Office tale of Levente Szabo, freelancer graphic designer and illustrator.

Budapest - Hungary
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Who are you:

I'm Levente Szabo, freelancer graphic designer and illustrator.

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Your current job:

I was always a freelancer, and currently I am working on the BAFTA TV campaign posters.

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(The TV and TV Craft Awards will be held in May)

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In which city are you located?

Budapest, Hungary.

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A word to define what kind of worker you are:

Reliable.

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

Photoshop, an Intuos tablet and a laptop.

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What does your office space look like? 

I work from home and my office is in the living room.

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

In the design/layout phase I can't listen to anything anymore. When the layout is approved and you "only" have to draw the hi-res illustration I usually listen to podcasts.

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

When I feel over crumbled I start the day with a coffee and a clean paper where write together all my tasks and then I plan my next 7-10 days. After that it is much quicker to clean up the list than I anticipate! Cleaning up your workstation can also help.

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What tips would you give to improve productivity?

Sometimes when you feel empty without a single idea (yes, it happens to everyone) give yourself a free afternoon or at least a long walk outside. 

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It's much better than a wasted day in front of a monitor and you'll be mentally refreshed the next time you start working.

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You're better than your colleagues to:

I don't think I am better. Just I failed more times.

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What is the best advice anyone has given you?

No one cares about a project's circumstances. Only the results.

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What is your best tip for saving time?

Do not worry about time, only about the quality.

I had to learn this the hard way.

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What is your routine start and end of the day?

I start the day around 08:30 with a coffee and by answering my mails (I'm doing this right now)

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The end of the day depends on the deadlines but I try to put down work around 6PM the latest and spend the rest of my day with my loved ones.

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

I have an old Intuos3 tablet that I love, it's been my companion for years. Other than that, my bike is the only thing I'd grab in a case of emergency.

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