Monday 6th January 2014
Harris Kalinka’s New Year resolutions
First of all, Happy New Year from all of the team at Harris Kalinka. I hope it’s gotten off to a good start for you. We’ve made some resolutions here that we hope will help us to continue to grow as a company in 2014, give you an even better service, and have some fun along the way. I thought I’d share them so that you can check up on us later in the year.
1. Teach each other new tricks
Each year we try and develop new techniques and workflows that help improve our architectural visualisations. This year we’re going to give everyone some Google-inspired time off from project work each week to learn something new and present it to the rest of the team.
2. Find opportunities to go off-piste
We would love to work on some more competition projects where we have more freedom to be creative. This isn’t the easiest resolution to engineer because it also requires a willing client, but we have a couple of clients in mind who we hope will be persuaded to give us more artistic licence on their projects.
3. Expand the render farm
Juris is itching to increase our render farm. He’s been spotted researching the latest processors and RAM, so it’s only a matter of time before he starts badgering me to agree on spending this year’s hardware budget.
Of course, I’m more than happy to do this. More computer power means we can render faster, which means we’ll have more time for testing and pushing the boundaries of what we can do, which in turn should lead to better images and even happier clients.
4. Get a makeover
Our team in Riga moved into a new office a couple of years ago and whilst there is absolutely nothing wrong with it, we’ve been meaning to give it a makeover. We’re working with a local interior design firm who is putting together a design for us to implement by the end of the year.
5. Impress some new people
We have a great array of visualisation clients who we work with regularly. They know us well and trust us to get the job done, even in sometimes difficult circumstances. The priority is of course keeping these clients, but in 2014 we would love to add a couple more to the list. We want to continue to grow as a visualisation company, with a reputation for working on architectural projects of different types and sizes.
6. Throw ourselves into social media
This is something we’ve been apprehensive about doing. Now that we’ve found a great digital strategy team, we’ve been persuaded to finally get tweeting, posting on Facebook and connecting on LinkedIn. This is one for everyone in the company, even Juris who is the most socially reluctant among us!
7. Leave the country
It’s been a couple of years since we had a company trip outside the UK or Latvia. So we’ve decided this is the year we’re going to put down our mice and book a long weekend away for some team bonding. The only caveats are that it needs to be somewhere no one has been before and it must have some kind of cultural interest. So sitting on a Mediterranean beach is off the list.
8. Keep blogging
My own personal resolution is to continue writing blog posts. I’m very aware that many companies start a blog with the intention of writing regular posts, but as the projects come in and they get busier the blog writing is the first thing to suffer. So I’m determined to write at least one blog a week for 2014.
Keep reading and hold me to it!