Elizabeth Scheepers

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Ingenious Hack Turns Instagram Into A Design Portfolio Site

Move over, Behance!<p>As a designer, a good portfolio is a must. Being clever–without going too far–can set you apart when people are considering hiring you. And platforms like Behance and Dribbble are a great way to get started without too much work. But there’s another perfect portfolio site hiding …

Amazon's futuristic, cashierless stores could be its 'Trojan horse' to conquer traditional retail

Amazon may be going in another direction with its "just-walk-out" technology.<p>According to a new bit of analysis from Loup Ventures' Andrew Murphy , Amazon could leverage the technology in Amazon Go — the company's futuristic store that uses sensors, not cashiers, to correctly charge customers for …

11 high-concept stores around the globe worth travelling for

With online shopping increasingly the norm, bricks and mortar stores need to deliver more than just the goods. They must be experiential, beautifully designed ‘mastershops’, enticing visitors off their apps and through their doors. Enter the Instagrammable concept store: minimalist marvels in …

Los Angeles

Design Indaba 2018: Gourmet Grubb Ice Cream

One of the conundrums many modern humans find themselves in when it comes to responsible eating is how to move forward without giving up our delicious creature comforts—namely, burgers and ice cream. Because both are derived chiefly from cows, which require mass amounts of valuable water and give …

Ice Cream

We went to Trader Joe's and the store that Whole Foods launched to compete with it — and it's clear who does it better

Trader Joe's is known for its inexpensive and healthy products, and customers are willing to wait in sometimes outrageous lines to get groceries from the store.<p>Whole Foods, which is typically more expensive than Trader Joe's, recently expanded its chain of 365 stores to compete more directly with …

Trader Joe's

This tie brand is bucking the retail apocalypse with a massive store expansion

Last year was a brutal one for the retail sector. Nearly 7,000 stores shuttered around the country, up almost 200% from the year before. The big question this year is whether these malls and shopping districts will stay empty forever or whether new blood will flow in these retail graveyards?<p>We’re …

China has a supermarket unlike anything in the US — and it has 2 major advantages over Amazon Go

The biggest e-commerce company in China, Alibaba, is growing a chain of cashless supermarkets unlike anything in the US. The chain, called Hema, will double its locations in China to nearly 60 this year.<p>Shoppers use their phones to pay for food at Hema, much like at Amazon's new cashierless stores, …

eCommerce

50 haunting photos of abandoned shopping malls across America

American malls are dying out.<p>Retail complexes all over the US are being clobbered by store closures sweeping the country.<p>In 2017, more than 6,400 stores closed and another 3,600 are expected to shutter in 2018. According to a report done by Credit Suisse, this will result in 20% to 25% of malls …

Urban Design

Inside Amazon Go, a Store of the Future

SEATTLE — The first clue that there’s something unusual about Amazon’s store of the future hits you right at the front door. It feels as if you are entering a subway station. A row of gates guard the entrance to the store, known as Amazon Go, allowing in only people with the store’s smartphone …

eCommerce

Checking Out Amazon Go, The First No-Checkout Convenience Store

The cashierless shop, which uses AI to ring up your purchases, could be a key part of Amazon’s expanding vision of retail’s future. And it opens on Monday.<p>Every part of the U.S. has a different local term for a convenience store: the bodega, the corner store—even “the Wawa,” a chain name that …

eCommerce

First Look at Nintendo Labo

Rethinking Physical Storefronts For Experiential Brand Building

PSFK researchers explore how brands are using physical storefronts to deliver experiences that showcase their unique offerings and commitment to …

Graphics

Redirect Notice

First Look: Muji’s Debut Hotel (And Restaurant!)

The cult Japanese brand’s first stab at hospitality lets guests live with its products–then pop downstairs to buy them.<p>The Japanese lifestyle brand Muji is most known for its simple, effortless home goods, designed to make you feel like you can declutter your life–all through a little glowing aroma …

5 Classic Design Rules to Absolutely Never Break

The problem with cutting corners is that 50% of the time it works while the remaining half makes up for all that time and money you saved and then …

Home Decorating

Instagram now lets you follow hashtags

The social network now lets you follow hashtags<p>The glass facade of the SuperMoon Bakehouse (#newforkcity, #eatingnyc) has a pleasing symmetry to it. Two black rectangles sit on either side of a square, a neon smiley face suspended upside down in the center. Inside, a few small cylinders of pink …

