They say a king cannot rule his country without an army, and an army without its men. The same goes for a business, where the clues that give away its success are often hidden within the people who, in their own individual way, make up the very important pieces of a much larger puzzle.

Within our eclectic team of both budding and experienced professionals, we not only come armed with designers, writers, marketers and web coders; we rear digital architects, creatives, and innovative thinkers who each bring something special. And while it’s in human nature to celebrate the past and linger on all that we’ve achieved, it’s equally as important to look to the present, and more specifically the future and where we hope to be!

So in handing over the stage to our “JAZ hands” this week, we share with you all a little insight from the inside: what we love about JAZ, how we’ve grown, personal milestones, and hopes and dreams.

 

Cam, Graphic Designer

1. What do you love most about working in small business?
Building strong relationships with your work colleagues, I feel this is something you miss out on in a large company.

2. How has working at JAZ helped you develop your skills, both professionally as well as personally?
Working at JAZ has given me an established professional framework of methods and procedures to adopt and learn by, whilst also offering me the freedom to develop my own specialities, techniques and relationships.

3. What do you think makes the JAZ studio unique?
I think we’re very good at always concentrating on the purpose for doing something, it’s always about the client’s outcome, rather than our own vanity or individually driven ideals.

4. What milestone are you most looking forward to achieving this year? 
In March I had my 2 year anniversary at JAZ, time flies when you’re having fun!

5. Has there been a moment in time or specific project you’ve felt really proud to work on?
Yes and no, I’m always proud when I complete a project that the client is wrapped with, even better if I really like it too. I don’t tend to hold onto these too much however, I like to just move on to the next chapter and always aim to do it better next time.

6. What kind of future do you hope to see for JAZ? 
I’d like to see us continuing to steadily grow in our maturity, experience and wisdom, while pumping out awesome, unique work for our excellent clients.

7. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
Red. Yes I know it’s taken, but it’s still red and has been ever since I can remember. I change my mind about a lot of things, red will never be one of those things.

8. Where are we most likely to find you outside of the JAZ studio?
On the water, wherever there’s a problem, I’ll be there trying to fix it.

 

Deanna, Marketing Assistant

 

1. What do you love most about working in small business?
There’s nowhere to hide! Working in a small team really gives you the ability to build intimate relationships, celebrate your strengths, and work on your weaknesses. There is a ubiquitous sense of “togetherness” in small business that I feel really proud to be apart of. We have each other’s backs, hold each other accountable, and rejoice in tiny victories.

2. How has working at JAZ helped you develop your skills, both professionally as well as personally?
As the first professional role of my career, working at JAZ has definitely allowed me to broaden my skillset and to think more strategically, as well as commercially. I’ve also learnt to appreciate the need for certain processes, and recognise my newfound love of being challenged.

3. What do you think makes the JAZ studio unique?
Our genuine desire to achieve the very best for clients, and how we often go beyond the normal scope of what is expected in order to do so.

4. What milestone are you most looking forward to achieving this year? 
Transitioning into managing more projects, and continuing to build my client relationships.

5. Has there been a moment in time or specific project you’ve felt really proud to work on?
I love the research element that’s involved in creating our marketing plans, as well as any change I get to have free reign with my creativity. Helping Zoe put together a product distribution plan last year was one project I found equally challenging, stimulating and rewarding.

6. What kind of future do you hope to see for JAZ? 
I’d like to see JAZ shake things up a little and continue to explore new opportunities, especially within social media and the digital marketing sphere.

7. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
‘Mediterranean sea’ blue: for its clarity, and complexity of both its heritage and hue. My favourite kind of paradox!

8. Where are we most likely to find you outside of the JAZ studio?
Brunching my way through Perth’s foodie scene, on a plane, or buried in one of the million side-projects I like to keep myself busy with!

 

 

Nicole, Web Developer

1. What do you love most about working in small business?
How I often get to follow a project from start to finish; meaning that also I get to diversify my skills as it progresses through different areas.

2. How has working at JAZ helped you develop your skills, both professionally as well as personally?
I’ve had a chance to collaborate with a talented team who are encouraged to share their knowledge and skills. This in turn has created a great, open working environment from which I’ve had exposure to a number of different skillsets.

3. What do you think makes the JAZ studio unique?
We take a holistic approach to building a company’s brand.

4. What milestone are you most looking forward to achieving this year?
To have the web side of things at JAZ operating at full capacity (a milestone if it were achieved!)

5. Has there been a moment in time or specific project you’ve felt really proud to work on?
For Premiere Events I created a core code library that’s portable and flexible to work across all of their event sites. This substantially reduced build time and ongoing costs for maintenance and updates, which subsequently would have been charged on to the client.

6. What kind of future do you hope to see for JAZ?
I’d like to see JAZ thrive for genuinely wanting to make clients’ dreams for their business a reality.

7. You’re a new addition to the crayon box: what colour would you be and why?
Chrome, because it’s a good accent for other colours and as a play on words because everyone knows how much of a fan I am of Google Chrome 🤓.

8. Where are we most likely to find you when you’re outside of the JAZ studio?
Playing at home with my 8 month old, Heidi who I love to bits.

 

 

Sandy, Graphic Designer

1. What do you love most about working in small business?
I love working in a small business because our communication is always face-to-face, which eliminates miscommunication. It also means we are all really close which encourages me to come out of my shell and be myself. But the thing I love the most is that we always have time for each other to mentor, teach and encourage each other.

2. How has working at JAZ helped you develop your skills, both professionally as well as personally?
Professionally I have grown the most working at JAZ. With Cam being my mentor in graphic design, he has taught me everything I know. Also having Zoe mentor me in project management and working with clients has improved my confidence and skills. Personally I have made some great friends working at JAZ as well as building my confidence.

3. What do you think makes the JAZ studio unique?
We are unique because we pride ourselves in delivering quality service. We are friendly, versatile and each have specialised skills that we continuously grow.

4. What milestone are you most looking forward to achieving this year?
The biggest milestone I’m hoping to achieve is increasing my client contact and managing more projects.

5. Has there been a moment in time or specific project you’ve felt really proud to work on?
First project that comes to mind was the Main Roads annual report. Working with such a big company was very exciting and the client loved the end result. Also working with Eastern Guruma has been a very fulfilling journey. Working on various projects with them, it’s nice to see them grow and be apart of that.

6. What kind of future do you hope to see for JAZ?
I hope to see us building a larger team to deliver a specialised service with a variety of skills. Although this is something we already offer, focusing on one skill each will make sure we deliver the best possible service.

7. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colour would you be and why?
Purple I’d say. It’s not only my favourite colour but also symbolises creativity, spirituality and is calming.

8. Where are we most likely to find you outside of the JAZ studio?
Recently I have made it my mission to explore Perth a bit more. Outside of JAZ you will either see me hiking, at a food or music festival or checking out all the different cafes and restaurants this beautiful city has to offer.