We get asked for a lot of specifics about what we’re doing, about our model for moving around, and if someone might be a good host. We even get notes from those who do understand what we’re doing – but they’re asking for tips on how to convince their boss to host us. Either way, the questions and answers below are meant to help clear up any questions. If they don’t, please reach out to us – we’re excited about the unknown and unforeseen possibilities.
What’s in it for you (the host)?
What business couldn’t be improved by a couple of creative dudes to bounce ideas off of, or to realize a design project or two? Think of having a creative department added to your business for a month or two – the possibilities are truly endless (well, not really, ‘endless’ – we only stick around for a month or two. But you get the point.) We run our design studio on a daily basis, but offer a certain amount of design hours (or U.S. certified dollars) to our hosts in exchange for opening up their doors to us. Do you have two empty desks? Why not let us come fill them and explore the possibilities?
What is in it for us (Wolken Communica)?
We get a roof over our heads and a desk to work at, but more importantly, we whole-heartedly believe a change in environment changes how you think. It forces you to be creative in your solutions. Those solutions can be design or business related, either way we feel our lives are improved. And hell, we love meeting new people.
What’s in it for us (host and WC)?
Creativity is fluid and contagious, and spreads rapidly – only to be killed by boring meetings and PowerPoint. The more people learn about each other, the more rich their lives become. Both become better businesses by seeing how each other goes about their work. And frankly, it’s more fun for everyone.
Will you be paying rent?
What Gypsy do you know that wants to pay rent? We’d prefer to get involved with you and your team creatively and trade services. That said, we are open to ANY arrangement. Very importantly, we respect our fellow design firms: If you’re already engaged with one of them, that’s awesome, we do NOT want to get in the way of that relationship. (We heart designers!) We’d be happy to plunk down a few nickels for your empty desks and we’re open and excited to try most anything.
How long do you plan to stay?
A rolling gypsy gathers no dust bunnies (or something like that). We like the idea of one-to-three months. Too little and you don’t get a sense of place, too long and it’s like when the in-laws stay over and you just wonder when they’re going to leave. We prefer to be good guests and leave before being asked. (Or before our ruffian friends figure out where we’re working from.)
Do you need a separate office space with some measure of privacy?
Nah, we’re good if you’re good. We’re not picky, and the more we can be part of the goings-on, the more opportunities might arise where we can help each other out. We’re great at charades, we love giving (and receiving!) criticism, and we are pretty-good at deflating hair-brained ideas, too. (I’ve had many!) We might even sit through a dry run of your next presentation (as long as there are donuts).
Will you be working hours outside our normal business hours of 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday – Friday?
If you want us out by a certain time, we’re happy to leave. We have a hub where we can go burn the midnight oil if need be. If we can lock-up the doors late, that’s cool, we’re as honest as gypsies can be.
Will you be relying on our telephone system? Receptionist?
Cell phones, baby – a modern wonder. No land-lines are needed, required or used by us. In fact, they give us a rash. We may rely on the receptionist for directions to a good nearby coffee joint, but otherwise we’ll let them go about their business of running the place.
Will you be “entertaining” other clients or business associates in our office?
We like to go visit our clients, or meet them at a bar or restaurant or coffeehouse. If you want us to liven up the place by having wild rumpus in your board room, I’m certain that can be arranged. But, in general, we prefer to have our meetings in a place where everybody is comfortable – you, us, and our clients.
What physical elements (other than roof, chair, toilet and coffee pot) do you require during your stay?
What else is there? We can get along with or without anything – we’ve even stayed in a place without a coffee pot. (It was Pure Hell, but we survived.) If you have an icebox or a microwave, we might use it once or twice, as we brown-bag it often with leftovers from last nights campfire.
What electronic elements do you require, beyond an internet connection and a 110 outlet?
None whatsoever – we run most things off of a mid-sized hamster wheel.
To what extent do you plan to publicize your temporary location? How? To whom?
Ah, well, the travel log gets read by people (so we’re told). These people click in anyway, stay a while, and then go off to some other site on the Web. We also tweet and post on Facebook for daily goings-on. We talk to our hosts and post an interview, and we’ll feature any work we do with our hosts (we like to show off a bit). The more we mix it up, the more we will have something to say, so we strongly encourage that. We think the people that read this blog are smart, very good looking, and generally a good crosscut of the metropolitan Seattle area.
Do you any specific hygiene issues or bad, embarrassing habits we should know about?
Define embarrassing. We’re pretty comfortable with ourselves, but in case you need a more reliable source, please write our fine ladies at: firstname.lastname@example.org