Janis Andzans, freelance illustrator & graphic designer

Riga | Latvia
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Who are you : 

Wild soul 

Your current job : 

I’m a freelance illustrator & graphic designer

In which city are you located? 

Riga, Latvia

A word to define what kind of worker you are : 

Passionate, but sometimes lazy

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

Procreate for IPad. It is simply great for sketching and you don’t need to waste paper anymore. Photoshop and Illustrator are my main tools as well

What does your office space look like? 

It’s bright, minimal and full of plants. 

I share a workspace with a few other talented designers, so I always have a chance to ask advice or just have lunch together

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

Folk, rock & indie

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

In the mornings, I like to make a to-do list for the current day. It helps me to stay focused and busy. On Mondays, I schedule work for the whole week, so it’s easier to see an overall picture.

What tips would you give to improve productivity?

Just stop checking your social feed and turn off all the notifications

You're better than your colleagues to: 

Cooking outdoors

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What is the best advice anyone has given you?

Quiet down and listen to people. Sometimes it’s not easy, but I try to follow this advice, given by my grandmother

What is your best tip for saving time? 

Carefully listen to the needs of your clients and spend more time thinking, sketching and researching. You will save a lot of time in the long run.

What is your routine start and end of the day? 

Usually, my day starts with black coffee and a dog walk. Most of my days end with a climbing workout or a long walk in the woods with my wife & corgi

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

My rain jacket

Riga city guide x Janis Andzans

Café - Stars Coffee  | instagram.com/starscoffee.co

Great coffee and probably, the best avocado toasts are the universe

Restaurant - Terapija | instagram.com/auguterapija

Healthy plant-based restaurant. Delicious meals and relaxing atmosphere

Shopping - Galerija Riga |  instagram.com/galleriariga

You’ll find everything you need very fast without feeling anxious

Grocery - Rimi | instagram.com/mans.rimi

Fresh vegetables, a wide selection of wines & friendly staff