Bringing in our tenth year is something we'd never really imagined a decade ago when Raw was just the seed of a start up. And like most good things in life, our twenties included, it's gone by incredibly quickly. We've ticked all the boxes – worked with amazing clients, created award-winning work, built a team and a shiny studio for it all to live in. And it's been a blast. The flip side of being a young, enthusiastic studio is that you don't always realise or plan for what's next and we've all grown and changed a lot over the last decade.
If you ever frequent Medium or read Seth Godin you'll have heard all about time hacks, flexible working and a minimalist, project based approach to working life – a way of doing things that is only gathering pace. The basic message in all these posts, podcasts and talks is quite simple: give yourself permission to work in the way that works for you. It's an approach that we've felt more and more drawn to over the last 12 months, and after many cups of tea, we've made the decision to make this smarter way of working a reality.
In many ways the projects we work on and our fundamental approach will stay the same, but we will now be working solely with collaborators and freelance creatives, finding the best team to fit each individual project and client. Collaboration has always been a huge part of our projects, and this new way of working will be an extension of our current approach which has already seen 200 collaborators join us on projects.
We'll also be breaking free from the one desk, one location way of working, allowing us the flexibility and freedom to find inspiration in new people and places. Islington Mill has been our home for almost 10 years and it has been the perfect creative space to grow and meet like-minded people. A big thanks goes out to Bill and the other mill folk who've championed our studio on so many occasions.
The most challenging part of any change can be letting go of the familiar, and we are going to miss our studio team massively. Their contribution has been a huge gift and we're looking forward to continuing working with many of them on projects in the new year.
It is a change, and we'd be lying if we said it hasn't been a little scary and challenging, but it's also felt freeing and exhilarating – a sign that, for us, we're making the right choice.
Here's to new adventures.