Our annual Trends report is always a team effort, and this year’s team was bigger and more diverse than ever. More than 1,000 Fjordians, plus (for the first time) 85 clients from five continents, inspired our report, each bringing their own individual perspectives and experiences to the table.
We first gathered insights in all forms—a mix of hastily-drawn thoughts on Post-it Notes, elegant (and not-so-elegant) illustrations, simple scribbles and some long-form copy, and even some musings over a cup of coffee. We then took those insights into workshops designed to hone the thinking and spot patterns—and tapped into some digital tools to help us gather evidence for our best ideas (because at Fjord, we’re all about blending the physical with the digital). The result? Seven Trends affecting business, technology and design in 2018.
Today, we see deep division across global populations on a broad range of issues, which is creating social and political anxiety. We’re also experiencing tension as a result of deep technological change that is altering the world we live in. There is no running from these forces. For the first time, we feel that there is just one meta theme for Trends in 2018: Tension.