Ode to Lucy

Alas, the 5 Maidens have lost a comrade. Our dear Lucy has been taken from us, banished to the land of sun, optimism, organic smoothies, and Full House.

SAN FRANCISCO


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Yes, our dear Lucy has fallen. Ripped from our clutches!

How ever shall she cope without the beauty and splendor of dear London?

Think of all she’ll be missing…

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So this last blog of the semester is in honor of our dear fallen comrade and friend.

If it was not for her enthusiasm, intellect, creativity, hard word, and persistence, our product and business structure would not be remotely as strong.

Lucy was a fantastic Manager and a great collaborator and I for one, am very sad to lose her. Our business and class will definitely not be the same come January.

So Cheers to our beloved classmate and friend, you will be greatly missed. We send our well wishes and blessings for a safe and exciting journey.

Best of Luck in San Francisco.

Lucy of Great Britain, Mistress of Creation and Design.

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September 2012- December 2012

The Dragon’s Den

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Once upon a time, long long ago, there were five maidens who all hailed from different lands.

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There was Francesa of Brescia, a Mistress of Ideas.

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Angelika of Deutschland, Mistress of Management.

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Maria of the República Portuguesa, Mistress of Scribes.

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Lucy of Great Britain, Mistress of Creation and Design.

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and Natalie of the United States of America, Mistress of the Quill.

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Together they combined their talents to create a parcel, a parcel capable of withstanding the harshest conditions, and with which one could carry sustenance over any terrain, while retaining an upmost fashion sense of course.

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They worked tirelessly on this parcel, and when it was completed, prepared to release it to the nearby townspeople, to better enable them in their travels and encourage proper nourishment.

A little less of this.

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and a little more of this

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And so they prepared.

Financials, Market Strategies, Research, because in order to bestow upon the townspeople this creation of splendor, they had quite a few obstacles to overcome….

The worst of them being, the dreaded and ever deadly…

DRAGON’S DEN

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The maidens had to battle 7 Dragons.

You see beyond these Dragons lay the only path to reach the townspeople, and so the maidens had to devise a plan to defeat them, for the betterment of mankind.

And so they got together, to devise a plan.

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It took days upon days, until finally they agreed, there was no way they could take these Dragons by force, if they were to emerge victorious, they must sooth the Dragons with their intellect.

And so they created their Business Pitch.

A collection of information on their philosophy, product, research, target customers, marketing, and financial planning.

They were ready for battle.

It was time to journey forth.

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As they approached the deadly Dragons, the feelings were grim. Were the maidens well armed? Had they trained enough? Worked hard enough?

But the time for training was over.

The battle had begun.

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The Maidens commenced the attack, hoping to beat down the Dragons with all they had prepared. They were only given 5 minutes to fight, and in this short amount of time, not much damage can be done. The Maidens worked hard and strong, but before they knew it, the 5 minutes were spent, and the Dragons now had the opportunity to retaliate.

They attacked the Maidens with everything they had, their questions piercing straight through the Maidens defenses with little effort.

“Will the product withstand refrigeration?”

“Do you really see parents purchasing this for their children?”

“Are you sure you’re marketing to the correct target group?”

But the Maidens remained resilient, they were not deterred.

In Fact, they were more determined then ever,

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And even though the Dragon’s had fought very hard, the Maidens had still emerged…..

VICTORIOUS!

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They had survived their first Dragon’s Den.

They were prepared to move forth and introduce their creation to the townspeople.

And they were better prepared for any new obstacles they may encounter.

And most importantly, they would be better prepared for the Dragons in their next encounter!

WE HAVE A PRODUCT!!!!!! Oh Yah! & we prototyped it.

So, we have finally decided on a product.

I don’t think you heard me….

WE HAVE A PRODUCT!!!!

And when I found out we were far enough to start prototyping!??!?

You see, we’ve been going back and forth on products for a few weeks now. We worked on philosophies, business strategies, lifestyles, general public needs, and still we couldn’t settle on one product. We went through shirts, bags, spoon holders, kitchen utensils and even a whole kitchen line! We went from having 1 product, to 2 products, to 4 products, to no products, and now we finally have ONE WHOLE PRODUCT!

I mean, I’m so happy I could dance.

Our group has finally decided to make, *drum roll*

a LUNCH BAG!

Now I know, a lunch box, sounds pretty lame, but hear me out.

You see, as a person who takes my lunch to school everyday, because lets face it, the food here is not exactly 5 star, I have found there is really nothing I would want to buy to carry my lunch it. I mean, here are a few examples of whats out there.

And thats what you find when you google “lunch boxes for adults”, seriously.

So, we decided to do something a bit better. A lunch bag with a simplistic and almost vintage style, minimalistic, with just enough room for what you need. It can easily slip into a bag or be used as one on its own, with a waterproof lining and a washable canvas material, it will last quite a while, with age only adding to the cool factor.

and thats not the only styles we have!

Remember those classic brown paper bags? The coolest kids didn’t need a lunch box, cause a classic brown paper bag was where it was at. And now, you can have that same classic look, in reusable canvas!

So keep posted for when these bad boys come out.

Cause you’re going to need to grab all your friends and be all like,

Cause this product is going to be so big, people are going to be running to the mall all like,

But don’t worry, cause all you guys reading this blog have the IN. Just let us know how many you need and they’re yours! Cause the second you get one, you’re gonna be all like,

So stay tuned! They’re coming out and they’re coming out soon!

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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