What's it like working for a remote design team?

almost 4 years ago from Breena Fain, Writer, Creator, etc.

  • Mike MulveyMike Mulvey, almost 4 years ago

    I've been working as a remote designer for the second half of 2016 and it's definitely not for me. I'm setting up 2017 to be very different. I can't speak for all disciplines, but for design I think there's a huge social/collaborative element and I lose that when I work from home.

    It doesn't matter how much Slack/Skype/Google Hangouts you use, it's not the same as sitting down with your team and sketching things with pencil out or tapping someone on the shoulder a few chairs down from you and asking for their opinion on what you're working on.

    If you're a designer and you don't want to work with people in the same room as you, you're in the wrong profession.

    If I were running my own studio I'd be somewhere down the middle: part of the week we work from home, part of the week we work together in the office. As important as the social aspect is to design — and to being a human being ;-) — there's also benefits in going off to a quiet place, by yourself, to crank out work.

    The benefits of working remote? Making your own hours (if you have the self-discipline), hanging out with your dogs, running errands when everyone is working, and not sitting in traffic/no commuting, to name a few.

    8 points
    • Matt SistoMatt Sisto, almost 4 years ago

      Has your team tried Figma yet? Not as mature or full-featured as Sketch, but for our team so far the real-time collaboration has been an amazing supplement for in-person whiteboard sessions.

      2 points
    • Jrtorrents Dorman , over 3 years ago

      "If you're a designer and you don't want to work with people in the same room as you, you're in the wrong profession."

      I agree with most of what you wrote but I don't think this is quite true. There are some brilliant designers who work very alone. Fact that it didn't work well for you doesn't mean it does work for everyone.

      For a personal perspective I think a bit of both could work. There are times when you need to be alone to be creative, there are also times that you need to bounce off ideas with other colleagues to get best results.

      8 points
    • Charlie PrattCharlie Pratt, almost 4 years ago (edited almost 4 years ago )

      There are definitely cons, but there are pros, and not just for your own personal life. For me, I find that my productivity is vastly increased as I am a very social person. I enjoy the solitude, and do more, better work. Not everyone is the same.

      1 point