By Amanda Guy, Designer
Happy Friday Wheel Heads! Thanks for stopping by for another round of A Wheelie__Fill in the blank__Week.
This week has been nothing short of crazy and full of fun moments. We definitely have a few coals in the fire here at the WheelHouse. In fact, we had to have a special three hour meeting this week to go over everything in detail to make sure we're on track. Especially after moving to a new office, we don't want things to fall through the cracks, so we're getting extremely organized and getting that awesome huge yard of ours cleaned up for some summer bike-in movie nights. (woot!)
Let's talk WheelHouse & Our Best Meeting Yet!
Three hours and ten minutes after our meeting began to go over all of said projects, we realized we have at least 26 open projects at this time. AMAZING, and also very fun! We love our clients so much. Every project and personality is tremendously unique. We talked about each client and their needs and spent some time brainstorming how to be more efficient on a daily basis. Personally, I feel pretty jacked up after that meeting and am ready to take on the world, and hopefully the rest of you are too.
So let's go over a few of those 26 projects, and what we are working on this week?
Monday, Dan and I got to work at 8:00am and began the morning routine of brewing some of the worst coffee we've ever purchased. We've been buying copious amounts of creamer to cover up the battery acid taste until we get through the whole gallon bucket of it. Lisa is always super pumped when she comes in and the coffee is already made. I seriously don't know if I have ever seen her face light up more than when a fresh pot of coffee is made, even if it does taste like it's going to evaporate your insides. Anyway, I'm getting off topic here. So we brewed some coffee and then started on the our typical Monday tasks. Checking emails, looking at the calendar, Dan always pumps out the client update on Mondays so we know where we are with each and every project, and then there's me, usually sitting at my desk, cranking some 80's Power Ballads while I start designing away or editing photographs.
When Tuesday rolled around, I started busting out a few more drawings for a certain epic event occurring in April and laying out a few more items on the new Jersey Boys menu, as soon as it comes out, and Jelisa makes the official announcement, we'll announce a certain brand new pizza that will be available on the menu from here on out. Dan will probably shout it to the world, he is the most excited of us all for this new pizza.
The rest of Tuesday was followed with designing business cards, working on a Wordpress site, and finishing up the new menu layout for Spotted Bear Spirits along with nerding out on typography. When you're a graphic designer, you get really pumped on typefaces--not sure what it is, but you tend to tell everyone, "Oh, that slab serif font is glorious," or, "Seriously? Comic Sans? What do they think this is, Grade School?" I guess we become font snobs! But it really is fun to know the names of 90% of the fonts you see on a daily basis.
Wednesday rolled around, and we worked at the office all morning, had a couple of client meetings and then grabbed our white board and hauled taters over to Great Northern Brewing Co. where we conducted our epic three hour meeting I mentioned earlier in the post. BLT's, soup, beer and a white board--basically sums up the best meeting we've ever had--and part of this is because we conducted it off site where we didn't have the usual office distractions. It truly is a great idea to have a meeting off campus every now and again. The phone isn't ringing and we don't have people stopping by taking our minds off of the tasks at hand.
This leads us into Thursday and Friday this week. On Thursday, I hiked the mountain to get some sunrise footage for a special project we are working on. I left my house at 5am and split boarded up to the top to catch the sun. It is so head clearing to hike before work. It's pretty cool to get paid for stuff like this. Being outside makes my head happy, and snowboarding makes my heart happy. I should hike up before work more often.
Then, it was total go time to meet some deadlines before the weekend arrives. More web development, photo edits, event branding design, and keeping our stoke as high as we can. Initially, today I was supposed to go to Somers Middle School for their annual Career day. A friend of mine asked if I would give a few talks about graphic design and photography this morning. But alas, Lisa had to take my place. Dan and I have been receiving texts from Lisa all morning sending hilarious photos of all the inspirational posters and rules posted around the Junior High. She also informed me that there is a fire truck there that the kids are able to tour at some point and she intends to get in line to se the truck as well. If you don't already know this, Lisa wants to be a firefighter more than anything in the world. It all comes back to a commercial she saw once. Lisa, Just spread your wings and fly!
As for me, I'm posting from the hospital waiting room this week. It's awesome to know that I'm able to leave work at a moment's notice when we have a family emergency occur. So Thank you again Dan and Lisa for all your help in arranging my schedule so I could be with family today. You guys are truly the best, and I could not ask for a better boss and co-worker.
Speaking of Dan, he is practicing taking selfies for a video we are making called Selfie Stick. So, for your entertainment, here is a gallery of Dan's best shots. If you see him around town doing this, there is a reason. :)
For the rest of you Wheel Heads out there, I promise to have some fun updates on the WheelHouse next week. We'll revisit the main focus of this month, Passion. Think about your careers, your family, and your friends and what you are the most passionate about. What pumps you up the most? What is it that you are always the most excited for?
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