Last Friday, Sarah boris gave us a talk about all the work she’s done so far. She’s a french artist and designer that has worked for several companies and studios like the Barbican art centre. And has recently opened a small studio where her work is exhibit and people can go and see the process. I found it quite interesting how having a job with a company she decided to leave and find new projects. And event tho as a designer you have to do what the clients wants for its product sometimes is good to develop the idea and see how further can you take it to improve the final client decision.
After all the morning finishing the last few details for the event, everything got ready on time and the Cafe where the exhibition took place looked very good. All the paddles where properly placed on the wall or the tables. We had a ping pong table in the middle of the room so guests could play and have fun and event the vinyl signage outside the window didn’t look as well as expected due to its transparency, people could find their way in.
On the contrary of what we all expected, the event was very familiar. It was our year, a few students from other courses, friends and family and the people from the art of ping pong that sponsored us and nous vous that made a paddle for the event.
When the live auction started it all went really quick and all the paddles were sold very quick. one of my paddles was sold by our tutor Ricardo.
At the end of the event we had collected a lot of money for children in need and everyone enjoyed the event.
As part of the project and exhibition we split the class in groups to get everything done for the event. I was part of the auction team.
We had to create biding sheet for each paddle as we didn’t know at the beginning with of the paddle were going to be at the live auction, so better be prepared.
As every event, there’s minor issues and one of those was the the pictures of the paddles taken by the photography team didn’t reach the standards we expected so James, Maria, Kat and me retook the pictures a couple days before the event.
Reanne, Nicole, Andrew and me as part of the auction team needs to prepare the live auction biding once the paddles were chosen. We asked everyone to name their paddle and we wrote a short description about it.
The stress levels before the event were high since a few people had to do lot of things to get everything done and since most of the thing were left for the last moment.
As the event is in less than a week and the photography team didn’t photograph my paddles properly for the exhibition catalogue I decided to do it myself today, and I’m quite happy with it. Working in group it’s so much complicated than I expected but I’m sure everything will be ready the day of the event. I’m designing the biding sheets for the paddles that were not shortlisted too, so tomorrow with some help from other colleagues will be photographing all the paddles. again.
My research continues, and I’m happy to say that Adrian’s obsession for questioning everything it’s really helping me. Now I’m starting to questioning everythig, like… Why is the product I want to create not already out there? Is there any reasons? Is a good idea …? I’m trying to find answers for every question.
My original odea was to create a package for mini toasts and different dips to have on the go, but the more reaseaech I do the more I twist and change my idea to meke it better, and even of it’s taking me long , I’m having fun with it.
This os what I found out about different dips people all around the world have on their toast. If u have something that’s bot in the list with your toast, please comment.
In group with wrote on different colour post its 1.miche communities, 2.customer needs, 3.ideas for products. And after just a few minutes each group add a wall with lots of idea. It was interesting playing around and taking one idea from each colour post it and try to come up with and idea for the project. For me it really helped, even if now I and I think most of the class is stressing out about how much research we have to do in just two weeks.
Second hot house talk, first for me as I could make it to the first one. Triple double talked about process. I can’t say much about it but a few quotes I liked from the presentation. He explained the process of three of his projects in the past, the most interesting one for me, the Nike 78 one.
-Immersion: to become an expert, become an expert.
-Collaborate: there is always a better designer, developer or client out there.
-Create: done is better than perfect, but pursue perfection and play with it.
After friday’s CIP lesson, were we talked about our paddles, the overall reaction from Kieron and Cecile was that we all had great ideas but the outcone wasn’t great. One of my paddles was printed on poster paper and one of the sides looked a bit pixelated. But because poster paper is expensive I decided that I would leave it as it was. My second paddle I have to admit that it was just a trial, and it looked messy, but because everyone liked it I decided to try to improve it with the materials I had at home. And eventho it’s not perfect, I’m quite happy with the outcome.
As part of the project, we had to come up with a presentation in group.
The presentation had to include a display for the event, a name and motto, a logo, sponsorship , marketing campaign and the bidding process
Clelia and Kevin presented our ideas at the five foot six studio and all the merit for the illustrations goes to Kevin. Th e rest helped developing the ideas, brainstorming. And most important, walking around and asking university employees about what could it be done or not at the cafe for the event to set possible goals.