Now and again, graphic design is always linked to computers, lower back pain, strict deadline, and vision problems. But not to Aji Mas Faruq. He’s keen on adventure, such as hiking and camping. Aji once said, “It’s tiring to see all those stuff.” What he meant, of course, are PowerPoint slides. Thus his life is all about the juxtaposition of design and outdoors.
For those who don’t recognize, Aji is a team leader at RRGraph. It’s been a year approximately for him sitting in that position. He initially doesn’t expect to be given a responsibility to watch over 15 designers. At first, he admitted that he was a bit unsure due to his age. However, RRGraph’s team put belief to Aji by uplifting his capability.
Why does he feel so much pressure?
Well, just take a look this team leader duty in a design agency:
09.00 ━ Sort the projects that must be finished today and share them with designers. Worksheet inbox consists of clients explaining how their presentation wants to be redesigned.
09.30 ━ Give briefs and guidelines to each designer related to the project being worked on. Afterwards, make coffee, prepare some biscuits, and create a playlist to bring good vibes.
11.00 ━ Occasionally check the designers work on the spot, to see whether their style follows the instructions or not. Wonder about etiquette for giving feedback. Is it OK to judge their work? Or?
14.00 ━ When it’s ready, the project is submitted to the quality control team. Meanwhile do random stroll, play with Wellie, comb the hair, and stretch some stiff muscles.
15.30 ━ Check the journals of each designer and recap their points to see if they reach the daily target or not. Think about hiking next holiday. Remember that some hikes are now closed because of pandemic.
On a regular day, those are Aji’s tasks in the office. Still, being a team leader certainly is not just so, Aji often finds designers who find troubles here and there. It mostly happens due to misunderstanding of some technical terms. Some designers are still less familiar with overlay, trim, kerning, spacing, etc. They probably have heard about those technical terms, and yet can’t implement them properly. To overcome such issues, as the experienced design leader Aji must have a patient to explain and act like a teacher.
In addition, being a team leader has made Aji to be more open on feedback. The client’s brief is indeed a priority, but it’s not a dogma after all, right? Aji considers the designers’ solution as a pill to optimize the end result of their client’s project. Then there, Aji provides a slight leeway for designers to spill their personal taste.
Back to 2018 when Aji was a junior designer, he had worked on project about Cannabis:
Aji said to be happy working in that project, because the client gave freedom to explore its visual presence. From this experience, Aji learned that freedom is one of the fundamental things that can make designers happy to work on something.
Speaking of which, Aji that previously had won some drawing competitions during kindergarten-elementary school competition, now turns out to be an outdoor activity savvy. Regarding that notion, he tells something about instincts, “Humans love freedom, that’s their basic instinct, hence the outdoors can be a lifestyle for some. Outdoor juxtaposes with design or any artistry work to lure a sense of escapism, to set us free in the midst of this monotonous, boring life.”
If you want to know more about Aji, look at his presentation template works below:
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Alamian is an outdoor presentation template. With this authentic digital asset, you can amazingly share wildlife adventures and promote your outdoor gears. This outdoor presentation template has 64 slides and compiled with a bunch outdoor gears image. Therefore, it’s very perfect as a pitch-deck for hiking, camping, kayaking, tour guide, and outdoor travel excursion sort of services.Tropical jungle, rocky mountain, perennial river? Alamian will bring you to any destination under the sun with its authentic slides. Seeing this work, hopefully now you understand what it means by the juxtaposition of design and outdoors.
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