Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Have your say!

I have been watching a lot of TV the last couple of days and have seen a few adverts that caught my eye. One being the BT advert and the second an advert for Stella Artois. Two very different products but both adverts are asking for public participation.

You may have seen the series of BT adverts featuring Adam and Jane, BT has taken us through different stages of their lives from moving in together to getting engaged. 'On Saturday 23rd April, Adam and Jane, the BT couple who have been on our screens since 2005, will finally wed. But with Jane busy with the new baby, it’s your chance to help plan the Big Day.'

The latest advert asks for the public to play a part in making decisions for the wedding. By going onto a facebook page, set up by BT, you can have your say. 'There are several important decisions Jane needs to make about her big day. All you have to do is check out the dresses, songs and wedding cars that have made Jane’s shortlist, and then make your selections to help shape the best day of her life.'

Whilst watching channel 4 last night an advert for Stella Artois came on. Showing a female actress practicing her lines whilst waiting for her co star, only to discover the director doesn't have a leading man. The advert then asks the public to apply to be the actresses co star by applying online.

'Star in the movie biopic of Jacques d'Azur - and take it to Cannes Film Festival like a true Riviera movie star. Competition closes 31st March 2011.

Audition online, get your fans to vote for you, and win. D'accord?

Stella Artois are looking for someone capable of filling his brogues, with audition entries being accepted from the 1st to the 31st March. If you submit the winning audition expect to be flown to Cannes, stay in Jacques' suite at the Carlton hotel and dine at his favourite restaurants. You'll get the red carpet treatment at exclusive after parties including a star studded gathering at Chez Jacques', Stella Artois' luxury, invitation-only lounge at an exclusive beachfront property in Cannes.

You'll also have the chance to take the lead role in the short film which will be premiering at Cannes Film Festival and be screening on Film4 putting you well on the way to following in Jacques's famous footsteps.'

I really like the idea of the public having 'their' say or even getting to star in an advert themselves. This create a unique promotion, which some members of the public will get excited about. And no doubt it will lead to greater brand awareness. Clever Advertising!

Monday, 21 March 2011

Design Studies - Assignment 2b - 4 Semester 2

For these assignments we were required to come up with a service which would appeal to a post consumer. During the first few weeks of the project our team got together to brain storm ideas, using mind maps, images, and any relevant information we had sourced.

After deciding what our idea was going to be we decided which role everyone in the team would play:
Karen and Ruth: Visual Identity and Advertising
Connie and Aisla: Research and Production
Dave and Jennifer: Finance
Graeme: Interior and Exterior Design

We gave ourselves weekly deadlines for the completion of our individual projects which worked effectively. We would meet every Thursday afternoon to discuss progress and make any relevant changes.

Skills Studio: Group 9
Profile of Post Consumer

The first step of our business proposal was identifying the profile of a post consumer. We decided that a post consumer is someone that:

  • • Would be interested in helping the environment and recycling

  • • They would buy ethical and fair-trade products
• They might grow their own fruit and vegetables or buy locally
• A post consumer would have non material values
• Passing on values and family influence is important to them

  • • They might be interested in being part of a community

  • • A post consumer might be middle class age 30+


Once we had identified a post consumer profile, we started to brainstorm ideas for possible products or services that might appeal to a post consumer. We thought that they might be interested in:
• Remaking/reusing

  • • Bringing back traditional values

  • • Trading skills

  • • Learning
• A service

  • • Joining community

  • • Local trade shop

  • • A mobile workshop

Our Service

We decided to focus our business proposal on a service to develop skills and community. Our service is a mobile skills bus. We felt this would provide a lot of the services that a post consumer would value. 

