Disrupt to stand out: why ‘purpose’ in business starts with innovative thinking.

Disrupt to stand out: why ‘purpose’ in business starts with innovative thinking.

As you sit down to write your 2020 budget plan, ask yourself this question: how different will this plan make us look by this time next year? It’s likely, in many cases, that the answer is, ‘it won’t.’ This is something we can help to change. Here’s why and here’s...
2019: the year of ‘not another one’.

2019: the year of ‘not another one’.

Retail space is display space. Not selling space. It’s three years since British Home Stores went into administration. Three years, and so many signals that UK retail is not in a happy place, yet successive retail failures quickly followed. The demise of Toys ‘R’ Us...
Hallelujah for the lifecycle!

Hallelujah for the lifecycle!

Like a great song, a product can have a development trajectory. Here’s how a product can be nurtured over the 2020 – 2030 decade. 1984 When Leonard Cohen released Hallelujah, probably his most recognisable song, in 1984, he did so after a struggle. If...
‘Sustainable’ shouldn’t mean ‘a bit less crap’.

‘Sustainable’ shouldn’t mean ‘a bit less crap’.

Go to a packaging or any other trade show, and see the plethora of ‘sustainable’ claims displayed on stands. The initiative to reduce consumption of virgin raw materials is well-intentioned. Consumers, aided by a gathering momentum around circular product design, have...
The room44 manifesto.

The room44 manifesto.

At room44 we have to maintain an agnostic view of every client’s business. To deliver landscaping strategies that present our customers with perspectives they couldn’t see for themselves, by themselves, and to be able to extrapolate an idea into a product concept that...
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