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#FieldDayFriday: A Thinking Ape

Watch for #FieldDayFriday on Vancouver Is Awesome on Friday's, where I’ll be posting from someone else’s workplace pad.

Watch for #FieldDayFriday on Vancouver Is Awesome on Friday's, where I’ll be posting from someone else’s workplace pad.

A Thinking Ape: 60 people, working, playing (and growing) who occupy the top two floors of a heritage building on Water Street in Gastown while they build and support social games like Kingdoms at War, Party In My Dorm, and The Meego. Their in-office perks are many: food and beverage fridges and shelves fully stocked with staffer's picks (they have a Costco wish list posted on the fridge), flexible work hours (their core work hours are 1-4pm, meaning they embrace both the early birds and night owls), ergonomic Herman Miller aeron chairs and electronically operated seated + standing desks, not to mention a foosball table, board and arcade games.

Meet part of the community support team including: Linda Feurhelm, Mike Ty, Jodi Bjarnason. At the end of a long day helping their gaming communities, they can often be found playing Resistance.

An expansive entrance on the third floor feels just like a living room, with a deluxe size beanbag chair, and these hanging swings. A mix of masculine and feminine touches.

This team has taken care to incorporate lots personal touches, making the office have a home-like feeling, like the big plants, bike racks and a large harvest table located on the top floor.

Founder Eric Diep kicks off a quick team huddle.

With so many games brewing, A Thinking Ape is invested in making all of their own sound effects. So they built their own sound booth.

You know you're spending the day with creative brains when all across the office silly sayings, fun facts and doodles adorn whiteboards, walls, and even entrances to conference rooms.

A pose with A Thinking Ape's Recruiter, Jenny Fitzgerald and "Troublemaker" Sonia Ryan (yes, that's really her title).

And on this particular Thanksgiving Friday, pumpkin and apple pies were paired with Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale's for #beeroclock.