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16 Nov

What it Is:

Like Beyonce already sang:

‘I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time
Know there was something that, and something that I left behind
When I leave this world, I’ll leave no regrets,
Leave something to remember, so they won’t forget, I was here’ 

Via Instagram you can post the most beautiful pictures with #IWASHERE to show the world what kind of special things you’ve seen and done. Because, let’s be honest it’s very important that everybody knows what a exciting life you’ve been leading right?
Dutch travel organization CheapTickets came up with their very own I Was Here online campaign. Via Facebook you can upload your best vacation picture at the #IKWASHIER campaign page to have a chance to win tickets to this very special place you’ve been to. At the Facebook page you can let all you friends rate your pic and the one with the highest rating will win the tickets!

Why it is Cool:

Well, the phenomenon of posting your pretty vacation pictures to (indirectly) make everybody jealous by what you’ve been up to already exists for a couple of years, but CheapTickets show us the commercial version. I think the idea is really cool (and it fits perfectly in the Narcism trend), the only counter part is that campaigns like these are always a bit unfair if you ask me. The person with the biggest online network will get most votes and probably win. Which will also results in a more narcissistic self, but that’s probably not the intention of the users and the campaign.

Why it has Future Growth Potential:

I don’t think people will stop with posting things online just to show the world that they matter. Deep down everybody has the urge to get some feedback about that their life is special and your here for a purpose. But, I think this also gives a lot of stress for some people who see this phenomenon as an obligation to be part of. And I’m really curious about how this will develop in the future.Schermafbeelding 2013-11-20 om 12.05.40


My Nepali Tailor is a Rockstar

8 Nov


What it Is: 

Dutch fashion brand Studio JUX = design + eco + fair. JUX is the German word for fun and that’s how fashion should be. Fun for everybody, from the consumer to the designer and fun for the tailor and the environment as well. That’s why Studio JUX chose to produce their collection in Nepal, a poor country with less opportunities but great people who want to work. Jitske Lundgren, the fashion designer of studio JUX, even moved to Nepal to guarantee  the eight labour standards of the Fair Wear Foundation.

Why it is Cool:

Studio JUX is really cool because it is fair Dutch Design. JUX is a brand from Amsterdam and every item can be recognized by its minimalistic and comfortable design with a little twist. But what only makes it even more cool is that the brand only uses sustainable fabrics and materials for its collection (like angora from a organic farm in India, Hemp and recycled coke bottles!).
And of course the coolest part is that it’s absolutely fair. Every item has its own story and if your curious about what it’s made of and by whom, you only have to take a visit to their website and you can learn a lot about the Nepali tailor who made your hemp chino, for instance. The scarf you can see at one of the pictures is specially made by Nepali housewives who normally stay at home and can’t work. By knitting these scarves at home they can earn some extra money for the whole family and become more independent.

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Why it has Future Growth Potential:

I know that a lot of people don’t care where there products came from and still like to shop cheap fast fashion at Primark and H&M. But I think little brands as Studio JUX can start a little movement of creating a better fashion supply chain. I hope brands like these can inspire people to think about working conditions in third world countries and help them choose for a more fair alternative. I think that at the end the bigger fashion retailers will also get inspired and it will contribute into a more transparent fashion industry.

Roll Out Happiness

29 Oct



What it Is:

This is the Coca Cola ‘Roll Out Happiness’ pop-up park in Vilnius, Lithuania. This park and the therefore especially made machine are part of the ‘Where would happiness strike next from Coca Cola’. Coca-Cola’s ‘Roll Out Happiness’ truck’ aims to make gray urban spaces a little more happy. The temporary intervention, that has the shape of a Coca-Cola’s famous bottle, produces real grass and invites passers-by to take of their shoes, enjoy the sun and relax a bit (while enjoying a refreshing Coke, of course).

Why it is Cool:

Urban Hackers are busy trying to make boring city places into a more green and inspiring environment for quite a while. But this is one of the first examples of a big commercial company that uses their creativity to pimp-up gray places in order to  interact with their target group. Coca-Cola’s motto ‘Spread Happiness’ is really visible and you recognize the park instantly as one of the soda brand. I think that’s really cool because not every trend fits into the brand DNA of a certain brand, but Coca-Cola really knows how to put it off.

Why it has Future Growth Potential:

This park fits into the need of people to decide themselves how they can fill up their own environment and the need experience something new, something cool and cozy. Also really cool about this project is the way how neighbors can get to know each other and meet at this special place. This park is something where everybody in the neighborhood will talk about and this brings people together and let them share even more happiness.


Cuddly Travel Mate

20 Oct

Last week I went to the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven and there I visited the graduation expo of the Design Acadamy where I saw lots of interesting stuff. A lot of designers came up with cool idea’s for people who travel a lot around the world. The so calles ‘Urban Nomads’, there was one designer who made a product line of furniture that is easy to pack and move, a designer who made cool bags to travel your pet with you and also this sleepover bag which I really liked:

This is the ‘Sleep Over’ bag, designed by Man & Identity student Lisa Lagemaat of the Design Acadamy Eindhoven. The Sleep Over bag is a soft and cuddly bag that offers your body support and warmth and keeps your personal belongings safe at the same time. The quilted material and ergonomic form make you want to hold them close, the bag just easily adepts to any pose.

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This is the ultimate solution for the die hard Urban Nomads among us. Considering that I’m a Urban Nomad myself this product would really help me to get enough rest during al my train rides around the country. Traveling goes so much faster when you’re dreaming about nice things, especially when you have a long day ahead of you. The only problem most people have in the train or on the road is the that you can keep an eye on your bag while you asleep. This bag combines a comfy sleeping position with the possibility to keep your stuff really close to you, how cool is that?!

Because of globalization where probably going to travel a lot more around the world in the future. But since everything is moving really fast and where not having enough time for ourselves to really relax, the only time we have to take a nap might be on the road. I’m not sure if I can see people standing with their Sleep Over bag in the queue at the Albert Heijn, but it might be a solution for when you’re backpacking around the world…

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