Monday, March 7, 2011

New names for the project

Foxyfix
Foxiefixer
Craftnest
Craftplum
Handyplum
Plumcraft
Craftieplum
Plumdore 
Plumee
Plumesteem
Plumnest
Niftyplum
Savvor
Savvyvore
Savvievore
Foxietude
Foxiebility
Foxiestudio
Savviesteem
Savviedore
Savidore
Niftynest
Niftiest
Niftienest
Nifty Studio
Savviest
Groovio
Groovnest
Grooviest
Groovies
Groobees
Plum & Apple
Foxiesavor
Foxisavor
Foxilair
Treasurelair
Cubbienest
Cubbies
Foxietelier
Indiplum
Indiesavor
Indievore
Mighty Dough
Mighty Juice
Juicy Craft
Juicymade
Handyjuicy
Handimoney
Handiplum
Pockettelier
Pocket Potatoes

Monday, February 14, 2011

Project Sitemap


Project Sitemap

Project Description

Project Description

This project's goal is to create a user friendly environment for handmade crafters who want to own and manage their own small business in the future and helps them to manage and improve their limited financial issues with social network services (SNS). This project also creates community involvement by sharing community member's social business techniques and social skills.

The project is inspired by traditional spending entry books and online financial management programs such as smartypig.com and mint.com.

The project target audience is handmade crafters, ages 25 to 45, who want to own a handmade craft business, but who have difficulties managing their limited budgets.

This project will provide members ways to improve their business in ways that you cannot get from just reading a how-to book by yourself.

This social network community site is NOT to sell or buy crafts. It is for crafters to share their project goals and encourage others to keep up with their own and to be strong to reach the key goals which will ultimately aid in owning a small business in the future. This project is using social network system to set the base to start a new craft business. This community members could share their goals, ideas, information, and encourage each others. This project also provides twitter, facebook so they can show how they are productive and stay strong for their own goals.

This project adapted social game methods which is level up system that provides users to customize and decorates their profile page when they earn special badge (i.e ribbon, new paper texture, color theme, etc). Also the users can view anonymous member's goal and their piggy bank status to build competition or encourages.

Unique Features

* Easy sign-up:
We are not asking detailed information or how much money you make or not. However, this project has do-it-yourself (D.I.Y) characteristics, so everything is on your own. That is why you have to agree to the 'pledge promise' when you are sign-up, which symbolizes you are committed to honesty in your postings and in setting and managing your own goals. Dishonesty will only hurt yourself and no-one else.

* Online spending entry book: You can create your own spending entry book here and manage your spending records. In this way, you can monitor your irregular spendings and navigate which parts (i.e. eating out, shopping, etc.) you can save money by altering or even cutting back on.

* Online monthly planner: You can use this feature just like a real-world yearly planner book to easily plan your weekly schedule and incorporate it into your spending and goal-making.

* Saving goals: You can set your own goals for your business. You can look up databases to see the approximate fees to own and manage a small business, such as business license fees, supplies fees, and online domaine fees, etc. When you enter your goals, you can enter how much you have deposited to your goal's saving account and the piggy bank graph will show how much you have accomplished.

* Email alert system: We send you an email if you forgot to update your spending or saving information, in order to alert you and encourage to stay strong and accomplish your goals!

* D.I.Y. profile:
You can decorate your profile page and show your own handmade crafts here, including links to your personal site or gallery elsewhere.

* New forum:
you can start a new forum in here. Other members could share their ideas, leave a comment, etc.

* Blog:
You can upload your blog articles here and share your thoughts with other members.

* Gallery: Members can view other member's handmade crafts from here and comments here.

* Branding and marketing: Share member's tips on their branding and marketing skills.

New name for 'Craftopia'

I need to give a new name for my 'Craftopia' project. Which one sounds better?

Handmade/ Craft/ Play/ Money/ Easy/ Joy/ Business/ Finance/ Saving/ Piggy Bank/ Profit...

ezplay
craftmoney
ezcraft
ezmoney
ezmade
toybusiness
smartcraft
smartmoney
smartsaving
playmoney
playcraft
procraft
handbusiness
innocraft
playbiz
moneybiz
innocapital 
innomoney
innosaving
innopiggy
ezbiz
probiz
handymoney
handyplay
innobanko
ezpaid
innocraftz
inno.B

Monday, February 7, 2011

SmartyPig

Great Insperation!

