The Tortoise and the Hare

Posted on Mar 9th, 2020

In addition to being excellent at his job, Jamie is absurdly fast. He’s the guy who hears client feedback in a meeting and spins his laptop around before they’re finished talking, saying “Something like this?”

Perhaps because of this, he’s also incredibly impatient. He simply can’t sit still and gets extremely antsy when he doesn’t have something to do.

He will often send me a new layout and follow it up literally 2 minutes later with “Are you looking?”

Ninety seconds after that, I see “bump” or “???”. After that, comes swearing.

If you’ve ever failed to respond promptly to one of Jamie’s emails, please know he hates you.

I, on the other hand, am notoriously methodical. I’m the guy who writes multiple drafts, researches details that should have been in the brief, and cross-checks the client’s marked-up PDF against Jamie’s new layout and my copy deck. I had a speech impediment as a kid so I’m even slow to talk, preferring to choose my words carefully.

We drive each other utterly insane. But you can’t argue with results.

- Graham 


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