As collaborative work comes online, how are you working with fellow creatives?
It can be tough and Zoom fatigue is real. Having said that, I feel more connected to more people, especially creatives in my life. With everything going on in the world, my creative circle is super active. The conversation around Black Lives Matter, COVID-19, and political issues are strong and have lead to deepening relationships with folks I barley knew before quarantine.
When things where normal and we were going about day-to-day life, it was easy to fall into our own bubbles. I got used to talking and interacting with a specific group. Most of the time it's based on proximity. Sometimes I would end up falling out of touch with older friends that don't live nearby. Now, everyone is far, but this also means everyone is the same distance— just a phone call, text, zoom, social media platform away. I've been able to form stronger connections with some people while still continuing to have meaningful relationships with close friends and family.
Anxiety is running high right now. What do you do to stay sane?
The key is to find elements of normal life and appreciate them. We can't travel, but on a sunny day we can sit on our balcony, play some music and imagine we are lounging poolside. Instead of going to a bar, my friends hosted a Zoom party where one of our buddies from a favorite bar taught us how to make fancy cocktails.
I also think it’s important to take time for yourself. Whether that means watching a movie, working out, taking a nap, meditating or anything that makes you feel recharged, those moments are just as important as socializing.
What do you think the future of work looks like?
I think it's going to look a lot like this. There is a lot of benefits to distributed work and its proven to be effective when it comes to overall company productivity. It also opens up opportunities to attract talent in different locations and could lead to more diversity in tech. When things open up it will be nice to go to the office and interact with coworkers in person again, but I don't think it will ever be what it was.
Who inspires you right now?
My family and friends. My wife and I look back at our wedding photos and immediately remember the immense love that was in that room for us. It's something I can’t really put into words but it's that support and love that drives me to show up and be better. We feel incredibly lucky to have them in our life and at the end of the day it's the only thing that really matters to us.
How can we use creativity for good?
I think we need to prioritize the people we design for. Most companies say they are user-centered in design, but growth and revenue are actually the top priority. What would a world look like if companies truly prioritized people over money? How would the products we create change? How would the teams who create these products change?
What are you listening to or watching?
A ton of Toro y Moi (a longtime Dropbox fan!) He's been my top played artist for the past couple of years. His music just doesn't ever get old. I also love exploring new albums on Spotify. I'm usually listening to something if I'm not in a meeting. Here are a few favorite playlists:
Do you have a daily routine?
I do, but a loose one. Usually I wake up around 7:00am, stretch, make a coffee, talk to some family or friends, shower, then start my day around 9:00am. I always like to take a solid lunch break. It helps me break up the day and allows time for me to enjoy lunch with my wife. Usually I end my day around 6:00pm and try and get a workout in before dinner.