To aid in our introduction to the world of the creative industries and how to put design into a business context we were given our first assignment of the semester:
“Group Enterprise Research Project.
In groups of 4, 5 or 6 within your specialism (Product Design) identify an appropriate enterprise to research and produce a 20 minute presentation about that business. This Presentation accounts for 50% of your mark for this module.
You will all know of designers and companies that you admire for the work they do, the products they produce but how much do you understand about how they operate as a business?
This is a 4 and a half week project that will begin to develop your understanding and appreciation of what running a business entails. It will give you an insight into the creative sector and the different models of enterprise that operate within it. It should also encourage you to think about where your skills fit within the Market and what new skills you need to develop to reach your intended goals.”
My group consists of James Williams, Victoria Charles and Nick Walker. We set each other the task of pulling together a shortlist of companies and studios around the UK which we would contact when we next met, as well as draft an email to be sent out to our preferred company/studio.
This project is really exciting as it will provides us an insight into the work of design and enhance our interviewing/networking skills. I have high hopes for the next few weeks!