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Office tale of Matthew Houston, Illustrator

Office tale of Matthew Houston, Illustrator

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Your current job:

In which city are you located?
Columbus, Ohio

A word to define what kind of worker you are:

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..):
Mechanical pencils, paper, Micron pens, a scanner, Photoshop, tablet.

What does your office space look like?
It is a medium-sized room with a low-ceiling in my basement. It’s cluttered with papers and books and junk.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working?
An album called “Monastic Chant – 12th & 13th Century European Sacred Music”.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work?
I try to make daily and weekly to-do lists.

What tips would you give to improve productivity?
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed when I’m unorganized, but writing a simple list clarifies my mind and puts me at ease.

You’re better than your colleagues at:
Procrastination and experimentation, sometimes.

What is the best advice anyone has given you?
To stop waiting and try your best at everything. Take things seriously, and when it comes to illustration try to knock it out of the park every time.

What is your best tip for saving time?
Try not to obsessively check social media. It’s an alluring time waster best saved for after work is through.

What is your routine start and end of the day?
Wake up too early, eat two eggs and waste time on social media. At the end of the day I usually make the next days to-do list and turn off all the lights.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
I like to color digitally with a tablet, so I suppose I need that.