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factoria -the idea factory-|コワーキングスペース&コミュニティ

03-6915-0941    

Everyday 9am - 6pm

6F Comet Building,2-3-9 Nishiogikita, Suginami-ku, Tokyo, Japan

1 min walk from Nishiogikubo Station

■ JR Chuo Line

■ JR Sobu Line 

​■ Tokyo Metro Tozai Line

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Members Interview: Oliver Murphy ,working as freelancer in Tokyo (part two)

January 15, 2018

For those who have not read the part one interview with Oliver Murphy, a London based freelance designer, we would recommend reading it first before progressing to read this part two of the interview.

 

During his stay in Tokyo, he has decided to create an exciting event.

 

 

Tell me about the event you have organised and conducted at factoria? What was the purpose and what inspired to do this?

 

​The event was aimed to help Japanese companies share and discuss problems and opportunities 

​currently ​faced by export. Most​ ​​Japanese retail ​companies have​ ​identified opportunities overseas, whether it be fashion, ​craft, ​retail, food etc​ - but seem to struggle when interpreting and branding Japanese culture for a western audience.

​​Together we hosted an evening of open conversations to discuss how design can help overcome these issues.

 

How did the event go?

 

It felt like it was a success​ judging from the reaction from people after the event.

​W​e had some really interesting people turn up from all sorts of backgrounds and everyone got 

​involved and ask​ed some really interesting​ questions.

​ The panel was from various industries (design, digital, fashion and marketing) and that helped the discussion take different courses that I wasn't expecting. I will definitely look to expand the event next year and bring in new connections to keep the conversation evolving year on year.​ My aim would be to have someone from Good Design Award or the ministry or trade turn up next year.