For this assignment, I was matched up to two start-up companies in the Nexus Innovation Center, so that I could learn more about what they do and ideally leverage my skills to help them in some way. The two companies were Widger Financial Planning and Bundlbee, who are closely related, with one having grown out from the other. Another student was also assigned to these companies, someone from the Digital Media and Design course. We met with the companies on the first day and discussed potential projects for us to help with.
Widger Financial Planning, as the name suggests, provide financial services such as investment advice, retirement planning and general financial advisement. We met with Carl, the founding member, who proved to be an innovative and creative man. He was very open to our suggestions and ideas but also had his own solid plans for improvements that could be made to their website. They currently have an embedded video that explains what the company does and how they operate. Carl was hoping to update the video and improve the quality a bit. So Simon (the other student) set about producing this video and filmed the requisite footage. To give you an idea of what the video should get across, here is the current version:
Simon needed someone to put together some graphics to for the transitions, title screen etc, so I mocked up a couple in Adobe Flash. I had some previous experience using the animation software but it was interesting to learn the newer version. I found it much easier to use that the version I had long ago. It didn’t take me too long to mock them up, show Simon and then make the changes needed. The video isn’t quite ready yet, Simon is putting the final touches on it at the moment.
Overall, it was very interesting to see how these companies operate and what they were working on.