Inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, Maestro is helping to provide a glimpse into the work styles of our team, as well as a few of our friends and partners. Would you like to answer these questions or is there someone you would like to see featured here? Let us know!
Location: Kalamazoo, MI.
Current Gig: User Interface Designer, Maestro
Current mobile device: iPhone 5. Black.
Current computer(s): 2 Macbook Pros. 20 some inch iMac (Edit: RIP). 27 inch Apple display.
One word that best describes how you work: Structure
What apps/software/tools can't you live without?
- Twitter to interact with people. Sometimes Tweetdeck.
- Wunderlist to organize things.
- Adobe Creative Suite to make things.
- The NEW Basecamp and Skype to collaborate and track projects.
- Spotify to listen to music.
- Sparrow for email.
What's your workspace like? My workspace is minimal and organized. I don’t keep many things on my desk because I just can’t deal with the clutter. I swear some people around here are like straight out of an episode of Hoarders, it gives me anxiety. I also really enjoy having a huge screen. Call me spoiled, but it’s so much easier to design when you can see what you’re designing.
I guess this is reflective of my life in general. I don’t like to have a lot of things, I prefer having a few things that work really well.
What's your best time-saving trick? Do things more. You will get faster and more efficient every time. Optimize your computer setup for yourself…
I use hotcorners (where you move your mouse to the corner of your screen to do some sort of action) a lot. I have it set so that bottom left opens up all windows, and bottom right shows my desktop where I can access all of my current files.
I also use the thing where you can swipe between desktops, so I group apps on each desktop that are similar and that I use together. When I turn on my computer, all of the apps open at startup in the same spot.
Close out all Microsoft products whenever possible (word, excel, powerpoint) because those apps will lag your computer to death.
What's your favorite to-do list manager? Wunderlist. I use it for a to-do / remember things combination.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without? Is a backpack considered a gadget? I like my backpack because I can put all of my things in it. The part where my computer goes is nice and cuddly so my computer stays happy.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Asking questions. I have to understand why things happen the way they happen and what the limitations are. It helps me come up with better solutions and evolve ideas. People probably think I’m really stupid when I ask like 10 questions in a row…oh well.
“Successful people ask better questions, and as a result they get better answers” – Tony Robbins
I’m also better at dreaming big.
What do you listen to while you work? I listen to spotify. I listen to just about every genre, I tend to like current and new music more than the oldies. I get bored with music easily and like to hear new stuff.
I also listen to a lot of design podcasts such as The Industry, Happy Monday, Founders Talk, The Gently Mad, etc. Sometimes I pretend I’m listening to music and just listen to conversations around me with my headphones in.
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? I think I’m an ambivert according to the definition on Wikipedia.
What's your sleep routine like? I usually go to bed around midnight and wake up after 7 on weekdays. Sometimes I take a nap after work. On the weekends I sleep in until I’m not tired.
Fill in the blank: I'd love to see _______ answer these same questions. "how people" …in, like, 5 years.
What's the best advice you've ever received? The grass aint greener on the other side, it’s green where you water it.