It’s the end of the year. And at the end of the year, it’s typical to take at least a few minutes to reflect on the things that we did or didn’t do. Isn’t this the time of year when everyone writes down some New Year’s resolutions to (inevitably) ignore?
Do you love where you work? We do. And while other companies talk about innovation and design, NUU is actually doing interesting and meaningful work to make people’s lives easier and better. So naturally, we talk about it.
Ah, new NUU things. Here’s a glimpse into what happened this past year.
We grew a bit. In the time that’s passed since August 2017, we’ve gone from 7 people to over 37. Headed into 2019, we’ve got a team composed of designers, developers, videographers, animators, strategists, copywriters and account folks who are gettin’ things done.
Have you met Pepe, a designer with a trifold grasp of editorial design, branding and photography who is constantly wowing the rest of us? Maybe Nadia, our digital design lead and pixel-wizard? Doc teaches our team software engineering techniques in his spare time, and José has an eye behind the camera that’s spawned brand commercials, documentaries and films alike. And Carissa, our Creative Director who creative directs us so well? Her talent is world-renowned—and Houston-famous. Houston, like, knows her.
People are important to us, and we happen to have the best people.
Once a year everyone at NUU attempts to leave their desk and go hang out together somewhere for a bit. In 2018, half our team hit the skies to visit the other half of our team in Querétaro, Mexico.
It’s important for our team to get out and get together. We need a chance to inspire each other, embody our own values (see below), and relax. If all the various disciplines within NUU spend time with each other, we’ll understand each other better—and be better professionally because of it.
Speaking of values, we wrote ours down this year. Our values keep us aligned. Without values, we’re all just a blubbering mess of pixels and code.
(1) Explore everything. We’ll never be done learning. (2) Collaboration makes us better. It’s important to develop a deep understanding of each other’s aspirations and work together. (3) Diversity of anything is good. We value the differences in ideas and people. (4) Family is key. We care about each other and are thrilled when we succeed. (5) Move fast and stay fluid. There’s nothing more restraining than structure that holds creativity rigid, rather than setting it free. (6) Be a good person. Why do we do the things we do every day?
Read more about it here.
It’s hard (or impossible) for us to stand still sometimes. There’s just all this creative energy bubbling below the surface with nowhere to go. But it’s got to go somewhere, so we ask our people what they’re passionate about and we go do those things. Also, we work to pay the bills.
With so much groundwork laid in 2018, NUU Group has never been better positioned for growth, and for pushing the limits of what’s possible. It’s been a ride, and I’m grateful to have been a part of it. In 2019, we will continue to rally good people to do great work and change the world.
No small feat—but if 2018 has taught me anything, it’s that nothing is impossible with the right people around you.
So there you have it. Let me know if you’ve got any questions about NUU or our team or just want to chat about shaking shit up and doing stuff that’s interesting, meaningful and beautiful.