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Working Habits

As a graphic design student, I often take short breaks while working on an assignment. I find that this really helps my work process because it refreshes my mind and helps me concentrate on the actual assignment better. I also like to listen to music while I’m designing because that also helps me tune everything out and focus on my work while spurring creativity.

I recently read an article about Susan Kare, the graphic designer who designed the icons and fonts for the first Mac computer, where she talks about her work environment and work habits. She likes to set up a comfortable work environment that also helps spur her creativity. Her office is decorated with a big mix of things, like paintings, books, and other personal items that make it feel like a work friendly environment. Kare also has some favorite stations that she listens to while working to help her concentrate.

I think taking breaks and  having a comfortable, relaxing work environment is essential to the design process. How about you? How do you work while you design or create art?

Here is the article:

One Comment

  1. Alice wrote:

    I like to listen to music too – and that is a signal to my family that I am designing so please let me be! I use Pinterest to store ads, mag spreads or anything else that catches my eye. I find Pinterest to be a good source of inspiration too. I appreciated Kare’s comment she got from Paul Rand that there is no one “correct” solution to a design problem. I’ll have to remember that one!

    Friday, November 7, 2014 at 9:24 am | Permalink