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Office tale of Justin Lortie, designer

Office tale of Justin Lortie, designer

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you :
Justin Lortie, 27 years old. I started my studies in fine arts in college and I quickly became interested in graphic design, so I applied to the bachelor’s degree in design at UQAM. I then worked at Sid Lee and as a freelancer and several agencies in Montreal. My projects started with publishing / print, branding and now shifting toward web, Ui and Ux.

Your current job :

In which city are you located?

A word to define what kind of worker you are :

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Sketch. Adobe suite. Macbook, papers and pencils.

What does your office space look like?
I share a space with a studio named Polygraph. It’s a bright space with a beautiful view of the Mile End neighbourhood. My desk tends to be a lot messier than in the photograph, littered with coffee cups and papers!

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
It depends of the season. These days I listen to some of Reverberation Radio’s playlists, it’s perfect in the summer. Otherwise, I’ve been getting into more electronic music and mixes on Soundcloud.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
I start by defining what is important, and that’s not just urgent tasks. I use Omnifocus to organize my work, otherwise I always have a daily to-do list on a piece of paper…

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
Organize, plan and perform on task at a time (which is easier said than done…). Try not to procrastinate.

You’re better than your colleagues to :
My cortados are excellent.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
Trust and follow your instincts.

What is your best tip for saving time ?
Know your keyboard shortcuts! You need to acquire these techniques and to become quicker at using them. Control and know your tools, so they don’t become a hindrance to productivity.

Jump quickly and head first into the project; don’t waste time thinking if it’s doable or not (although some projets may require more than 10 minutes of reflexion). I think a chaotic start is better than a late attempt to do something perfect.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
Coffee / checking e-mails
E-mails / relaxing and reading

Aside from your computer or phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
My camping gear, I try to enjoy the outdoors as often as possible!

Photos: Christopher Honeywell