We’ve been under work from home conditions now for a few weeks and at this point we know what works for us and what doesn’t. We’ve been able to function completely normally and provide all the services we would generally, which is great. A sense of stability in these very strange and unexpected times. The work we’ve been doing has been bolstered by confidence in the industry, as the majority of studios continue to work and hire remotely for the time being.
We’ve already shared a number of our work from home tips, allowing you to work smarter and more productive from the comfort of your own four walls, and we thought it was about time we touched base with some of our team to see what else they’ve learned through their time in isolation, and what new projects they’ve taken on.
Chris Mellor has taken to working from home really well and you’ll find him speaking daily on Linkedin via his morning vlog. He talks about the roles he’s currently working, and what he’s getting up to with the rest of the team. It’s a project he came up with himself to provide an outreach and to give people a friendly face during this extended period of remote working. He’s also recruiting for an exciting exclusive role with Miniclip. You can find out a little bit more about that vacancy here.
Jasmin Ali wants to remind everyone of the importance of checking in with your team and friends. Working from home can be an isolating experience and she’s taken to calling people just to chat; complete with funky webcam filters which turns her into everything from Elmo, to a space cat with laser eyes! Jasmin has also started an art-focused Instagram account during COVID-19. Art At Aardvark showcases the amazing artist candidates that she’s currently working with, who are all currently available for hire by studios at home or abroad. As our specialist consultant who handles all things art, she’ll also be sharing some exciting vacancies through the platform (so keep your eyes out).
Glenn Spenceley just wants to remind you how important routine still is! Unlike when you’re in the office, there’s no clear separation between work and your personal life when you’re working from home. Make sure you have a dedicated workspace, one that you can walk away from and close off if needed. Take regular breaks, get some fresh air; don’t overdo it!
Max Stuart, like Chris, is also working on an exclusive role. This time it’s for a Lead Producer for YAGER Development in Berlin. If you’d like to work on a very successful self-published title, and you have experience working across PC and console projects, then you can find out more about this here.
I’ve been finding the whole work from home experience a learning curve myself. As you can see from the header image of this article, I’ve got a fair number of screens to take advantage of in my new set-up, which really helps with workflow. Having never worked from home before, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The regular contact with the team and our clearly scheduled projects are keeping me sane. That, and Ty the Tasmanian Tiger HD has just come out on Nintendo Switch (which is making my lunch breaks really worthwhile).
It’s all systems go at Aardvark Swift! We do appreciate that some studios and devs have not been so fortunate, and it’s not ‘business as usual’ for everyone. If you, or someone you know from the industry, are on the lookout for a new role, please do get in touch and let’s see what we can do for you!
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