Miriam Gullbring 🇸🇪
Tell us a bit about yourself and where you are from.
I’m Miri, originally from the south of Sweden. I’m a creative aspiring to combine design, writing and music into one big eclectic mess. I studied music in high school and Digital Media at Hyper Island in Stockholm and have been working in the digital design industry in Stockholm, New York and London since.
Where do you live now and what do you do for a living?
I’m currently based in London, doing a little bit of a mix for work — graphic design, illustration and journalism. I really enjoy having this balance of various creative jobs as no week is like the other.
How do you explain to the grandma’s and grandpa’s out there what it is you do?
In graphic design I mostly work with branding, which is basically creating visual universes for brands to live in. This includes everything from colors and typography to websites and packaging design. Both digital and print design is a part of my everyday. I also do video visuals and motion graphics for musicians live shows. And then I write articles about sex, dating and politics for various pop culture magazines.
How long have you been working remotely? When and why did you decide to make the jump?
Last spring I was working in New York and had been full time for about two years at a creative agency when my US visa expired. I escaped to Mexico but kept freelancing for another studio based in New York. Now I work mostly remotely to Sweden, New York and London companies and occasionally in office.
What are some great places to work from in London? What makes them great?
My bed is absolutely amazing. It’s the perfect balance of soft and firm and doesn’t mind me singing along loudly to the radio. There’s also a bunch of great cafés to work from in London. Opposite my street by Victoria Park is The Peanut Vendor, they have great strong coffee and a solid wifi connection. Ace Hotel in Shoreditch has a good work spot with plenty of electrical outlets and great lunch spots around.
Walk us through a typical work day in your life.
I wake up around 7. If I have no appointments I go out in the park to look at the fog and let the cold air wake me up. I meditate and then I make oatmeal and coffee. I go through the day’s tasks and plan my day — using Reminders a lot to stay on top of things. I try to send all emails in the morning as I’m pretty much creatively useless that early in the day. My workspace is usually the desk in my room or a cafe, and occasionally even an office. Everyday is different. Whether it’s a client task or a personal project, I often get lost in “the zone” late at night and don’t stop until the early hours. I don’t mind this at all, it’s usually when magic happens, but I aim for somewhat of a routine.
How do you collaborate and communicate with your team/clients?
Emails and phone calls and whatever works for my clients. If someone else is on my team and we’re in the same city, I try to meet up in person with them as much as possible.
What’s your best productivity trick? What’s in your headphones when you need to get things done?
I keep my phone on “do not disturb” and all distractions turned off. I listen to good podcasts and long mixes on Soundcloud like Soulection Radio and Boiler Room. Something that works when I feel stuck is to just finish, even if I’m not happy with the result. Then it’s easier to see how to improve or restart the project.
What would you say is the best part of working remotely? And what are the biggest challenges?
One of the most valuable aspects of freelancing is the freedom. My routine is on my own terms and nothing ever seems repetitive or boring. It’s more responsibility, as I plan my own time, which has been a great opportunity to develop time management skills. The biggest challenge is probably that it can get lonely. I was recently very busy with a couple of projects and was so caught up in my own work zone I didn’t realise I hadn’t seen another living soul for about a week. Another challenge can be working with companies in a difference time zone, however I’m quite flexible with time and don’t really mind it.
If you could go back in time 5 years and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
Don’t be a pussy. Have fun!
This or that
Coffee or tea?
Snowboarding or Surfing?
Book or Movie?
Burger or Taco?
Taco por favor
Pyjamas or Suit?
Uhmmmmm…. It’s January so I’m gonna say PJs.
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