We’re back again with another peak into someone’s toolbox! This week, a personal favourite (because we’re the boss and we can have favourites if we want) of ours, Libby De Souza is back to share her wisdom. She’s currently living in Melbourne and when she’s not working, you can usually find her making cool stuff or snuggling up to a wild animal. Or atleast that’s what I’ve learnt from her instagram feed. So let’s get right to it!
What is your profession?
How did you get into it?
I started out loving drawing as a kid. When I was in my teens my mum suggested that Graphic Design would be a good real-world alternative for being a ‘draw-er’.
What motivates or inspires you?
I get a real kick out of seeing a project completed. At any one time I have about 10 side projects on my ‘To Do’ list so getting to tick one off is always super motivating. I’m inspired by my peers, nature, animals and pop culture.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’ve learnt more recently that when opportunities arise, you should always take on the challenge. So who knows where I will be given opportunities pop up! I hope I will have done some more travel, adopted a dog and continued to learn new skills. Life is more interesting when you’re constantly learning new things!
When you’re not doing work, what are your hobbies?
Running a craft club with my friend Kit, knitting, sewing, embroidery, life drawing and playing with Lego.
What’s in your Tool kit?
1. BMO Mug, for my morning cup of tea 2. Speaking of tea, Australian-made Madura Earl Grey is my favourite for my morning caffeine hit. 3. An Apple Mac with the Adobe Creative Cloud Suite 4. A bunch of paper bulldog-clipped together for sketches and notes, recycle people! 5. A wrist support for those intense pixel-pushing days. I’ve been using one for about 2 months and it’s made a huge difference to the strain on my wrist. It took some getting used to, but I love working with it now. Highly recommended! 6. Apple Reminders and iCal apps. I made the switch from a physical diary to having all my device apps linked about 18 months ago and it’s revolutionised my life. 7. A pantone book. I work on artwork and do quality checks on lots of kids products, so I’m always hogging the pantone book at my desk. 8. A set of Apple headphones, for when you’re in the zone! I have around 90 work mates, so the tunes avoid getting distracted or interrupted. 9. “If this then that” app. You can set up different ‘recipes’ so when you action something in one app, it will automatically do something for you in another app. My favourite recipe I’ve set up tells Instagram to post a photo to Twitter instead of the Instagram link. 10. Fjallraven tote pack. It’s big enough to carry my sketch book around with me everywhere and converts from a tote into a backpack so I can ride my bike to and from work. You can follow Libby on instagram or check out her portfolio!