Day in the Life: Sam Dulac, Junior Interactive Designer
Jun 21, 2016
A major aspect of the work we do here at Centerline is the visual content we provide for our clients. It’s important to recognize the vitality of this element of our work because without it, the end product might not be as powerful or successful.
In an attempt to better understand what truly goes into creating the visuals we see in so many of our projects, Sam Dulac walked us through a typical day in his life as a junior interactive designer.
For Dulac, the work day starts earlier than most, arriving at the office at 7:30.
“It’s neat to come to the office when it’s quiet. It gives me a head start to the day. I take the first thirty minutes to eat breakfast, wake up a little bit, and take note of what needs to get done for the day – whether it’s new projects or already existing ones that need to be finished.”
He keeps record of all of his projects on a sidebar in his notebook, including how much time he has spent on each and prioritizing each project based on the respective time sensitivity. Staying on top of all the different projects is a crucial step in Dulac’s daily routine.
This particular job requires a lot of sitting in front of a computer and diving into each project.
Dulac relies on Adobe Illustrator to complete individual tasks, “whether it’s social tiles, interactive demos, or mocking up wireframes – Illustrator is the easiest. It allows for a lot more control of the different graphic elements that I put into the design, while simultaneously being sharper. It’s just easier to create shapes and really simple objects that can quickly transform into icons. The way it works just fits better with our branding, too.”
Finding a program that aligns with our clients messaging goals and our brand is a win-win for the creative department.
Because of the type of work Dulac does, he spends a lot of time focusing on one project, and takes little breaks to doodle in his notebook.
“It helps me to break up the the day, and shift gears a bit to keep my creative stream of consciousness flowing.”
If that doesn’t work, he takes a few minutes to get some air and get moving.
“I like to reserve fifteen minutes to get outside and walk around the block. Especially in the summer, getting a little bit of time in the sun to think about what I’ve done for the day and what I still need to do is great. Just thinking through everything whether it’s personally or professionally helps me clear my head from a different perspective.”
Even though his day-to-day tasks often have a lot of guidelines to abide by, he tries to take a little bit more of a creative license with his projects.
“I like to see how far I can push those elements of brand guidelines or make them a little different. A lot of times it works out, and then there’s one or two times it hasn’t, of course.”
Seems natural that our designers would try to be as creative and innovative as possible when it comes to the end product. If the creative juices aren’t flowing as smoothly as usual, however, Dulac watches creative tutorial videos or looks at blogs to learn how to apply new tactics to his work.
“I can use what I’ve learned recently to add to a project, just so my work evolves a little and you don’t see the same thing fifty times. Everybody has their own form of getting into their zen, and using that stream of consciousness to produce their stream of art, and that’s one of mine.”
At 5, Dulac’s day is over. He rests his creative mind for the night, but the great news is that he gets to do it all over again the next day. Being a junior interactive designer doesn’t sound half bad, does it?