The benefits of our service are:

  • • Saving energy (we come to you)

  • • Learning new skills

  • • Saving money by recycling/mending/making
• Community involvement

Market Research

After researching skills workshops and speaking to a school head teacher we came up with skills which we thought a post consumer could benefit from. Some of these consist of bike repair( which is designed for post consumers as they would usually try and avoid public transport so if classes such as bike repair are available it would help them maintain the health of their bike.) knife sharpening (is a skill which is useful for a post consumer because it saves them from buying new knives when the old one gets blunt),knitting(people refer it to grannies knitting but it has been around for many years so these skill workshops will regenerate interest in traditional methods such as knitting by hand), sewing and upholstery(Sewing and mending is self explanatory, it is so people can mend their clothes or make alteration if they wanted their item altered.) These skill workshops are designed so that people can learn skills, which were once used often and now forgotten. We put baking down but we thought of all the complications, which it may cause so we thought of making tray bakes where an oven is not required. These skill workshops will bring people in communities together so people know their neighbours and also to make new friends and hobbies.

For market research, we looked at different skill workshops and how they operate. We looked at a local skills workshop held at the recycle centre in Dundee. They were offering skills such as soil sew and cycle, which we thought a post consumer would be attracted to. They had certain dates, which each workshop would be held so we based our idea around that. We interviewed o2 on their guru roadshow and they gave us interesting feedback on how their bus operated. We asked about their advertisement and how successful the guru bus was and if there was anything important they had to consider such as safety and positioning. 
After the researching we had to consider our target audience and advertisement. O2 said that people usually come over due to curiosity and the word usually spreads about the services, which they had to offer. Advertisement is important in order for the word to get about so we made posters, mobile phone apps and websites, which will help with this.


Our mobile skills studio would visit different areas of Dundee at weekends, to give the public the opportunity to learn essential skills. We think this service would appeal to a post consumer, and that they would perhaps bring their children along to the events also. However we are also aware that varying age groups would enjoy taking part in these kinds of workshops and that passers by may be intrigued by the bus as we would gain business that way.
Some of these skills we would offer have been listed in the section above but after time we would hope to add new skills, which would come from feedback given by skills studio users.

Not only do we want to teach people valuable skills and bring back traditional values we want people to engage with their community. The skills studio bus is a great opportunity for people to get together and have fun, and hopefully make a few new friends along the way. Since our service also aims to integrate people back into community we would encourage unemployed members of the public, older citizens and skilled volunteers to come forward and run their own workshops.

As popularity of the skills studio grows we would take our service to different areas of the country so that we can get as many members of the public involved. We would also aim to contact schools, so that our services could be used by school pupils, with the activities arranged accordingly.
Brand Identity

We decided to call our service 'Skills Share' as it is simple and rolls off the tongue. It also suggests exactly what our company is about instantly so that people can realise what we are about quickly, even when seeing it on a moving bus.

• The logo is made up of a ring of people, which is reflective of the importance of people in a community coming together to learn these skills. The image of the people in a circle also becomes reminiscent of a bus tyre, showing that it is a mobile service.

• We used a primary based colour scheme as it expresses that we are about learning and bringing back basic primary skills that can be very useful.

  • ▪ Our Skills workshops will be based and begin in and around Dundee. The bus will travel to different areas within the city, this allows people to avoid using their cars and causing pollution as the bus will come to them locally. Once the mobile service is tried and tested in Dundee it can expand to other towns and cities.

▪ We will have a basic set of flyers and posters that will be used to simply inform the public of where in their area the workshops will be held, when and also to promote what skill they can learn that month.

▪The posters will be placed in public areas, such as in bus stops or local shops or post offices to promote the event in that particular area.


Advances in technology means that more and more people are using the Internet. Our website has therefore been set up to reach as many members of the public as possible. It allows users to learn about who we are and what we do. Users are able to view upcoming events as well as access recaps on previous workshops.

Since our service also aims to integrate people back into community information regarding voluntary opportunities is outlined online. We hope to encourage unemployed members of the public, older citizens and skilled volunteers to come forward and run their own workshops.

Mobile Phone App

Apps have become increasingly popular in recent years, and in order to make as many members of the public aware of our mobile workshop we have designed our own app. Similar to the website it will contain information on up coming events as well as recaps on previous workshops e.g Step by Step guide to Knitting. The app would also give the user the opportunity to book their next session with the skills studio.


