Last week I sat down to write a blog that looks back at nForm’s accomplishments over the year. When I started going through photos and reminiscing about all the things we did in 2018, I realized I have a different lens and view on what we do as an organization. There is amazing project work being done here and I get to work with legitimately smart people who solve complex problems for our clients. But, there’s a whole other side to our company as well.
In my role, I spend most of my time focused on how the office is running each day and our community building efforts. That means I get to see the side of nForm that is more about our corporate culture than it is about project work and deliverables. As it turns out, my coworkers and I take a lot of pictures of just that. It took a while to sort through all those photos, but here’s a look from A to Z of some of the experiences we had in 2018.
A is for Alberta Legislature
We checked out the art and architecture of the Alberta Legislature while their interpreters gave us a tour. We even took a group photo on the steps just like I did on a school trip to the Alberta Legislature in grade eight.
B is for Baseball
On a beautiful evening in June we took in an Edmonton Prospects game at Remax Field. Our own private suites gave us the room to visit with one another and watch the game up close.
C is for Corn maze
It was a cold, cold, oh so very cold day in September when we went to the Edmonton Corn Maze. Only a few of us were brave enough to attempt walking through the muddy path and even fewer us of completed the maze. Thankfully there was a fire to keep us warm. And those farm animals were too cute!
D is for Dog Day
Our tradition of Dog Day continued in 2018. Ridley makes regular visits to the office. While he may technically belong to Mark, on days when he comes here, we all treat him like he is our own. And speaking of cute, just look at that face!
E is for Engaged
Sometimes when you walk past a room you can just sense how engaged your coworkers are in their thought process. I love it when we capture these moments of people in their element.
F is for Food
If there is one thing that brings people together it’s food. Every Wednesday afternoon we get together with the folks from iomer and have a snack. Each week is something different and there are too many good options to choose a favourite.
G is for Golf Tournament
We were proud to be one of the sponsors of the ZCL Xerxes Golf Classic. It was an absolutely gorgeous day to be out on the course.
H is for Halloween
A few of the staff got into the Halloween spirit this year. Everyone’s favourite was Dennis’ remote worker costume.
I is for Information Architecture
We were the Edmonton hosts of World IA Day, a celebration of information architecture held in locations around the world. We are proud to host the Edmonton celebrations again this year. Be sure to follow our social media for updates on the February 23 event.
J is for Jim
Jim Ward is one of the managing partners of nForm. You may have seen him around at one of our meetup events. If you haven’t met Jim yet, let us know and we’ll make an introduction.
K is for Kodak Moments
We created our own Kodak moments and did a photo shoot with everyone to update our profile photos.
L is for Learning
We host two meetup groups – Intranets Edmonton and UX Meetup YEG. The goal of each of these groups is to bring people together to share ideas and learn for each others’ experiences. We saw a lot of interest in these groups in 2018 and are happy to continue to bring people together in 2019.
M is for Milestone
In September we celebrated 15 years as a company. We are thankful for all the staff, clients and friends who helped us reach this milestone.
N is for New Staff
In 2018 we welcomed Christopher Nash and Carissa Ng to our team. They are both very passionate about UX and have shown an appreciation for the way users think.
O is for Outdoor Office
Sometimes a summer day in Edmonton is so beautiful that you just have to get outside. And sometimes that means physically picking up your office and moving it outside so you can enjoy it.
P is for Paint Nite
We tried out our artistic abilities at a Paint Nite. It was a fun way to try a new skill and do something different.
Q is for Quiet Reflection
Some days you just need a quiet space where you can sit and take it all in. (This might be one of my favourite photo from 2018.)
R is for Remote
We’ve always done a lot of work remotely and 2018 was no exception. This year we facilitated countless workshops, interviews and meetings from our Edmonton office while our clients were on the other end of computer screen or the phone.
S is for Sticky notes
Sticky notes continued to be an essential part of our UX toolkit.
T is for Time Together
It turns out that when you spend a lot of time with people you also make them take a lot of selfies with you.
U is for UX Camp
Christopher gave a presentation at UX Camp this year and spoke about the importance of learning the business side of organizations and bringing that understanding into our projects.
V is for Values
During weekly and monthly staff meetings we nominate staff who are living our values of teamwork, craftsmanship and innovation. The person then gets a value badge. I save mine on the back of my laptop.
W is for Whiteboard
We spend a lot of time brainstorming and sorting through ideas on whiteboards. It turns out whiteboards have another use too. Every so often we find out that one of the children of an nForm staffer has come into the office and given us a performance review. We hope to improve and meet his expectations in 2019!
X is for Xenial
We continued to build connections with the community by opening our office to DPM Edmonton and YEG Content Strategy so they could hold their meetups in our space.
Y is for Yuletide Greetings
It’s becoming tradition that each year we take a group photo with iomer staff at our annual Christmas potluck. You can’t tell from this photo, but we are soooo full from turkey in this moment.
Z is for Zippy
Sometimes it’s the projects we work on that make going into the office each day exciting and sometimes it’s what’s in the lobby. Christopher is a race car fan and loved walking past this zippy car on display at one of our client offices.