Office tale of Maria Gustavsson, owner of Swedish Ninja studio

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Who are you :
Maria Gustavsson

Your current job :
My own Studio, Swedish Ninja

In which city are you located?
Malmoe, Sweden

A word to define what kind of worker you are :

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
My 3D programs, the app; my measure, camera, paper & pen and my toolbox.

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What does your office space look like?
I do share space (an old apartment) with four other creators; a set designer, photographer, jewelry designer & a stylist. A creative mess, things and people everywhere! This office do have pulse and there is always new things going on and people visiting, I love it.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
For the moment it is a Tom Odell, Kleerup, First Aid Kit, Joshua Radin

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
I do start my work week making a list of what needs to be done and a plan for in which order it will happen.

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
Actually it is to do some planning. Planning gives you more time to focus. Without a plan it is easy to get stressed and lose focus. Also it is important to leave the computer and find inspiration which I usually do by biking in town, galleries, flea markets or walking in the park.

You're better than your colleagues to :
Not to take myself to serious. I often get the feeling that designers believe they are a bit more important than everyone else in the development process. This kind of thinking destroys a lot for us in the industry.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
My parents advice, follow your heart! I remember asking them for directions which road to follow study wise. Their answer was; only you now, you have to find that road yourself.

What is your best tip for saving time ?

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
Drinking my coffee while looking at Instagram and then do the emails. By the end of the day I´m always surprised that it is time to go home and I freak out the last 15 minutes, run around and try to be everywhere.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
My bag, it is filled with nothing and everything and my Bike.