Hey hey! It’s been yet another long long trip for my Passion Project, and it sure seemed like a short while. Looking back, I definitely went outside of my comfort zone for this project, seeing as digital drawing *wasn’t* the main structure to my project. Instead, it was more business planning and management. But because of the nature of this project, this meant that I had also rely on other people to make this project fruitful and successful (more on that later). Anyways, my intentions for this project didn’t really morph much during this semester, always keeping on that same goal of “creating a student design team that was able to sell their products within the PTA store for charity interests”. For one, this allowed students to have the resources and peer feedback to develop their own ideas, as well as getting exposure within the student shop. Without further ado, here’s my reflection on the project development:
1. Initially, my naive mind had this elaborate plan for the Dragon Design store to be planted inside the PTA store. Unbeknownst to my younger self, there were so many technicalities that I –alongside teacher support– had to figure out before the site for the shop could even be established. After countless exchanges, we managed to pin down the location into the back of the store, where we would create this super ratchet 1.0 version of the pop-up shop, before all the shelving and proper displays could be added.
2. Always always always, the pop-up shop was a fresh site to my eyes as I perused the PTA store. During the first couple weeks of this project, it was popular amongst the ES and MS kids. In my ever-so-often check-ups on the shop, stickers would need to be restocked, as well as the occasional hoodies. I thought that this was fantastic. However, as time passed, the shop apparently grew stale with the visitors. Sales slowed down, and soon enough, restocking wasn’t much of a problem anymore, which was a problem itself. What was going on?
3. My intentions from the beginning were to always restock the store with fresh, limited-edition items that students would look forward to every month or so. That way, the student shop would be a great hit with all students from ES to HS. Before we could advertise however, that meant that we should have new products within stock. With the hodge-podge team that I scrambled together in the HS, we designed more stickers, enamel pins, notecards, etc etc. Once we put in the order, we were excited on the prospect of this new store that would incorporate student products. Having said that, as time passed, we received no words from the order of the products. It seemed that the process that the school went through was very *bureaucratic*, meaning that it would probably take months for an order to be processed, saying that as we’ve received no word about the products that we requested over a month ago. But I digress, all I’m saying is, with a larger variety of products in stock, the advertisement of this new establishment would come into full effect with the students.
4. Oh! Did I forget to mention, that the shelf that was requested by our supervisor has not been updated yet? By no means am I upset at the school or anyone else, it’s just that without all of these things, my project will just have to be competed outside of the given time-span of the first semester. And that brings me to my final conclusion. Although that the final weeks of this Passion Project slowed down exponentially, I feel that we’ve developed a strong enough base for this Dragon Designers “club” to flourish in the coming semester. The end of this course does not mean the end of my commitment to this project. This has become my passion! Once the semester is over, I would most likely start most elements of this project all over again. For example, when ordering products, I would request that the students themselves contact vendors, and then receive a fapiao in order to get a refund from the school. This removes the agonizing waiting time for product orders to be approved. Also, the topic of advertising must be brought up again, for I feel that the general aura has degraded over time with the ES and MS community. Regarding the HS students, most of whom do not even step foot within the PTA store, poster with our new products could be displayed during some sort of event, or even simply during lunchtime. These are just some possible ideas that I might use during the development of the Dragon Designers after the break ;).
In the meantime, please check out the Dragon Designers Pop-up Shop in the back of the PTA store! If you’re reading this, you probably haven’t heard of it or seen the products irl. So please feel free to leave a comment about this whole products, whether you interested in it or not, feedback, or just a simple hello :). Dragon Design is never over <3