The bus would be re-appropriated to house skills events. It would include adequate storage and workspace for each event. Both floors of the bus will be laid out in an open plan design allowing for optimal social interaction within this modest space. In order to provide a versatile and fluid space for each event, seating and work surfaces should be packable, folding into the floor and walls as needed. This will also create temporary storage space when in transit and continue to hold the furniture in place. The bus will centre as a base for activity within the vicinity, providing shade and shelter outside using canopies. This will also provide space for more space consuming activities like bike repair. The on board generator will provide for services such as tea and coffee, operation of tools, lighting and heating.


Initial Income

The first step of working out our financial forecast was looking into what funding we could get.
  • We found a European Cultural Foundation Collaboration Grant that could give us 25,000 Euros which works out to be around £25,000
  • We could get a business loan for £25,000 with an interest rate of around 2%.
  • We could pay off this loan within three years paying £12,000 a year for the first two years, and the remainder, £9,970 in the third year.
  • Initial Expenditure
  • Our initial outgoings were going to be the cost of our bus and a budget for refurbishment. This came to a total of £22,000.


We looked into how much our petrol costs would be each year, and decided that in the first year, we would be working in a 40-mile radius around our base and increasing this gradually over the following years.
After some research, we came up with some rough numbers for our other outgoings (advertising, stationery, etc.).
This gave us our total expenditure for the first year.


For our ticket prices we decided to have adults paying £10 and children/concessions £5. In one session we estimated that every adult would bring two children, totalling 8 adults and 16 children. This would give us £160 for each session.
• Year 1
In one day we would have 3 sessions and we would be running this 3 days a week for 40 weeks. This would give us a total of £57,600 in a year.
The bus would also be available to book out for the day (for school, groups) at a cost of £500. Doing this one-day a week for the 40 weeks would give us a total of £20,000.
• Year 2
We would continue our 3 sessions a day but run for 4 days a week instead. Continuing this for the 40 weeks would give us a total of £76,800 a year.
We would also aim to continue booking full day events once a week for 40 weeks giving us another £20,000.
• Year 3
We would do 4 sessions a day, 4 days a week for the 40 weeks, which would give us £102,400.
We would also aim to run 3 event days every 2 weeks for the 40 weeks, which would give us £30,000. 

After year 3 we will have paid off our loan and started and have a positive bank balance. In the years to follow we would have enough money to expand the business with additional busses or expanding our area even wider.


Art, Soul and Events, 2011. Greens Art Network Skills Share. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 March 2010].
Information on a skills share event, which has already taken place is listed. Details on what it is, why it is happening, how it works and what the workshop will include are highlighted.

City Centre Management, 2011. City Centre Management. [online] Available at: [Accessed 10 March 2011].

This section of the Dundee Council website provides information on how the council works closely with other organizations to help promote local organizations and bring people to Dundee.

D-air: Dundee Artists in Residence, 2011. Events. [online] Available at: [Accessed 20 February 2011].
‘D-AiR (Dundee Artists in Residence) profiles the work of Dundee-based artists, celebrates Dundee as a city of culture and creativity, and fosters links between artists and the wider community.’ Provides information regarding up coming events in the local area.

Flatters, P. and Willmott, M., 2009. Understanding the Post-Recession Consumer. Harvard Business Review, [online]. Available at: [Accesed 23 January 2011].

Paper investigating the changing needs of the post recession consumer. Analysis of trends gives an indication of the needs of pre and post recession consumers. Details regarding new services which are designed with these new values in mind are highlighted.

Funding 4 Dundee, 2011. Government and Other Funding Schemes. [online] Available at [Accessed 10 March 2011].

Information regarding the various different types of grants and funding schemes are available through this website. Selection of sub categories, that relate to your business needs provides more specific details which can aid business start up.

Grove, K. 2010. I wish I worked there. Wiley and sons: London

This book has inspiring spaces which gave us some inspiration. It is full of images which have modern visions of space and colour.

Kane,G. 2009 The three secrets of green business, Unlocking competitive advantage in a low carbon economy. Earthscan: London

This book gives us an idea of how to make a green business focusing on the needs of a post consumer.

