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June 28, 2012
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Refueling

June 28, 2012

One conversation we've been having this week is how can we keep refueling our creative fires? Factory Week is one way of course, but we can't always take a full week to recharge.

Yesterday we took a break from all of our projects to watch the documentary, EAMES: The Architect and the Painter. Here's Jeb getting the movie set up:

Watch the EAMES trailer:

It was a welcome respite from the intensity and deep thinking required for our projects. Watching Charles and Ray reinvent themselves and consistently deliver magic solutions was pretty inspiring and got us pumped to dig back into our projects.

Stuff like this has become essential to our team growth and culture. In May, we started a SmallBox Book Club, and plan to add movies into the mix going forward. We participate in conferences like SXSW as another way to refuel. We also discussed ideas like:

  • taking individual creative sabbatical days
  • going on afternoon field trips to cultural institutions, museums
  • scheduling regular actitivities just for fun, like bowling or zip-lining

Does you your team have institutions you use to recharge?