The Setup - Klaudia Szlifinska

As part of an ongoing series where we ask industry professionals what they use to get the job done, we speak to Klaudia, Digital Designer at Marvellous.

Who are you, and what do you do?

My name is Klaudia and I'm a Digital Designer at Marvellous, a Leeds-based digital agency that helps independent businesses grow. Since we're a small team, I get to work on a lot of different things, from UX and UI design, through branding, to illustration and bits of motion graphics, so every day is different for me! I spend my evenings and weekends illustrating - my goal is to draw something everyday, even if it's just a quick sketch.

What hardware do you use?

At work I use a 27-inch iMac, small Wacom pen&touch tablet and a sketchbook. At home I have a 13-inch Macbook Pro and a Wacom Cintiq 13HD (probably the best investment I've ever made!) that also works as an external screen when I'm not drawing. My traditional work varies a lot, so the list of supplies is pretty long: pencils, markers, brush pens, fineliners, inks with dip pens, watercolours, gouache, and of course sketchbooks of all kinds and sizes.

And what software?

My software setup is pretty standard: Axure for wireframes, Sketch for web design, Illustrator for vector illustration and branding, Photoshop for non-vector illustration, and InVision for high-fidelity prototypes and presenting work. Every now and then I also get to use After Effects and InDesign.

What would be your dream setup?

I consider myself lucky to have all the tools that I need already, but one day I'd love to have a dedicated studio space. It doesn't have to be anything fancy - two desks, one for digital and one for traditional work, plenty of natural light, decent storage space to keep everything organised and a nice view to peoplewatch on slower days. A small barking or meowing companion would be great, too.

One item you can't live without?

Definitely my pocket notebook! I use one end to plan my days and stay organised, and the other end to sketch ideas for new illustrations. I'm a big advocate for carrying a small sketchbook with you at all times, because you never know when inspiration hits you!

Thanks Klaudia!

Klaudia Szlifinska on 26th May, 2017.

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