Charlie Waite

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Surfing Makes You Smile

Took my oldest daughter surfing today for 2nd time and we had a blast. There is something so special about the ocean, it instantly turns you into an 8 year old grinning from ear to ear.

By far one of my favorite father daughter moments. My dad taught me to surf when I was around 8 or so and my grandfather and grandmother taught him at the same age. To be able to pass this on to her is a true blessing. Can’t wait for the days when she’s pulling me out of bed to go to the beach.

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A New Adventure

Im very excited to announce that I will be joining the very talented team at GoPro in December!


Of course this is a bittersweet announcement as leaving Focus Lab was not an easy decision. The past 3 years at Focus Lab have been the best of my professional career. I’ve made some life long friends, learned more then I ever could imagine and had the opportunity work on some amazing projects with equally amazing clients.

So why move on?

I think every designer at some point needs to take a new adventure or go down a different path. I’ve had two constants in my professional career; working remotely and working for clients. Both of which I’ve loved - but at times have also hated. This new chapter will allow me to change both of those, solve different problems and be challenged in new and exciting ways.

This change also allows me to move back to Southern California, which is something...

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Working Remotely

I’ve worked remotely for the better part of a decade, so I’ve seen the good, the bad, and totally terrible side of it. It takes a certain type of person to work remotely. You have to be a self starter, focused, excel at time management, and be immune to distractions. Don’t have these qualities? Neither did I when I first started out.

No boss around to keep tabs, no one asking if I got that website to “pop more.” The waves are good, so I might as well surf until lunch. Then grab some food, get on the computer to answer a few emails, move a few pixels, then off to the gym. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that was fairly routine when I first started. It wasn’t that I didn’t get the work done; I wouldn’t be where I am today if I just completely blew it off. It was more that I didn’t have or incorporate that office structure, the 9-5 routine that helps people stay on schedule and make their...

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