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What it’s like to work at Barrel, the digital agency we intern for.

Is it the end already?

By on August 24th, 2012

It’s been a long time coming, but we celebrated the last day of internship with drinks and food at One Mile House two weeks ago. To commemorate the occasion, we filled out a reverse interview, where we asked Barrel team members submit questions for us to answer. Here it is! Be prepared, it’s long. (Hopefully a photo gallery will come to accompany it soon when our nas gets back up!)

Marianne: Do you have a list of places where you’d reeeeally like to live (or visit) sometime in the future?

Katie: Yes! I would love to visit so many places! I want to backpack all around Europe, and I definitely want to go to Japan, Hong Kong, and Australia. New York will always be home for me, but if I had the money and time, I’d go all around the world.

Diane: Right now, Macchu Picchu is all I’m thinking about. I really want to hike those Incan trails.

Taylor: I’d love to be in Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup. I also want to go stay on a ranch in Montana which is really random, but I love to travel so I’d take any opportunity I can get to go anywhere.

Peter/Jan: What was your favorite project of the internship?

K: I’m really proud of Brink. I had the most creative freedom with this project, and I enjoyed re-branding and re-thinking the website. It’s also great that it was an intern project; Diane, Taylor and I had pretty much full control over the whole thing.

D: Brink, for sure, because we really owned that project ourselves.

T: Brink- seeing the whole process was awesome!

Peter, Betty & Angel: What was the best meal of the internship?

K: Pho! I get really excited every time I see the a of pho containers on the kitchen island. Plus, we get to make all the corny pho puns :].

D: I really loved Boram’s cooking. It makes me feel all warm and squishy inside when she cooks!

T: This is tough- my favorite snack was the Parmesan Garlic Pita Chips. I’m actually addicted to them now. But my favorite meal was probably Mexican because it reminds me of home.

For Katie: Do you remember a particularly inspirational website or work of art that made you want to go into design, or at least one that you saw a long time ago that’s stuck with you today?

K: I have horrible long-term memory so I couldn’t tell you which websites inspired me when I first started tinkering with code (which was when I was like about 10 years old). However, I was completely blown away by the first “parallax-y” website I saw: Atlantis Lost World’s Fair. That was a point where I realized that websites don’t have to be a variation of the same layout grids with headers and footers; they can tell stories and brings users on adventures (without flash)! http://lostworldsfairs.com/atlantis/

For Taylor: Do you feel like you’re a “programming” type? Why or why not? Also, what was the first thing you programmed?

T: In a way yes–I really like problem solving, puzzles and logic and programming consists of a lot of that, but in a way no because for me programming is not about the technology as much as the figuring out how to do things.

For Diane: What was the hardest thing that you had to learn about project management for this internship?

D: The hardest thing was learning how to interact with clients right away, it’s always a bit difficult to get a handle on when to push back, and handle unexpected questions that you haven’t encountered before.

Angel: If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

D: To freeze time, so that I could get all the sleep I wanted. Also, so I could really really people watch closely. Did that make any sense, or did it sound creepy?

K: Teleportation! I’m so lazy; the time it takes to get to places is one reason I don’t get stuff done sometimes.

T: Telekineses- I’m thinking its a two in one because not only could i move things with my mind, but I probably could fly too if I moved myself with my mind.

Betty: When was your breakthrough moment? (aka When did you know you were getting comfy among us barrelheads?)

D: Hmm, I can’t really pinpoint anything. Maybe one of many 5-6 o’clock snack sessions, lovely wine and dines?

Peter: Where do you see Barrel going in the next 6 months? In 1 year?

D: This is a tough question. We’ve luckily been able to watch Barrel change while at the internship, moving upstairs, and also new hires coming aboard. I feel like I might not recognize it in a year! I suspect that the way we approach projects, and what Barrel will offer its clients will change and expand. The digital landscape itself is changing a lot.

T: I feel like Barrel has grown so much since we started in June, especially with the launch of ProjectFlow, all the new people and the move. It will be interesting to see if Barrel Spends more time on new apps like Project Flow or continuing expanding their web development, but I suspect Barrel will go far. I just hope I can recognize it when I come visit the new office!

