Artavazd Baghdasaryan, UI/UX designer

Yerevan | Armenia
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Yerevan | Armenia
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Who are you: 

I’m a UI/UX designer who believes that at the core of every successful project lies a good idea. And it's always exciting to materialize the idea into a real product.

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Your current job: 

Currently, I’m leading an amazing team at Dasaran e-learning portal. Prototyping and developing tools to promote and deliver high-quality and equal-access education.

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In which city are you located? 

I’m from Yerevan, Armenia. People here are doomed to be resourceful, nimble and creative due to a hard life. Almost every person and the city itself is a source of inspiration for those designers who love to solve problems and are looking for new challenges.

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A word to define what kind of worker you are: 

I’m a perfectionist. For me, it’s very important to snap every detail on a modular grid, have identical UI patterns, keep consistency and a mathematically correct ratio.

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

I’m a huge fan of Adobe apps. For final mockups and photo editing, I use Photoshop most of the time. But for prototyping I use Sketch. Also, I use a lot of Google products and Dropbox. 

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What does your office space look like? 

It’s a 3-floor house with a small yard. An open space office with bright colors and modern design elements.

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

Usually, it’s a Post Rock and Progressive Metal... Mostly instrumental. Discovering some new bands or rare records is my passion.

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

I’m a Dad of two little kids. I’m working on a full-time job in a fast-growing company and playing bass in a rock band. And it’s pretty hard to organize my day. So instead of maximizing my work, I’m trying to increase my productivity.

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What tips would you give to improve productivity? 

Prioritize your tasks. Find your most productive work time and during that productivity peak focus on the most important tasks. Use your energy for creative work and problem-solving.

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You're better than your colleagues to: 

I find myself designing more with business goals in mind rather than aesthetics. 

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What is the best advice anyone has given you? 

Listen. Listening is not the same as hearing.

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What is your best tip for saving time?

Draw not your bow till your arrow is fixed. Spend more time on planning rather than visualizing. Otherwise, there is a big chance to spend a lot of time on changes or even redesigning the whole project.

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What is your routine start and end of the day? 

Short meeting and discussion on ongoing projects. Completing my priority tasks. Brainstorming on new tools and upcoming projects. Completing minor tasks and preparing for the next day. 

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

Tuner for my bass guitar :)

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