Design students hold Pop-up-Shop in new Student Centre
29 October 2013
Pop-up-Shop is a second year Design Thinking and Practice assignment for Engineering Product and Product Design students. The brief requires them to add value to a sheet of material (such as ply wood, acrylic or card) by designing gift-ware that is then sold in a temporary Pop-up-Shop. In addition to developing their design skills they learn about product costs and retail pricing, target market and branding.
The assignment also gives the students a chance to learn about setting up an exhibition (which helps when they set up the Design Degree Show at the end of their courses), entrepreneurship and self-employment.
Branded as "The Design Practice", this year's Pop-up-Shop was held on 07 and 10 December in the new Student Centre where sample products were displayed. Wearing branded aprons that they had customised themselves, the Design students demonstrated their products to numerous staff and students from around the university; orders were then placed, sales made and products manufactured ready for delivery on the last day of term.
The Friday evening event had a great party atmosphere with music from one of the Design students who is also a DJ!