Who are you :
I´m Oscar Bastidas. AKA mor8. Graphic designer with 12 years of experience
Your current job :
After many years as an Art Director at a Venezuelan Advertising Agency, I currently started my career as a freelancer with special focus on branding.
In which city are you located?
A word to define what kind of worker you are:
Late night worker.
What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Since a few years ago, Behance has been a really productive platform for my career, through which I´ve got several projects in different parts of the world and I have been invited to participate on some design books.
What does your office space look like?
Besides nerdy toys and some friends works, most of the time there´s an ice-cold beer standing on my desk after 8pm.
What kind of music do you listen when you are working?
When I´m very focused: James Blake, Onra, Alt-J, Sesped, Beach House, The National, Arcade Fire. When I´m under pressure: Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean, Breakbot, Kanye West, Thundercat, Action Bronson. On Fridays I can listen from UB40 through Hector Lavoe.
Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work?
I always try to leave my most important projects for late night hours. It´s pretty much the only time with almost no distractions or interruptions.
What tips would you give to improve productivity?
When I work on large and complicated projects, I usually let them sit for at least one night. On the next day, I surely have a more comprehensive and cooler perspective. .
You’re better than your colleagues to :
Singing detuned a capella songs.
What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
As annoying or complicated any Project may seem, always try to put all your talent and creativity on it. Do not fall into standards, because the best ideas not always come from the most appealing projects.
What is your best tip for saving time?
Replace Facebook for Pinterest and Behance. People waste too much time on gossip platforms.
What is your routine start and end of the day?
As soon as I wake up, I read my Timeline on Twitter, I take a shower and then drive to my office, where I get myself a cup of coffee as I read my e-mails. That´s really when my creative process starts: behind my sketchbook or in front of my computer.
At the end of the day, I check the traffic before I get ready to go home.
Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without ?
My camera, pencils and black markers.