At the start of each new year, our creative team conducts a deep dive to uncover the trends that will shape and influence the world of design for the coming year. We believe that design trends, just like research trends, serve as a powerful reflection of shifting consumer desires and preferences.
As the team (virtually) sat down to discuss the trends worth highlighting for 2021, we were struck by how much can change in a year. 2020 pushed us all to find inspiration in new places – influencing the design world for the better. We are starting off 2021 feeling inspired by all that we’ve discovered.
Download the report here of what we are predicting will rise to the top in 2021.
March 3, 2021 | Creative, Culture
Every year on Martin Luther King Jr. Day our team volunteers with a local organization to give back to our community. This year, in lieu of in-person service, our staff served from home, writing letters with messages of kindness and love (some even including custom paintings!) to seniors in Minneapolis. The pandemic has left us all craving connection, a sentiment we know is especially true for many senior citizens following strict COVID-19 isolation guidelines. Collectively, our staff wrote 132 letters to seniors at Minnesota Veterans Homes and two senior communities. We are grateful for the opportunity to continue serving our community in creative new ways and hope to continue the tradition in the future.
January 25, 2021 | Culture
What a year! We’re excited to close out 2020 and say hello to 2021! But first, we’re taking a moment to reflect on what the past year has brought us here at Fusion Hill.
- In January, our staff volunteered at Second Harvest Heartland, where we packed 4,604 pounds of rice, which equals 3,936 meals.
- We promoted three senior leaders to VP roles (Amy Behrens, Research & Strategy; Jessica Helvey, Creative; and Nina Gazel, Business Strategy).
- We welcomed three new Fusion Hill babies to the team.
- In lieu of sending holiday gifts, we redirected our funds to We Love Lake Street to support their important cause to rebuild Lake Street in Minneapolis. Internally, our staff raised over $2,500 for food and other necessities for our surrounding neighborhoods.
- Our 2019 Quote to Self project won two creative awards! Thank you to Summit International Awards and Hermes Creative Awards for recognizing our project.
As we head into the busy year-end, we hope you’ll find a moment to reflect on the silver linings 2020 has brought you and your teams as well. See you in 2021!
December 22, 2020 | Culture
As we pass six months of living in the pandemic, we want to take a deeper look at the human element and effects of COVID-19. How are people feeling? How have day-to-day logistics changed? How has the emotional and psychological weight of the pandemic played out? And, critically, what can we do about these newfound realities to support our family, friends and customers?
Our latest report helps answer these questions. And we’ve also designed a series of worksheets to help you and your team start a dialogue and identify tangible strategies to better support your customers as we move past the six-month mark.
Give it a read, talk to your working teams and share your learnings with us – let’s continue to carve out a path forward together in these changing and challenging times. Download the report here.
September 29, 2020 | Culture, Research
Each year, AdFed identifies 32 up-and-coming professionals under the age of 32 in the Twin Cities. The winners represent the next generation of leaders who will drive our industry forward and redefine the future. We are excited to share that our very own Danielle Bender, director of Research and Strategy, is a recipient of this award!
Danielle came to us as an intern seven years ago and tirelessly earned her way to our most senior level. As director, Danielle leads and oversees key financial client accounts. Her strategic insights have led to technological breakthroughs, successful product launches, and increased consumer acquisition and retention. In addition to leading client work and managing research team members, she has dedicated herself to ensuring constant innovation and efficiency within Fusion Hill since the start of her internship. Not only is Danielle committed to making Fusion Hill and the work we do better, but she extends this to her community. Outside of the office, her passion lies in creating opportunities for underrepresented and vulnerable populations. She is committed to the Human Rights Campaign to support the fight for LGBTQ equality and works with Macalester College, her alma mater, to help offset the rising educational costs for the next generation.
We couldn’t be more proud of Danielle’s accomplishments and how they have impacted Fusion Hill and the Minneapolis community.
May 26, 2020 | Culture