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A peek inside imonomy’s new Tel Aviv offices

We¬†recently moved to new offices in Tel Aviv and I thought I’d share what it looks like inside imonomy’s new offices. It is the 2nd time imonomy has moved in the year or so that I’ve been with the company (we’ve grown that much). I start work pretty early these days so I spent a little time taking photos of details that stood out for me one morning. Here is a quick look inside imonomy:

I like the (fake) plants all around the office, usually in windows. They add a natural feel to what is otherwise a pretty industrial look.

These jars are also scattered throughout the office and add a nice touch of colour to a predominantly white work space.

These items add an “old” feel to the space too. They little nuggets that add something different to meeting spaces, primarily. Just enough to break what could be design monotony.

This Space Invaders-style artwork is mostly where the tech teams sit and I love it. It adds some geeky fun to an environment which tends to emphasise the business side.

The reception area has a very clean look that manages to balance the relatively industrial feel of the structure as a whole with fairly simple comforts. I really like the horse sculpture.

Here is a little peek of the marketing department with me, Sinead and Tom.
Here is a little peek of the marketing department with me, Sinead and Tom.

You can find my complete album here. I like the space and it’s great to have so much space to grow. I can see imonomy being there for at least a year.

 

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Business and work

Remote work and the importance of remaining social

Nathan wrote a post titled “Remote work” in which he wrote about his transition from a somewhat conventional office environment to a distributed team. Working remotely certainly has benefits (his one team member saving 40 hours a month just by not commuting to work surprised me).

I used to work at home until about 2010 and it seemed like a great way to save money and still remain productive. Since moving to an office away from home, I realised that working from home can be pretty isolating and can also suck you into a tendency to always be working.

A client once told me that he shuts down his laptop when he leaves the office, sometimes doesn’t even take it home with him. That struck me as a waste. After all, what about that extra time at home and the additional work you can do there? His insistence on shutting down when leaving the office stuck with me and it has become really important to me.

Switching off my work stuff when I leave my office is critical for my sanity. Working constantly is a great way for me to burn out faster and miss my limited time with my family. Having an office to go to creates that physical separation between work and home that helps maintain a form of balance in my life. It comes as a cost: Nathan accomplishes a tremendous amount by working harder than almost anyone else I know, but so does the alternative (at least for me).

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Travel and places

One morning at the office

I’ve been walking to work a lot lately. I live relatively close and I’ve come to enjoy being on foot, for the most part. You notice a lot more about your environment when you walk it and when I walk with my camera (which is often lately), it’s not difficult to find new subject matter.

I took a few photos one morning at the office as I walked into the property the other day. I really liked how the sun came through an avocado tree and the 50mm lens I had on my Nikon didn’t give me the perspective I wanted so I switched to my iPhone instead.

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Miscellany

Pretty productive morning at the office

I still have a couple hours of work ahead of me but much of that is a new, more developed project management workflow for my businesses.

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Business and work Photography

The Great Office Photo Wall debate

My wife and I are having a debate about my planned photo wall in my new office which I move into later this month. The idea is to have one wall in my office and one in Nastassja‘s office which will have photos relevant to what we’re doing. My thinking behind the wall in my office is to have photos of people in the Web industry who inspire me (and some people I have met). Here are a couple photos I’ve picked so far:

Lawrence Lessig

Mark Zuckerberg

Jimmy Wales

and (you might recognise this inspiring person)

M in colour

Gina doesn’t agree with my choice and thinks the photos are a little random. Her thinking is that the photos on my office wall should be more artistic than random photos of people. Another idea which came to me when debating this with Gina is to put up some of my photos. Here are a couple options which I picked out quickly (I may go out and take more photos for the office but these give you an idea of the photos I could include):

Bean There-6

Bean There-1

Bean There-5

Nokia Lumia launch-9

and

Nokia Lumia launch-51

What do you think? If I go the great looking photos approach, I don’t even mind including some of the more awesome (and more artistic) work by other photographers I know, like Darren Smith and Jeanette Verster, if they make their photos available. I haven’t spoken to them so this is just an idea.

Update: It looks like just about everyone agrees with Gina (and I do like that idea too) so I’ll pick out some of my photos for my office wall. Jeanette is happy to contribute some of hers so I’ll chat to her further about including some of her photos too (if you haven’t seen her work, you really should: Jeanette Verster Photography). Disclosure: Jeanette is a client at Jacobson Attorneys.