So the start of a new year and a new decade. Apart from more snow what can we look forward to? We’ve put together a scatter gun of predictions for the next decade for which we accept no responsibility and will likely be proved wrong by around June this year. …
Although those involved in advertising or marketing in any way be it digital, print or TV are usually tarred with the same brush of being greedy, sordid and manipulative it is by and large unfair. Although being sordid does sound interesting, Foundry34 along with many other creative agencies see themselves as communicators, finding out what drives people and makes them tick. This does cover what drives people to buy but extends much further into the behaviour and expectations of how they understand and relate. At any one time there are a multitude of factors affecting and defining individuals and societies, how they act and interact with the world, typically being environment, the economy, technology and politics:-
The environment will be a greater and greater issue over the next decade, once the impacts really start to hit home it is likely to become less of a political or fashionable issue and more one of pragmatics- how do we cope with the situation, how do we move things forward. The West (and increasingly the East) isn’t suddenly going to stop driving cars and go back to more simple existence, and even the fabled Jeremy Clarkson ‘so fuck’ ethic isn’t really an option.
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Prediction: We predict and hope that businesses (including ourselves), consumers, politicians and society as a whole will actually start to make realistic changes and get themselves into gear. Just give us a pair of trainers that doesn’t involve suffering and sweatshops and a way to travel that doesn’t mean melting the icecaps without looking like a knitted sweater wearing hippie and we’ll all be happy. Really is it so hard?
The whole world is still reeling from the financial crisis; greed and fear are not new concepts just the scale and of the deception that, apart from the very real devastation felt by many, makes the average person feel like they have been taken for a mug. Scenario:- you give us your money after all you cannot be paid, get benefits or buy anything significant without a bank account. Then we will promptly pay ourselves huge bonuses and gamble your money like we are on a boy’s night out at the casino. Most politicians and supposed advisors will just ignore it then, when the shit hits the fan, you can bail us out. After your bail out we will go back to normal, pay ourselves huge bonuses again, pay huge court expenses so we can charge you unfair fees then leave you with the cleanup bill in public service cuts, closures of libraries and public facilities. (Is it just us but does the solution of borrowing shed loads, then printing money (as long as you call it something technical like quantative easing) sound not like the thoughts of a supposed economic genius but like a five year old playing Monopoly? Sorry they are much more sophisticated than that.)
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Prediction: Bah humbug.
Technology can change the way we think and store and process information. Whereas in the past people would take great pride in remembering facts and dates and base an education system on these skills, we now have Google and the internet at our fingertips and we place more emphasis in relating pieces of information, scanning and cross-referencing. In a radio report Radio 4 showed how the actual physiology can change in line with the dominant learning method. Just like a muscle being trained the brain develops in a certain pattern.
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Prediction: Past technologies have been historically geared to travelling and exploration whereas in its current form it seems to be more about information and self-exploration. We predict that apart from environmentally focussed technologies people may move beyond the screen and keyboard- and look for new ways to be involved in real experiences- just how many times can you tweet before you get bored of the ramblings of a self-obsessed couch potato? We love the Howies T-shirt range log off (send free samples to Foundry34 Ltd.) turn off the TV and do something more interesting instead.
In the UK we have voter apathy and in the rest of the world we have politically motivated murders. How do we find ourselves in the situation where many more people are interested in X-factor than in elections? The problem was already rife but the expenses scandal can hardly have helped (see previous paragraph- being taken for a mug). What survive on our wage? What we really need to use taxpayer’s money for is lining our pockets, for duck ponds and porn videos (at least the porn was funny; the rest was just a poke in the eye for anyone that is an honest hardworking person). I think many politicians, bankers and footballers have been having secret meetings – yes unless we pay six-figure bonuses we are never going to get the top guys, the ones really at the top of their game- what and where is this planet they are living on?
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Prediction: Any politician that shows themselves to be honest, not to be cheating on their wife/husband and treat people as people not just a bunch of muppet voters is definitely the next prime minister.