This guide is a reminder of our core principles and strives to create a common understanding for our existing and new team members, partners, clients, and friends. Imagine a poor man's Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, but for okay bueno, one of the weirder places in this universe. Don’t forget your towel.
We are a small team, punching well above our weight. We are working with top global brands, early-stage start-ups, and governmental organisations. This is no place for politics and finger pointing: we work hard individually to get shit done together.
To make products succeed and prioritise tasks wisely it's crucial to create a common understanding. We think critically and don't perform tasks like an agency, but achieve goals and KPIs that we define together.
Each one, teach one. Sharing techniques, inspiration, and lessons you've learned goes a long way. We do bi-weekly WIP sessions to share our findings, joined FWA judging sessions, and host an inspiration channel on Slack. Oh, and of course we love teaming up on projects.
At okay bueno we do not limit our roles to manager, designer or developer. We simply strive to find solutions, create our own path and make things better, everyday.
We don't sugarcoat things. Our office is neither a place for big egos nor for petty arguments. All voices are heard. And yeah, we are just as fun to work with as the picture implies.
But seriously, we are from all over the place: Germany, Spain, Kosovo, Mongolia, the UK. We communicate internally in English and expect our clients to do the same to include the whole team in the conversation.
Well, duh. We are a product studio. Products are at the core of everything we do. We occasionally tinker with tools, frameworks, and technologies, explore new design directions, and experiment with business models, but our heart is in building products with a purpose.
Don't worry, we still have fun at work. But we are planning time wisely to be efficient. Sitting in an office killing time, checking off tasks, and planning countless meetings simply doesn't fit our working style and agenda.
Products can only succeed if everyone involves cares deeply about the product. If there's not a strong fit between interest, believes, and passion, the chance of failure is increased exponentially. This is true for each and every one of our team members, but also for our partners and clients. We are not interested in money jobs.
The biggest benefit of being a small team is the pace at which things can change and how we can improve and react. It's an open call for self initiative and the drive to get things done. Ideas don't need hierarchies.
Everyone at okay bueno has an annual educational budget of €1.200. Well, everyone but Fabian, we figured he's already enough of a smart ass. The money can be used for anything that helps you grow as a professional: books, courses, training, events.
We try to have fun at work. Sometimes we do movie or board game nights, every day we have team lunch, and once a year we have on a company retreat – unless it's 2020 and Corona is shitting all over our plans.
As much as Jesús hates it, Friday is Dumpling Day. Besides our unreasonable love for Kim Dotcom and the MEGA Upload Song, it's the only pointless tradition we allow ourselves. Pinky promise.
We want to become better versions of ourselves, individually, and the best partner we can be as a company. Therefore we need make our studio the best place to achieve great work at — day by day, step by step.