Office tale of Dora Balla, graphic designer & design researcher

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Who are you :

Hello, my name is Dora Balla and I’m a graphic designer & design researcher. I teach graphic design and graphic design history at Moholy-Nagy Univestity of Art and Design.

Your current job :

I’m working on an experimental book right now on the occasion of the centenary of Vilmos Huszar.

In which city are you located?

In Budapest, on Buda side.

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A word to define what kind of worker you are :

Let me choose two words: independent and perfectionist.

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)

First of all my imagination and creativity, then my camera, my phone and my computer.

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What does your office space look like?

Friendly, quiet and a little bit chaotic, full of books and little personal things.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?

I prefer to listen to instrumental and electronic music. Recently I’m into Federico Albanese.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?

I always work alone, so I’m responsible for my schedule. I hate to rush and I hardly remain calm under pressure so if it’s necessary I work day and night.

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What tips would you give to improve productivity ?

I guess understanding of the entire process of the design and accurate organization are the most important.

You're better than your colleagues to :

I think it would be better to ask them :) … maybe I’m better at making quick decisions.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?

I was told not to take things to hear but we are nothing without heart, aren’t we? :)

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What is your best tip for saving time ?

I would say giving unnecessary habits up, like watching telly for instance. Saving time for more important things, like enjoying spring.

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What is your routine start and end of the day ?

I always start my day with a cup of cappuccino full of ginger and I finish it by surfing on internet (on graphic design sites) and chatting with my friends.

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Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?

I always carry pepper spray on me – better safe than sorry – and my lovely dog is always by my side. Besides, I have my compact camera on me too.

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