Office tale of Maria & Raquel, designers at Estufa and founders of À Capucha! - Baron Mag

Office tale of Maria & Raquel, designers at Estufa and founders of À Capucha!

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Who are you :
We are Estufa, a design consultancy founded by Cecilia, Maria & Raquel.

Your current job :
Designers at Estufa and founders of À Capucha! a Portuguese brand bringing together design & craftsmanship.

In which city are you located?
Porto, Portugal

A word to define what kind of worker you are :
Two: Rigorous and optimistic!

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..):
Books, iPhone, Wacom Tablet, Moleskine sketchbooks and Bic pens.

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What does your office space look like?
In the process of being organised... eventually... for a couple of days.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
Bossa Nova, a little samba, indie rock,...

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
A list of tasks in order of importance.

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
Having an organised day/week plan so you don't miss anything while at the same time you tick the tasks you've already completed so they can get out of your way. Basically don't start a new mission without finishing the last one!

You're better than your colleagues to :
We have a strong sense of team work, meaning we feel we can only accomplish a good work if we share doubts, decisions, processes, etc. The result is a process of critiques, feedbacks and iterations only possible because we do it as a team. Cecilia is good at UX design and illustration, Maria is a design soul and Raquel is the project manager who keeps the studio running smoothly.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
Surround yourself with people who you admire.

What is your best tip for saving time ?
Don't use messenger, chats, texting,... just go with a long organized email or make a phone call, it's always better!

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
Food. You need to star with a proper breakfast, we usually have a second breakfast when we get to the office. And finish the day with a nice dinner and a glass of wine, with friends if possible.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
Wacom tablet. :)

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