Campsite is the experimental arm of Myriad Media, where employees are given on-the-clock time to work on projects of their choosing. I’ve worked on videos about pastries, bikes, cats, and whisky… I’ve even had a whisky with my cat.
You can read a great writeup about the initiative from our president, Will Feichter, here: 🙂
At Myriad Media, we’re driven to use our company to make a difference. It’s instinctual, really… natural as an eager pup tugging at the end of a leash. For us, making a difference begins with nurturing the skills and creativity of our people. Do that and you’ve got the building blocks of a workforce that is engaged, signed on for the long term and prepared to create ideas that contribute to the wellspring of the world.
Since Campsite has been an informal initiative under the greater banner of Myriad Media for nearly four years, the videos were scattered about various Vimeo channels or embedded on websites like Tumblr (where that .gif of me and my cat, Rollie, has been shared more than 20,000 times. The internet is a strange place).
I decided it was high time for Campsite to have its own home, so I took to building a website. A critical component of Campsite is what we call “The Sandbox,” or the freedom to learn and explore without risk. In other words, I fully embraced the Campsite spirit of having no idea what I was doing.
I began with a template on Squarespace. It’s a pretty neat program, though it takes awhile to understand the command and navigation system. Website platforms have come a long way since I last built a webpage for my band on Geocities.
I couldn’t find the code for flaming torches or even locate the guest book. But I persevered, cruising so many Google queries about changing background images, colors and fonts that I will probably get targeted ads for “beautiful websites made easy” for the rest of my life.
But with the patient help of my co-workers and a lot trial and error, I learned a new skill and ended up with a website that’s got a real domain name and everything. It was my own Campsite project, created to hold all our other Campsite projects. Here at Myriad, I don’t think we’d have it any other way.