Jan: When and how did you come to be interested in ____________. (i.e web design, coding, etc).

K: I actually thought I was going to be a developer until about three years ago; I started learning HTML/CSS in the fifth grade, on Neopets, and got pretty good at front-end development. I’ve always loved looking at beautiful web design, but I didn’t consider myself “artsy” and I thought I would suck at designing.

It wasn’t until college that I took my first design class and fell in love with it. I realized that I didn’t need to know how to draw to be good at design, and that I wasn’t as bad at the craft as I thought I would be. I’m glad I switched; design makes me happier than coding ever has.

D: Complicated.. I started out as a pre-med major in college until I realized I missed the arts, so then I double majored in Visual Arts/Art History and English Literature. After doing stints all over – in publishing, galleries, and more – I decided that what I wanted to do most was engage with the current world, aka in digital.

T: Well junior year Cornell kept angrily emailing me to pick a major, so that’s when I started coding. I just thought it sounded like an interesting subject to complete a major in since I had already dabbled in so much other stuff.

Betty: What name do you call the glass conference room by? (This one’s for Wook!)

T: Hands down its the baby conf.

K: Baby conf. What else would you call it?

D: Ditto

Jan: What’s the best highlight of your experience at Barrel? (A Barrel moment)

D: Taylor and I getting mauled by ping pong balls daily just sitting at our desks.

Angel: If you could give one piece of advice to another Intern starting out at Barrel or elsewhere, what would you say?

D: Stay interested, and always be curious. Don’t be afraid to express your interests. I’ve always been more of an introvert at heart, so stepping out is always difficult. But it usually pays off, and you could be surprised by some of the responses you get.

K: Don’t be afraid to ask questions! You’re meant to learn during internships, and you’ll do more learning asking for help than trying to seem knowledgeable and amazing at what you do (even though I’m sure you are knowledgeable and amazing at what yo do).

T: Yeah definitely don’t be shy about questions. I always  feel guilty interrupting other peoples work but everyone is happy to help.

Do you have any plans for what’s next?

K: More interning at Barrel! And finishing school as soon as possible. I can’t wait to be done with it.

A Day in the Life of a Barrel Intern

By on July 25th, 2012

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I love reading about what other people do on a daily basis (like those articles where a person walks you through what they’re doing at specific times of the day). Now that I’m interning at Barrel, I thought I would give you a little insight on what a day in the life of a Barrel intern is like.

A Barrel Monday

9:10am
My alarm rings and I get out of bed right away. I feel like hitting snooze just prolongs the torture.

9:45am
I’m out of the door by 9:45am, plugging into my iPod for the 15 minute walk to the office.

9:55am
Once I get to Barrel, I always have an internal debate over whether I should walk the 6 flights of stairs up to the office or use the elevator. The elevator usually wins that battle.

9:57am
Everybody’s introducing themselves to the new guy. Welcome to the team, Nelson (and Brandon, who stopped by at the office a little later)!

Looking fly, Nelson.

10:00am
The first thing I do once I’m on my computer is check my email and calendar. Before I start any work, I need to get up to date on upcoming tasks, meetings, and pictures of unlikely friendships from Aretha’s internal weekly recap emails.

Aretha loves sending us pictures of unlikely friendships.

10:10am
After I get everything in order, I fire up illustrator and start working on new Sanctuary T homepage, newsletter and blog post banners. Summer is here, and they need new promotions to keep their sales going.

11:15am
Jan sent the team a cool find: Interactive Chrome Experiment. I spent a little bit of time playing around with it and wondering how doing something like with HTML5 and CSS3 is humanly possible.

11:35am
I’m starting a draft of this blog post! I try to put at least one post up every week.

12:15pm
Mondays mean team design meetings! Peter checks in on what everybody will be working on for the week. We also have a presentation or activity every week — presenting inspiration, sketch sessions, and planning internal projects.

