...Virgin Money Lounge caught my eye. It is a service that takes care of your personal needs, not just the functional, routine banking needs. It is a place to work and relax, get financial advice, join networking events, etc. It is even a place where you can leave your kids at without worry. It does all this while reinforcing the typology of a bank as a safe haven, an institution you can trust, accomplished through a relevant physical presence.Read More
In chronological order.
- Visited Yosemite
- Got a job
- Launched svstem watches on indiegogo
- Indiegogo got funded
- 1,250 mi road trip from LA - Seattle
Summer's been great.
The last 5 days have been intense, accumulating up to today, the industry recruiting event. Had great conversations, met great people. Can now finally have a breather. If you're in LA area, drop by Saturday for the open event! #accd #productdesign #artcentercollegeofdesign #gradshow #graduating #nomoresanding
The past 2 weeks have been crazy. A good kind of crazy. The dust is beginning to settle, the podiums have been dismantled, the walls have been painted back to their original state. What is left in the room and hallways are none but the empty echoes of what had been a bustle of activity with 200+ industry guest flowing through. I'd be posting a documentation of the events leading up to my grad show plus the lessons I've learnt in the coming week.
The page has been turned, and it's a new chapter. This space too will slowly transform from my portfolio site into an active journal of creative endeavors. As with the lesson from one of the best teachers I've had in my entire school life, the journey is the destination. And it's up to us to keep this journey moving.
Countdown: 18 days.
Last Sunday evening (Monday morning Singapore time), the founding Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Kuan Yew, passed away at the age of 91.
Never thought I'd be so affected by the passing of a man whom I've never met. Maybe it's because after all, almost everything in Singapore, from public transport, to the education system (and on a macro scale, peace, security and economic success) is really owed to this one man's vision and foresight. He made Singapore what it is today. Without him, Singapore would have still been a third world country being pushed around by western nations. To that, I'm eternally grateful.
Last week was a dark period for Singaporeans both home and abroad, ending with a state funeral where we all stood in a minute of silence. This week, we move forward with a renewed strength, knowing that the future is ours to make. Thank you Mr. Lee.
Original Article: Disney's $1 Billion Bet on a Magical Wristband | WIRED
Was reading the article on WIRED.com about Disney's MagicBand and how it created seamless transitions before, during and after your experience at Disneyland that greatly enhanced your experience, allowing you to focus on enjoying and eliminating as many barriers to it as possible. As I was reading it, I also kept drawing a parallel to the airline industry and what airlines could do to provide this seamless, almost magical experience.
From my research into airline brands in a project I was working on last term, I realized that airlines have so much potential to expand their service offering beyond the flight experience. There are many airlines with an already good brand reputation and each has its own loyal following, and they could leverage on that, providing services that transcend beyond the cockpit of the plane. This could also open up new revenue streams that help ease the pressure placed on them with fuel costs etc.
Perhaps airport security organizations like the TSA could take a cue from Disney's MagicBand, to provide a seamless service and experience that we are so sorely missing, especially the mess that is the airports today.