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Laila Goubran, UX/UI and Graphic Designer

Laila Goubran, UX/UI and Graphic Designer

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you:

I’m Laila Goubran, I’m a UI/UX & graphic designer. Originally from Egypt and currently living in Canada. I love design and I’m especially passionate about branding.

Your current job:

UI Designer at Software Company

In which city are you located?

Ottawa, Canada

A word to define what kind of worker you are:


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

a sketchbook above all but photoshop and illustrator for sure.

What does your office space look like?

organized clutter. Everything has its place in my own system.

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

anything repetitive with a strong rhythm and not with very rich lyrics, lyrics distract me, usually ends up being electronic music, but especially electro-jazz

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

lists, lists and more lists- breaking down tasks into smaller tasks and spreading them over several days within a plan helps me not get overwhelmed and actually get things done

What tips would you give to improve productivity?

start with what you’re excited about; there’s usually at least one thing about a task that seems more exciting or even just easier than others, I like to start with that to get me motivated and in the needed mindset

You’re better than your colleagues to:

wouldn’t claim to be better but I think I’m good at keeping track of all the required details for completing a project

What is the best advice anyone has given you?

“Fake it till you make it” – it actually works!

What is your best tip for saving time?

Planning ahead.

What is your routine start and end of the day?

my day starts with my coffee and catching up on what’s happening in the world, and ends with chilling with a nice read or a good tv show.

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

My brain-extension notebook – A small book that I carry around everywhere- lists, trip scrapbooking, random thoughts, no app has been able to replace it yet.