Home/Office: A New Web Comedy Show About a Freelance Designer

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Yes, it’s true.

It’s not every day you see a show about someone like you. But with the rise of freelancers (according to the Freelancers Union, there were 53 million in 2014 — that’s 34% or 1 in 3 workers) it was just a matter of time before we’d have a show with a freelance web designer as its protagonist.

Home/Office, which launched Monday, September 14, is a web comedy from two L.A. filmmakers about freelancing in the digital age. I love the format. It’s short — each episode is under 4 minutes — and reminiscent of the short films of the 50s (and Goofy cartoons) featuring a silent narrator and lots of sight gags.

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The series is based on the experience of director, Josh Shayne (also a designer) running his own freelance design firm. According to the filmmakers, “It tells the story of the design process through its entire arc and also features several pieces of original design artwork, from the typographic posters, book covers, and websites created just for this show.”

Screen Shot 2015-09-12 at 9.40.32 AMScreen Shot 2015-09-12 at 9.40.48 AMSeason One follows the web designer through eight episodes as he starts his own business, finds his first client, begins online dating, and completes a demanding project on deadline — all out of his “cozy” studio apartment in Brooklyn.

Josh and his co-creator James completed Home/Office at the Brooklyn co-working space, Friends Work Here, founded by Creative Mornings founder, Tina Roth-Eisenberg, whose keynote at HOW Design Live 2015 in Chicago was one of the most popular.

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Tina Roth Eisenberg speaks at HOW Design Live in May 2015

While certainly not all freelance web designers will identify with the character (and many freelancers are not millenials), many of the situations depicted transcend age.

Definitely worth checking out.

Watch the show here: http://homeoffice.tv/

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