The #CultureFirst series is a chance to showcase the team here at Culture Amp. We asked everyone some questions which will give you an opportunity to get to know each of us a bit better.
Nicole Dominic - Designer
Nicole is a visual designer with a diverse history of working with brands to bring their unique stories to life. When she’s not wrangling a bezier curve, you can find her sniffing around the Emerald Hill Deli cheese room.
Culture Amp: What can you do as a CAmper (Culture Amp team member) that you haven’t been able to do elsewhere?
Nicole Dominic: Work on the Culture Amp rebrand full time for a month. Having the space to come up with a myriad of concepts and iterations without the usual time and budget constraints was a real treat. Don’t get me wrong, constraints are valuable, but it’s a great feeling, having the freedom to explore as many ideas as you can scribble down and be completely consumed by a project. I had some pretty kooky dreams about brand marques during that period.
CA: Best day you’ve ever had at work?
ND: I worked on the gates at a Big Day Out (big Aussie music festival) a very long time ago. It was a hard slog but very satisfying to be part of a well oiled machine. Being on a walkie-talkie all day, thinking on your feet and knowing that people were counting on you felt great. There was a lot of camaraderie among the team, despite having only met the day before the event, plus the perks - AAA passes to the headlining acts!
CA: How have you turned a setback into an opportunity?
ND: At the beginning of this year I got quite sick. Two weeks in a hospital and many weeks of recovery was the catalyst for making a change in my career. It’s what led me to join Culture Amp.
CA: What are you madly passionate about away from work?
ND: Cooking. I wrote and designed a cookbook last year, something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. My favorite thing to do is get together with my friend, combine random fridge contents (usually on a Sunday night) and then subject our unwitting partners to our concoctions.
CA: What was the best feedback (in your career) you’ve ever received and why?
ND: In my early days as a freelancer, I was designing a pitch for a TV show and the first two concepts weren’t hitting the mark. My client and I were becoming more and more frustrated until she gave me this piece of feedback: “Put yourself in the design." This was when I learned to trust my own judgement and stop trying to guess what the other person wanted. Good design is a mix of rigorous questioning and a healthy dose of gut feel.
CA: What’s on your playlist this week?
ND: Found a great Jamie xx playlist called “Jamie xx does no wrong” on Rdio yesterday. RIP Rdio.
CA: What does workplace culture mean to you?
ND: Not the most poetic definition but put plainly, culture is a set of behaviors replicated within a given context. Makes designing a culture sound simple right?