Framework Melbourne - Partying for Creatives

Ok so we kind of spaced on a proper launch party. Truth is we were nervous no one would turn up. Even if they did we were kind of embarrassed at the start of the year, there were so few desks filled you could hear everyone's mouse clicks echoing off the walls...

Well last Friday we were all out of excuses. There is now a great group of creative minded people who drop by each and every week to work, play and collaborate together to bring a great atmosphere to Framework Melbourne. It was finally time to celebrate with all those Frameworkers, and of course the dozens of friends and family that caught wind of the free booze.

The night had everything: a bread mountain, roller pool (office chair style), a pot plant casualty and a multi-storey carpark photography mission. Somehow, come Monday the place looked good as new, all of the Frameworkers even seem to have finally shaken off their hangovers.

So a big thank you to everyone from Nick, Kim and I for making Framework the awesome place to work that it has become. We promise we will make it an awesome place to party a bit more often.

A big thanks to Nicola Bernardi for taking a few snaps for us!

Music coworking - the struggle for creative song selection

The background music at Framework Melbourne is quite possibly my favourite aspect of being involved in a coworking space. I hate the sound of silence, so I am at least a 50% happier coworking human when there is music involved.

Such is the subjective framework of music that it’s always going to be tough to find a playlist that suits everyone. Melbourne creatives come in all ages, shapes and sizes so choosing the right songs can be contentious territory.

Melancholy rock ballads can bring a negative vibe, while upbeat dance bangers are at the very least distracting. As a rule of thumb, any death metal or hardcore is a huge no-no.

Being entrusted with any sort of music selection is a massive task. I like to think I am relatively creative and reliable when thrown the auxiliary cord, but I’m far from perfect. You can tell you've picked a bad song at Framework Melbourne when every creative coworker reaches for their headphones to drown it out.

The benefit of coworking at Framework Melbourne is that we are all a team, and the collaborative environment means that everyone gets a say. There is no empirical playlist which will suit everyone, but through coworking you may just find the right music to help you work more productively than ever.

If you have any creative suggestions for the music selection at Framework Melbourne, please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Kobe needs Koworking

Creative work is like basketball, you can dribble around all you want but the ball moves a lot faster if you pass. With holistic tools so readily available I sometimes get trapped approaching my tasks within a single-player framework. It’s important to step back and view Melbourne creative work as a team sport, a partnership akin to Kobe and Shaq. Even with their individual talents they could never have won the 2000 championship without teamwork, or more aptly, coworking.

Kobe can put up 40 points a night, but he can’t get the rebounds and blocks like Shaq. In the same way the best graphic designer in Melbourne can’t succeed without coworking with a copywriter who crafts the perfect verbal framework. Basketball fans might interject, ‘but what about the Shaq-Kobe feud, working together clearly causes problems’.

Troubles are avoided because coworking doesn’t follow that strict team framework. Choose to work with Melbourne based creatives for anywhere from a few minutes, to the entire project, and decide on your own how much control to relinquish. The advantage of working in a Melbourne coworking space, not a traditional office cubicle framework, is this freedom to work together as much or as little as needed.

If you have any doubts about the importance of Melbourne coworking, just have a look at the Lakers this season. Even with Kobe averaging 30 points a game they had one of the worst records in the NBA because they competed with a single-player framework. Had they been open to coworking, working within a team framework, maybe they would be in playoff contention.

Don’t be a Kobe. Don’t lose as a single-player, win as a Melbourne coworker. 

Can Coworking overcome the Daily Grind?

Consider the term “the daily grind”. The framework that usually comes to mind is Monday through to till Friday, starting at 9am and finishing anywhere in the vicinity of 5pm, right?

There is no logical reason as to why we follow this trend. No scientific research has proven that we are more productive during these hours. Hell, most of the people working such hours can’t stand it. Through tradition alone, it has just become the norm.

If my studies in Philosophy at Melbourne Uni have taught me anything, it’s to not accept any established social framework as fact. Socrates created a legacy by doing just this: he questioned everything. Why should the working week be any different?

If I encountered a restless night’s sleep on Sunday, why should I drearily wake to my 7am Monday alarm, jump on a packed Melbourne train, knowing it will take me at least two short blacks before I can produce anything of value?

Some of us are morning people, admittedly. But personally, I'm not really human until post meridiem. 

My brief but insightful time at Framework Melbourne, one of Melbourne's new creative coworking spaces, has shed some light onto the working habits of a freelancer. People come and go as they please here. Taking a morning or an afternoon off from coworking is standard: not coming in for a whole day isn't uncommon.

One thing that is uncommon however is the stress levels. The mood is positive and everyone is social. The chilled background music and regular coworking means that silence is rare. Creativity and productivity are high. 

I like the way this coworking thing functions. This is one thing I’d say that the freelancers at Framework Melbourne coworking space have definitely got right.

If you're a Melbourne freelancer looking for a great coworking opportunity, Framework Melbourne open their doors for free on the first Monday of every month. What better reason to come in, connect and get creative?

Creative Maintenance

I used to think that those 'creative' types just floated through life doodling and scribbling whatever popped into their imagination. Some weird natural skill meaning that their creations were that bit more 'professional' than those of your average modern human, who hasn't written anything other than their signature by hand since the third grade.

After pushing myself to do a bit more of that networking everyone says is so important, and spending a lot of time in a Melbourne coworking space, it seems that every creative I meet spends a huge amount of time refreshing their skills so that they can stay at the cutting edge of the industry. But these days most creatives aren't pigeonholed into one skill-set, in fact there is a real demand for multi-skilled freelancers and agencies that can offer a more holistic set of services.

Perhaps there is some conciliation in the fact that most creatives are reasonably savvy and active in social media and do their best to share their knowledge when they can. Meetups, forums and social media groups are invaluable to freelancers these days, they kind of keep you sane and stop you from becoming a freelance hermit than never leaves their shack aside from to stock up on take-away coffee cups. Coworking spaces can be even better.

Checkout the Framework Melbourne Facebook page for our own regular meetups or you are always welcome to drop by and have a chat with some of our resident coworkers, you might learn something, you might teach something, hell you might even get some work out of it.

So a designer, a programmer and a writer step into a meeting room...

People think I must be joking when I try to describe what I do for a living. I find it so hard to describe the fluctuation of the creative process without sounding like a complete lunatic. Frankly, I can barely describe my job to myself.

The creative industry is collaborative in its essence. Without like-minded people around you to appreciate, contribute and challenge you on the work that you do the days can be incredibly lonely and frustrating. Framework Melbourne is all about a supportive atmosphere where we can share a space and share some work while we're at it. Here people won't only understand your work, they will be excited to hear all the details and get involved themselves.

So what do I do for a living? Well, it's kinda hard to explain. Suffice to say it includes writing confusing blog posts for a great new Melbourne coworking space.