It’s a brisk 23 degrees out, the geese are flying over head, the sound of rocks getting dumped in the river echoes about, and the office lights get flicked on switch by switch. The quiet hum of computers turning on and printers warming up gently fills the office. The stillness is broken by the chipper voice answering the phone with, “Hello, this is Vivid Image.”A slightly panicked voice on the other end of the phone asks “Is there someone there who can help me? I can’t get my email, and I just spilled a glass of milk.” “I’m sorry about the milk, but you needn’t cry. Yes, there is someone here who can help you with your email issues” says the Vivid Image employee swiftly transferring the call.
Gradually the room is engulfed with the rhythm of mouse clicks, key strokes and the lively chatter of people on the phone. All of which are harmoniously working together to better serve you. As I take a trip to the water cooler to quench my thirst, I pan the room and see what is all being worked on.
On the screen of the first monitor I check is an ecommerce/online store. Next to that monitor there is another monitor (yes, that’s two monitors per computer) with lines of code rapidly filling the screen. There is a flurry of keys being hit, only stopping occasionally to pick up the phone to help walk someone through how to set up a new discount or coupon for their store. After watching the keys move at a dizzying speed, I move on.
The next desk I pass on my way to get my H20 I see shapes, words, and pictures being combined to create a visual symphonic masterpiece. I was witnessing a website interface being designed, each one uniquely made to fit a client’s needs. On the next desk is a stack of brochures, business cards, and letterhead that just came in from the printer. Staff is gathered around, trying to sneak a peak. Some lucky client is going to have some mighty sweet identity materials to really show off their business. I give the designer a thumbs-up, and continue on my quest for fluids.
With my hydration level satisfied, I stop by another desk to pick up a quote to make sure nothing was getting missed. The numbers all look good, and everything seems to be a head of schedule, so I sign off and check what else is slated for this person today. Someone is getting ready for a quarterly development plan to go over search engine optimization (we call it SEO) for a client’s site. Then, after that they are going to write content for a new site. Not wanting to hold them up I head back to my desk, check my email, sip my water, and see what adventures and projects will cross my desk today. I hope it’s one of yours.