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Year in review 2017

Beach stones delicately balanced on top of each other.

As I was reflecting on the past year, the phrase “delicate balance” was the only thing that came to mind. There is one point at which opposing forces form a balance between work and family time, between pushing yourself to the limit and taking a break, and between being online and offline. There isn’t one correct ratio—it depends on the individual and the environment. I found mine in 2017. Read more

Red train in snow

A red train blazes next to a snowy path.

Red and white, and a lot of snow—so very Swiss.

Find your purpose

My work matters,” you think to yourself. In a small studio, shop, or a startup, everything you do is significant. You can see your contributions pushing the business forward every day. You feel good about yourself.

If you’re 1 of 3 people in a company, you’re almost a superhero. If you’re 1 of 30, you might still feel you’re contributing. But if you’re 1 of 3000, can you recognize your impact on the whole business every day? If you leave for three months, you’ll find the company somehow survived without you. Shocking, right? Read more

Write down everything

To be more specific, write down everything important. Early in my corporate career, I asked an experienced designer what had helped him make the transition from a small agency to a big company. He suggested that I should keep a permanent track of what’s happening for myself. Projects change and people come and go so it’s hard to keep everything in memory. Read more

Choose teams over projects

People often ask me, “How do you like working in a big company?” and I always answer, “I like working with my current team.” The look I get back reveals that people think I’m hiding something. I’m not. It’s just that I’m not comfortable projecting relationships and attitudes of my closest twenty colleagues to tens of thousands other employees across the world. Read more

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