Our favourite viral and pop-culture moments of 2015
12. On the twelfth day of Christmas… What were you Googling?
It’s that special day of the year, when you’re woken too early by your family to frolic in the piles of wrapping paper strewn around the christmas tree while indulging in chocolate for breakfast. The mandatory attire is a santa hat and a bad pair of board shorts.
But once the Christmas morning ritual is over, our thoughts turn to the rest of the day and many of you have turned to Google to ask the big questions. So we thought we’d take a look at what queries are currently trending in our home city of Perth.
Here are the top five queries over the last 24hrs;
- Shops open Christmas day
- Christmas lights Perth
- Crown Perth
- Bottleshop open Christmas day
- BOM WA (Bureau of Meteorology)
?For the full live breakdown you can visit Google Trends.
Merry Christmas to everyone, whether you’re enjoying sunshine or snow we hope you have a fantastic day!
11. On the eleventh day of Christmas… Colouring books were amongst Amazon’s best sellers.
Think back to your childhood, remember your old pencil cases crammed with coloured pencils and crayons. We were all encouraged to explore our creativity and colouring was an activity that every seemed to love.
Well, in 2015 we found that it’s not just children that love colouring. In fact millions of adults around the world have started colouring as a form relaxation, claiming that the simple act is one of the most effective ways to de-stress. The repetitive motions and attention to detail required to complete the intricate artworks has meditative qualities and their popularity is being driven by people experiencing the direct benefits.
A recent article by ABC explains; Colouring books for adults are just the latest iteration of the craze for mindfulness that is sweeping the Western World. It is described by its practitioners as a way of paying non judgemental attention to present moment. Colloquially, it is described as meditation without religion.
No matter the motivation, we think its amazing that colouring-in has entered the everyday for many people of all ages all around the world. We just wonder whose masterpiece will ultimately be hung on family fridge.
Find your own colouring-in book at Amazon’s top ten best sellers
10. On the tenth day of Christmas… Hawthorn claimed a famous three-peat
With local arch rivals, the Dockers and the Eagles, finishing first and second on the ladder respectively it looked on paper to be one of the memorable seasons for West Australian football.
Unfortunately neither side could stop the experienced campaigners, the mighty team from Hawthorn.
Despite defeating the Dockers in the 2013 Grand Final, and upsetting the Swans in 2014, the Hawthorn side had an indifferent season including a shock loss to expansion club GWS and failing to beat Port Adelaide in both of their encounters.
Of course they knew better than anyone that everything that comes before you means nothing when it comes to the big dance. Sublime kicking skills, fearless football and moments of Rioli magic led to a 46 point win over a shell-shocked West Coast Eagles.
The victory means that they have the chance to enter football immortality by being the first AFL side to win 4 premierships in a row. A feat that has only occurred once in the VFL competition in 1930.
As for the West Coast Eagles and Fremantle Dockers in 2016, both are now aware it’s a long road back.
9. On the ninth day of Christmas… Uber ruffled some taxi feathers.
Uber now operates in 68 countries and is one of the worlds leading brands, successfully harnessing the share economy and completely disrupting an established industry with the use of superior technology and marketing prowess.
The ride sharing company doesn’t own a single vehicle as part of its fleet or employ a single a driver for that matter. Its product? A smartphone app that connects and facilitates a connection between two individuals, a driver and a passenger. The key to its success? A superior user experience;
- Choose the level of quality of your vehicle
- See how many active drivers there are in the local area
- Easily calculate your fare and travel times
- Complimentary cold water and mints
- No awkward exchange of money
- Driver and passenger rate each other for quality control
- Trip info and receipt is emailed
The result is an enjoyable experience that feels like something we should have been receiving for years.
It hasn’t been met without criticism though, with the Taxi industry in Perth initially seeking action by the Government. Protests however have had an unfortunate result for the Taxi industry with Uber sign ups surging up to 500%.
In a turn for Taxi drivers in Western Australia, the Government has not only legalised Uber X but in doing so announced a $34 million compensation package for taxi license holders.
2015 sure has been one hell of a ride.
8. On the eighth day of Christmas… New Horizons reached Pluto
We reached a truly historic moment in science and space exploration earlier this year, as the piano sized satellite New Horizons flew by Pluto. Launching back in January 2006, before using Jupiter as a slingshot, the research satellite hurtled through space for 9 years, travelling at speeds of 50,000 kilometres an hour.
After covering a distance of 5 billion kilometres, on July 14, 2015 the satellite reached the closest distance of the fly-by mission to the dwarf planet and captured an amazing set of data and images that unveiled its secrets for the first time.
Pluto was discovered by Clive Tombaugh, back in the year 1930. Up until the year 2006, just months after the New Horizons launch, it was considered to be the 9th planet in our solar system before being down-graded to the status of dwarf planet after the classification system was clarified.
The ABC published an article Pluto comes into focus, which provides a great wrap of the event and the history of our unique outer system neighbour.
7. On the seventh day of Christmas… Healthy eating got a little fashionable
Over the last decade or so Australia’s food culture has been flourishing. We seem to have food festivals every second week, world famous chefs opening new restaurants on our shores and primetime television cooking competitions that attract record audiences. We certainly love our food and we do it really well.
But something else entered mainstream food culture this year; healthy eating. Obviously this isn’t a new concept, people have been eating well and dieting for years, but 2015 marks the moment when healthy eating become popular and perhaps even a little fashionable. There was a noticeable rise in organic, vegan and gluten-free options on menus, not to mention entirely new dedicated restaurants and cafes. Supermarket health food sections got upgraded and every week something else was being touted as the next superfood perfect for your NutriBullet.
