We had the good fortune of connecting with Jules Wilson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jules, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
Work life balance is an interesting discussion right now. I see it in 3 phases.
First phase, pre-personal os device. Work and personal life had very clear boundaries. Sure you might receive a work related phone call outside of work, or have an event, but the “the line” was fairly clear.
In the second phase, mobile personal os device. There was a bit of a rough start with work/life balance. Was it ok to get emails outside of work hours? Were you required to respond to them? Through time, most business cultures found a rhythm that worked for them, Although mixed feelings of work “invading” personal life endured in many cases.
Ironically, during the pandemic, and what I would refer to as the third phase, the tables turned completely. More people started viewing the ability to do work outside of the working place and/or hours as a good thing. In other words, breaking “the line” is now seen as a positive, leaving companies to navigate new parameters and policy.
The way I’m currently thinking about work life balance actually embodies a hybrid of all 3 phases.
I still create “a line” between my time and work time, but it’s a much looser and more flexible line. For example, when I’m with family and friends, I try to give them my full attention and not be checking my phone for work emails, or other work related interruptions. That goes the same at work, I’m careful to not take casual personal calls.
At JWDS culture is a high priority, and working together collaboratively is our DNA, so we do not support working remote with only rare exceptions relating to health or family. This in-person unity is what makes us stronger as creatives and as a team. I think it also makes us happier. People need people. And we do our best work, by working together.
Lastly, I’ve come to a happy place where I enjoy spending time with colleagues, clients, and industry friends outside of work, and blurring the lines, or balance, between the two. After all, I don’t just see myself as a designer because that’s my job, I see being a designer as the way my brain works, and my way of life. Ultimately that is where I believe true balance is found, enjoying what you do so that balance is easy.
What should our readers know about your business?
I think what sets us apart from other design firms is that we do high quality sophisticated designs that are particularly sensitive to the experience of the end user. Additionally, we work very well with our clients, although we are very passionate about design, we are not super full of ourselves.
Stylistically, I think our design work is bold, elegant, ageless, and sophisticated, while carrying layers of soft textures and deliberated connection between exterior and interior.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents deserve a bit shout out in my career. If I didn’t have the love, support, and encouragement, with some words of wisdom along the way, it would have been a much harder path. Thank you!
Zach Benson for the Diega photo