A thought that came up repeatedly during our discussion was that the best gifts to receive at Christmas were the thoughtful ones - whether it was a trip to Rome(!), or quite an amusing novelty jumper from someones Grandma;
New Years Plans/Resolutions
A popular resolution with the team that also seemed pretty do-able, came from our Managing Director - "To free up time to engage more often with current design. It's easy to fall out of the habit."
This resonated with a lot of the office - it's so easy to focus on work, and solely on the particular area of design and creativity you're working on, it's often refreshing and can be pretty useful to remind yourself of the other creative industries and disciplines.
Different people choose to do this in different ways, with some deciding to make more use of the Internet - reading more design-orientated blogs, newsletters and visiting sites such as The Cool Hunter, and Its Nice That.
For other members of the team however, it translates into visiting more museums, exhibitions and different places locally, such as the Barbican Centre - a fairly unusual experience for central London!
In 2011, Assembly Studios as a whole is hoping to attend more design talks, conferences and trade exhibitions - not only as visitors, but also hopefully as contributors!
Plans for 2011
It looks like the Assembly staff are going to be pretty busy during 2011! A few plans include;
- A Stag Do in Amsterdam
- Snow-boarding in Bulgaria (in February) & Florida (in October)
- Traveling to Sri Lanka to see my latest nephew
- Tangoing Neouvo in Berlin - apparently it's the place to dance at the moment.
- Fitting in as many festivals as possible!
Speaking of festivals, a few of our favorites are (in no particular order);
Hop Farm Festival
The Camden Crawl
And so so many more. We can't wait 'till summer!
However our favorite resolution/plan for 2011 had to be:
Become a year wiser.
Wishing you all you could hope for in 2011, the Assembly Studios team xxx
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