This started like maybe the weirdest post i’ve ever written. With just how important is the way that i work and have everything organised on my desktop. Making me think, how essential is the way each and every one of us designers work, the ritual and routine we have, in order to help us make it through so many different projects.
I’ve been receiving dozens of emails from you daily, and let me just start with how floored i am. Seems only yesterday when i realised how being a graphic designer is what makes me breathe. But not knowing where to start, took all the excitement away. Making it difficult to create.
Being a creative is so much harder than lot of people think. From the outside it seems like what we do is simply creating and doing pretty things all day long. That it comes easy and natural. Well it almost does. But in order to create and stay creative and inspired through your whole day and being a human, with feelings, and living a life, is something that keeps getting harder and harder. There are so many different parameters on how to achieve that. Starting with one, is being organised.
No matter how messy artists can become, keeping everything clean and tidy, leaves you room to create and room to breathe. This post is more of a “how i work things” rather than a how to post. Nobody can tell you how to work. It’s something that you’ll need to discover yourself in order to see what works for you best. But you do need to start from somewhere right? I went through sending wrong files to clients, to loosing folders and to the hell and back in order to become a little Monk where i have to have everything in place.
All your emails, inspired me to make a small series on the freelance life
on what makes my clock tick. From the way i organised my files, desktop, emails, calendar etc. A chance for new designers get an insight on things that don’t seem to matter at first glance and for older ones to exchange some tips and learn from each other.
Ok, i know it sounds so silly to start with this one but trust me. It’s the first thing you seen when you start working, and you keep having it in your face throughout the rest of the day. For me, it’s probably the number one in my list of organisation. It’s like an extension of my office. The same way i want to keep my office clean and tidy, i have to keep my desktop as well.
It may sound surprising for someone who designs graphic wallpapers all the time, but i’m really hard to please when it comes to choosing one. A 90% of the time, i choose an hd scenery of place i’d rather be. I’ve got lots and lots of them, but i keep switching between three all the time. White Sands sunset
, Scottish angry weather
(it makes me tear up seeing this), Icelandic ice
place that i have no idea where are from.
Don’t mind me, i do love clean and clear graphic wallpapers, and i tend to use mine, probably for a day. But my desktop feels like an open window, to show me place that will calm me down, the way someone would play forest sounds, or rain sounds. And whenever i put a graphic on, i feel like i close this window. Maybe it’s just me. Nature and extreme scenery is one of my biggest sources of inspiration.
stays clean with only one folder on it, Corina
. It’s a password protected folder where i keep all my files in. So i don’t accidentally delete it – trust me, been there done that. I’ll talk about it on the next week’s post and how i have my folders organised. Within the day, as i design for my clients and send them files, or save files, i have everything laid out on the desktop so i can easily send everything and temporary keep files for quick use. Once i stop working on a project i clean my desktop, and start the same process on a different one.
stays hidden, so duh everything is clean and i have more space to work without having it in my way. As with my phone, i tend to clean up my applications quite a lot. If i don’t use them for a month and are easy to find, they’re gone.
So i tend to keep everything clean and only what i need there. Mail, Safari, Todoist to sync with my iPhone when i write my ideas on the go, iTunes, torrents, and feedly. What i like about the the dock, is the part on the right. I got a shortcut to my book so i can write right away without searching for the file, the movie folder, download folder, and my little inspo folder.
The inspo folder has saved me from lots of mess around the desktop. Pinterest is good to collect inspiration, but when you find something that you’ll know you’ll soon use or will need to reference to, it will definitely get lost in Pinterest. So i got this little folder and store pictures in. By the end of each week, i go back and see if there’s something i don’t need and clean it up a bit. So everything stays tidy.
I would love to hear if you have any specific way you organise your computer and the way you work. It’s nice knowing about a thing or two from you guys!
next week organised life | pt. 2 organising folders