Here in Boston, it’s quarantine week three. Our hair is shaggier, our pets are friendlier, and we’ve all audited half a dozen online conference platforms in the last 14 days. We miss our project teams, our Made Real Lab, our colleagues’ dogs, watering our office plants.
Logistically, working from home has been relatively easy—remote work has long been a central part of our ethos. As designers, technologists, strategists, and engineers, adjusting to a new normal is just another day in (or out of) the office. But as remote work becomes everyday routine, some aspects of our lives are getting... strange.
We’re picking up new projects to fill spare hours, delighting in the sense of accomplishment a new-baked loaf of bread or a still life drawing can give. We’re also juggling new scheduling complexities as we ideate, build, and forecast the future while raising our children and nurturing our creative selves, all within four walls. So on some days we’re kneading our bread dough and sketching the faces during conference calls (true story).
There’s something encouraging in seeing our colleagues’ varied and creative workarounds, coping strategies, and occasional fails. It humanizes us. It makes our international work community (from Boston to Belarus, from Guadalajara to Shanghai) feel smaller, cozier, like we’re all at home together.
Images by Shumeng Tan