Friday, 23 March 2012

First Year Update

It's been a hectic and highly enjoyable day in the studio today as we have been assessing and feeding back on two week's work of language-based studio work.

We here at Grillust Towers believe our students should be aware of just how powerful a communication tool a few well chosen words can be, especially when wrapped around a clever idea. We'd also like them all to aspire to produce writing of the quality like the stuff what we do, yeah?

But that's not all... ...we also threw into the mix public speaking and teamwork! The results were similar to stuffing the TV programmes: Take Me Out, Dragon's Den and Countdown into The Large Hadron Collider and then smashing them together at over 40 m.p.h. to see what happens.

Task 1: Come up with a 'genius idea' and then professionally present it to an audience of staff and students. The audience were then asked to vote as to whether the idea was 'genius' or 'not genius'.

Here are some examples of what the twisted imaginations of our students came up with:

Dual purpose ice cream van. One side vending cold things for hot weather, the other side dispensing hot food on cold days.

Radio-active, glow-in-the-dark wallpaper. Saves energy and stops night related accidents.

Three lane pavements. Taking the speed principles of the motorway and applying them to your local high street.

Electric eel power. All that energy going to waste? Not any more!! A small to medium tank of electric eels could power a house. Put wheels and a tow bar on the 'eel tank' and you can power your electric car over hill and dale.

Odd socks. Always losing your left sock? Here's the solution! A Kevlar (TM) string links both socks keeping them together, forever. In case you're interested, the string goes up one leg, traverses the crotch area and returns down the other leg.

A shower head that doubles as a karaoke machine. For all your bathroom diva needs.

Carbon neutral prisons. Eco-punishments galore for footpads, cutthroats and vagabonds.

Sith Reaper. Someone you don't like? Why not take out a 'contract' with (debatably) mythical, merciless killers. Death (in the form of his Grim Reaper manifestation) and the Sith (
Lords of the Dark Side from off of/out of those Star Wars films).

Sith Reaper - The Presentation

Jess Nightingale (21) and the Grim Reaper (as old as time) give their presentation to an attentive audience.

Task 2: Create a brand name and a graphic identity for a range of exciting new products including:

Sweets made from sugar coated rabbit droppings
Stand up urinals for women
Makeup tested on cats
Fishtanks with tinted glass
A soup based TV game show
A social network for pets
A 24 hour baking helpline (we could go on...)

Stars of the show were a team comprised of Cumbria's very own Debbie Nixon (21) and Katy Hill (21) who hails from far away Lincolnshire.

Nixon/Hill in full flow...

Here's a sneak peak of a tiny handful of the newly created brands (calm down, calm down, we'll feature a whole lot more for your delectation next week):

An acid based cleaner from Nixon/Hill

Stand up urinals for ladies - also from Nixon/Hill

Another take on stand up urinals for ladies, plus sugar coated rabbit droppings courtesy of the Jasper Van Looveren-Baines twins (both 21)

The aftermath of the last feedback session. It was getting close to 1.00pm so everyone had legged it to the refectory before the crumble ran out!


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