“It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.”
This, along with just about every other saying the marvelous Julia Child graced the cooking world with, can so easily be applied to aspects of life outside of the kitchen.
More often than not, something near a perfect state has likely had someone’s fingers all over it. Perfection does not fall from the sky and butter does not make you skinny. Both certainties I would love to be true, but life has a funny way of testing me.
Much like a beautifully arranged plate, the space that is greenlight has had someone’s fingers all over it. Olivia, Erik, and the rest of the greenlight team have put their creative minds together and created a space that allows the organized, yet expansive minds of an advertising team to spawn great work. Until recently, my idea of workspace has been sitting elbow to elbow in Starbucks while the person next to me flings croissant crumbs onto my keyboard. And even so, while the “student office” of Starbucks is less than ideal, it still appeals to me more than being in a cubical. If not for the sake of collaboration with strangers, at least for the sake of participating in people-watching.
This, ladies and gentlemen, is why I wake up everyday for work with a positive vibe. At greenlight, they have created an environment that allows me to have my own, expansive tabletop and still be able to quickly ask Sierra at the other end of the table what another word for “thing” is (because sometimes a thesaurus just doesn’t know what I need). Greenlight truly is the perfect space.
But let’s consider for a moment what “space” even is.
Webster defines it a few ways.
First: “An area that is used or available for a specific purpose.”
Next: “The distance from other people or things that a person needs in order to remain comfortable.”
Sorry Starbucks, but you got the whole “comfortable distance” part a little wrong. And while I’m being honest, after staring at a cubicle wall all day, I’m pretty sure my “specific purpose” would be finding out how my first crush from 2nd grade is doing via Facebook.
At greenlight, I have the perfect balance of concealment and collaboration. I never feel that someone is peering over my shoulder and I always have something to spark a creative idea. There is a reason greenlight is one of the top advertising agencies in Dallas, and it’s because they have created an environment where even the most left-brained person could have a creative revelation.
The bottom line: greenlight’s environment spurs me to create work so outstanding, you just know my fingers have been all over it.