Today, we looked at inspiration for the Barrel website redesign. Team members were asked to bring 3-5 inspiration websites to generate ideas. I’m doing inspiration for about pages, along with Lee and Andrea. Here are the sites I presented:

http://www.ngenworks.com
I love nGen Works’ illustrations and fun taglines. Their “on the nightstand” tidbits in the full bios are a great way to reveal the personalities of their team members.

http://www.arc90.com/team
The way Arc90′s team photos change on hover is a nice surprise.

http://www.glueisobar.com
Glue Isobar breaks out of a strict grid with some bigger thumbnails on their team page.

http://www.campaignmonitor.com/our-story
Campaign Monitor’s video tour of their office is amazing. It makes their team look very relatable and friendly, which is important for any service-based business.

http://www.wearepapertiger.com
We Are Paper Tiger’s about page is very simple, but I like how they list things they like to show a little personality.

1:30pm
Lunch time! I forgot to take a picture of my food before I ate it, but we had BBQ chicken, a huge fruit platter, mashed potatoes, cornbread, mac & cheese (I’ve been craving this!), yellow rice, and herb potatoes.

2:00pm
I’m updating Chamber Music Society‘s click through presentation with Lee, fixing some technical color issues with Sanctuary T banners, and tweaking CSS styles on Keg.

3:15pm
Diane and Taylor scoots over to my desk to talk about Brink Magazine‘s individual art page redesign. We’re trying to decide if we should put thumbnails on the page or if it would distract users from the artwork.

None of the website redesign is up yet, but here’s a sneak peak of what Brink will look like:

A beautifully clean new Brink.

3:45pm
After revising Brink designs, we had a quick meeting with Boram in the “baby conf” to plan Barrel’s barbecue on Friday.

We call our smaller conference room the "baby conf."

4:00pm
Aretha checks in with me on Connecticut Policy Institute edits, and I get to work on them to prepare for a one-on-one review in an hour.

5:45pm
I’m doing some last edits on this blog post, washing the dishes I used for the day, and wrapping up my work.

6:00pm
I pack up my stuff and head to the gym! Most days I’ll stay a bit later, but I’ll leave at 6 if I’m going to work out.

 

Soiree!

By on July 20th, 2012

Have you had any cake yet?

Barrel lovingly celebrates each one of our birthdays with a broad range of cakes! We’ve had ice cream, carrot, and flourless chocolate so far. Yum. It’s always a great afternoon break when you have some cake.

Have a happy Friday everyone! Though gloomy, the rain is helping cool down this hot New York summer.

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Keg Interviews: Team Barrel

By on July 9th, 2012

Today, I’m presenting a group interview of Barrel team members. The ten participating will answer questions on their career path, reveal a bit about themselves and Barrel, and give advice to upcoming web designers, developers and project managers.

So who’s in this?

Kevin Kneifel – Developer
Marianne Do – Developer
Patrick Kunka – Developer (Website)
Wesley Turner-Harris – Developer
Angel Ng – Designer (Twitter)
Jan Cantor – Designer (Dribbble · Twitter)
Jane Song – Designer (Twitter)
Matthew Ortega – Designer (Portfolio · Twitter)
Yvonne Weng – Designer (Portfolio · Twitter)
Betty Chan – Project Manager

Let’s get started!

How did you get into your field? What was your path to get to where you are now?

Kevin Kneifel - Developer

Kevin Kneifel (Developer)
I started building websites in college for the various bands I was in, and to help promote shows for the school radio station. I was a Communications / Journalism major but took internships in music industry–one of which involved a lot of graphic art and web design.

When I graduated, I went into music industry as a booking agent’s assistant, but didn’t like the kind of environment that comes with that job, so I quit after a couple months.

In order to make money, I began to focus more on graphic art and web development, using some of the skills I had from my college days. Eventually I learned PHP and JavaScript, to bolster my existing knowledge of HTML and CSS, and joined forces with an illustrator I was friends with from Pittsburgh to start a small boutique web design and development studio.