Mathew Taylor’s Blog, 2011. Post Consumerism. [online] Available at:
< s="post+consumer"> [Accessed 20 February 2011].

Blogs written by the RSA’s chief executive provided information on the post consumer profile, details regarding the needs and values of the average post consumer were also given.

Skills Share, 2011. Current Skilled Volunteer Roles. [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 20 February 2011].

Website providing information on company which provides help to non profit groups. List of voluntary projects already in place are listed. Details of opportunities and voluntary roles are highlighted.

The Daily Green, 2011. Be a post-consumer consumer. [online] Available at :
< click="main_sr"> [Accessed 23 January 2011].

Information detailing the views and needs of a post consumer are outlined on this webpage. Particular attention is placed on recycling and how this can improve the environment.

The Official Tourist Board of the Peak District and Derbyshire, 2011. Activities and Special Interest Breaks, [online] Available at [Accessed 2 March 2011].

Details of activities and events which the public can participate in are highlighted on this section of the website. Gain an insight into the type of activities which are popular amongst members of the public.

Used Coach Sales, 2011. Used Coach Sales. [online] Available at:
[Accessed 10 March 2011].

Website providing prices of new and used coaches. Images of converted coaches were available.

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Book Binding

Last night I went along to a book binding workshop held by the art society. After being advertised around the university the workshop had a really good turn out with around 35 people attending. Due to the unexpected numbers there was a lack of paper supplies which meant that people had to make do with posters, newspapers and smaller sheets of paper. But despite this we were all able to put together small sketchbooks. I made a little A5 sketchbook with a cover made from handmade paper. I then got taught how to bind the book using a needle and thread, using a figure of eight technique.

Even though it was good to learn this type of binding I didn't feel that I came away learning any new skills. I would have liked to learn various different binding techniques and paper folding options so that I could have produced a more creative design of sketchbook.

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Presentations Underway

At today's lecture we saw the first of the group presentations. I thought they were all really good and it was clear that the groups had put a lot of effort into their business proposals. Even though everyone has been set the same brief it was good to see the various different ideas that people had come up with.

I thought the 'pecking order' proposal was very well delivered, the group had went to extra lengths by setting up a working website which I thought looked pretty professional. It gave us a true idea of what using their service would entail. 'Trekabout' was another interesting proposal. Whilst hillwalking is a popular activity the group discovered some individuals don't participate as they do not consider themselves experienced enough. Their aim was to build up hillwalking communities where groups of people would come together to enjoy the activity.

The other 2 groups had similar ideas, both wanted to promote growing your own fruit and vegetables. 'Allot Left' aimed to sell 'waste' fruit and veg which is grown in allotments around Dundee, the money made from selling these items on would go back into the allotment community. Whilst 'Fayre Trade Market' focused on promoting grow your own to residents of Dundee. Any produce grown could be 'bartered' at an indoor market, meaning that members of the public could exchange goods.

I thought all the presentations were well executed, and everyone that spoke delivered their talk very well. To be honest its made me a little scared for presenting my own now!

Friday, 11 March 2011

A good talk

Today we received a really inspirational talk from Keith Forbes and Chris Lumsden both founding directors of Good Creative. After discussing how they approach briefs and being given a showcase of some of the projects they have worked on in the past they spoke to us about the importance of design.

I was aware that graphic designers often have to pitch for projects, and make sacrifices when it comes to budgets and deadlines which often results in amateur agencies producing poor quality work. However I what i didn't know that there was an organisation in place to help 'promote professional excellence through productive partnerships between commerce and the design industry to champion effective design which improves the quality of people's lives.'

Speaking in some depth about the DBA (Design Business Association) I left with a new attitude towards design. As a class we are all aware of D&AD and I think winning one of their prestigious yellow pencils if something we would all love to achieve. While D&AD award designers based on their creativity the DBA '
reward the integral role that design effectiveness plays in commercial success.' I think this is a great idea as creatives have to produce designs that works, it may not be the most conceptual of ideas, but producing work which meets clients/ consumers needs doesn't mean its any less creative.

