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Natalya Balnova, designer, illustrator and printmaker

Natalya Balnova, designer, illustrator and printmaker

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you :
Natalya Balnova

Your current job:

Designer, illustrator, printmaker

In which city are you located?

New York, USA

A word to define what kind of worker you are:


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

Brushes, nibs, ink, computer, printmaking materials

What does your office space look like?

White walls, white table, white shelves with prints, boxes with postcards and zines, books and magazines,

a lot of plants, postcards from friends, photos, little toy creatures.

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

Mostly silence or indie rock.

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

Wake up early, take a walk outside, and get some tea or coffee with pastries for a good mood.

Try not to browse random information on the web when I get back to the studio.

What tips would you give to improve productivity? 
Wake up early and try not to browse random information on the web:)

Prioritize which project has to go first. Do projects that require more imagination and thinking

when you mind is more active, leave the mechanical aspects and refinement for later on.

You’re better than your colleagues to:

What is the best advice anyone has given you?

Don’t give up.

What is your best tip for saving time?

Be focused on what you are doing.

What is your routine start and end of the day?

I have no system. It all depends on the day, projects, events, circumstances and my mood.

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


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