I spent the next three years doing web and print, including a stint in TV graphics at MTV. I joined Barrel in October 2010 as a contract web-developer and have been full-time since January 2011.

Angel Ng (Designer)
I was never artsy growing up, nor do I really consider myself artsy now. I went to business school with the intent of graduating with a Finance / Accounting major, but I came out with a Marketing / Communications major instead.

After my Bachelors, I decided to go back to school to study Graphic Design. That was my first formal training in anything design / art related. I suppose it’s been a slow but steady move from business to marketing to design. What’s funny is that, in the end, they all work pretty well together.

Betty Chan (Project Manager)
It’s kind of tricky to say. I’ve deviated quite a bit from where I was headed, but at the end of the day, the pull of design kept me coming back. I gave project management a try when Peter asked me to join Barrel and have been glad I’m here since!

Wesley Turner-Harris - Developer

Wesley Turner-Harris (Developer)
In middle school, we used very old computers called IBM PS/2. They only had DOS installed and we used them daily. Since those days, I’ve always tinkered with computers. I assembled my first computer in ’98. I built my first website my freshman year of college for the University of Louisville’s Theater Arts Department where I was studying theater with the hopes of becoming an actor.

Upon pausing my schooling about half-way through, I moved to NYC to pursue performing arts. After a few years on tours and a couple of off-off-broadway shows later, I found myself looking for something more substantial. Throughout those few years of acting, I supported myself with freelance graphic design work such as postcards, business cards, websites, posters, etc. I decided to go back to school to study graphic design at the City College of NY.

While at college, a senior self-directed project led me to develop a custom PHP software solution for lending equipment from our IT lending library. It was then that I realized how much I love problem-solving and writing code. After completing my bachelors degree in electronic design, I began working as a real estate agent to pay back costs of schooling and debt.

I realized I hated that industry and continued to freelance developing websites and other graphic design services, which ultimately led me to finding work with Barrel.

Jan Cantor (Designer)
When I was in high school, I took extra classes like animation and photoshop. That got me hooked-up. At the same time, I was fascinated with Myspace’s and Friendster’s “cool” feature to customize your own profile. Then I slowly dabbled with HTML/CSS even further when I tried to create my own website on Geocities.com using cool gifs and uber bright font colors.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far?

Matthew Ortega - Designer

Matthew Ortega (Designer)
I definitely feel that the biggest challenge so far has been to enter into the field in general, especially during these times. Also, to keep up with changing technology.

Kevin Kneifel (Developer)
Building my portfolio. Also making a mark in a sea of other qualified web developers.

Wesley Turner-Harris (Developer)
The most challenging is yet to come.

Patrick Kunka (Developer)
Probably trying to balance my time between being a professional musician and a web developer. So far having a full-time job has actually been very liberating, as I feel more free to pick and choose the projects I want to do in the music world, and I no longer have to do all the stressful freelance web work!

Yvonne Weng (Designer)
A lot of it was just plain figuring out what I want to do. I couldn’t figure out if I wanted to go more into print, web, motion…who knows? (I am happy that I wound up in web though.)

Marianne Do (Developer)
My biggest career challenge is trying to play catch-up with the other developers (I’ve got so, so much to learn). That, and not getting overly frustrated by client requests.

What advice would you give to somebody who’s starting out in your field?

Betty Chan (Project Manager)
Go grab coffee with whoever you can as often as you can and join social sites like Skillshare and Meetup. It’s intimidating like hell at first but it’s the best way to get past all the BS and get some real insight into what different positions do.

Matthew Ortega (Designer)
For web design, don’t try to learn everything. Of course it’s always good to know a bit of both design and development worlds. But web design, at least in this moment, definitely requires a team.

Wesley Turner-Harris (Developer)
Do what you love until you don’t love it anymore.

Kevin Kneifel (Developer)
Be articulate. Your personality is as important as your work—but do great work too.

Jane Song (Designer)
Look at a lot of stuff and make a lot of stuff (even if it’s crappy).

