My name is Gráinne and I am a Visual and UX Designer working at IBM Studios Dublin. Recently I transferred from my job role as a Visual UX Designer for Watson Health and into a new job role that is primarily focused on the Studio Culture. With the development of the new Dublin Design Studio it is important that we try encourage and maintain the creative growth of all our members of the studio.
After a year and a half working for Watson Care manager I became very antsy and found myself wanting more variety and creativity from my day to day work. Some projects can go on for more than 2-3 years and from experiencing this myself I wanted to get more involved in creating creative outlets for designers in the studio.
I have yet to find a system or plan that works but for now I am doing a lot of trial and error on how to find something everyone will be interested in without them having to give up too much of their time. There is a lot of potential in the Dublin Studio for art competitions, charity projects, creative sharing and Design events but finding a balance that works for everyone is the key.
December was my first call to action with the organizing of the pot luck Christmas lunch and Christmas Workshops. Since starting at IBM Studios Dublin I usually would have organised these activities alongside my product work so the studio was no stranger to our traditionally amazing Christmas Bring a Dish Lunch. During that week I ran mini Christmas craft workshops with the help of lovely Rebecca Love and also started a small team to create a Christmas Window Display now known as the window display project.
Variety has huge importance in a persons development and most importantly sanity. I feel if we are constantly challenging ourselves creatively we will remain interested and we will continue to learn and upskill. I have always been a maker and I want to be able to enable the designers of the studio to be able to make in ways they may have never made before, to step away from the screens, to use their hands, to pick up a pencil, paintbrush, scissors, sewing needle, thread… you name it. Most importantly to create something be it by themselves or with someone that they may have never worked with in the studio.
To get that satisfaction that you made this thing that you can hold, that you can reproduce or that is one of a kind. To create. To see, To hold. To share. Joining in and collaborating with other Spare Time hosts can only make this process easier and hopefully successful in all IBM Design Studios around the world.
Author & Photos: Grainne Kelly