Happy Holidays from TFI & MiniTrends! Our 2014 Theme: Philae Landing on Comet

December 22, 2014

Season Greetings from your friends at TFI and MiniTrends! Following our long tradition of creating original greetings card around a current event or trend, this year’s card celebrates the Philae robot landing on a comet. Verse by our esteemed Chairman Dr. John Vanston, design by our lovely Creative Director Helen Mary V. Marek (John’s daughter). Enjoy and we look forward to connecting with you in the New Year! (Past cards linked at end of page.)

Happy Holidays from MiniTrends


Up for a sleigh ride down holiday greetings lane?  Be sure to stop by 2013 – Santa’s Drones, 2012 – Mayan Calendar, 2011 – Neutrinos, 2010 – New Technologies , 2009 – MiniTrends, 2008 Stock Market, 2007 – Climate Change, and 2006 – Ubuntu Greeting. Come by and visit us to see even more! :)

Holiday Greetings from TFI & MiniTrends! Card Design by Dr. John Vanston & Helen Mary Marek

December 24, 2013

Happy Holidays from TFI and MiniTrends!! Card by Dr. John Vanston and Helen Mary Vanston


At Technology Futures, Inc. traditions run deep. For 35 years we’ve enjoyed designing our own holiday card that reflects a current trend or event. Dr. John Vanston, TFI Chairman and MiniTrends leader writes the verse and Helen Mary V. Marek, TFI VP, Operations/Creative Dir. (and John’s daughter) designs the card. This year it’s the recent media attention to drone delivered packages of the future. We think Santa has the right idea!

We invite you to enjoy earlier original holiday cards by TFI, too! 2012 – Mayan Calendar, 2011 – Neutrinos, 2010 – New Technologies, 2009 – MiniTrends, 2008 – Stock Market, 2007 – Climate Change, 2006 – Ubuntu Greeting.

Mayan Holiday Greeting from TFI & MiniTrends–34th Annual Holiday Card by Dr. John Vanston & Helen Mary Marek

December 22, 2012


For 34 years, we at Technology Futures, Inc. have developed our own holiday cards each year reflecting on a current event. Dr. John Vanston, Chairman, TFI, writes the verse and Helen Mary V. Marek, VP Operations/Creative Director, TFI (and John’s daughter), designs the card. This year we chose the Mayan Calendar and TFI’s long forecasting experience as our subject.

We invite you to see our earlier original holiday cards by TFI, too! 20112010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Mayan Calendar Discovery

December 21, 2012

Mayan Calendar Copyright 2012, VanMarek Design, Concept and photo editing: HMV Marek; Original Photos: ClipArt/Getty ImagesThanks to Helen Mary V. Marek, VP, Operations/Creative Director, Technology Futures, Inc., for sharing her humor. :-)

Happy Thanksgiving – Thanks for Family Still at Top of Trends

November 21, 2012

The Bitten Word, 2012 Thanksgiving Trends Word Bubble: What’s In and What’s Out at the Thanksgiving Table This Year, http://www.thebittenword.com/thebittenword/2012/11/2012-thanksgiving-trends-.html

Since George Washington gave his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1789, many things have not changed. According to Mrs. Cubbison’s survey Thanksgiving across America, when asked “to whom or what will you be giving thanks for this year” the majority of Americans once again will be giving thanks for “family,” followed by “health,” “God,” and “friends.” We are glad to hear that!

To see what has changed in eating habits, The Bitten Word has an interesting way of looking at Thanksgiving Trends–word bubbles! They surveyed 11 major food magazines and found what’s in and out this Thanksgiving. Leading their list was that recipes for grilling the turkey seems to be “in.” Personally, we are buying our turkey from Luby’s. With our seemingly increasingly busy lives, I believe this is a trend that is going to continue, at least in my family!

According to Bitten, sweet potatoes are back in for this Thanksgiving’s trends! Glad to hear it. I always love sweet potatoes with marshmallows on top.

Veggies are not so popular this year says Bitten. That’s a trend I’m not following. Green bean casserole is my family’s favorite. Our recipe is 3 cans of regular green beans, Campbells mushroom soup (not too much or they’ll be mushy), and French fried onions on top (usually above the green beans in grocery store). You can throw in mushrooms,  almonds, scallions, and/or water chestnuts, too. Mix them all together and put them into the microwave for 5 minutes or so or bake them. Yum!!

Dessert, on the other hand, is still all about pies! Well, I’m certainly thankful for that!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Carrie and Your friends at Technology Futures, Inc.

Happy Holidays from Technology Futures, Inc. and MiniTrends – Verse by Dr. John Vanston, Design by Helen Mary Marek

December 24, 2011

For 33 years, we at Technology Futures have created our own holiday cards, selecting a theme that reflects a recent event or trend. Typically Dr. John Vanston, TFI Chairman, writes the verses and Helen Mary Marek, TFI Creative Director (and John’s daughter),  designs the cards. This year we were intrigued that researchers at CERN in Switzerland have apparently caused neutrinos to travel faster than the speed of light which has long been considered the maximum possible speed. Clearly this speed has been exceeded for centuries by a familiar jolly elf!

Happy Holidays from Technology Futures, Inc. and Minitrends

Happy Holidays from Technology Futures, Inc. and Minitrends -- Verse by Dr. John H. Vanston, Chairman, TFI, and design by Helen Mary Marek, Creative Director.


(Earlier Original Holiday Cards by TFI: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006)