Your current job:
Graphic Designer at Community
In which city are you located?
A word to define what kind of worker you are:
Laser focused and a bit obsessive. When I get in the zone, I get super intense, I drown out ambient noise, and sometimes, I forget to eat.
What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
A powerful iMac and the latest version of Creative Cloud are essential.
What kind of music do you listen when you are working?
A bit of everything, but mostly Motown and 90’s Hip Hop & R&B.
What tips would you give to improve productivity?
Focus on one thing at a time and do regular check-ins once you start. I find multitasking kills your focus and momentum so I try to avoid it. Also, I try to track my progress every 30 minutes to ensure I’m not getting stuck on or playing around with something for far too long.
You're better than your colleagues to:
I’m a big fan of culinary books and cook a lot in my spare time, so I’m fairly confident I can out cook my peers.
What is the best advice anyone has given you?
One of my professors kept drilling into my head that as a graphic designer, my job is to communicate, not decorate. This really resonated with me, so I’ve subscribed to the “less is more” philosophy ever since. If an embellishment adds no value to your design, best to eliminate it.
What is your best tip for saving time?
I try to customize my workspace so I know where all my go-to tools are at all times. Also, keyboard shortcuts make a difference when you’re trying to get a lot done in a short amount of time.
What is your routine start and end of the day?
I hate to admit it, but Instagram.
Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
My TV. I love to decompress after a long day of work by watching shows and documentaries, so a TV is a must-have.