Workplaces are such intimate environments, there's room for just as much crap to go down between coworkers than there is in romantic relationships. And that's not even getting into the stuff we do to sabotage ourselves between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Two designers, Nate Burgos and Stephanie Di Biase, decided to try and inspire us to cut the crap and work more creatively with their new book, BROKEN: Navigating the Ups and Downs of the Circus Called Work.

Intrigued by the title, I emailed with Nate about the inspiration for Broken, and he explained, "I wanted to make a book to empower everyone to deal well, even better, with the challenges of work, and these are not new challenges. They are recurring ones, like ineffective communication, toxic work environments, the irritable actions of co-workers, and other barriers to getting things done." 

Because this book was written by two visually-driven people, I asked Nate to share some of his favorite Broken illustrations, by Lucy Engelman, along with the points they're meant to underscore. You can grab a copy of Broken for yourself here

Whether it’s working with colleagues or clients, good—really good—relationships take time. They also take more than one project to know where the relationship is heading.

One of the cardinal rules of working is to not make shit up. Always best to treat everyone like their BS meters are fine-tuned and on high alert.
If your workplace has a “billable” culture where number of hours equals the “value” you’re providing, there is pressure to work lots of hours. The inevitable outcome is burnout.

“Agile” is a software development term. If actually practiced, the agile process of working is responsive. If not actually practiced through and through, the agile process is a cow with cheetah pox.