and dad have a favorite pastime—one that occupies them whenever they are together. On more than one occasion, I’ve walked in on them … Read More

The Reluctant Adult

We all agree adulting is hard. Even the memes agree. I recently saw a social media post that said, “The horrifying moment when you’re looking for an adult but then realize that you are an adult. So you look for … Read More

The Evolving Experience of Shopping at Amazon

“Amazon’s push into trying to create a unique new retail experience may persuade other traditional retailers to begin organizing their products in a similar fashion, showing consumers what other consumers are attracted to, purchasing and yearning for—versus what the brand … Read More