Working Remote: Part Two

Welcome back to the second part of our remote series! After a rousing round of questions in part one, we’re back remote employees (Amy, Dafne, Cheryl, and new hire, Ryan) to get more insight on their everyday lives while working from home.

As a reminder to the readers, what is your position at Lemonly?
Amy Thorne:
Lead Project Manager
Cheryl Loh:
Visual Designer
Dafne Sagastume: 
Visual Designer
Ryan Leichliter: Junior Developer

What is your favorite thing about working at Lemonly?
A: The team. I couldn’t ask for a better group of people to work with.
D: The creative freedom and the great people, there are just all-around good folks here, and the ability to work remotely.
C: Designers are given a lot of creative freedom, and we’re always learning and trying out new styles and techniques.
R: The creative freedom paired with a positive learning environment.

What did you have for breakfast today?
A: A grapefruit, protein bar, and coffee.
D: A green smoothie.
C: Greek yogurt with granola and blueberries, topped off with a couple chocolate chips. 🙂
R: Scrambled eggs.

What is your favorite program to work in?
A: Gmail.
D: Illustrator by far!
C: Adobe Illustrator for sure!
R: WebStorm, eventually.

What is your music situation? Do you use headphones or speakers?
 Speakers. I’m usually home alone so there’s no need for headphones.
D: I use speakers and listen to lots of podcasts.
C: I use headphones, and listen to different things depending on the day. Sometimes I prefer music, and on other days I prefer podcasts. If I really need to concentrate on something (usually when I’m just starting a project, or reading over briefs), I prefer not to listen to anything so I can focus!
R: I usually play a mix of alt-rock and audiobooks. I share an office with my wife, so I wear headphones.

What kind of car do you drive?
Volkswagen Passat.
 Sans wheels, so usually I’m walking or cycling.
C: Honda Civic.
R: Chevy Malibu, but I’m looking for new wheels.

What is your favorite form of communication when working remotely?
A: I’m going to have to say Slack. It keeps us connected on a daily basis and makes communication quick and easy to track, but there’s also something about a phone call that’s hard to beat!  

Slack for everyday communication, but our Monday morning call-ins are my favorite! They’re pretty darn hilarious.
I like Slack a lot because you can easily talk to anyone or any group on the team. You can share files easily and search for any previously posted information and files you need as well.
R: Slack.

How is your work space set up?
Two computers, a notepad, and a cup of coffee. Since we recently moved and we’re doing some remodeling, I’m set up on the dining room table until I have my own office space.
An iMac, Wacom tablet, stand-up station, and regular desk. I usually alternate between standing and sitting throughout the day.
I have a 27″ iMac and a second Acer monitor. I do all my designing on the iMac screen, and place all other tabs and info I need (Slack, email, Google, etc.) on the Acer monitor so that I can reference them easily. I work with a mouse, and I always have a notebook with me for taking notes and making sketches.
R: 27” MBP with a second screen, regular desk and stand-up station.

Stay tuned for our last installment coming soon!