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Oh dear. So yes – putting life in my hands. Today in our Design Market group we looked at choosing the path we would take into achieving our potential business. What you need to think about to make it a sustainable and successful one. Scary stuff.
To begin with, we had a look at our ‘would-be’ customers and wrote down a list of the customer groups they would be. For example: Students; Fashion Runway Buyers; Hospital Buyers; etc. For each one we had to outline what their needs would be, what we would be offering them, how many there are, and so forth. Through this method of analysing our future customers it helps to see if your business has potential and whether it is actually needed. For my business, I found a number of different customer groups which I think is good because it brings range and excitement of varying customers. However, I think I would need a rather large team to back me up on the amount of work I would need to do!
Next, we headed into the Blueprinting Modelling sector. This, I found, was the most difficult. Just couldn’t get my head round where to put things! Blueprinting is a detailed flow diagram of your business’s stages in carrying out, for example, a commission piece. It just shows how your business will function when it’s actually doing business. For me, I looked at where I would go to create contacts then try get some of my work out to the public somehow, find people to work with me and so on. Sounds do-able. This allowed me to view the process of my hopeful business at hand. How it might work. How I can change it tomake it work.
Lastly, we looked at the importance of building relationships in business. Not lovey-dovey ones, professional team-work ones. It is important because it makes all stages in the process work. Imagine doing it all yourself? We focused on the four areas of activity in business. The Generator, the Realiser, the Distributor and the Customer. We had to find people we would need for each of the areas. I placed myself in the Realiser zone, as well as other collaborators, because I feel that is where my strengths lie. However, I would over-see other areas frequently. This exercise allows me to see who I would need to build relationships with and it’s importance. Building relationships improves and makes your business stronger. More sustainable. You just need to make sure there is plenty of trust and that they love the business as much as you do.
These exercises were helpful in outlining how my business would operate, create contacts/clients and who I would need to make it happen. Building relationships crops up again and again. It seems now that who you know can help greatly in business – like the old saying: “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”.
Today in our Design & Market Module, we were asked to look at evidence modelling. Evidence modelling is about creating a picture of what your potential business would be like in the future and aiding in giving a clear direction of where to go with it. It focuses on 4 extreme questions to ask when considering your business – this helps to understand the beneficial impact of your business but also can point out the possible mistakes that can stop you from achieving your dream.
This exercise helped me to think about the advantages and disadvantages my business may have in greater depth. It made me focus on what ways I could improve the business and to see it more realistically in my mind. However, my potential business needs huge development and research as it looks into the future of jewellery trends more than actual current designs. It will be an interesting challenge.
For the next exercise we had to think of fake evidence. This is where we had to construct evidence through imagining the future success of our business. This could be in the form of a website, an advert on the side of a bus, etc. I went for a few as I believe my market is quite wide.
Through investigating the future success and methods of advertising it helps see the consequences of the business as well as looking into successful ways to get the brand out there.
SWOT analysis was the last task we had to complete for our business. There were 4 boxes outlining different aspects to think about the business: Strengths and Weaknesses (Internal); Opportunities and Threats (External) or SWOT. It allows us to examine the business’s position nature. This task helped me because I tried to think about turning all the weaknesses into possible opportunities. For instance, if I was bad at making film I could maybe collaborate with a filmy person, thus, creating a huge benefit! We could expand making more exciting films and let ideas bounce off one another.
All these exercises linked back to our Mission Statements and was great because it makes us think that we could actually do this. We could actually make our potential businesses real.
Had a really successful weekend with this research project so far. I was able to get hold of a woman who worked with Stephen Webster for 3 years so should have a considerable amount of insight into his business. She has made prompt responses to my emails which is always a good sign and only lives 2 hours away so will arrange an interview with her very soon.
In our group today, we met up and brainstormed what Stephen Webster was all about: his inspirations, advertising, press, etc. It was brilliant, it all seemed we had done our homework! We then focused on areas where we would require more information and have selected separate ones for each of us to research on for friday. I chose ‘Inspirations’. The team also managed to brainstorm questions which could be asked for the interview and type up a confidentiality consent form.
Overall, a very productive day. Well done team!
For our first Design & The Market we have been asked to identify an enterprise, such as a company or freelance designer, to research and evaluate, followed by a presentation about that business. This should help us understand and acknowledge of what running a business is like.
Today, we allocated ourselves into teams. My team includes Linsay Thompson, Lucie Hunter, Cat Doyle, Rachel Bruce, Jennifer McGurk and myself. We sat down and had a brainstorm of which successful designers and companies we would benefit from most and decided on Steven Webster, who creates cutting edge, almost glam goth, jewellery.
We decided as a group which individuals were best at talking, researching and presentations, thus, making sure we were organised to proceed knowing which person was doing what in the continuation of the project. Through the technique of brainstorming our team thought about different questions and things to look for in more detail when researching Webster’s company, including market research; what is happening in the Jewellery industry?; What are the trends? And so fourth.
It was a successful first meeting, everyone seems to be excited and enthusiastic about the project. So looking forward to hopefully getting in contact with the ‘Webster’ himself.