So much has happened…

6 10 2010

… I will write about it soon. Here is a bullet point list of things I have been doing lately, I will expand when I get a free day:

  • Having my buffday
  • Winning pole tings
  • Training for more pole competitions
  • Helping Donna set up the new studio in Melton Mowbray for First Class Pole Fitness
  • Travelling back and forth from Melton at least 3 days a week but mostly 5
  • Going to Ninjatune XX
  • Hanging out with Adam
  • Learning new pole moves on spinning and static
  • Looking for a new house with 2 new housemates
  • Getting ready to say goodbye to my current housemate
  • Working 5 but mostly 6 days a week
  • Buying a pole stage (yes!)
  • Winning another pole (I have a pole forest now)
  • Getting free beer
  • Going to Secret Garden Party
  • Watching circus acts
  • Teaching a splits and flexibility class at First Class Pole Fitness
  • Loving ballet – it’s hard but I am getting better every week
  • Working on 2 new routines for pole
  • Getting my spine and pelvis realigned – made so much difference!
  • Going to the masterclass with Felix on Saturday (!!)
  • Performing at First Class Pole Fitness’s Industry Launch on Sunday (wahoo! I am also baking cakes for it!)
  • Trying to find time to sleep

Right, back to doing my pilates core exercises. I am aiming to get Iron X by Christmas, it is my main goal at the moment. Let’s do it!


Week 22

25 02 2008

We were given the one week project on Friday, and it turned out to be this. I’ve gone for the Nivea young range because I’ve already done all the research for my other project. It’s going well, today I am working on my initial board, am hoping to have it all laid out and done by the end of today.

The deliverables are three A2 boards, one initial ideas, one development of ideas and one of finals in context and justification. Wooohaaaa.

In other news, I have been taken on for Easter work placement with Creativtypes! Woooohoooo! It’s going to be wicked, am going to work there Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fri and then work for Bulb Wednesday. It’s all going rather smoothly.

Last night was a bit of a disaster, Sam and I were supposed to get the bus home but I ended up getting on it on my own. This was because she had been told the wrong bus terminal and then missed the bus completely. Disaster. Luckily she is home now but has to go back to London anyway! Confusion.

Dan and I made amazing venison stew this weekend. It was fantastic. We threw everything in, sausages, venison, bacon, an absolute ton of root vegetables and beef stock. It was so good Dan kept joking I was going to leave him for Stew (yes, we named it then ate it).

Also, the pettiness is getting worse. I thought we’d left that behind in secondary school but apparently not. “You just don’t get it” I haven’t been told that in a long time.

Live Company Brief 15/10/07

29 11 2007

10am this morning we recieved our live company brief, meaning we now have 5 modules and not 4 as was timetabled. Joy. It looks very fun but very hard, and I don’t have the hard copy of it yet but here is a summary of my notes from this morning:

Sloane is an interior retail design company who also specialise in point of sale design. Everything they do is bespoke, and they’ve worked with many of the big high street names such as the Body Shop, Marks and Spencers and O2. The presentation was given by Pete, who is MD of Sloane, and Rachael, Head of Sales and Marketing.

There are always two clients, the consumers or public, and the financial director or the person holding the purse strings. However, if you impress the former the latter will follow, and the former usually vote with their wallets. It has also been determined that people do not know what they want until they see it. This was a key point when Sloane were designing for Marks and Spencers.

It is very important to understand:

  • The market,
  • The customers,
  • The customer’s needs,
  • The brief,
  • The budget.
  • It si very important to look at the overall impact of a product, not just the impact of the materials used to make it. There are other things to consider such as impact of the materials used to make the product packaging, storage of the point of sale displays, which lighting will be most effective and least harmful to the product, maintenance of the point of sale stands such as bulb changing and damage, etc. There is a real attention to detail here which must be emulated in the project outcomes.

    It is very important to judge how your factories or warehouses will affect the local community. There is no point in preaching about sustainability if the local community is suffering a result of your business. The ‘green’ trend is a very good way to differentiate your business, and gives people confidence in your business. However it cannot be used by itself as a selling point. When Sloane pitch an idea to a potential client they include all future costs such as maintenance and Gordon Brown’s green tax, which will become effective in 2008. Sloane also carry out Large Account Management Processes (LAMPS) to see where the client’s company is headed in the next two to three years.

    The Body Shop carry out ethical audits on all their suppliers, and Sloane have to pay for it to be carried out on their company. However, if you pass with flying colours it is a very prestigious achievement that other businesses recognise. Hooray for Anita Roddick! RIP.

    The Uk is the largest importer of illegal timber in Europe, and it is mainly important from the Far East. Only 15% of the world’s forests are sustainable, so when importing wood is very important to have a certificate of authenticity.

    95% of the time recyclable and sustainable materials costs less than regular materials, when all the future costs are added on. The research is the only thing that is needed to ensure fair price and quality.

    When carrying out this project, it is very important to explore all issues and problems that the industry is facing, and look at all the impacts such as green tax. However, in store standout cannot be compromised and the POS units cannot blend into the background. They may be made of sustainable materials but they must still stand above the crowd. However, visual pollution must be avoided.

    Current trends must be researched, and in store sustainability must be researched. Materials must have environemntal credentials that can be evidenced. This is very important.

    Think radically and creatively. Do not be constrained by traditional thinking.

    The space measures L1000mm x B1000mm x H2000mm, with access to power and data. It must be accessible from all sides with a counter top display. It can be for several different companies which I can’t remember at the moment but when I get the real brief I’ll put in here.

    This is a competition, and the winner will have their POS design made into a working prototype which may then be presented to the company that was the focus of their design. This is a great opportunity, I’m not going to mess this up.


  • Report: 1st November
  • Sustainable Materials: 22nd November
  • Design Package: 10th January.