• Aaron ShekeyAaron Shekey, over 6 years ago

    What's your opinion on designers working remotely?

    My best work is produced when I'm happy and comfortable with my surroundings. Unfortunately I wasn't able to enjoy the Bay Area like so many do. Yet, so many great, young companies are located there.

    3 points
    • Wilson Miner, over 6 years ago

      I worked on EveryBlock from San Francisco for three years while the rest of the team was in Chicago. For me personally, it worked really well while we were building the first versions of the product, and I was the only designer. We were able to keep up a good rhythm of discussing things together and me being able to work things out on my own. I think it gets a lot harder when you're collaborating with other designers, or if you don't have a certain level of trust and basic patterns of communication built up with the people you're working with. I've never been able to work as effectively remotely when I need to collaborate directly with other people. In larger companies, when it's easy to get swamped with meetings and conversations from all sides, it's great to have the ability to take a day a week to work outside the office and get shit done, but I think it's pretty tough to do it all the time. It works for a lot of people, but it takes effort to do it right and avoid the pitfalls.

      3 points