The Sneaky Retail Tricks That Make You Buy More at IKEA

If you feel like you can never leave IKEA with just the thing you came for, it's not just you — and it's no accident. Those sneaky Swedes (and most …

Genius

A high-fashion apparel startup wants to create a better uniform for working women — and millennials are obsessed

The streets of San Francisco are paved with young men wearing hoodies, jeans, and T-shirts — the tech bro uniform popularized by the likes of Mark Zuckerberg and other tech executives.<p>In 2014, Stanford graduates Jessica Lee and Lizzie Agnew decided to offer a fashionable alternative for women out …

High Fashion

Starbucks opened a super-sized gourmet location in China — here's what it looks like

Starbucks has opened a stunning location in China that is 300 times bigger than the average coffee shop.<p>On Tuesday, Starbucks opened the 30,000-square-foot Starbucks Reserve Roastery Shanghai. The location has gourmet drinks — like nitrogen-infused teas — and an 88-foot-long, hand-crafted coffee …

Coffee

Can Showroom Brands Save Brick-and-Mortar Shopping?

If you want to buy some clothes at the posh MM.LaFleur in New York, you’ll be in for a few surprises. It starts with the location—611 Broadway is a …

Amazon has opened a pop-up store in London's Soho Square

Visitors will be able to try electronics, toys, jewellery, and beauty products that will go on sale on Black Friday, which is the biggest shopping day of the calendar year.<p>Doug Gurr, country manager of Amazon.co.uk , said in a statement: "We are showcasing some of our biggest and best Black Friday …

Shopping

Retailers Experiment With a New Philosophy: Smaller Is Better

Brick-and-mortar retail chains, known for sprawling stores that stock a bit of everything, are trying to lift sagging sales using a different strategy: cozier spaces that sell very little of anything.<p>Showrooms — a retail model popular with bridal designers, car dealers and, recently, online apparel …

5 Retail Lessons For Creative Agencies

PSFK’s Future of Retail 2018 presents key lessons for creative agencies to help their clients offer greater convenience along the path to purchase

Customer Experience

American Eagle just opened a store of the future complete with free laundry machines and an iPad in every dressing room

American Eagle Outfitters has a cool new spot in New York City.<p>The retailer has opened a new store, right next to Union Square, that it hopes will become a hangout for local college students. With an upstairs lounge that comes complete with park views and power outlets, plus free laundry machines …

Target is spending $7 billion to remodel 1,000 stores — here's what they will look like

Target said Wednesday that it's ramping up the pace of its store remodels and plans to renovate more than 1,000 US stores by 2020.<p>Many of the stores will feature two entrances: one for quick trips and another for more leisurely shops. Dozens of stores will also have dedicated rooms for nursing …

Customers

3 Insights From The CEO Of BIG, A 21st-Century Superfirm

At the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Bjarke Ingels Group CEO Sheela Maini Søgaard discussed scaling up while maintaining the firm’s creative culture.<p>“We were a little bit behind the rest of the world in realizing that we do have a very unique culture, and how spectacularly central it is to our …

Studio O+A teams traditional and contemporary elements for San Francisco finance office

American design firm Studio O+A has created an office in San Francisco that communicates "new ways of thinking and working" for a major financial …

I visited Zara's cheaper sister store that just opened in the US — and it was the shopping experience of my dreams

Bershka, Zara's sister brand, is huge in Europe. After launching its US website in April, Bershka's first physical store landed in New York City in October.<p>The fast-fashion store is geared toward teens and sells distinctly trendy pieces like fuzzy jackets and mom jeans. After taking a look at the …

Clothing

How The Seamless Era Is Changing Restaurant Design

At a difficult time for chain restaurants, Tender Greens is taking a different approach to fast-casual.<p>Tender Greens’ newest location in Los Angeles’s Century City neighborhood is pure Instagram bait. Every corner of the fast-casual restaurant offers a picture-perfect moment: the black-and-white …

Mom-and-pop stores could be prime for a renaissance

For years, pundits have predicted the continued demise of independent retailers. The arrival of shopping malls and power centers drew foot traffic away from the neighborhood Mom-and-Pop stores. Next came the axe wielded by e-commerce giants, notably Amazon. And finally, we saw rents rise to levels …

New York City