Jan Cantor - Designer

Jan Cantor (Designer)
There are two quotes that inspired when I was starting out (they still inspire me).

“It does not matter how slow you go, so long as you do not stop.”
-Confucius

“It’s normal to take while, you’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
-Ira Glass

They basically mean the same thing: Never give up no matter how long and hard it takes.

Yvonne Weng (Designer)
Stay positive. Keep doing what you love, whether or not it directly relates to your day job. A good attitude and personality is just as important as good skills. There is so much in this world that you don’t know, and it’s okay.

What’s one thing you wish you had known early in your career? 

Patrick Kunka (Developer)
I try not to think about that sort of thing! I’m pretty happy with the path I’ve taken and I don’t regret any of the choices I’ve made.

Kevin Kneifel (Developer)
That Illustrator is infinitely faster and better for designing websites than Photoshop.

Marianne Do - Developer

Marianne Do (Developer)
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What are some of the best ways to learn or get better in your field? What are some good resources?

Marianne Do (Developer)
Good resources are other people’s brains.

Angel Ng (Designer)
Google it.

In all seriousness. It’s something that one of my mentors used to say to me all the time and it’s the fastest way to learn something or find an answer. And of course, if you can’t figure it out on your own, then ask someone for help.

Wesley Turner-Harris (Developer)
Practice makes perfect. There are many tech blogs and tutorial sites out there. Whether you’re freelancing or studying, it’s always good to stay on top of the latest technologies and methodologies / practices.

Patrick Kunka - Developer

Patrick Kunka (Developer)
Googling things and “repurposing” other people’s code! Also, always check out the various web design awards sites to see what people are doing, and where the benchmark is.

Jan Cantor (Designer)
dribbble.com
thebestdesigns.com
thetypefight.com
losttype.com
designspiration.net

Browse through some magazines.

Kevin Kneifel (Developer)
Read. Read read read. When you’re done with that, read some more. Then take a break, drink some orange juice, and when you’ve got your head clear, get back to reading.

I always like to keep my eye on A List Apart, and Wikipedia can be a great resource for getting a general understanding about many topics. When I was first really investing myself into coding, Tizag was a HUGE resource in explaining things in real word terms.

Jane Song (Designer)
The obvious ones are sites like Dribbble or The Best Designs. Lately, though, I love reading interviews on The Great Discontent. I definitely get inspired by reading about people making awesome things, and it sort of lights a fire under my ass to keep moving and keep creating.

Matt Ortega (Designer)
The web is the best resource for learning. Taking classes in the very beginning may help, but in the end it is all about educating yourself. Read articles, watch videos, do tutorials. Smashing Magazine, PSD Tuts, Vector Tuts, and Lynda.com are some great resources.

How would somebody know they’re in the right field or if they should pursue something else?

Jan Cantor (Designer)
You must love whatever you’re doing whether you’re a designer, a developer, a project manager, etc. If you don’t love it, then you’re doing it for the wrong reason.

For me, the reason I’m a designer is because I enjoy the pleasure of making websites. And seeing other people like my work makes me a happy camper. I can’t picture myself doing something else.

Jane Song - Designer

Jane Song (Designer)
I’ve heard that if you wake up every morning eager to get out of bed and go to work, then you’re in the right field. I don’t think that’s the best gauge, though, because I hate getting up in the morning no matter what. I don’t know. If you get the feeling like you’re in the wrong field, then maybe you are. But that’s not like the be-all and end-all in life. If there is anything at all you are working on that you’re excited about – inside or outside of the office – you’re probably doing something right.

Yvonne Weng (Designer)
Does what you’re working on excite you? Challenge you in a positive way? Can you see yourself doing this for 5 years? 10 years? The rest of your life?

Matthew Ortega (Designer)
If you find it a struggle to keep up and are generally unenthusiastic about your work, then it is probably a mismatch.

Kevin Kneifel (Developer)
I’ve gone through this very issue, and I still waffle from time to time. If you find something you’re particularly adept at, I suggest giving it some time—don’t quit if it gets hard. However, be true to yourself and what makes you feel like you’re becoming the best person you can be.

