Wunderman Thompson predicts 100 trends that will define 2022 in ‘The Future 100: 2022’ report

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Wunderman Thompson has today launched the 8th edition of The Future 100: 2022, its annual essential trend almanac offering a snapshot of the year ahead and the most compelling trends to keep on the radar.


The Future 100: 2022 from Wunderman Thompson’s futurism, research and innovation unit, Wunderman Thompson Intelligence, offers 100 original trend predictions across 10 sectors, spanning culture, tech, travel and hospitality, brands and marketing, food and drink, beauty, retail and commerce, luxury, health, and work.

Says Melanie Wiese, national chief strategy officer at Wunderman Thompson Australia: “It’s easy to find yourself in a bubble during the recent COVID waves and through the ongoing effect of the pandemic. But of course, culture doesn’t stand still. Understanding where technology, hospitality, retail, food and drinks and the rest of culture is trending ensures our clients can continue to inspire growth. The Future 100 is a beautiful, comprehensive and timely way to get across what the world has been doing while you’ve been away – and what’s likely to happen next.”

Says Emma Chiu, global director of Wunderman Thompson Intelligence: “Now in its 8th year, we’re delighted to launch The Future 100: 2022 and share the creative innovations that are set to go mainstream alongside the shift in consumer behaviours. In 2021, cautious optimism set the pace as the world reflected on the challenges of 2020 and looked to a year of societal healing.

“This year ushers in a resolute positivity that encourages playfulness and creativity. This optimistic outlook will take us on a journey into the near future, where a new digital era is on the horizon as the metaverse shifts from a sci-fi concept into reality. Lifestyles and businesses will shift to become climate friendly as being sustainable is no longer enough, while the physical and emotional tax of the last two years is forging a holistic, sensitive, and nuanced approach to wellbeing. Brands and marketers are leading with positivity, eager to provide joy in people’s lives by creating euphoric ads as they too ride the optimistic wave.”

Highlights include:
• Culture – Unbounded optimism: Brands are projecting a progressive and positive outlook for
2022, encouraging playfulness and creativity.
• Tech & Innovation – Virtual teleportation: Technologists are opening up digital portals into a
new virtual dimension that offers more intimate, close-to-reality in-person interactions.
• Travel & Hospitality – Meditative travel: Meditative integrations are making every journey a
mindful one.
• Brands & Marketing – Brandalism: Vandalism for good is hijacking ad space and exposing
brands’ missteps, demanding they do better.
• Food & Drink – Liquid Immunity: Wellness aficionados are quenching their thirst while
supercharging their immune systems.
• Beauty – Acidic care: Skincare brands are homing in on the benefits of acidic ingredients.
• Retail & Commerce – Virtual flagships: Digital flagship stores are taking over ecommerce storefronts.
• Luxury – Sonic luxification: Luxury brands from fashion to auto are investing in audio hardware, luxifying the listening experience.
• Health – Emotional health: Recharge zones for emotions are emerging in public spaces around the world.
• Work – Metaverse recruits: From virtual material designers to creatives across the board, companies are hiring for a metaverse workforce.

‘The Future 100: 2022’ follows Wunderman Thompson Intelligence’s ‘Into the Metaverse’ trend report launched in September 2021. Wunderman Thompson launched its own branded metaverse during CES 2022 to showcase insights from the report, and teach clients and brand marketers about the metaverse itself, exploring the elements of this new frontier of customer experience that will shape our future and change how we do business.

Download the full report: https://www.wundermanthompson.com/insight/the-future-100-2022

Editor-in-Chief: Emma Chiu
Editor: Emily Safian-Demers
Writers: Marie Stafford, Chen May Yee, Elizabeth Cherian, Sarah Tilley, Carla Calandra, Jamie Shackleton, Safa Arshadullah
Sub Editors: Hester Lacey, Katie Myers
Creative Director: Shazia Chaudhry
Cover Image: Raspberry Dream Labs