Unplugging from Social Media

At Island, we like to do things differently. So although we preach the value of social media in the work that we do, we also recognize the impact it has on one’s mental health. Since today kicks off Canadian Mental Health Week we thought we would look a little closer at social media.

There are a ton of benefits of social media:

  • it allows us to stay connected with friends and family all over the world
  • Business can connect directly with customers and expand their reach in a cost-effective way
  • It’s a great way to find a support network for like-minded people

But there are just as many drawbacks:

  • Focusing on “likes” can lower one’s self-esteem when likes aren’t received
  • Only seeing other people’s social highlights can make people feel depressed that they are missing out or not living their own life so spectacularly
  • Social media is designed to be addictive, which can lead to less time spent on things that matter, like work, school, sleep, relationships, etc.

It’s that last point that has motivated us to get creative and design a series we like to call #socialdifferent. Island has partnered with artist Matthew Chrones Scott (@bleedingheartproductions) to create illustrations showing how we at Island intend to “unplug” over the weekend. For those of you who follow us on Instagram, you may have noticed the first illustration last week.

And for those of you not following us, what are you waiting for: https://www.instagram.com/weareisland/

We’ll be posting a new illustration at the end of the day every Friday. This post wraps up our week in the office and kicks us into weekend mode. Our hope is that they can serve as a reminder to put your phone away and connect with people, pets, nature, awesome local events happening in Saskatoon, or just some good old fashioned ME time. Plugging back in on Monday morning will be a whole lot easier when you have a weekend off doing all of the other things you like to do.

Andrew Scott   |   May 7, 2019

Newest addition to Island, Caitlin.

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Hey, I’m Caitlin, I am the newest addition to team Island! I don’t really have a title, because we sort of do a bit of everything, but I guess you could say, developer, designer, photographer?! Or you know, “Floater”.

I grew up playing Steel Tip Darts, but after years of practice and tournaments, I got 3rd in provincials. It wasn’t a high enough placement to go to Nationals, so I decided I better choose a new career path. I started getting an interest for design and photography in 2008 and was hooked! I went to SBC but decided I needed to learn more. I then moved to San Francisco, California with my Aunt and that’s where my interest in development started! There I spent 4 years studying and working as a designer and developer.

I recently moved back to Saskatoon, just in time for this awful winter! To force myself to socialize and step away from my computer, I spend my spare time playing dodgeball and slo-pitch. I am a huge sports fan which includes Hockey, Baseball, and Football but I haven’t cracked the roster on any of those sports yet.

I am excited to be on the Island team and can’t wait to put my skills to use! Hope to create for you soon!

Caitlin McRae   |   March 1, 2019

Job Opportunity: Digital Content Producer

Deadline: December 14, 2018

Are you a wizard when it comes to making gifs? Are your tweets so elegantly written they’d make 2Pac blush (he’s still alive and in Malaysia)? If so, you’re perfect for the position of Digital Content Producer with Island. We offer a creative work environment, flexible hours, and a job you’ll never want to leave.

WHAT YOU GET OUT OF THE DEAL

  • Competitive salary
  • Health and Dental benefits
  • Health spending account
  • Flexible work environment
  • Unlimited vacation
  • Access to the beer fridge and cappuccino machine

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create copy for client websites, social media, and other messaging streams
  • Work with clients to provide content strategy, editorial calendars, and other guidance as it relates to their content marketing
  • Take photographs and edit as required for websites, or other media

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Experience as a copywriter
  • Proven photography skills
  • Photoshop skills
  • Experience with SEO and SEM
  • Fluent in social media
  • Ability to work independently and make this position their own

WHAT WILL REALLY IMPRESS US

  • Demonstrate a good eye for design
  • Experience with Videography, 3D, and VR
  • Good sense of humour
  • A pink dog

To Apply

Please email a resumé and portfolio to careers@weareisland.com. Posting closes December 14, 2018. Apply early, as the position may be filled before the deadline.

Andrew Scott   |   November 20, 2018

New Website Launch! Darkside Donuts

 

We’re super pumped to announce our TASTIEST website we have ever designed. Saskatoon is lucky to have the newly opened Darkside Donuts for all your donuts needs.

 

 

Andrew Scott   |   October 13, 2018

Job Opportunity: Website Developer

Now Hiring: Website Developer

Deadline: August 31, 2018

Island is looking for a web developer to join our team. If you’re a self-starter with experience in both front-end and back-end website development, then you’re the perfect fit for this position. We offer a creative work environment, flexible hours, and a job you’ll never want to leave.

Andrew Scott   |   July 30, 2018

Win a ticket for tonight’s Prairie Investment Forum!

We’re all going to the 1st Annual Prairie Investment Forum hosted by Co.Labs, and we want you to come!

Just comment on our Instagram post for a chance to win a free ticket, and we’ll message the lucky winner this afternoon.

The Prairie investment forum will showcase startups from each Prairie Province, investors from North America, and Sask expats working in tech.

See you at 7pm at the Delta Bessborough!

 

Jill Ferron   |   February 21, 2018

Maker Meet-up – Feb. 21

The Saskatoon mini maker faire is happening this year on May 26th, and calls for makers are open! If you’re not exactly sure what Maker Faire is, are unsure about your application, or simply want to get a glimpse of what makers in Saskatoon are doing, then head out to the Mana Bar this Wednesday, Feb. 21st from 6pm to 10:30pm for a chance to fight remote-controlled robots and meet the producer team for this event.

RSVP on the Facebook event page!

 

Jill Ferron   |   February 20, 2018

Island Treasures – February 20th

Welcome back to work, school, or whatever you find yourself doing after the long weekend! Hopefully you were able to enjoy some time off, and if not maybe it’s time to tell your boss where to go and how to get there! We’re super happy you decided to spend your first slack off of the short week with us and we hopefully the following does not disappoint!

Cody Schumacher   |  

Island Treasures – Olympic Edition

One of my favourite part about the olympics is seeing the design that comes out of the host country. It gives us an idea of what design trends are happening in other countries, and can often serve as good inspiration to use on our local projects. So in honour of the opening of the Olympic Games, here are our Island Treasures, Olympic Edition.

Andrew Scott   |   February 9, 2018

Island Treasures – February 2nd

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Great, now that we’ve got that out of the way we can dive back into our favourite part of the week…Island Treasures! Before we jump in though I’d like to just make it clear that any business or resource we feature here has in no way asked us to or frankly even known we would be including them. Everything we choose to include is 100% because we believe strongly in them/it and think that there is a benefit to providing them to you as readers! No bullshit, just treasures we love…

Cody Schumacher   |   February 2, 2018