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Humans of MacKeeper: TimTim, Graphic Designer
Humans of MacKeeper is a series of interviews with our team. We talked to engineers, designers, product managers, analysts, marketers, and many others to take you backstage are MacKeeper. We believe that people are the heart of any business, and we want you to meet the heart of ours. Welcome behind-the-scenes!
Position: Graphic Designer
Random fact: TimTim has got friends on all the floors in the office (there are six of them). So on days when he lacks inspiration, he goes to talk to people working upstairs or downstairs. He says it helps him set himself up for work.
Tell us about your first day at MacKeeper. What was it like?
It was in August 2017.
On my first day, I knew where to go (I remembered it from my first visit to the office), but I had no idea what to do and what was going on around me. I didn't even know there were other floors with many people working on each. I knew that there was the fifth floor where my desk was and that was it.
The first person I met was Mex, a web designer. He looked a little brutal, even gloomy. He was tall, strong, with a bald head and dark beard. My first thought was "He must be very strict," but he turned out to be the kindest person in the office.
When I first met him, he had one child. Now he has two. Plus, he's been renovating his house for three years already. Despite all this, he remains a very kind person.
Mex introduced me to everyone and told me everything I had to know.
Did you hesitate before accepting the job offer?
I was a freelancer when I saw my friend's Facebook post about the open vacancy. "Why not try?" I asked myself and applied.
To be honest, by that time I had been fed up working on a freelance. It was time for me to get back to the office routine. I was looking for changes, so I sent my CV and accepted the offer. It was a good opportunity, and I seized it. Now I'm glad that I did. I really like it here.
Your nickname is TimTim. What does it mean for you?
Oh, it's a cool story. If people familiar with this story still worked here, they'd probably keep joking about it. Well, first and foremost, TimTim was rather a compromise from my first pick. I wanted to call myself HelloKitty, but one of my friends told me not to. [Thank you!]
So I ended up being TimTim, which is basically the first three letters of my surname, repeated twice. Plus, there is a comic character I really like, Tintin. He travels the world; his life is full of adventures. I associate my nickname with him, too.
Let's talk business. What team you are a part of? What role does your team play for MacKeeper?
What role? The most important one. I really mean it. I consider design the face of a product, it's an essential part. Design is the first thing users notice. If they don't like what they see, they won't stick with a product for long time, no matter how good it is. They'll go find a more appealing alternative. That's the reality we live in. So I am convinced design plays a big role these days.
What are your most and least favorite tasks?
Here at MacKeeper, designers are really can-do-it-all people. We do everything from banners to article covers to 3D visuals and website interface. Our team does it all.
My least favorite task is creating images for Facebook. Interestingly, my most favorite task is to find something interesting even when working on those Facebook images. It's all a matter of perspective; you can find something interesting even in tasks most people find boring.
I love creating something extraordinary, something out-of-the-box. The world of design is so fascinating, and any task is a chance to grow as a professional.
How did you end up working in design?
It all traces back to my childhood. All the margins of my notebooks at school were covered in childlike doodles and musings. Neither my teachers nor my parents could understand this. Little did they know this habit would later transform into a profession.
The most interesting part is that I didn't choose Design as my major. I picked a different department, but life got me back on the right path. The second year of studying at the university I realized that I couldn't see myself in any other field but design. So I bought myself an exercise book and started drawing in the margins, again—and not only there. It was such a relief.
What helps you keep up with industry trends?
Curiosity. Internet. A desire-to-grow.
I want to create something new, I don't want to repeat something I've done ten times before. I like searching for new approaches and solutions. When you act this way and the results leave you happy, that's how you grow.
Name three character traits or skills that are necessary for your job.
Diligence. A sense of purpose. Childlike imagination.
In design, you need to be a “kidult.” You've got to be someone who looks at a butterfly the way kids look at them for the first time, asking questions and wondering "What is this? How does it work? Why does it look like this?" If you never grow old enough to stop asking questions, you will always be able to see interesting in the ordinary.
If you could choose any superpower to help you with your job, what would it be?
It would help me to stop time, and see the past and the future. This way, I'd be able to predict assigned-today-but-to-be-done-by-yesterday tasks, stop time to have a chance to complete them at a comfortable pace, and deliver them on time.
Describe your job in 3 words.
Communication. Growth. Enjoyment.
Is there something about your job you feel proud of?
I wouldn't go as far as to say I'm proud, but I am most certainly happy to be surrounded by such ambitious and talented people. In many ways, they are so above average. They know what they want. They understand where they are going. And they want to influence the future and the present to make our world a better place. It makes me happy to see how mindful people around me are.
What is your personal anti-stress recipe?
I go to the gym three times a week. This is what helps me take the pressure off and use the excess energy in a positive way. Because, no matter how weird it sounds, when I skip workouts, I feel edgy, a little jumpy even. After a training, I feel more relaxed and focused.
If you could swap places with any employee in a company for one week, who would this be? Why?
I'd like to see the situation from the business owner’s perspective. I believe that, in most cases, employees do not understand some decisions or global changes, because they can only see so much. They know their part of the process only. That's why it would be interesting for me to spend a week being someone who sees it all and makes big decisions. I know it's a huge responsibility. I know I would need to be able to think 30 steps ahead. That's why I'd want to try it and see how much my worldview would change after that.
What job offer you would never decline?
For me, it would be an offer from a top-tier design company. There are a few companies I am a huge fan of—Wonderlust, ManvsMachine, and ILOVEDUST—they are the coolest in design; they are who I look up to. They inspire me to do my job the best I can. They are the real pioneers in the world of design.
Now imagine you've got a job offer of your dreams, the one from ILOVEDUST, let's say. It's too good to reject, so you're leaving. What piece of advice would you give the company and your team before you head out?
I'd wish that my colleagues would stay true to themselves and keep moving forward—no matter what. They all are cool, talented people who know what they want.