Office tale of Martin Schmetzer, freelance designer and part of Rithuset.

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Who are you :

My name is Martin Schmetzer and I’m a 31 year old freelance designer specializing in hand drawn typography. My day­to­day consists of designing logotypes, packaging, custom typography and illustrations.


Your current job : 

freelance designer and part of Rithuset, Sweden’s most renowned illustration agency. I work beside experienced artists of varying styles which is very inspiring.


In which city are you located?

I’m born and based in Stockholm.


A word to define what kind of worker you are :



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

Paper, pencil and adobe Illustrator. As you will see in my project photos the sketch process is most valuable to me and I always starts with drawing pen and paper before  turning to the computer. The computer is a fantastic finalizing tool but I feel it also limits my shapes and composition if I don’t start first by hand where I can go the whole hog.


What does your office space look like?

Rithusets workplace is two old apartments made into one office. I like it a lot. high ceilings and a lot of windows.


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

We take turns choosing music at the office, When its my turn I often play 90’s hip-hop but its nice to mix different genres.


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

I often start the working day with answering emails before I start drawing. And when I have a lot to do I eat at the office to save time on going out for lunch.


What tips would you give to improve productivity ?

Not sure, but its rarely a good idea to postponing necessary work that you can do straight away. And while working in Illustrator try to be profound from the start to save time fine­tuning in the end when finalizing a design.


You're better than your colleagues to : 

Space facts


What is the best advice anyone has given you ?

Learn to value your own work.


What is your best tip for saving time ?

hmm, I actually think patience is the main ingredient in most of my work, not saving time. A lot of my designs have a quite high level of detail and diligence and I see no real shortcuts here, just patience and hours of work with the pen tool in Illustrator.


What is your routine start and end of the day ?

As soon as I get to the office I pour up a cup of coffee and wind up my manual wristwatch. And I like to end my day at home by taking a warm bath.