Blackout

The atmosphere at Quirky is high pressure. Every day, we push the absolute limits—doodling, breaking, building, shipping, prettying, counting, labeling, collaborating, coding to make invention accessible. The result is astonishing: three new products, every single week. As you can imagine, though, this leaves us with little time to breathe.

Every good machine needs time to get tuned up/re-calibrated.

Enter, our (experimental) way of working:

From time to time, Quirky shuts down its "machine" for a full week. A Blackout, if you will.

During Blackout, our team is encouraged to explore other interests. For some, it’s a time to clean our apartment, see the dentist, or buy a new pair of kicks. For others, it’s a time to explore an unfamiliar country or finally finish that creative side project. It’s a time to relax simultaneously, reflect on past successes and failures, and prepare mentally for the work ahead. It’s a time to get our heads back in the game.

At Quirky, we know that amazing things happen in the most unconventional of ways, a mentality that led us to build this company in the first place. Our thesis is that Blackout will lead to stronger output, more beautiful products, and a healthier team.

Should you need us during Blackout, our customer service team will be available 24/7 at questions@quirky.com and 1-866-5QUIRKY. You didn’t really think we’d leave you hanging, did you?

...and exhale!