I remember I was sitting at the head of the table in the Conference Room during our Creative Team meeting. As we were discussing transitional interfaces, I looked around the table when it hit me–I’m the only girl in here. Wait a second… I’m the only girl on the creative team. Snap. Sniped a photo.
Here’s the lowdown… I’m a female UI Designer at Maestro working alongside a creative team of all males, including: a Creative Director, two UI Designers, two Interactive Designers, and an Instructional Designer. I wouldn’t want it any other way. In fact, I think back to when they first called me “bro”. At first, I got all defensive and said, “Bro!? What about sis?”. I even went as far as calling my boss, “dad” when it was tossed around. That’s a touchy subject for men in their 30’s. Lesson learned. With all jokes aside, I love those moments. It brought us close together and made us the work family we are today.
As a self-proclaimed tomboy, I see why I tend to fit in so well. I’ve always had people tell me I’m “one of the guys” and growing up with four older brothers has prepared me well for this situation. It’s taught me to appreciate these men I work with and feel right at home. It’s almost as if I have gained six brothers, since they like to pick on me here and there… but don’t you worry–I am certainly able to dish it back. In fact, it’s mostly just Doug and I, which is really just the norm for our relationship. He tells me, “Amy, you’re like the sister I’ve never had a chance to pick on,” while I respond with, “Oh Doug, you’re like the dad I’ve never had to rip on.” They’re caring and even protective at times, too. I’ll never forget when my face turned a nice shade of #ff0000 (that’s the hex color for bright red) when a couple of them interrogated and inquired about my love life.
We’ve grown into a nice, little design family. We’re all cranky and quiet in the morning, depending on what time we decide to roll in. We bounce ideas off one another and are there to support each other when we need it. We’re in some form of constant contact whether it’s when we use acronyms like WFHTA to let each other know we’re working remote in the afternoon, or keeping score to our game we made up from some of the terms we hear around the office. Our Skype group chat is where great inspiration and design tips are shared with one another but is oftentimes used for hilarious YouTube videos and the occasional sax roll by the boss. No one ever wants to be the first to click one of Zach’s links. You can sometimes hear us all erupt with laughter at the same time. It’s definitely a good group of guys to hang with yet they’re also so knowledgeable when I need to go to any of them for any kind of advice, and they’re always there to pick me up when I need it. And like a sister, I even give team members fashion advice, letting them know they are past the cut-off age to wear v-necks. That’s for my brah, Tim :-)
This culture and environment I get to be a part of everyday is something else. One of our core values here at Maestro is “None of us is as good as all of us.” So true! Ultimately, I’m thrilled I’m one of the guys but truly proud I can call these fellas my family. It makes me appreciative and completely impressed with the talent and the intelligence of every single person here and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of brosephs to work with everyday. We all have our own lives and families outside of work that we can’t wait to get home to, however, having the chance to be able to enjoy what you do and the people you work with is such a wonderful thing. If I’m just another bro in this family, I’ll take it.