We've been doing the OCFHWD Friday's for a month now. Though I'm not completely happy with how everything is working there is more good than bad. We certainly have completed more of OC4 during the last four Friday's than we have in the last year. It is just so damn hard to find time to work on your own work. I'm pretty convinced we'd have never gotten a new site up if we didn't do this.
So, here are some things I've learned from working around a table with four guys for the last four Fridays.
Staring out the window is a good thing. At any given time you will find one of the four coaters staring into space. The manager in you tends to wince when you see other do it, then you find yourself doing the same thing two minutes later. Creative work isn't busy work. It needs to breath. It's amazing how much better things get with a little extra stare.
It's pretty damn hard to write when multiple people are talking at you. This goes for designing and coding too. Sitting around a single table is great when you have a bunch of small things that need to get done but uninterrupted quite is great for the big things.
The four of us can't eat a dozen doughnuts.
The more coffee I drink the better I work.
It's hard not to do client work. Clients call and email. Friday sneaks up on you and you still have work that needs to get done for the week. Sometimes Friday is the only time a client can meet. Shit happens. When you are juggling a bunch of clients at once, taking one day week for your own work ain't that simple.
The approval process is much easier when everything is internal. We can fly through internal page designs, business card designs, etc when we are the only people that need to sign off on them.
The approval process isn't always that much easier when everything is internal. Great minds don't always think alike and when we disagree it can often become a serious stalemate.
Everyone likes throwing the kong to Josie.
People like to get sneak peaks of designs. The screen shots of OC4 are some of the most popular pictures on my Flickr account.
You can't recycle a popcorn bag