Perspectives from the experts at Chromatic
This week we marked World Mental Health Awareness Day and we’re proud to say that our half-day Summer Friday experiment shifted to perpetual summer Fridays. This summer, we took it a step further and shifted to a full day– a true 4-day work week– and we’ll continue to honor our team’s well-being as long as possible.
We’ve heard lots of great feedback on the new ChromaticHQ.com so we submitted the redesign for some awards...and we crushed it.
A quick recap of our new branding and positioning.
It’s official! Thanks to our people, we’re proud to have earned Great Place to Work® Certification™.
I am excited to share that starting in May, Chromatic will begin offering a new “experimental” benefit for our team: “Summer Fridays.
Oftentimes we hear people’s problems and want to do something to fix it and relieve that person of their burden. However, I have had to learn that sometimes all a person needs is to talk an issue out.
With noses to the grindstone, our team and our clients speak and write in vocabularies that, when pulled into an unfamiliar context, are dynamic music groups poised to go platinum.
Human connections in a distributed world prove more important than ever. Here's how Chromatic bridges the gap.
New to remote working? Here are some tips to make your Zoom calls the best they can be.
Chromatic has never had an office. You read that correctly, we’ve never had an office. We have been operating as a fully distributed team for over twelve years, and if I can humbly say, we’re pretty darn good at it.
Thanks to reviews by our valued clients, Chromatic ranks best in class on Clutch.
Our 2019 team retreat is in the books. We gathered the whole team to celebrate the year, enjoy time together, and look ahead toward 2020 and the years to come.
A month of little to no plans is sometimes just what you need.
How I learned to stop worrying and embrace my one-track mind.
How did my time away from the company go? What follows is a recap.
We didn’t leave the retreat with a ten-step action plan, but together we came home with renewed energy and excitement about what’s next and how to keep our team growing in the ways that are important to us.
In celebrating Pride season, we decided to explore LGBTQ history where we live and work.
Chris wrote a couple of months ago about his approaching plans to take time off for a six-week sabbatical. Well, six weeks have elapsed and Chris has returned. We are thrilled to have him back. I am sure he will share his thoughts on what it was like to take a step back for that amount of time, but I wanted to share what it was like to have a business partner take an extended break.
Think about the most pleasant experience you’ve had as a client or customer recently. Making clients feel that way about their relationship with you should be a core tenet of your business practices.
The what and why I'm taking some time away from the company.
We pooled together some of our thoughts on what makes for a good distributed worker, advice on how to manage working from home day after day, and the upsides as well as the challenges of working for a distributed company.
An introduction into Chromatic's compelling saga of Saving the World from Bad Websites.
Members of the Chromatic team highlight women's achievements to celebrate on International Women's Day
Difficulty disconnecting as a remote employee. I took a vacation and realized how difficult it was for me to stop thinking about work. This post is for anyone who works remotely and knows the feeling of always feeling tethered.
Dave talks about how he uses a Google Script to keep his personal and work calendars aligned.
This year's team retreat was one of my favorites to date. My recap follows.
Participating in an escape room challenge as a team building exercise.
In a society where media BOTH reflects and creates the culture, how has TV and film played a role in our work and what can we learn from it?
A deeper look into the steps of booking, planning and preparing yourself for international (and domestic) travel, while working and staying connected.
Last week, I attended and spoke at Spec, Slack’s first developer conference. Spec was a really compelling event that mixed sessions from Slack employees sharing feature announcements and technical guidance with talks from leaders at organizations like Twilio, HubSpot, and ZenDesk about what they are building on the Slack platform.
Working as a remote Executive Assistant.
Dad explains the concept of algorithms to his son's Grade One class, with the help of paper airplanes.
We asked each woman in the company, including myself, a handful of questions about searching for jobs: what made them pick Chromatic, what Chromatic does well, and where we could improve, along with some more general questions about our job-searching experiences.
I read an article recently discussing scope creep. It starts by stating “Scope creep is awful.” Many of the points suggested are good and the recommendations valid, yet at some point I have to ask: Is scope creep really awful?
Most of you reading this know that Chromatic is a distributed team with no centralized offices. This means that we have team members living all around the globe, and that we travel a decent amount. The whole team enjoys great food.
Kim recounts a difficult situation that eventually led to finding a good fit with an amazing new team, and how becoming remote has changed things for the better.
Looking into a career in web development? Wondering where to focus your efforts? Our team shares their advice for the next generation of web professionals.
Sarah offers some tips following her transition from college to full time remote development work.
Some well-deserved recognition for the Chromatic team.
Slack makes it super easy to create and share your own theme's Here's the Chromatic theme some of us use internally.
Katie's commentary and summary of her first team retreat, just days after officially starting at Chromatic.
In July of this year, a handful of the Chromatic team traveled to Boulder, CO to meet up with the Outside Online team. Skalawag Productions joined for the fun and to film our time together. We had a great time hiking the Flatirons with Todd, Daniel and Yogi (Todd’s pup), we went rock climbing in the Clear Creek Canyon area just outside of Golden, and even did some boating at the Boulder Reservoir. The trip was both personally and professionally rewarding.
As always, Chromatic had a great time at DrupalCon - we brought knowledge to share, and learned a lot!
or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Embrace the Collective
Team morale is an essential part of work culture in any company. At Chromatic, we put an emphasis on giving positive feedback to our co-workers as often as possible.
Working from home is difficult. Overcome some of the unique challenges of working at home while maintaining a great work/life balance with these helpful tips.
Below are the four primary ways that I used to significantly reduce the clutter I had with my email and keep what was the most important to me and Chromatic out in front.
I've been a lifetime Mac user and a professional web developer for over 10 years and the new 2016 MacBook Pros are, hands down, my favorite Macs in a decade.
Internally we talk about culture and values a lot at Chromatic. We’re hoping to start doing that publicly more as we move into the new year, and in that spirit, we are announcing our new donation-matching policy.
Investments into team retreats are not insignificant, but when done right, they are worth every penny.
Dave shares how his experiences doing military style endurance challenges have helped him be a better leader for our company.
A developer strayed onto a sailboat and realized that parallels abound between great sailing and software development teams.
We often wish our clients better understood what we do, but isn't the onus on us to know more about the client too?
Watching people get excited about learning is really fun. Watching them get excited about learning something you’re passionate about? Amazing.
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Kanban boards can be used to accomplish personal goals, not just work tasks!
Our first annual Chromatic team retreat was December 10-14, 2015, at the Alisal Ranch in Solvang, California. For some of us, it was our first time meeting face-to-face. Here's the recap of all the fun!
Not having a commute means more than just working from home.
Building exercise into my daily work routine with git.
Working from home means having literally no commute. Pretty awesome, right? Maybe not.
It isn’t easy being a woman in tech. I'm really happy to work with a great company, but it would be great to see and work with more women in my field. So I'm paying it forward & working to give them the tools they need.
Being new to the Chromatic team, I have written down my first impressions of what it's like to work for a distributed company.
It’s hard to believe that we’re almost a month into 2015. We were supposed to have flying cars and self-tightening shoes by now (but those are close!).
Our annual trip to DrupalCon always yields exciting project opportunities and new connections for Chromatic.
In the web design/development/consulting world, we consistently talk about vendors and the client/vendor relationship. Is this really how we want to be known? Is this really how we work? And as a client, do you really just want a vendor?