One of my favorite restaurants in the Chicagoland area is Vie, in Western Springs. Vie is one of those restaurants which truly stands out in almost every way. From the menu, to the local ingredients, to the staff, every meal there is a memorable experience.
Vie works to spread and share their passion for their work. They regularly offer cooking classes with the chefs and staff in the kitchen. I recently participated in one of the classes and while standing in the kitchen, I noticed a poster on the wall. It was titled "Laws of the Kitchen". The Laws were originally written by Chef Andrew Carmellini of Cafe Boulud in New York City. They speak to the passion and conviction Chef Carmellini seeks in his team as they work to create an exceptional restaurant.
As I read the Laws, I thought of our office and how they apply to our team. We, too, bring passion and committment to our work and are always striving to exceed expectations and provide exceptional experiences.
The staff at Vie were kind enough to provide me with a copy of the poster which I tweaked to speak to life in a studio instead of a kitchen. We do our best to live by these Laws every day on every project. I hope they give you some sense of the passion we bring to our work.
Laws of the Studio
You are now at the point of your life when you are developing your professional reputation. You are doing so at the top tier of design firms in Chicago — make it count. Only your work will speak for you, not previous colleagues or friends.
You must love to do this for a living — no question. You must love to stay late or come in early if it is necessary to get the job done. You must love to practice only the best, most perfect methods in order to produce a product you are proud of. Your end product is a direct reflection of how much love and respect you have for yourself and your work.
Everyone on the team must work in the most efficient manner, with full regard to producing the highest quality product possible.
It is the responsibility of each and every team member to keep any area at which they are working spotless, regardless of its condition previously.
It is the responsibility of all team members to know everything about their jobs. What is it? What does it do? How does it benefit us or the client? Why do we do it? How long have we been doing it? Who created it?
Each team member should familiarize himself with every product they are using on a hands-on basis. Learn its origins, its traditional uses in design, marketing and production, and how we use it here at Intersites. Each team member should know and record all processes and techniques that are applicable to their work stations.
All team members must think ahead and anticipate. Having your stations set up completely, with back up mise en place close at hand in anticipation. Doing small projects during lulls is a way to think ahead for your partner. Always think about the next project, doing mise en place for the next day. Work to keep your partner organized, stay ahead of the game, etc.
All team members must watch each others's back. If you are all caught up, see who needs a hand. If someone else is overwhelmed, do extra tasks for them. Split common jobs between work stations. Work for the team so we can have the tightest studio in Chicago.