On the Hunt for Hints

By Clem

Our return to the office in January was brightened with the arrival of our distant Pomegranite, Carla, who now lives in Oxford. In our first week back, we were sent a rather cryptic email from Liz inviting us to a mystery inspiration day. With one line “You don’t need to wear or bring anything special, just have your wits about you!“, leaving the office deep in debate on what it might be. After two weeks of suspense and, the day arrived it would be revealed that it was the enigmatic Hint Hunt!

We were greeted by our enthusiastic Game Master, who got us well acquainted with the do’s and don’ts of the game. It was revealed that our selected room only had a 20% success rate which raised our heartbeats as the door closed and the clock started.

A frenzy erupted in the small space as everyone frantically searched for clues and hints. With limbs swinging in every direction, we amassed clues and solved puzzles fairly quickly. A series of locks were opened, symbols were decoded, sudokus solved and remote-controlled cars driven. At this point in time, the clock was only 20min in. Our confidence levels were steadily rising but soon the proverbial rug was ripped from underneath us, and we were bombarded by an assortment of vexing puzzles. We valiantly solved our way to the last few minutes, and almost like a spy movie. All of a sudden, there was only one minute left, and through classic misdirection, panic and finicky fingers, time ran out seconds before we could open the door.

We had so many laughs and an experience we won’t forget. It was great to work together in a way that’s totally different to our dynamic in the office. Hint Hunt, this is not the last you’ll see of us!

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Happy New Year

Happy 2019!

While everyone starts to filter into offices after the holidays and the trickle in our inboxes becomes a lot less of a trickle, we thought we’d ease ourselves into the first blog post of the year with something simple.

The team were asked two questions:

  1. Describe your holiday with one GIF.
  2. What are you most looking forward to at Pomegranite this year?

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The Pomegranite team has grown by one awesome member!

It’s funny how a joke can change your fate.

As you no doubt saw, last week we started the hunt for a great intern. In the course of my regular banter with our freelance developer, Riyad, he joked that he should apply. One thing led to another and he’s now our newest team member!

Things you need to know about Riyad:

– He’s crazy talented

Having worked for institutions like Media24 in front-end development, Riyad’s certainly got the corporate chops but check out his portfolio on his own website and you’ll see how slick his work is.

– He’s absolutely lovely

Seriously. Every interaction is a pleasure.

– He’s into running and his family and friends and he adores his wife.

– He secretly loves it when we call him RiRi

Exhibit A: last year’s birthday card including some hot photoshop:

Rihanna

– He’s broadening our offering. Not only is Riyad a whizz on WordPress but he’s also a master of mailers, hosting, html, css and SEO not to mention his design skills. We’re excited to see his influence on our projects!

So our road shifted direction and we made a different choice but it was clear during my highly entertaining eye conversations with Sarah during that initial phone call with Riyad that this just felt right. We both trust him, we know his work, we know he’s going to be a great asset to Pomegranite.

He starts on Tuesday and we can’t wait to welcome that cheeky face. Stay tuned for his first blog post next week!