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Darko Nikolic, independent industrial designer and design consultant

Darko Nikolic, independent industrial designer and design consultant

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

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

Your current job:

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

In which city are you located?

Shenzhen – amazing young city blooming with technology and innovation

A word to define what kind of worker you are:


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

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

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.

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.

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

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

You’re better than your colleagues to :

Thinking outside of the box

What is the best advice anyone has given you?

Stand the test, do your best, enjoy the rest

What is your best tip for saving time?

Good research and careful planning

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

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.