Part 1 of 2: Jameson Sheppard, Creative Director.
It’s time to pack a bag and head to Austin, Texas for the 2016 SXSW Interactive Festival. For the past several years, Mitchell has sent team members to this conference to gather insights on the intersection of design, innovation, technology and digital. While it can be an overwhelming experience with over 33K people in attendance, the event always gives us valuable access to industry innovators and leaders.
It’s been said that a picture is worth a thousand words, and in our digitally saturated world, this rings more true than ever. Today’s consumers are increasingly sharing images, whether photos, videos or emojis.
According to Mintel, 66 percent of American adults are using digital images to communicate with others. Of this group, 43 percent have used emoticons, 40 percent have used emojis, and 33 percent have taken or shared a selfie. Images can convey tone, save time, or even express something that is difficult to put into words. They also add a fun element to communication.
Once upon a time not too far in the past, pedometers were considered your everyday wearable. They simply clipped onto users' clothes and recorded valuable information for them to check at their leisure. These days, the pedometer has grown up — a lot.