These online design sessions have taken on greater significance during the pandemic, especially when communicating with those overseas. Gilles said many more international design reviews will be handled virtually in the future.
"I've been actually having a lot of reviews with my mates in Asia and also Italy using these tools, so that's something we didn't really do before because we didn't have to. I would literally just fly there," Gilles said.
"But now we're doing it more and more, so much so that we're going to actually continue doing reviews that way from here on out. Not all of them, but a good portion of them can be done virtually now."
Gilles said designers could begin trickling back into the office this month or in early July. Then, Gilles said, they can start "machining these properties out that we've been working on."
While working from home, Gilles has noticed he can take in designs more completely.
Normally, designers would post sketches on a huge wall. Maybe he'd notice a particular sketch, or maybe he wouldn't.
"But now that I look at every single one because I have to go through every file, every theme fills up my screen," Gilles said, "so the scrutiny level is much higher."
Gilles' schedule is loaded with virtual meetings from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The bar area in his basement serves as his headquarters.
With such a tight schedule, he'll black out his screen and have lunch during some meetings. Sometimes, Gilles will break up the day by running an errand, heading to a 7-Eleven or taking a walk with his dogs. He joked that his dogs have been walked so much recently that they run from the leash.