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Darko Nikolic, independent industrial designer and design consultant - Baron Mag

Darko Nikolic, independent industrial designer and design consultant

Shenzhen - China
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Who are you:

I am Darko Nikolic, I am industrial designer with extensive practical and educational experience from various creative fields. Beside that I am passionate about traveling, nature, water sports, and board sports

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Your current job:

Independent industrial designer and design consultant, currently freelancing for clients from Italy, Russia, and USA

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In which city are you located?

Shenzhen – amazing young city blooming with technology and innovation

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A word to define what kind of worker you are:

Devoted

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

Rhino 5 with T-Splines, KeyShot 5, SolidWorks, Adobe Photoshop CS6, Adobe Illustrator CS6,…

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What does your office space look like?

Here in Shenzhen, I am changing offices very often. The Maker Movement here in Shenzhen is very strong so most of the time I am sharing co-working space with others because I am collaborating on different projects. It should look really simple and minimalistic with a lot of daylight but If you are working with amazing people it really doesn’t matter as long as it is not crowded, messy or dirty.

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

It all depends on what kind of projects I am working on and my mood.

When I am working I like to listen to jazz, lounge, chill out mixes but sometimes I play electronic music, alternative rock and so on.

I have playlists on my computer but I often play playlists from online radios and YouTube.

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

Start early and do the hardest things first, take a nap after lunch and then get back to work to check what is done and then do some more work

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What tips would you give to improve productivity?

Analyze project carefully to the smallest detail, make a plan and do one thing at a time. For creativity it would be to stay curious and try something new wherever and whenever I can

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You're better than your colleagues to :

Thinking outside of the box

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What is the best advice anyone has given you?

Stand the test, do your best, enjoy the rest

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What is your best tip for saving time?

Good research and careful planning

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What is your routine start and end of the day?

Snooze alarm a few times, than roll off my bed, washing teeth, stretching, exercising and taking shower

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

I couldn’t survive life in big cities without headphones and cameras.

Headphones keeps me in my own world and cameras allow me to capture the best from this world. Beside my smartphone, I am using Sony RX100 Mk2 camera, GoPro Hero4 Silver and one prototype of 360 camera. My DSLR camera, so when I am wearing them I am quite confident that I can record and keep precious moments and inspiration in almost every situation.

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