Glasgow has a strong DIY culture. There’s no waiting around. People do their own thing, with or without permission or the support of others. We work in a bright, airy, open-plan renovated warehouse called SWG3 in the West End of the city. It’s all white walls, plants, concrete, lots of macs, book shelves, and it lets lots of natural light in. Having previously worked smack bang in the city centre, we needed a change – the rent was high and the space was tight. Moving here gave us more room, freedom, free parking and embedded us in a new active community.
We share the space with around ten other creative people; graphic designers, web developers, illustrators and a photographer. Downstairs is a gig venue and an expansive classic concrete warehouse space used for TV recordings, parties and exhibitions. The river Clyde is a ten-minute walk away and west-bound trains hurtle by regularly. It’s magic; there’s a good energy here. It feels alive when the desks start rumbling on a Friday afternoon when the sound checks begin.
On Mondays we work from home, and we’re super-flexible with holidays. There’s a set number of days off we can take each year, so as long as it’s not the day before a deadline we’re happy. We’re a small team and work closely throughout the day, so usually have lunch independently – there’s no set time, just whenever we’re hungry!