What type of creator are you? One who prefers to get the work done in a timely fashion and meet a deadline, or one who prefers creating and handing in the perfect work, even if it means being a little late?
Today, we want you to meet Justyna Tarkowska. She is a graphic designer and our creator of the week. Finishing projects on time is super important to her. That is something we all can learn from her. Why? Because she manages to balance her workload while sparing time for her little child. So let’s get to know her approach through our five creator questions this week:
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Justyna Tarkowska, I am a graphic designer based in Wrocław, Poland. During the decade of my work, I have specialized in designing book covers, posters, and logos.
I cooperate with numerous publishing houses. Recently I started to write and illustrate books for children and I just published my first fully original book titled “What does Jan eat?”.
I am also a happy mum of a two-year-old Jan.
How did you get started?
I always knew I wanted to create things but also struggled to find my own path. I tried different disciplines – first studied construction, interior design, and finally landscape architecture.
These experiences helped me understand what the creative process is, but the most valuable lesson was to discover that I liked the graphic side of design the most. Then I just started to do it.
What sets you apart?
I think my approach. I really do my research and try to fully understand the problem before finding a solution. Whenever possible, I read the whole book before creating its cover and I look for inspiration there.
Perhaps this is what results in accurate and non-obvious graphics. Most of the time, my designs – not just the book ones – contain some kind of visual pun or puzzle. I try to intrigue, but also leave room for interpretation.
Besides, I always meet deadlines.
What obstacles did you have to overcome?
Working as a freelancer I deal with typical freelancers’ stuff – uncertain income, taxes, and procrastination 🙂
As a young mum, I am also in constant lack of time.
Do you have any tips for other creators?
Don’t work on a project endlessly. Really it’s better done than perfect.
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