I came across an interesting article about a new Virtual environment of the West End. Think Google Streetview merged with Second Life. 'Near London' has been designed to promote online spending and the software will be constantly updated. 'Near London' goes live on Monday 30th November.
"Near London is an exact 3D copy of the capital's main shopping area; Regent Street, Bond Street, and Oxford Street. Piccadilly Circus is there as well.
It's been designed to promote online retail and users will be able to find a store's website by clicking on its digital shopfront.
Selecting an item in the window brings up details for that product.
So far, dozens of big name companies have signed up. The people behind Near London say they hope to get every West End retailer on board.
The service is also able to interact with social networking sites. Facebook users can meet their friends online and discuss purchases using video chat."
To view the full article and watch the video footage, visit: http://ow.ly/FVez
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After completing my dissertation I kept up the blog for a while, although whilst I was working on the Sketchbook pop-up shop I didn't find much time to update my own blog whilst managing the Sketchbook blog; http://sketchbookblog.tumblr.com/tagged/Pop-Up-Shop
I have now graduated from UCA with 1st class honours in Fashion Promotion and Imaging (Marketing & PR specialism) and am focusing on finding a job and staying creative.
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