Designers can’t do their job properly if they aren’t in the same room with the people that they work with. Collaboration is preconditioned by collocation. That’s what I used to believe. In fact, I believed it so much that I turned my life upside down to go from freelancing remotely, moved abroad to work in-house and in one of those cool open-plan offices.
It would take me years to find out that the open-plan offices suck. It would take me even longer to understand that a designer doesn’t need to be collocated with the team they’re working with to do their job well. Working remotely doesn’t hinder collaboration. Ok, that’s only partially true. Let’s dig deeper into this.