Monday, 13 June 2011

Summary - Project Report

If I was to undertake this project again I believe a smaller team would have been more efficient as the large number in our group has lead to a lot of confusion, with members taking over job roles they should not have or adding too many ideas where unnecessary.

Personally, I was ill for the first couple of weeks of term, so was not party to the business deciding meetings at the crucial beginning stages of the project. I feel the team ran away with the website idea without considering the practicalities of timescale. I would therefore have set a realistic action plan from day one to make the project more organised and that all of the team were fulfilling their targets and jobs roles throughout the term.

In terms of my job role and creating merchandise, I wish we had concentrated on creating just Ravensbourne items from the start, as we could have arranged the branding meeting with Jill Hogan within the first couple of weeks and had the designs finalised by formative assessment. The Tshirts were almost tagged on as an after thought nearer the end of the project when it was apparent the Nexus site would not make any money or be operational in time. Conversely, we have done well to design, create and sell the shirts within a couple of weeks - alongside the researching of the website - and adhering to the Ravensbourne branding guidelines.

I have learned a lot about people throughout this project, some of which have worked very hard especially in the designing of the logos and tshirts within my subteam, yet we have had to wait for others to carry out their duties due to lack of communication or action. I also initated the meeting with Jill Hogan which propelled the designs greatly and also lead to us finding out about Ravensbourne’s social internet plans and the impact our site could have in the future working alongside an already existing team.

The main thing I have learned from the project, however, is that I do not want to set up a business of my own in the future. I enjoy animating and would rather spend my time doing what I love rather than worrying about the legalities of things such as names or competitors doing the same thing for less etc. I realise I will have to consider brand guidelines when for example creating advertisements for companies but not to this level with my own company identity. This will definitely not be something I wish to do in the future, except for promoting myself possibly as a freelancing animator.

Sunday, 12 June 2011

Making The Final Tshirt

The final T-shirt design can be seen here worn by Ben and other people not part of our team. I believe they look quite stylish and will be purchasing one myself for definite. The penrose shape could not be printed as high as the design but it probably looks better this way.

Poster design created by Fahran.

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We received this email a few days ago, which really blows our project out of the water as they offer the same kind of service for free. Due to this there will now be no charge to use The Third Nexus and money will be instead gained from the sale of Ravensbourne T-shirts.

Tshirt Approval

After our meeting with Jill, here is the final design we chose as a group:

However, due to the Penrose shapes having gaps between them and not being true to the pattern, it was changed to the following design, which was then approved by Jill:


Really nice, well done to you and your colleagues.

Put me down for one!


Gantt Charts for E&E

Ravensbourne Branding

We had our meeting with Jill Hogan regarding using the Ravensbourne brand, and here were some of the results. Jill said that the colours must either be those of the logo or instead black and white - which is fine as this was chosen by the students in the survey - and that the fonts cannot be changed. She suggested playing with the shape of the Penrose itself rather than trying to change the logo or create another brand.

This material was found on the Ravensbourne intranet regarding branding:

It was also interesting that we could not use the name 'Rave', it must be 'Ravensbourne' as the University is trying to drop the colloquialism of the name and seem more professional. This means many of our T-shirt designs are now redundant as they use this phrase.

For inspiration, Jill sent me the following images from designer Johnson Banks, showing how he envisaged using the Penrose shapes for T-shirt and bag designs:

It has also become apparent that Ravensbourne itself could be a target market for us, as they may commission us to create the shirts for staff or students to wear during events or Open Days within the campus. This gives the company a longer outlook for the future as they will need to be created for different events in the University's future. It may also be a way of the University paying for the products without us delving into our own pockets to create the designs.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Email Communication with Jill Hogan

Dear Jill,

As part of our E&E project this year, our group of third year animators would like to create a tshirt and/or hoody design using either the Ravensbourne name or logo as a momento to sell to students. It will probably use the logo and also the year, and be sold for around 10-20 pounds. I would like to ask for permission to create these items.

Thank you

Hayley Allen

Hi Hayley

Very happy for you to do so, however, I would like to discuss designs at the earliest stage with you so they comply with our brand guidelines. The earlier the better to avoid any disappoint or wasted design time.

How are you planning to fund this prior to any sales - or do I not need to worry about that? Just checking whether you're asking me for any money!

I am about most of next week if you want to suggest a time.



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Hi Jill,

That's fantastic :) would it be possible for a few members of our team to meet on Tuesday afternoon, around 2 or 3?