I think we all have appreciated the time Good Creative have taken to come and speak with us, and I definitely feel I have a different outlook on the future of design.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Zumba Cardio Party

Last night I went along to the Zumba Cardio Party hosted by ISE. Mono nightclub was taken over by lots of girls for a 2 hour 'zumbathon' all in the name of charity. 4 different fitness instructors took to the stage, dressed in Comic Relief T-shirts and red war paint, some of the participants were also dressed up in wigs and fancy costume.

The final total raised has not been announced yet but with a £5 entry fee and at least 100 people there I am sure we have helped raise a good amount for comic relief. And we all got to have good fun shaking our 'maracas' at the same time!

Wednesday, 9 March 2011


Over seven weeks ago we were given the YCN briefs to read through and choose. I decided to pick the a brief which requires me to 'Bring Fedrigoni’s versatile range of papers to life to ensure they’re the paper of choice for existing and new customers.'

During this time I have done a lot of research (this is mostly down to the fact it took me so long to come up with an idea!) and have found some really interesting pieces of work made to promote the paper merchant. Thought I would upload a few that caught my eye!

Inspiring Talks

Today we had another interesting lecture from former DoJ student, Linsey McIntosh. I have really enjoyed these types of talks, where we get to learn about what route people have taken to get to where they are today. Linsey was very down to earth and discussed the concerns she had as a student, and I believe they are concerns that we all have. I too am worried that I won't know how to work on a real live project or know all the Adobe programs inside out. But she told us not to worry about what we can't do and focus on what we can. She has had to learn new skills fast but it has been a great learning experience for her. Another top tip I picked up on was how essential work experience is, Linsey believes she got her first job based on the 3 months work experience she completed during the summer months. I found this really relevant as recently we were spoken to about out summer placements. Unfortunately not everyone is guaranteed a place, but hopefully I am lucky enough to get one, as this goes to show how helpful they are in getting you a job.

Linsey went on to talk us through her first project; designing the interior for an orthodontic surgery. It was great to see her visual diary made up of photographs taken throughout the project. We got a real sense of how much work goes into completing such designs. She mentioned that working on this project taught her more than what she learned during her time at college. Therefore I think it would be great to go on a placement during the summer as it would give us all a glimpse of what working in the 'real world' will be like.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

We had a really interesting lecture today from Ptolemy Mann, who spoke us through her fourteen year career as a weaver. She has been very successful so it was great to gain an insight into what path she has taken to get to where she is today.

The day after graduating from university she started weaving in a studio, she was renting out in London, with no jobs or commission it was determination to become an artist which drove her to produce her designs. After several commissions for hospitals, hotels and large companies her work was recognised for its strong and positive use of colour. It was this use of colour which has seen Ptolemy go on to work with architects to produce inspiration designs for the interior and exterior of hospitals and schools.

Mann also spoke to us about becoming a 'brand' since a collection of her designs have now been digitally reproduced for commercial sale. After having a look at her website it is clear that she has worked hard to get to where she is, she was definately very inspiring at the lecture today.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Kate's Potions - The End (I hope!)

Last Friday we had to present our final ideas for Kate's Fruit Potions to Good Creative. Again they were great at listening to what you had come up with and giving you constructive feedback on what they thought was effective and what could be improved.

My Idea: The final logo portrays the potion labels in an organic form, incorporating elements of fruit and nature. The colours used have been selected to portray each of the four varieties of fruit potion available. The logo therefore changes in colour depending on which bottle it adorns.
This also allows for instant recognition of flavour. Black has been used in addition to this to ensure readability.

The bottle’s structure is inspired by the shape of potion bottles which helps emphasise the name of the brand. The colour white has been adopted to give an element of mystery to the product. However the see through section of the bottle has been created so that the consumer can see what the juice looks like. It is also intended to appeal to children who will be intrigued by this fun interactive element. A screw cap will allow children to consume the drink when needed. The bottle will be designed to fit in a lunch box.

I got positive feedback which I was really pleased about. Keith suggested that the use of a white bottle may be too medicinal and that I could consider changing this. I was also told to make my type larger so that it has more of an impact.