Retail on the high street is in the middle of a massive transformation.The high street as we know it is dying. Although over the centuries the type of goods transacted across the counter in shops may have changed, we now face a situation that the actual transactions are vanishing. [...]
Historically cities emerged around centralised marketplaces on the intersection of supply infrastructures.
But as most transactions are shifting online and our perception of value changes, these infrastructures become obsolete. What will shape the city of the future? How will our buying choices, whether we buy from Amazon or we visit farmers markets impact the city of the future? [...]
If all the ways we consume media is changing, driven by the seamless and continuous access to content from the internet, which used to be delivered through TV and radio broadcast, cinema, CDs and books, how does this affect the experiences in places we go to listen and dance to music, not necessarily live instrumental, [...]
The rise of disruptive digital business models; Darwinism goes digital – how will businesses adapt or die?
In the past designers made products useful, usable and delightful. If we adhered to these principles we believed products would sell. The business factors were mostly external to the product. Now the business model is an integral requirement that [...]
Whatever you’re looking for on the Internet—entertainment, a product to purchase, a connection to a community—in most cases, you’re likely to receive an overwhelming amount of results to choose from. These relevant search results are valuable to you… Or are they?
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Following up on Changing Retail Currencies in more detail with examples of great innovative retail concepts which have emerged in recent years to address contemporary retail requirements.
After the Digital Wellbeing Showroom we developed The AppLounge, an innovative concept reacting to, and anticipating rapidly changing retail requirements driven by the shift from selling consumer devices, to marketing the content delivered by an emerging category of apps and online services on mobile devices like the iPod and at the time new iPad. The AppLounge [...]
As part of the 10×10 series by Method, we contributed the article “Changing Retail Currency”. It’s a companion piece to The AppLounge.
“Changing Retail Currency” is about the new role of the store, and the opportunities this creates for retailers.
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A place to meet and discover great apps matched with accessories that fit your mobile life.
The AppLounge is a hybrid space, featuring a selection of well-crafted mobile applications and services. It opens from 15 September 2010, at 100 Wardour Street for coffee during the day and cocktails at night, encouraging people to discover and sample [...]
Is the time right for the emergence of the Webfront showroom? A place that links the high-street to online retail but does not necessarily depend on traditional retail margins to be profitable. A space that allows you to discover products and services, follow demonstrations and then try them out for yourself. You then are able [...]
Dixons’ browse-somewhere-else-then-buy-online-from-us advertisement campaign in London, is yet another indicator that business models for the high street have to change and will give rise to new retail formats. Stores with location overhead are competing with online retailers, who blatantly acknowledge that they depend to some extend on the services offered in brick & mortar stores, [...]
Barcode and location based price comparison services, including augmented reality applications which overlay information on top of the physical world, are about to become mainstream. This will have a profound impact on business models in retail, will in the long run affect the way we conduct transactions in public space and will impact urban planning [...]
The guru of retail, Paco Underhill, has presented a verdict on the current state of digital signage in shopping environments at the Digital Signage Expo in February 2009. His critique was pretty rigorous. His proposals for improving the application of digital signage are very much in line with our own observations and the conclusions we’ve drawn.
In recent months two large European retailers announced that they were to close down extensive digital signage networks across hundreds of shops. What has happened to this much anticipated technology and what was the outcome of the initial marketing drive?
In the next few years we will see various types of consumer electronic devices all look like thin black boxes being defined by the size and proportions of the displays that characterise their shape. In traditional retail settings it will be increasingly hard to sell these products based on some imperceptible quality differentiations related to “improved” display or [...]
Products that connect the physical with the social on the web, create innovative opportunities for retail.
This is funny. Type “nintendo westfield london” into google and it’s hard to find anything about the Nintendo “Wii Top 10 Tour” and the “Nintendo DS Top 10 Tour” School’s Out. Nintendo’s in! through the UK in early 2009.
Many consumer electronic products have reached maturity in recent years. What is left for companies to develop, to improve on their feature sets to differentiate their products from the competition in the market?
Why do some kiosks appeal, whilst others are frankly just repulsive? I have this weird relationship with kiosks in public places. As a classically trained interaction designer I am compulsively attracted and start poking them to see how they react to my avances. Some kiosk types such as ticket dispensers and ATMs are utilitarian and [...]
This image signifies for me the state we have reached in the design of consumer electronic products. It is part of a national newspaper print advertisement campaign by John Lewis some time during 2007. I first thought this was meant to be ironic, unfortunately it is not.