Earlier this year The Guardian published an article and interviews with the rising stars of this healthy eating surge. The portaits look like a fashion shoot, their food looks even better, but some of the statistics published were simply astounding. One of the stars, Ella Woodward, reportedly recieves an average of 6 million unique visitors to her blog monthly and has another 400K followers on Instagram. Combine her digital reach with a hard-cover cookbook publishing deal and we’re talking serious market influence. Eating healthy is now big business.
6. On the sixth day of Christmas… We went Back to the Future
It was 1989 when the second instalment of the Back to Future saga was released. Screen lovers around the world watched in wonder as a vision of the future was projected on screen. From holographic billboards and video calls to robotic waiters, the creators envisioned a future reality for October 21, 2015.
This year we met that date and reflected on what predictions became a reality, but one invention that still eludes us is the hover board. So how close are we and are we ever likely to glide above the streets?
Wired Magazine have done a wrap of the most promising technologies and investigate how close we are to riding liking like Marty McFly.
5. On the fifth day of Christmas… Google rebranded
It’s something we now can’t seem to live without. 1.2 trillion searches per year, 3.5 billon searches per day, 40,000 searches per second. The statistics are simply mind boggling, especially when we consider that Google was only invented in September, 1998.
Fast forward exactly 17 years to September, 2015 and the company that notoriously put functionality over design decided to release the most significant update of its brand to date. This might not seem like a game changer, but when one of the worlds largest companies and a service that most of us use daily decides to update its identity it has massive cultural ramifications.
It’s a line in the sand moment, where Google recognised a requirement to evolve its visual presence to be something more relevant in todays media landscape and also to improve communication and the user experience through design. The best part about this rebrand however is that they managed to get it right.
If you want to know more about the specifics of the execution, our very own Head of Design, Mick Barlow-Stringer wrote some commentary earlier this year when it was released.
Alternatively, you can ‘Google it’ and read any one of the thousands of opinion pieces and reviews that set the design world aflutter… Or we’ve made it even easier, selecting an article that was released only this week by one of our favourite design sites It’s Nice That.
4. On the fourth day of Christmas… The Force Awoke
There’s no spoiler alert required here, although a few of us at JuiceBox braved the midnight queues to join thousands of other Star Wars fans around the country for the premiere of the seventh episode in the world’s largest sci-fi franchise.
Now owned by Disney and with new director J.J. Abrams at the helm, The Force Awakens is expected to smash all box office records with ticket sales alone estimated to earn $2.4 billion globally. However that’s just the tip of the iceberg, with the film estimated to generate somewhere in the vicinity of $9 billion across cinema, games, retailers, toymakers and various sponsorships.
Bloomberg yesterday released a snapshot detailing the predicted earnings of the film in contrast with other highest performing movie and merchandise earnings and the figures are staggering.
We’ll just finish by saying that after the atrocious prequels and seeing the movie last night, there’s a new hope for Star Wars and certainly a healthy bank balance for Disney.
3. On the third day of Christmas… Malcolm gave Tony the boot
It’s certainly been a turbulent period in Australian politics in recent times, with four Prime Ministers in two and half years. Most recently Malcolm Turnbull has snatched the top job, replacing Tony’s talk of knighthoods with conversation about agility and innovation.
The resources boom has officially ended giving rise to the ideas boom, and according to Malcolm, Australia is open for business. He’s also put our money where his mouth is, launching the national innovation and science agenda. If you haven’t yet had a read, you can learn all about it here.
As for Tony, who knows what the future holds, but we’ll sure miss his peculiarities.
2. On the second day of Christmas… Netflix arrived in Australia
This year Australians saw a large shift in the way they consume media with the introduction of several streaming services, key of which was Netflix. On demand offerings have seen an explosion of growth in 2015 as consumers shifted towards paid streaming services over traditional free-to-air offerings.
Established media giants have been forced to adapt with Foxtel immediately dropping the pricing of their Netflix competitor Presto from $20 per month to $10. Fairfax and Channel 9 have also sought to compete by introducing Stan to the market and by securing exclusive content like Better Call Saul.
The fight is on and the victor is increasingly looking like it will be the option with the most content. With this in mind Netflix has become a producer of content with shows like House of Cards and Daredevil being produced exclusively for the service.
However we have a funny feeling the victor is already decided… I mean, do you know anyone that says #prestoandchill…
1. On the first day of Christmas… We received a dress that divided the world
About a week before the wedding of Scottish couple Grace and Keir Johnston, Grace’s mother Cecilia Bleasdale and her partner Paul Jinks took a photograph of the dress she planned to wear to the wedding. In the lead up to the special day the family debated the photograph and the colour of the dress, even after seeing that the dress was “obviously blue and black” in real life. A few days after the wedding on 26 February 2015 one of their close friends posted the photograph to Tumblr and asked followers what colour they saw. WithIn the first week of that post more than 10 million tweets mentioned the hashtags #thedress, #whiteandgold, and #blackandblue. It went on to become one of the largest internet memes of the year and divided us all.
A 2015 study with 1,400 respondents found that 57% saw the dress as blue and black, 30% as white and gold and about 10% as blue and brown, while approximately 10% could switch between any of the colour combinations. The dress itself, which was identified as a product of the retailer Roman Originals, experienced a major surge in sales as a result of the meme.
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