PTA and Expansion (Passion Project V3 Weekly Update #5)

Hi there! This week actually turned out to be quite the productive one (in a way). To summarize real quick, here’s a list of what happened:
1. Made a plan based upon the meeting with PTA
2. Created group chat with designers
3. Started to work on small designs

So number one. Referencing to the meeting I had with the PTA, and the email that I never got back from the Booster Club, Ms. Lemley and I decided that it’d be best if we were to go ahead with our plan to set up shop within the PTA store. When talking Hailing, the PTA manager, we learned a lot of useful things, but you could just read what went down in the last blog post. What was most important was the place where we could sell out products. So this right here is a picture of what the PTA store allowed us to use for shelf space. Apparently, the store is categorized in sections such as gifts, trinkets, school supplies, and tech. There were a couple shelves that, with some reorganization, would provide a lot of space for charity products. However, after some back and forth with the manager, she quickly explained that the products on the shelves were purposefully spread apart as to prevent mass crowding. She said during the beginning of the year, the notebook shelves would be constantly swarmed by middle schoolers, so therefore shelf space had to be given priority to the products. After some pondering however, my logic said that if there were students arriving en masse to the PTA store to but textbooks and whatnot because of “Back to School”, why couldn’t student products be sold on the large shelves in the middle of the year, where the binders and textbooks were just gathering dust? Ah but for the time being, it shouldn’t really matter, as right now I’m testing the waters with smaller student designed products, which don’t provide that big of a burden for the volunteer mothers working at the PTA store with minimum employee training. You see, this whole process is a matter of trust. Once we provide some system that is fairly easy to the mothers, they’ll realize that a line of charity products is just another bunch of new products to sell as always.Adding on to that, I have yet to get confirmation that the blue shelf in the image above can be changed into a display/storage for the student design. I talked with Ms. Lemley, and if we get the trust and greenlight from the PTA for the new shelf, the whole selling part of this project ordeal is “all set”. I was supposed to get measurement for the sizing and all, but I didn’t quite get the opportunity to do so, and I still need to reconfirm with Hailing about the cabinet thing anyways.

The second (and third) part of the project was gathering all my fellow student designers from the HS community. Now, these people that I chose have had some history that I know or heard of with design and also creating products. I also specifically wanted them because I know that they can work will within a group. As of now, the small 5-person team consists of me, Jonathan Yu, Reina Zheng, Catherine Lin, and Emma Liu. There are some other people that I wanted to join; however I think that this 5-person team should be enough to create a small catalog of mini-products to sell at the small shelf at the PTA store, just for starters.

I’ve already briefed them on what to do, and hopefully over the break we should have some ideas down and in the works, so we can get started as soon as possible. Here’s a snippet of the chat:

That’s all for this week. Hopefully I’ll return in two weeks time with some finalized designs to place in the PTA store, which I will be in contact with Hailing again. Regarding the Booster Club, I highly doubt that we’ll be working with them in the future, but we’ll see.

Conference (Passion Project V3 Weekly Update #4)

So I had the conference with the PTA store manager, so quick run-down of what I’ve got so far:

PTA Store:
– Provide a system to track products
– No tracking system within the PTA
– Charity items are being tracked
– Not many large products in the PTA store
– Mistakes are not documented
– No way to tell if sold, misplaced, stolen, etc.
– Small stock under staircase for PTA store
– Volunteers have minimum training in running stock and inventory
– Offers little shelf space for Charity items
– All money from charity goes back to charity
– Have a student or check in on the stocks
– No guarantees that all the money is sold

BOOSTER CLUB:
– Booster Club check their inventory
– Talk to Cherry about Booster Club
– Booster Club design club

I emailed Booster Club for more questions, but I’m still waiting for them to reply. In the meantime, I added some designers from my grade into a group chat so we can discuss how’d we like to see the club in the future. Right now it consists of me, Jonathan, and Reina; however we are also considering other people.

On another note, I haven’t been prioritizing my drawings and whatnot, but for my design career right now, I just finished a massive month-long design project for the Swim Team, and now I’m working for the Cross Country team and Nightingale Charity Club. We’ll see what happens in the next week. Updates soon!

Calendar (Passion Project V3 Weekly Update #3)

^This is my calendar for the upcoming couple of weeks. Because of this new idea for the semester, I’m heading into uncharted territory. Now, my philosophy is not create an entire plan for something that I have no expertise in, but rather plan out one step, fulfill it, then see/plan what I can do in the future (i.e. step 2). So for my step one, I decided that I should work on the PTA aspect of the project. So this Wednesday, Sep 17, I’ll have a meeting with the PTA Head Manager about selling student products, new layout, and generally a bigger student aspect on the store.

Here’s a general list of my questions:

– What’s the possibility of selling student products?
– If so, can we have a designated area with display?
– If students are willing to create school merchandise, can there be some sort of way to allow them to be official additions to the Booster Club? (Might need to ask Booster Club)
– Can we change the layout of the PTA store, so that to maximize transparency?
– (Talk about profit and stock specifications)
– If at all possible, money can be donated?
– Students within the design team will create their own limited stock, then give to the PTA store to sell until out of stock or pulled
– Expanding the store? Stock cabinets near the stairwell.

That’s just about it for the plan for this week. Hopefully, the manager says yes and we’re authorized to sell products in the store. If not, maybe I can talk to some teacher or someone to designate an area around somewhere else to sell student designs.

On a side note, I drew a picture with someone wearing one of my merch hoodies 😉

Examples (Passion Project V3 Weekly Update #2)

Hey hey! This week I did some snooping around online and through my past, and I’ve got some examples or formats for clubs or mini-shops that Ms. Lemley gave or I found that I’d like to share:

ShopSCAD: ShopSCAD is from the Savannah College of Art & Design, where students themselves are able to apply and send their designs and products to the shop to sell. There are over 100 artists selling their own products, ranging from apparel, clothing, art pieces, and little gifts/trinkets. However, these usually range around the $600-$800 range, but apparently they’re still up there meaning some people are willing to purchase them.

Miniso: Miniso is a Japan-based dollar-store chain that is run very tight-shippedly. Normally Miniso stores are very cramped –however, they are able to make an effective system of shelving, storage, and pricing– and they attract customers. One thing that they’re known for is their low prices, which is also their main selling point. Also, their products match a common thing which is bright, pastel, soft, and other similar terms.

I was talking with Jonathan Yu, another fellow designer, earlier this week about how this club should work (more details next week), and one idea that I absolutely loved when it was brought up was that when the new section of the school is built (I’m talking about the Design section), we could have a little bit or room dedicated to selling new student products! However, it could be too late in the planning progress of the school.