How Medium Uses Day-Long Retreats to Tackle Big Design Projects
Medium's design team knew it needed to focus on larger, design-led initiatives, but their busy work schedule didn't give them the breathing room they needed to make real progress. As a result, Medium instituted “Designer Days" in Q1 2016.
“Designer Days” occur once every two weeks, and are held at different creative offices near the main office. The day usually begins with a light and fun exercise to set the tone for the creative collaboration to come. The team then works together on a project's long-term goals, such as a unified style guide or design research kit. At around 4 PM, the team assesses their progress, and returns to work the next day feeling accomplished and inspired.
Takeaway: Regularly setting aside time for your team to work on large projects is more efficient and motivating than trying to fit work into already busy schedules.
Image courtesy of Jules Forrest and Marcin Wichary