How to innovate the pixar way

“Look, this is a young team. As individual animators, we all have different strengths and weaknesses, but if we can interconnect all our strengths, we are collectively the greatest animator on earth. So I want you guys to speak up and drop your drawers. We’re going to look at your scenes in front of everybody. Everyone will get humiliated and encouraged together. If there is a solution, I want everyone to hear the solution, so everyone adds it to their tool kit. I’m going to take my shot at what I think will improve a scene, but if you see something different, go ahead and disagree. I don’t know all the answers.” Brad Bird on how he consistently makes excellent films.

And… “Steve Jobs basically designed [the Pixar] building. In the center, he created this big atrium area, which seems initially like a waste of space. The reason he did it was that everybody goes off and works in their individual areas. People who work on software code are here, people who animate are there, and people who do designs are over there. Steve put the mailboxes, the meetings rooms, the cafeteria, and, most insidiously and brilliantly, the bathrooms in the center—which initially drove us crazy—so that you run into everybody during the course of a day. He realized that when people run into each other, when they make eye contact, things happen. So he made it impossible for you not to run into the rest of the company.”

If you have the money, then why not make the office just as you want it?!

Full article here.

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2 responses to “How to innovate the pixar way

  1. Adam StJohn Lawrence.

    Nice quotes, thanks.

    It’s possible to achieve much the same effect without any expenditure – just put the communal work resources (printers, copiers, reference works) in the same area as the coffee machine and sofas. People having a break will get into conversations with people who are printing off a PDF…

    Adam
    workplayexperience.com

  2. the modern watercooler moment

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