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April 23, 2020
The Fig Team- In This Together
Here at Fig we have been adjusting with the changing of the times just like anyone else. Our daily office and client interactions have been adjusted to working from home and video calls. We are having daily check-in meetings re-evaluating current changes and creating ways we can help support our community, now, and moving forward. We thought it would be great to connect with others by stepping away from our computer screens and sharing a view of what our current new normal looks like. In this article you will meet our team, and a glimpse from our window.
Deborah Brandt – Owner and Creative Director
Lisa Side- Account Manager
I miss being with the team, so I love the regularity of our daily team video calls. It’s a lifeline to the them, and a reminder that we are all still navigating through this together, determined to come out of it whole. Funny and wonderful things happen during Zoom meetings—like when someone suddenly yelled “squirrel” because there was a squirrel splayed across the window screen behind me. And when a co-worker shared that he and his wife are expecting a baby. And when one Fig guy eloquently told another Fig guy that he admired his manly ability to cry over something that meant a lot to him, and the team. I am also loving the time at home with my family (cat included). I like the coziness of us all being in the same place, safe, yet in different rooms having our separate work and school meetings. Our daughter turned our house into her TikTok recording studio, so if you see my face on TikTok don’t judge.
Pete Rodriguez- Senior Designer
This season of moving at a slower pace has oddly been good for my wife and I. With home buying currently in the works and parenthood coming in the not so far off future, these slower evenings have been a blessing in disguise. We realize the severity of the situation and our hearts ache for the people effected by this pandemic. There’s this weird sense of overwhelming love and support for our fellow man and yet an incredible discomfort for the circumstances happening in the world around us. In our home, we’ve managed to find a bit of a temporary escape through stories; watching movies to be exact. We’ve been watching through all 21 Marvel movies and have LOVED every web slinging, hulk smashing, shield throwing minute of it! I’m so grateful that in spite of the obvious pain, worry, and concern, we as a team are able to support each other with our time, our words and, most importantly, our actions.
Tina Interrante- Fig Coordinator
I wouldn’t consider myself an introvert or extrovert, I like the happy medium of people interaction with periods of quiet time. The adjustment to being at home has personally been a daily struggle, some days are better than others. With both my husband and I being home we have to be patient with each-other and share Stella (dog) snuggles. I have picked back up the piano (keyboard) which I’ve placed in my new office (a spare bedroom). I have been communicating with my parents daily who are in Philly, and we Skype once a week. I miss them so much. I have been trying to still connect with mother nature with hikes, camping, and time in the backyard. I am thankful for local takeout, online shopping and curbside pickup. I need my morning coffee from Floyds and occasional cocktail thanks to Shot & Bottle. I can’t wait to be back in the office. I want to be able to randomly tell Matt the weather for the week (even though he didn’t ask), I want Deb to come to my desk to recap a great meeting she just had, and go on group walks to market. I am so happy that our team has continued to work and support each other even with changed schedules and environments, I feel distant from the team, but I know when we are back in the office we will be even stronger & closer then ever.