Buckley Williams is closing

Last week Dan and I announced that we’re closing Buckley Williams in September.

Two years ago we decided to set up a studio to see if joining forces could mean more creative control and the opportunity to work on more ambitious stuff than we did as individuals. And it worked — we took on projects that challenged us and taught us new skills.

The downside was that bigger projects require a longer period to line up and more management. Since we didn’t bring anyone else on board, that meant we had to take on those responsibilities. Ultimately, the balance of getting to do creative work versus all the other work that running the company requires was just not quite right to keep us happy. I learnt so much, and yet the skills I wanted to improve weren’t the ones I got to work on the most.

That’s not to say that running BW wasn’t fun — I had a great time, and working with Dan was fantastic. We did some really good work that we got to talk about publicly, and secretly worked on some really interesting speculative stuff that never saw the light of day. I’m very proud of everything we’ve done, and glad that we took that risk and tried something new.