Ever wondered what it’s like to work remotely? Here at Dribbble, we’re pretty amazed by the endless benefits that come with a fully distributed team, and have also learned some lessons on how to make it work.
It seems that remote work is becoming the new standard. Many Dribbblers also work remotely, like Mari Ettlinger, with whom we recently had a video interview and Alex Dixon, who gave us a look at his office a few weeks ago.
We hope you enjoy getting an insider look at our home (and elsewhere) offices!
Hallie Rose Taylor, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
COMMUNITY SUPPORT SPECIALIST
“I recently moved into an apartment in Salt Lake City, where I signed my first lease in four years. Before that, I was living first in a VW Eurovan, and then I upgraded to my ‘99 4Runner, who I named Virga—after the meteorological phenomenon of rain that never hits the ground. I get antsy staying in one place too long and I love exploring the American southwest, so working remotely has really allowed me to dig into new locations on the weekends!
I’ve worked in Yosemite Valley at a picnic table, too many campsites to count, atop hills in otherwise pretty desolate places, and I even worked for a half hour in a dressing room at a thrift store in Joshua Tree because it was the only establishment with an electrical outlet I could find and my solar charger was dead. But probably the wildest workday I ever had was on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, Nevada (pictured above.) My hotspot was working and the weather was nice, so I figured it was as good a place as any and stopped. I would take little breaks to run down the road. I do miss that life sometimes, though it’s nice having constant access to hot water, and to not either have to be inside my car or exposed to the general public at all times.”
Sarah Kuehnle, Mystic, Connecticut, USA
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT
“It’s important to be mindful with remote work. For me, an organized desktop free of clutter—with my favorite vinyl toys and books nearby—helps my office feel right. Spend time creating a workspace for yourself.
I would also stress that making sure that you get up and walk around frequently, drink lots of water, and make time for exercise is crucial. Without a commute, you can literally roll out of bed and into your office. Creating a routine for yourself that includes time away from your desk is important. I start my day with a cup of coffee. Then I read the news, check email, and even try to fit in a bike ride (sort of like a pseudo-commute).”
Dave Baker, Bournemouth, Dorset, United Kingdom
“I’m fortunate that we had enough space that we could convert a room into an office. Having that dedicated area allows family and remote work to co-exist in relative peace.
Working remotely has allowed me to have much more involvement in my kids life than if I were commuting to an office somewhere every day. Just the little things like the doing school run makes me feel like I’m not missing out on them growing up.”
We’ve given you inside looks at several of our workspaces now, but here are just a few more from Team Dribbble! Learn more about the perks of working remotely, and how we utilize that beautiful freedom.