Every year since 2014, our coders and creatives spend a week together in Villars in January. Like those before it, WDDC18 was run to an intensive format and schedule based on our learning framework, the Humanstate University. In five days of presentations, we covered topics ranging from the deeply technical to areas of overlap between front-end design and development.

But where there’s snow, local cuisine, wine, song and a sufficiency of Humanstaters in one place, all work and no play is never really an option, so of course we had fun too. On the Friday afternoon at the end of QR and WDDC, we visited the Solalex Refuge above Villars-Gryon for Raclette, snowmobile rides and general nuttiness.

Descending again by various means (including walking), we awoke the next day to bid most attendees goodbye – including, sadly, the developers. Those who stayed enjoyed a BBQ with our regular biweekly jazz evening in the ‘basement’ of Les Mazots du Clos, where our office is based – a fixture that already attracts some of Europe’s leading jazz musicians and has become a drawcard for our neighbours in Villars.