For example, I worked at MTV doing graphics for a live television show and the pace and turn-around was so intense that I became a very angry and irritable person. I once threw some post-its at an intern, and that was a pretty good sign to get OUT of live TV.

What was your first week like?

Wesley Turner-Harris 
It was hot; I sat in a high, uncomfortable stool, but I had great food, smiling faces, and challenging work.

Betty Chan - Project Manager

Betty Chan
It was engrossing. I remember feeling like I had to pick up on things very quickly and not let the feeling of not knowing stop me from doing what I had to. It helped a lot that I had Aretha guiding me the whole week.

Jane Song
I started out as an intern over two years ago. We were all crammed into this one-room office where we never saw the light of day. I worked on a few spot illustrations and simple layouts, which would have been fun had I not been so caught up with trying to appear skillful and knowledgeable. Luckily, everyone saw right through that act and went out of their way to help me out.

Matthew Ortega
It was great getting to know everyone in the office. We got off to a fast start on a tight deadline branding and web project. But it was a lot of fun.

Marianne Do
On my first day of work (at the office on 27th), I learned that we had to wash our dishes in the bathroom sink. I was like, “Okay…” and Andrea replied, “Welcome to Barrel!”

It was Kevin’s birthday on my second day of work. We had a delicious cake—I want to say it was lemon.

My first week was good.

What do you like the most about working at Barrel?

Patrick Kunka
The people, and free food and my amazing chair. Seriously, this is the best chair I’ve ever sat on.

Wesley Turner-Harris
I like the community, family-esque aspects, and fostering of talent at Barrel.

Marianne Do
Ping-pong, friends, beer, wine, snacks.

Betty Chan
The people. Seriously. I’d wake up for these guys.

Yvonne Weng
The people, the atmosphere, the friendly culture. The supply of free food is awesome too.

How is working at Barrel different from what you were used to before?

Kevin Kneifel
I’ve never had bosses that cared this much about the personal welfare of their employees. I feel like I can be completely candid about how I feel and what’s going on with me, and that’s great. I care a lot about transparency.

Betty Chan
Everyone’s very collaborative. It’s pretty common to see designers and developers keep to themselves but that’s rarely the case here. I’m sure our lunch ritual and small numbers help keep things intimate.

Yvonne Weng - Designer

Yvonne Weng
The open area, how everyone’s desks are all right up next to each other in one big room. Everywhere else I’ve been at, people were all very separated in cubicles, offices, etc.

Marianne Do
I’ve never gotten along with so many people so well.

Jan Cantor
The first company I worked with was kinda similar to Barrel, only smaller. The second one is a lot smaller, more like a startup company with 5 people (including myself).

I think Barrel is the place I want to be at. More people. The atmosphere is much more inviting. Team Barrel is much more fun and chill.

What is one thing nobody at Barrel knows about you?

Matthew Ortega
My favorite actor was Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Wesley Turner-Harris
I’ve developed a metaphysical theory with a working title of “We’re all just people.”

Betty Chan
Haha, um, that’s hard. Somebody always knows something. I have a nickname all my friends call me that only a few know at the office.

Would you give up Internet access to have the ability to fly?

Marianne Do
Yes. Without a doubt.

Matthew Ortega
It depends how fast. But most likely yes.

Jan Cantor
Fly? No I won’t. Maybe teleportation or time traveling. Flying is too slow.

Betty Chan
No brainer. Yes. Actually, I’d give it up even faster for teleportation.

Yvonne Weng
Never. I’m afraid of heights anyway.

Angel Ng - Designer

Angel Ng
No way! Only because I believe that, eventually, we will be able to fly.

What’s one thing that really creeps you out?

Betty Chan
I have a seasonal pet peeve: dried sweat on MTA train seats. Just knowing it’s there when I sit down…ewwwww!

Jane Song
When children sing in darkened rooms.

Kevin Kneifel
The sound Styrofoam makes when it scrapes against other Styrofoam. I hate that.

Yvonne Weng
Spiders.