We will have a couple of designs by then and an idea on costing too by talking to some of the SU team

Thank you



any chance we could do it a bit later, say 4.30?


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Project Plan

This Week:

  • Finalise design of tshirts to sell in Uni using the Ravensbourne name and maybe logo for students to buy
  • Create posters using this design

This Month:

  • Print posters and tshirts
  • Create Stall in Uni and sell Tshirts
  • Use profit either towards the degree show or as funds to start the Third Nexus site

This Year:

  • Design a range of products to promote both Rave and the website
  • Aim to launch products during Freshers week – students may want to wear Rave tshirts on nights out and be looking at what Rave has to offer at The Freshers Fair.
  • Some products to be available to buy at the fairs or in uni for the first couple of weeks, but most available to buy online via paypal (this will make it more expensive to make individual pieces but then we would not have overstock not selling)
  • Leaflets to be produced – one side could be printed with website info, the other with products for sale – again could be handed out at Rave SU events (people give them on the way out) or left within the uni building.


Students do not want to spend much so we could make bookmarks relatively cheaply as well as keyrings to sell cheaply at £1.50. Keyrings can be bought on ebay for £2.94 for 10 and we can print images very cheaply making them around 40p each to produce. We can make at least a pound on each one.

Tshirts are the key choice, and we can have them printed for £4 (from Ben’s source) or less, so could be marked up at £8-10. Hoodies can also be made, but these may be too expensive at this time of year when people have not got their loans coming in and its summertime aswell.

Tshirt Quote email: (if we use the Rave Logo but I am sure we could use our own design)

Hi Hayley

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, is it the 1 colour Ravensbourne logo that you require? Please see prices below for this:

Promo Unisex T-shirt - White

Printed 1 colour front & 1 colour back (same designs on all t-shirts)

100-149 @ £2.49 each + vat

Set up and carriage to 1 UK destination Free of Charge

I hope that helps and I look forward to hearing from you.

Best Regards

Theresa Carter


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Survey Results

Survey Results:

1. Which year at Ravensbourne are you in?

Level 0/ Foundation 0.0%

Level 1 0.0%

Level 2 25.0%

Level 3/ Final Year 75.0%

2. We are going to create a website that will let Ravensbourne students create their own portfolio page, and be able to interact with other students easily... and we are looking to create merchandise from it and our final animation films. What kind of merchandise would you buy from us?

Tshirt 42.9%


Art Supplies 0.0%

Postcards 14.3%

Bookmarks 28.6%

Sketchbooks 0.0%

Tote Bags 0.0%

Art Book 42.9%

3. How much would you be willing to spend?

£0.00 - 1.99 25.0%

£2.00 - 3.99 25.0%

£4.00 - 5.99 25.0%

£6.00 - 9.99 25.0%

£10.00 or more 0.0%

2. What colour scheme would you prefer? (please choose 3 colours)

Black and White 60.0%

Yellow 20.0%

Blue 20.0%

Red 20.0%

Green 40.0%

Orange 0.0%

Pink 20.0%

Grey 20.0%

Brown 20.0%

Ravensbourne Logo Colours 20.0%

The results show that we should use a Black and White colour scheme throughout the products, and we should either use our own artwork or allow students to maybe upload their own? Although this would increase their cost.

We can produce tshirts quickly for the degree show and before we finish this term, adding more products to the range and to promote the website from the start of the next academic year.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Stall Displays

Merchandise Designs

Change of Name and Logo

We have changed the company name and logo following discussions with students within the Library of the campus. The company is now called The Third Nexus:

Tshirt Research On the Street


  • One large centre image
  • Simple block colours
  • Male and female sizes or unisex?
  • Image or saying
  • Price around £6, but they will be largely mass produced to reduce costs

Further TShirt Development

Formative Feedback

The main discussion during our formative was that another group is attempting the same thing so we should look into making our website have a USP. Futhermore we need to look into the legalities of creating a company and a site.
We must also consider the future of the site and how it will be maintained, who will join and how much will this cost. As we are leaving in about a month will we maintain it or students still within college.

Monday, 16 May 2011

Photography Idea

I had an idea that we could set up a photography area on Level 4 where people could come and have their picture taken (with Kofi's nice camera maybe?) and we can print it as a momento for them. Or create a digital copy. Could charge about £1.50 for each hard/computer copy or something, and it will not really cost us much to set up either.
Above is an example using a picture from Freshers week.

Logo or Theme ideas