10. Clean air
Coming off a couple weeks of the worst air quality we have ever experienced here as a result of the nearby “Camp Fire” in Paradise, Ca., we must start our list here. Last week the news’ daily reports continued to compare our air with international cities we were surpassing each day as the worst air quality. At the height, we hit the #1 slot — for only 1 day. We are extremely fortunate to have clean air here in the San Francisco Bay Area most of the year, and we are thankful that a little bit of rain and wind finally brought our air quality back to our normal levels.
9. Where we live
We work very hard to keep on living here in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area. Living near the bay, but being able to be in the mountains, in the ocean, in a lake, in the woods, on a farm in just a short drive gives us all so much inspiration to create. This also gives us a drive to protect the Earth’s valuable resources, so we can make sustainable decisions in the work we do.
8. Where we work
Our creative, urban environment in Oakland is a wonderful place to have a branding studio — surrounded by other creatives and easy access to amazing talent and experienced vendor partners, really makes working here fun and fulfilling. It doesn’t hurt that our studio is surrounded by tons of delicious restaurants, breweries and wine tasting rooms either!
7. Having a dog in the studio
The Double Six studio dog, Buca, does spend most of her day sleeping, but she reminds us all to take a break sometimes. Whether its to rest our eyes and play a little tug-a-war or it’s to get out of the studio for a little walk around the neighborhood, she is a valuable member of the team.
6. Not getting in a car
Okay, so not everyone of us has this luxury, but our location allows us to bike, walk or take public transportation each day. This includes getting to work, grabbing lunch and even going to client meetings. Trust us, its a much better perspective, and you see things you wouldn’t see in a car — architecture, graffiti, cool signs, people, and even nature.
5. Amazing clients
Okay, we know this sounds totally expected, but we really are so fortunate to work with an amazing group of clients who keep us inspired. Many of our clients we have had for more than 5 years, and we build new partnerships each year. Can’t wait to see what 2019 brings!
4. Better-for-you products
It’s always amazing that the clients we connect with are one’s that fit with our teams’ own values and shopping tendencies — real food, no artificial junk, sustainably-focused, consciously-sourced, organically grown. If your product align with these values, call us!
3. Our partners
Sorry, clients, but we have to put our partners higher on the list than you because without these guys, we couldn’t do what we do. They take our small core team, and make Double Six capable of accomplishing anything. We consider our partners just as much a part of our team as those that sit here in the studio — and this expanded team gives Double Six more flexibility, allows us to work more efficiently and produces more targeted results for each client than a big stagnate in-house team can. Thanks to all our photographers, food stylists, illustrators, printers, copy writers, developers, SEO experts, product designers, 3D renders and more!
2. Our families
More important than our Double Six family, are the people we come home to each evening. They are the ones that support us, nurture our passions, listen to us complain, make us laugh and play, and accept us for who we are.