Angel Ng
Porcelain dolls. Or dolls that look human and when you tilt them they blink. When you think about it, you’ve got to agree with me that they’re super creepy!

Wesley Turner-Harris
Insects, although interesting creatures and very fascinating when not on you, always give me the willies, especially when I think of their many parts that undulate and crawl and prick and sting and bite and lay eggs.

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Barrel Creative Days

By on June 20th, 2012

One of the Barrel’s goals is to nurture a strong sense of teamwork and an awesome company culture. This includes a lot of small day-to-day habits like being as helpful as possible, appreciating each other and giving “props” on Dueprops, a playful website that lets you express gratitude.

These habits are solid practices, but sometimes Barrel goes the extra step to make sure everybody here is happy and having fun. Barrel held a Creative Hackathon on May 24/25th. Everybody in the office stopped working on client projects in order to create web apps in teams of four to five (complete with playful names like “Whoop Ass”). These apps were only accessible locally for a little while, but I’m happy to say that they’re now live and ready to be played with!

Team BEST: Barrel Information Center

Team BEST: Barrel Execution Squad Team

Team BEST (Peter, Sei-Wook, Angel, Andrea, and Tiffany) made a Information Center populated with questions and answers about all things Barrel. It also has a game, “What the FLACE,” where you try to match each team member’s photo with where they’re from.

For a while, they couldn’t decide whether to call it Knowledge Base or Information Center, but they finally chose one a few days ago. It’s only open to Barrel employees, but I have some screenshots for those of us that can’t get into the Information Center.

Barrel Information Center Home Page

Questions can be sorted into categories.

What the FLACE matching game

Team Whoop Ass: Barrel Bytes
Team Whoop Ass (Wesley, Molly, Betty, and Jenny) made our Barrel Bytes Sound Board. It’s a board with cut out heads of our team members; when you click on their heads, you’ll hear things they say a little too often. I’ve already given you a sneak preview in a previous post, but now it’s live for you to play with yourself!

If you haven’t already seen it, you should go take a look. Check out Kevin’s elephant sound!

Barrel Bytes Sound Board

You can center in on one person at a time to see all the things they like to say.

Team JCKL: Barrel Eats App


Team JCKL (Jan, Eric, Kevin and Lee) made a Barrel Eats app, but they didn’t get to finish it… yet. The app would help Boram plan meals for lunch and let everybody else know what the menu looks like for the week. Since it isn’t up, here are some design mockups for you.

Barrel Eats Login Page

Dashboard View

Dialog box for Boram to plan meals she wants to cook

Jan also leaked one of his preliminary logo concepts:

Team JEKL's logo concept lights up!

Team Teamsicle: Barrel Central

Team Teamsicle (Yvonne, Marrianne, Matt, Boram) designed and developed Barrel Central, a dashboard that’ll help Barrel team members quickly get to the tools we use to manage our projects, track time, or communicate with one another. It also links to all of the other Creative Days projects, and shows upcoming important dates, like holidays and birthdays, the weather, and design inspiration.

We use Basecamp for project management.

The icons animate when you hover over them.

Team Thor: Barrel Book Club

THOR: Team Hint of Rainbow

Team Thor (Aretha, Zack, Jane, and Patrick), which stands for Team Hint of Rainbow, created an online presence for our existing Barrel Book Club. It provides an easier way to vote for books to be added to the book club and showcases the books that are already on the reading list. It has a list of all the books in our physical library (we have so many more books on our Kindles), separated into categories.

We’re still working out all the kinks (the fill-in-the-blank style form on the front page isn’t functional yet), but you can still explore the app and find out what we’re reading at Barrel.

Barrel Book Club Home Page

If you don't see a book you want to read on the list, you can add it!

Team Thor also had a really good preliminary logo concept.

Team Thor played around with this concept before settling on their current logo.

And that’s all!

We made some cool stuff during Creative Days, but it all happened before my internship started. Hopefully, we’ll get to have another competition while I’m here. I would love to do a “Who can create the worst website” competition.

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