London Design Festival & Start Up Weekend

Beginning this Post Graduate journey, the Creative Economy department designed an Orientation and Start Up weekend to stimulate the mind with various degrees of creativity. This kicked off at the London Design Festival in South Bank, where students indulged in new and innovative arts from the “Cream of the UK and International Designers”, at the Royal Festival Hall. Image The location was of particular interest to me, and after the show I found myself wandering around the concert hall, where there was not only a multitude of concert information to be found, but more art throughout from the festival. This allowed me the opportunity to plan several returns to the Royal Festival Hall, where I found there will be a multitude of excellent performances throughout the year.

The next day began with what could have possibly been the most mind grueling weekend I have had in quite a while, the Start Up. Now when I first heard that we were going to get a business plan up and running within 48 hours, worthy of being pitched to investors, I seriously considered faking an illness. As a person whose education has been mostly comprised of various aspects of music and performance, who has never taken a business class, the task seemed quite daunting. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find it was not as scary as it seemed ( a surprise I hope continues throughout the program). I found the thought processes taught by our workshop leader Eewei Chen to not be boring or straightforwardly dry as I had anticipated, but thought provoking, creative, and imaginative. This project not only allowed the students to get to know each other, but allowed us to utilize our strengths collectively to accomplish our goal. Personally I found the strengths of the individuals in my group to be quite varied, and although at first I thought this may have caused conflict, our multitude of skills collaborated quite efficiently. I believe it was our varied strengths that conspired the completion of our unique design, and I am defiantly proud of the work my colleges and I accomplished. I know this will be an experience I will remember long after I have left Kingston, and I’m sure glad I didn’t fake that illness.

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