When we talk about time management, he’s the most punctual of all.
-Larasita, RRGraph Marketing Strategist
-Larasita, RRGraph Marketing Strategist
Last year, we finished around 878 presentation order projects. Behind those projects, several designers work day and night for the best progress. Behind those designers, this one guy brings the belt as our favorite employee from the order team. Call him Egga. This food and animal lover is one of a kind, most notably with his speed and efficiency. Thus, it’s not by chance that he could claim 5 “Order of The Month” titles last year, as it was so easy for him.
You’re known for your ability in time management. How fast do you work? Do you have any particular routines?
The fastest record I can reckon by now, I’ve ever finished 35 presentation order slides in a day. That’s quite an accomplishment for a slacker like me. I work as usual. I start the day with breakfast, arrive in the office by 8 a.m., go home by 4 p.m., and occasionally play a football game on the computer. I loathe around or get some munchies with my girlfriend during the weekend. I am such a normie.
What does it like to be a designer?
My ears are still not familiar with that title—a designer. I’ve never imagined being one. That’s why I might say I neither am an idealist nor a perfectionist. And that is the hardest part of becoming a designer. I have to let the clients take control.
I wish I had known that working in this position is full of restrictions. I thought I was going to have such privilege to spill creativities. It turns out it doesn’t work that way. It’s such a scam when someone says being a designer means having freedom. They’re so guilty to say such a thing.
Not everyone can be in your position. How possibly you make this far?
I am a competitive person. I have a high ambition. Let me tell you the truth before I became an employee at RRGraph, and I had no idea about design whatsoever. So, it’s my debut. During the early months, some co-workers made fun of me. I was cool with it. Until, at some point, their crappiness has gotten so weary.
From that moment onwards, I started to push my limit. I worked overtime. I went to the office every Saturday, aimed to overlap another designer’s competency and skills. By then, the way they perceived me had become quite different. Thanks for the bullies.
And yet, I won’t stop. I keep struggling that now I have become the senior designer and won that yearly award.
Do you subjectively have any aesthetic ideals?
Not even a bit. Maybe the only idealism I have is: to put the client’s wants over everything. Perhaps it’s because I am not a designer, as I told you before. Speaking of which, how can I throw my preferences into my work? There’s a team leader who has given the guidelines. When talking about presentation order, I have no authority to take over.
What matters the most in presentation design service is lowering my ego. So, I’d call a practical design something that brings good for both parties, myself and my clients.
Would you mind to tell about your process of retrieving an order?
I create my shortcut, some maneuvers that the others barely consider. In other words, compared with the others, I barely craft my design from nil. I use the initial orders (Thankfully, they’re documented pretty well, so it’s handy to navigate) and crave inspiration from there. I won’t mind if somebody says my work is less original. Well, we need to distinguish between corporate and artistry jobs. The deadlines are tight, man.
Secondly, among other designers in the office, I find that they also rarely use keyboard codes such as Alt+F2, Alt+K, Alt+A, and forth. To me, that’s practically the best option for saving time. I don’t know whether my technique could work for the others. Perhaps everyone needs to be as lazy as I am so that they will manage to work efficiently.
What’s the most complex type of scope to design? Is there a particular presentation order you don’t like?
Among 295 projects that I’ve completed so far, I wouldn’t say I like something with lots or lacks content. Something related to accounting, marketing, and numbers. Their presentation is overwhelmed with tons of data, which possibly decreases their slides’ aesthetic. Sometimes it comes through finance-themed presentation order.
Picture this, and you’ll retrieve such order. You get to fiddle with 4×4 placeholders, monotonous fonts, and tedious infographics every day. I dare you. Luckily my team leader can understand this perk, so that he will transfer this kind of order to someone else.
How to deal with tight deadlines?
I do the order outside of regular working hours. Aside from the shortcut I’ve mentioned before, I guess by increasing my duration, and I can dodge those obstacles. If you don’t want to risk losing your clients’ orders, you need to risk losing your most intimate of time. Sacrificing when you shall have a rest isn’t as easy as I say. But after years of doing the same stuff, I suddenly got used to it. For me, now, the given task by the clients is more likely a mother calling their kids to dinner.
What’s your opinion about revision?
We all need to change our mindset in seeing revision. It’s not a burden but a way to satisfy the clients. We shall get driven by it, not run away from it because it makes us better at some points. Moreover, our salary depends on our productivity, right? I make it a motivation.
Another way to see revision is to kick hesitation and indecision out of your mind. I mean, you need to discuss your problems. Don’t try to be “Jack of All Trades.” Sometimes revision can come because we naturally are not suited to handle it. Also, don’t be shy to admit if you’ve worn out. Just tell to whom with authority, they’ll understand. It’s okay to step back before taking another leap.
What are your plans?
I am still too young for such things. I was born in 2000. I can’t make it clear at this time. It doesn’t necessarily mean that I am not confident. I am just not ready to say it. Yet, given this circumstance with these people, I am so grateful to do a designer job. Working with a computer is a tiny little dream that I have always wanted to do.
When I was 5, when I eagerly played on my dad’s PC, though I didn’t know what I was doing, I clicked the keyboards like a crazy scientist, undoubtedly fun. And that very moment always pops in my head when I get bored with routines to remind me how I begin.
How to stay motivated? Does everyone see you as a very positive person, any tips?
Hmmm. At its finest, I need to stay in the mood. And one of my favorite ways is through eating. Yeah. I love any food. I need something inside my mouth to get chewed and swallowed when I am in trouble. Afterward, I can come back and focus again.
It’s always a good feeling to satisfy my tummy, the center of my energy. To reassure it, I choose good food over good music. You have to try eating lots of food to boost your mood. It will work better than any top-charts Billboard music in your ears.
Hopefully, even just a slight, you can learn something from his story. To end this interview, WE SELECT EGGA’S BEST PRESENTATION ORDER IN 2019 :
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