By Hayley Barry
After 17 days as a creative intern at Hill Holliday, we’ve been picking up speed and there isn’t any indication of slowing down. There’s always a project in the works, a meeting to attend, and a deadline to be met. It’s a fast and furious environment, complete with a soundtrack of keys tapping, pencils on notepaper, and energetic office chatter. When it comes to working in a fast-paced, creative climate, the small details are what make it awesome to come into work each day.
I am definitely not a morning person. But, I am—unapologetically—a coffee addict. One of the greatest consistencies of walking into the Hill Holliday office every morning is the smell of Dunkin’ coffee. After waking up to my 6th alarm and braving through the crowds of people walking to work, coming in and inhaling the powerful perfume gets me pumped. Taking the first sip from my favorite mug from home sets my day up perfectly.
Floors 33 to 36 are the Hill Holliday offices. It’s pretty dreamy looking out the floor-to-ceiling glass panes over Boston Harbor. Being in this city especially, full of history, art and cultural influences, hugely stimulates my creativity. When taking a glance out the windows, it’s everything I imagined it would be working at a cool, kick-ass, Boston-based agency. As I circle the office trying to find the supply room, I’ll take a second to peek outside and remind myself how lucky I am to be in this moment.
When our creative flow slows down a bit, and Karina and I need something to get our juices going again, it is highly necessary for us to play some tunes. The end of the day is especially great for sing-a-longs when most of the office is gone, and no one has the misfortune of hearing our voices. We don’t always know the words, so some of the sounds escaping from our mouths get ridiculous real quick.
I’m generally a night owl when it comes to feeling most creative. I like to spend extra time grinding through comps or thinking up designs and ideas. There have been a few times I’ve seen the sunset, and each one is different and beautiful. And even though the surrounding buildings are emptied of their workers, the lights sparkle on over the city as silently and peacefully as the empty office.
It’s easy to love all the experience, opportunity, and creativity that flows through the halls of Hill Holliday. But in the whirlwind of concepting, creating, and pitching ideas, it’s the little details murmuring in the background that keep me grounded. They help me realize that I actually am in this incredible space doing what I love, even if it only has been for 17 days.