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Office tale of Mthandazo Ndlovu, Art director at TBWA Zimbabwe

Office tale of Mthandazo Ndlovu, Art director at TBWA Zimbabwe

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you :
I am designer who specializes on logo development, branding and editorial design. From a young age, my life has always had an artistic influence. I absolutely love my job.

Your current job :
I am currently working as an Art director at TBWA Zimbabwe

In which city are you located?

A word to define what kind of worker you are:

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Adobe Creative Suite. I can’t imagine life without it

What does your office space look like?
TBWA is a small and vibrant boutique studio with large French doors. The interior has a red, black and white colour scheme

What kind of music do you listen to when you are working ?
I listen to different music genres when I am working but I fancy Electronic, Indie, Folk and Alternative Rock more than anything else.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
I try and work on projects one at a time because I get more work done.

What tips would you give to improve productivity?
Do not try to be superman by having more work on your plate than you can handle. Give yourself realistic deadlines and also avoid putting too much pressure on your self. Most importantly, take breaks frequently to avoid burnout.

What gives you an edge over other designers?
I don’t think I am better than anyone else because I believe that each designer has his or her own unique style and skill set.

What is the best advice anyone has ever given you ?
Learn as much as you can and share your knowledge with others, stay motivated and love what you do even when the chips are down.

What is your best tip for saving time ?
Avoid procrastinating. Also write down your tasks on a notepad just in case you forget.

Do you follow a daily routine ?
I begin my day by checking my emails, reading blogs and getting inspiration from other artists on the net as this helps me get through my projects throughout the day.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not do without ?
My Wacom tablet