PUNCH­ING ABOVE YOUR WEIGHT

Mem­bers of Rose out­line the key in­gre­di­ents for a strong small-team dy­namic

Computer Arts - - STUDIO INSIGHT -

1. MIX PAS­SION WITH PRAG­MA­TISM

“When you’re a small team, there’s lit­tle room for er­ror in the per­son­al­ity mix,” says project man­ager Joanna Wa­clawski. “You need to be on a sim­i­lar wave­length, pro­fes­sion­ally and oth­er­wise. At Rose, ev­ery­one’s pas­sion­ate and in­ter­ested by what they do, but it never tips into a fre­netic at­mos­phere by any stretch; we try to en­sure no-one has to work late on projects. “

2. BAL­ANCE COL­LAB­O­RA­TION AND IN­DE­PEN­DENCE

Keep­ing your col­lec­tive pas­sions in check is not the only way you need to main­tain a sense of bal­ance, Joanna Wa­clawski adds. “There’s a good bal­ance be­tween col­lab­o­rat­ing when it’s needed and tak­ing own­er­ship on projects.”

3. COM­PLE­MENT EACH OTHER

“As a stu­dio, it’s vi­tal ev­ery­one gets along and that your per­son­al­i­ties com­ple­ment each other,” says de­signer Yafet Bis­rat. “At Rose, we all share a sim­i­lar sense of hu­mour, but we also have dif­fer­ent in­ter­ests, pas­sions and back­grounds. There’s no room for cyn­ics and egos.”

4. CRE­ATE A SPIRIT OF OPEN­NESS

“At Rose, each de­signer has dif­fer­ent strengths, so be­ing able to talk can­didly and work off each other’s spe­cialisms is es­sen­tial,” says Yafet Bis­rat. “That only comes from hav­ing an open, healthy work­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

5. SAY NO TO SI­LOS

In a large or­gan­i­sa­tion, peo­ple of­ten ‘silo’ them­selves off from other peo­ple’s projects. But in a small team, that’s not an op­tion, says de­signer Ab­bie Edis. “At Rose, be­cause we’re such a small team, we’re all in the know about the var­i­ous projects in the stu­dio even if we’re not di­rectly work­ing on them,” Edis says. “That means we can all be a sound­board for each other’s ideas and you can get a dif­fer­ent view point if you hit a cre­ative block. All of us can bring some­thing dif­fer­ent to the table. It’s an en­vi­ron­ment in which you’re con­stantly learn­ing and evolv­ing as a de­signer.”

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