Murilo Maciel, freelancer designer and illustrator

Toronto - Canada

Who are you : 

I'm Murilo Maciel, a multi-disciplinary graphic designer & illustrator born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and based in Toronto, Canada. 


Your current job : 

I'm currently working as freelancer designer and illustrator until I start my next full-time position in July. 


In which city are you located? 

Toronto, Canada.


A word to define what kind of worker you are : 



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

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Cinema 4D, Octane, Suitcase Fusion, Gmail.


What does your office space look like? 

It's a very bright space that I try to keep organized. An organized desk is an organized mind but I won't lie that it can be pretty messy sometimes, especially when I'm under pressure.


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

It really depends on my mood. It can go from the very calm and melodic Message to Bears to the fast electronic beats of Stephan Bodzin. I love 50's. 60's and cheesy 80's as well.


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

It depends on my calendar. I usually plan the next day a night before if I'm really busy. Otherwise, I play by ear. 


What tips would you give to improve productivity? 

Make small breaks during the day. 10 minutes every 2 hours works for me. If you are under stress, do some breathing exercises. Try to switch off all the distractions when you start working again. 

Pay attention to your energy level as well. Leave the creative work for the time you are more productive and the bureaucratic tasks for when you are less focused.


You're better than your colleagues to : 

I can make a beach sound like a bitch and a sheet sound like nobody else. 


What is the best advice anyone has given you? 

To work in any creative field, don’t think you need to be born talented–it’s not about holding the best cards, but playing the ones you have well. Know yourself, work hard, and understand your weaknesses, but also what you’re good at.


What is your best tip for saving time? 

Spend some time creating mood boards. It helps you not only through out the whole development but it can also be used to communicate your creative direction to the client. It reduces the risk of rework and it can save you hours or even days sometimes.


What is your routine start and end of the day? 

 I try to start the day with a 10 minutes meditation, followed by a light breakfast.I also go to Behance in the morning to check some inspiring projects. I do another 10 mins meditation after I shower at night and listen to a Ted Talk or a podcast while I'm in bed. 


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

My Wacom Intous Pro. 

Representation : US / CA / UK

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