Mint.com is great way to manage your financial headache! It's user friendly and easy to navigates.
I am amazed the simply look of this interface. They don't even ask your name and address. You only needs your email address and zip code. Hummmm...
They explain pretty directly how they are secured with your information.
I think I can trust this site. >;)

Monday, January 31, 2011

Possible project idea

Example of clean and modern design website

Thesis II schedule


Oh my...my...No life for this semester...?...=TT=

01/31/2011 Project description, schedule, possible project ideas, research

02/07/2011 Paper layout, storyboard (ppt), working on project & research

02/14/2011 Paper layout, draft presentation, working on project

02/21/2011 Book design, draft presentation and  prototype project

02/28/2011 Refine paper, presentation and prototype project

03/07/2011 Refine paper, presentation and prototype project

03/14/2011 Refine paper, presentation and prototype project

03/21/2011 Refine paper, presentation and prototype project

03/28/2011 Refine paper, presentation and prototype project

04/04/2011 Refine paper, presentation and prototype project

04/11/2011 Refine paper, presentation and prototype project

04/18/2011 Send paper to printer, refine final presentation & prototype project

04/25/2011 Refine final presentation, final prototype project

05/02/2011 Thesis presentation

05/09/2011 Last day of class (?)...Holy...S***!!! THESIS PRESENTATION!!!

Helpful Craft books

title: Craft, Inc.
author: Meg Mateo Ilasco
 
author: J.S. McDougall


author: Grace Dobush

author: Michelle Goodman

author: Kari Chapin

author: Sandra McCall


Original article come from here.

Craft Business resources

Craft Business
http://www.craftbusinesshome.com/

Craft Marketer
http://www.craftmarketer.com/

The artful crafter
http://www.theartfulcrafter.com/craft-business.html

Homebased craft business
http://homebasedcraftbusiness.com/

Craft Business Blog
http://www.craftbusinessblog.com/

Craft:
http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/craft_business/

Entrepreneur
http://www.entrepreneur.com/businessideas/1148.html

Handmade News
http://www.handmadenews.org/department/index.php?did=5

www.microfunding.com

This site shows various options for business loan...

Go to microfunding, click here.

Pepsi Refresh Project



Refresh project
is sponsored by Pepsi and you can submit your idea to start your project, but not for your own small business, I think...

Thesis II: Project Description


Thesis II Ready~ Go!!!

Project Description

Are you crafty person? Do you have a craft habit? Have you ever dream about owning a small business?

If your answers are 'Yes', then my project is perfect for you.
Many crafty people dream about opening their own small business with what they love to do. That is everyone's dream, right? Making profits with what you love to do the most in your life and to have fun while you are doing it.

However, many people have difficulties making their dreams and fortunes come true. Simply put, they are not sure how to do it or doubt that they can accomplish it. Another obstacle is the financial hurdle. Most crafters keep their day jobs in order to afford their craft habits and they are not sure how they can afford starting up a small business.

Owning a business requires time, needs a financial plan, and well thought-out marketing and branding plans.  If you have a limited budget and if you are clueless about business, my project will come in handy to you.

This project [a financial, branding, and marketing D.I.Y (do it yourself) kit] for craft artisans will guide you to along as you begin preparations for your own small crafting business.

With an official website, you can easily access ways to plan financial strategies and share your opinions with the crafting community. It is practical, useful, and has a user-friendly interface. You can also download applications for smart phones and other digital devices, so you can check your status and information anywhere. Oh, you say you do not have a smart phone? That is okay. You can carry around your D.I.Y. planner with you. This yearly planner contains monthly charts where you can write and make plan for the day to year business and use the blank pages to sketch your craft ideas on a daily basis. What is special about this planner? Well, simply plug a USB cable to the planner's spine to connect it to your home computer. It will automatically sync with your computer and the official website and upload your plans, notes, and sketches for you. So if you love to doodle or proper writing, this planner is great for you.

Possible projects

*Official Website that provides financial, branding, and marketing planning.
*Applications for iPhone, iPad, or other smart phones. (Official website on-the-go.)
*Year planner/ sketch book that can be synchronized digitally with a home computer. (Concept design.)

Why I am doing this project? As a communication designer, it is important to built a bridge between other fields and make a user-friendly environment for designers and crafters to work with.