Author Archives: taylorvanhare

Dear Taylor…

This final week of classes has been nothing short of a struggle. Now I’m not sure if it’s a combination of all the impending deadlines I have been trying to ignore, or the last minute group project meetings I have been conducting… Or if it’s a little bit of that mixed with the realization that this […]

The forgotten shopping day

With the Thanksgiving food coma and the weekends biggest array of sales finally winding down, I thought I would reflect on the shopping festivities that surround this turkey day holiday. There is one day that is often always lost amid the hype of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And in my opinion this “shopping day” […]

Have we actually reached a retail apocalypse?

[Disclaimer – this is a little preview into what my presentation will be on this Wednesday!] You have been hearing it everywhere these days – retail is dead. Long gone are the hours spent in Macy’s shopping for the newest model of that KitchenAid mixer, or a fancy tie for dad’s birthday. E-commerce has become the buzzword […]

Brewing a Digital Presence – Starbucks

I am not ashamed to say it – but I am for lack of a better term, a coffee snob. Now before you judge me, give me a chance to explain myself. I grew up in Seattle where people there take their coffee very seriously. So seriously in fact, that they even have a system […]

Sharing the rest of our lives?

“Commerce with the promise of human connection”. Airbnb’s Co-founder Joe Gebbia eloquently explained the value and crux of the sharing economy in these seven words – and I can shamelessly say that I buy into it completely. Companies like Uber and Airbnb have discovered how to take the human feeling of trust and design for […]

Swipe right, please?

Shameless confession… I found myself crying on my flight to Clemson this last Thursday while watching one of my all-time favorite movies – Crazy, Stupid, Love. Now for all of you who may not have seen this cinematic work of genius –  I will give you a quick run-down. It essentially follows the love lives […]

Yes-Man and a Little Honesty

I have decided that Senior Year is going to be the year of yes. Can I wear sweatpants to the bar? – yes Should I buy those Red Socks tickets? – yes Do I want another piece of pizza? – yes You get the picture… Whether you think this will ultimately bring me more harm […]