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Office tale of Eugénie de Loynes, product designer at Umbra

Office tale of Eugénie de Loynes, product designer at Umbra

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you :
Eugénie de Loynes

Your current job :
I am a product designer at Umbra, a Toronto-based housewares design company.

In which city are you located?
Toronto, ON

A word to define what kind of worker you are :
I am very passionate !

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Some paper and a pen first… then Solidworks, illustrator, Photoshop and Pinterest !

What does your office space look like?
Very light Space with a high ceiling with 12 designers around me.
At the beginning of the month It is really clean and organize and few days after It is really busy with drawings, mockup and samples all over the place !

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
It depends a lot of the mood of the day but if I want to get things done I listen classical music.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
Yes ! Every night I will write a list in order of priorities of the things that need to be done by the end of next day so when I arrive the next morning I know exactly where to start.

What tips would you give to improve productivity?
Do not start something if you know that you will not have enough time to finish it.
Creativity is like sleep : It is a long process to get back exactly where you were before.
Do not hesitate to switch with different projects when you feel that you inspiration is a bit down or if you blocked with something, the time you get back to the original project you mind will have found a solution !

You’re better than your colleagues:
Speaking French !! I was born and raised in France.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
If you don’t ask you will never know.
If you don’t try you will regret It every day.

What is your best tip for saving time ?
Planning a long time ahead.
Every moment is useful : I have 2 hours of commute every day so I draw, do my email or read a good book.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
After arriving at the office I grab a coffee, while looking at some trendy website. Then I take a look at my list.
Before I leave work I (try to) clean my table and write down my to do list to be ready for the next morning!

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
My Kobo, to read a good novel in the subway when I don’t feel like drawing.