Fast Company, the magazine about innovation, collaboration and design, has so radically overhauled their publication online that it has become one of THE most useful and thought-provoking publications we view daily. As you will see below as well, there is a lot more than immediately meets-the-eye when you visit the Fast Company website. Many of their "sub-sites" are worthy of your attention and you should definitely spend some time there.
To whet your appetite for what is available, they just published an article called, What Your Kitchen Will Look Like In 2025 with the tagline: Smart refrigerators, faucets that detect bacteria on produce, and 3-D printed dishes are just some of GE's predictions for the kitchen of 2025. Don't pass them off as unrealistic: GE has been right before."
Starting off with, "A typical product development cycle for corporate industrial designers lasts two to three years, which means today's designers are working on products that won't hit shelves until 2015 or 2016" is, of course, exactly what our customers do in their design and development cycles and why The Trend Curve exists.
In this time of accelerating change, all of us need to be constantly scanning the horizon for what's new. We then need to connect how influencing changes such as those affecting the kitchen of the future—demographic, technological, and how even the smaller size of homes are impacting kitchen size—in order to make smart and informed decisions on where to go next. This article will give you some great insights but there is much more available to you off of those sub-sites I mentioned above, and are worth your time investment.
FAST COMPANY SUB-SITES
From the Fast Company main website you can easily access their "sub-sites":
- co.DESIGN focusing on business+innovation+design
- co.EXIST focusing on World Changing Ideas and Innovation
- co.CREATE focusing on Creativity\Culture\Commerce
- co.LABS which is a bit of a melting pot of technologies that may-or-may-not become meaningful but are absolutely worthy of being on all our respective radar screens
- Finally, one of our favorites is their Futurist Forum: Imagining the Future which is "A series of articles by some of the world’s leading futurists about what the world will look like in the near and distant future, and how you can improve how you navigate future scenarios through better forecasting" and where the kitchen article was first read by our team.