Daedalus WFH Employee Spotlight: Joe McCarry

Industrial Designer Joe McCarry at his new home office.
Industrial Designer Joe McCarry at his new home office.

What is your role at Daedalus?

I’m an Industrial Designer. I design the physical form and functionality of the products and devices we work on. I work with our researchers, UX/UI designers, and engineers to ensure that the design intent of the project is achieved. It is a very fun and challenging job, and we have a great crew here that works well together.

What’s your day-to-day like at Daedalus?

Caffeine first, and I will usually have a quick chat with someone else in the kitchen. After that, you can usually find me at my desk, sketching and 3D modeling, but sometimes you will find me in the shop, 3D printing or building a mockup of a design I’m working on. I also interact with our clients regularly by phone or in person.

… and how has this changed with WFH (Working From Home)?

I prefer to be in the office, working with and talking to co-workers face-to-face. However, I have quickly adapted to this change. I think we’re doing a great job with communicating internally and externally; and video chat has grown on me.

Where is your home office?

2nd floor, overflow bedroom. It was the junk room until this. 

What is your favorite part about your WFH setup?

We were permitted to take anything we need from the office, so having my Wacom at home is great. Plus, I live very close to Daedalus, so can stop in, in case I need something. Home is usually nice and quiet …until I blast music. My partner is a nurse in a local hospital, but she is often working, so we’re out of each other’s way.

What has been your biggest challenge so far?

General person-to-person contact — I miss our office banter and lunch walks. There’s a new office group chat that still contains entertaining comments, but it’s just not at the same level without hearing someone say it. That, and my dog Ernie barks at everything, but headphones have helped with that.

Any helpful WFH tips?

Communication other than email has been very important for me. Also, get away from your desk for a few minutes — short breaks help clear your head. Walking and playing with my dog helps a lot! I am also trying to use this time to learn/re-learn programs that will benefit me as a designer.