Ogechi’s Reflective Essay

The first week of Design Thinking gave us an exercise in understanding the core principles of the course. First and foremost that of creativity as a tool for problem solving. I regarded myself a 'creative' only in the sense of goal I am pursuing a career  in film, with work product creativity having  cultural value…

Finding Innovation

When you google innovation a lot of pictures of lightbulbs come up like that one from nesta. Which links to a article by Geoff Mulgan on good and bad practices of innovation and the difficulties have in implementing the good practices. The light bulb symbolies the idea and what is the use of a coming up…

Dragon’s Den…Again

I don't like speaking in public, or even in front of an (attentive) class and sometimes even in small groups so it was probably a good idea to have the group pitch again before the final Dragon's Den. We even pitched before the mock Dragons Den so you would think we wouldnt be as nervous,…

Kingston Market

We manged to get enough stock a few days before the market with a good price from a private tailor so we were prepared to sell at the Kingston Market.  The branding and packaging had come together so we had clear and simple but professional look for our product. During this stage we had also…

The Hard Sell

With our new stock of products being manufactured and packaging finalised we were ready to film our advert. The costs were adding up and we were working faster to have enough products to sell to try and break even. One of the first things they tell you when writing for a visual media is to…

The Brand

After the trade fair the group felt optimistic about moving forward with the product, with the sales proving it was something viable. But we knew we wanted to sell more and with that we would need a more professional finish to the product as well as packaging. What we soon came to realise was we…

Trade Fair

Going into the fair the group didn't have the highest expecatations of selling but we left with a renewed enthusiasm for the business. The week leading up to the fair was a stressful one. We were mainly hoping to  have enough units to present and gain  at least some useful feedback, the aim was not…

Serious Play

Our recent session on serious play with lego reminded me a lot of the last time I had very seriously played with lego.I worked in  nursery for a few summers and could see the way the use of 'play time' changed as the children got older.The nursery had children  generally from 0-5 years which is…

Halfway

At our halfway point of our course came one of the biggest challenges for me anyway which was the debate. The debate felt like a culmination of everything we had really learnt on the course. It felt like a good use of all the presentations and group work that we have had to do throughout…

Dragon’s Den

We were pretty confident in our GetGrip product before the dragon's den.  We had fairly good feedback from other classmates on the course. However it was still daunting to watch other groups present so it was lucky that we went second. What proved to be difficult was sticking to the time. We assumed we would…