Client project ideas turn into entrepreneurship curriculum, as Made Possible staff guide and integrate TPP students in the planning and execution of real-world design projects.
At the beginning of 2016, Made Possible began a 5-year partnership with Lovepop — branded as Lovepossible — to design and manage custom projects for Lovepop clients. Since then, Made Possible students and alumni have been the fundamental drivers of product design and project management of high-volume orders, resulting in an annual revenue that reaches into 6-figures … Long story short: the business and design skills of these alumni and students intimidate even their adult colleagues … Past clients include Turner Construction, Moen, LA2024, Cisco, and Arizona State University, to name a few.
As part of Made Possible curriculum, TPP students and alumni learn the in’s-and-out’s of product development, training on advanced 3D modeling software to create, pitch and license their own pop-up card designs as exclusive Lovepop retail lines. That’s right, high schoolers are licensing their own product designs before stepping foot into a college classroom. Is your resume jealous? Mine is.
To view and purchase student designs accepted into the Lovepossible retail collection, click here.
The Possible Project launched a co-branded partnership with Commonthread, a lifestyle brand of DMC threads, dedicated to the creation of “stitchable” products for stitchers and DIY makers. Over twelve weeks, 12 students researched product ideas, conducted a market survey and developed a prototype to then pitch to VP’s of Commonthread. Out of the 12 designs that were pitched, two were chosen to take to market. These designs included a stitchable tissue box and coaster set. To view or purchase the tissue box, click here. To view or purchase the coaster set, click here.
Our friends at Taza Chocolate came to us with a request for 200 custom designed mugs, and Made Possible answer. A team of Made Possible students and alumni came together using design softwares and manufacturing tools to streamline a production plan and execute the order. The result? Mugs made by TPP students are now sold in Taza’s headquarters and through their online shop.
At TPP, students are encouraged to think big and are taught the entrepreneurship skills to make their ideas come to life. At Lovepop — the paper art company shaking up the card industry — the ethos of innovation and expression is no different. That is why TPP and Lovepop have teamed up to form a truly novel business and education partnership, Lovepossible.
As part of Lovepossible, TPP students and alumni learn the in’s-and-out’s of product development. Students train on advanced 3D modeling software to create, pitch and license their own pop-up card designs as exclusive Lovepop retail lines. For a more intensive business experience, TPP students and alumni have the opportunity to be employees of Lovepossible, where they work within a deadline-driven environment, creating custom, high-volume projects for high-profile clients.
Business is booming, and our Lovepop partners are becoming more and more famous every day. Check out their latest Shark Tank update to see how the Cambridge-borne start-up is changing.
To read more about our partnership, click here.
Yannick is an alumnus of TPP, and has been a integral designer for Made Possible for the past three years. He attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, and is currently finishing his degree at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Yannick is an illustrator, print-maker, graphic designer, 3D engineer, and artist with a diverse and substantial portfolio to prove it. He has been a lead designer on multiple high-end projects, and continues to be a model for professionalism and expertise to the students and adults around him.
Nabi is an alumnus of TPP, and has quickly risen through the Made Possible ranks in his design accomplishments. As a graduate of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Nabi has learned and applied professional design softwares in various design projects for Made Possible, often instructing his teachers on new software methods. He has been the design lead on multiple, high-grossing custom projects as part of the Lovepossible partnership; and he successfully submitted a design for a retail product line now being sold through DMC’s Commonthread website.
As a student designer in Made Possible, Sugandah recently had her pop-up card design chosen to be an exclusive retail line at Lovepop. For every card of her design that sells, Sugandah will receive a royalty like the real businesswoman she is. When not studying at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, creating pop-up cards, or negotiating licensing deals, Sugandah can often be found working diligently on her own business, Intricate Simplicity, a henna product and tattoo business.
Rochelyne is a student of Prospect Hill Academy, and recently had one of her designs selected to be a retail line for Commonthread, a lifestyle brand of DMC threads. Rochelyne conducted a market survey and developed a prototype to pitch to VP’s of Commonthread; and out of the 12 designs that were pitched, her stitchable tissue box was one of two designs chosen. Though often engaged in many activities, Rochelyne has a steadying presence and effect on the entire Made Possible team that is invaluable. To view or purchase one of Rochelyne’s creations, click here.
In late 2014, through a partnership with the Cambridge Housing Authority and the Biogen Idec Foundation, TPP launched a new Makerspace in Cambridge’s Kendall Square. This hands-on learning environment allows students to create with exciting new technologies and equipment, including 3D printers, laser cutters, computerized textile manipulators, CNC routers, and more. The Possible Project incorporates the Makerspace into its programming by utilizing the facility for: Real-world application of TPP’s entrepreneurship curriculum; Development of STEAM concepts; Acquisition of technological skills needed for a career “tool box;” Production and operation of student ventures, and headquarters for TPP’s in-house, Made Possible.
Whether with local startups or worldwide companies, Made Possible aims to develop collaborative business relationships with enduring synergies. Such partnerships include co-branded products, cause marketing ventures, and subscription, and help achieve a stability of projects and resources vital to the development and support of Made Possible students.