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Office tale of Dan Matutina, designer & illustrator

Office tale of Dan Matutina, designer & illustrator

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you :
Dan Matutina

Your current job :
Designer & Illustrator

In which city are you located?
Manila, Philippines

A word to define what kind of worker you are :
Hardworking but I goof around a lot.

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchpad, pencil, laptop (Macbook Pro) & tablet (Surface Pro).

What does your office space look like?
It’s clean with a lot of books and artworks

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
I listen to different types of music. I have a set of tracks I play when I’m working. It’s a mix of Toe, Sigur Ros, Explosions in the Sky, Lali Puna, Lockets, Daft Punk, Mumford & Sons and Of Monsters & Men just to name a few. I also listen to local bands.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
I just mostly use the Calendar app to organize my day and sync it to all my devices.

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
Take breaks when the going gets tough. 🙂 Drinking good coffee helps.

You’re better than your colleagues to :
Cleaning the studio. Hahaha. Seriously, I’m very much OC in keeping the studio organize and clean.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
Work hard and take risks.

What is your best tip for saving time ?
I usually list down things I need to do for the day and I try to follow it religiously. It works for me personally, but it requires a lot of discipline.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
I wake up early in the morning, usually between 6-7am. I then take a 10-minute walk going to the studio. Sometimes I drop by a local coffee shop to get a good cappuccino or latte. This is one of my favorite coffee places in Manila, and I’m so happy they opened a branch near my house. Once I get to the studio, I open my email and reply to various emails. This takes me an hour or so. I’m very productive in the morning because it’s very quiet in the studio. I take a lunch break at around 12 noon. Work again for an hour or two. In between work, I play video games, watch youtube videos, read blogs and news sites, or chat with friends. When I need to make sketches I go out of the studio and work in cafes. It works better for me this way.

I usually leave the studio around 6-7pm. After I dinner, I get another coffee and walk back home. I usually work on personal projects at home. I sleep at around 10-11pm.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
Headphones and Power Bank (for charging phones and tablets)