Workflow with George Hatzis, Product Designer

In this edition of Workflow, we have product designer George Hatzis talking about his minimalist design approach and alternating his music.

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Describe what you do: I’m a product designer who helps turn a company’s vision into a product vision. From idea to launch, I tell a story that guides people through a simple, empathetic journey to solve their problem. I’m minimalistic and straight to the point in my designs, choosing principles over flair. I’ve had this approach in startups, agencies and freelancing, and it’s led me to contribute to some pretty amazing products.

I also have two side projects, Checklist Design and Visu.

Checklist Design is a website that outlines the best UI and UX practices for accessible, functional, production ready design. It’s been widely shared and used by designers with different experience and disciplines, which has been really nice to see.

Visu is my way of showing the world how much I appreciate movies and TV shows, through design. I create infographics based on specific data, like how many people John Wick has killed in his movie trilogy. It’s a love letter to entertainment, and a fun way to get my creativity flowing for other projects.

How do you like your coffee: Cappuccino with one sugar, and a blueberry friand on the side.

Device(s) you use: 2015 MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch, Samsung LU28E590D 28″ UHD Monitor, iPhone 11 Pro, Logitech MX Master 2S, AirPods and Audio Technica ATH-M50x headphones.

Describe your working style in one sentence: Collaborative and iterative, with a balance between the bigger picture and the details.

What does your workspace look like: My setup at home has gradually improved over the period of working remotely. In the office I only used my laptop, but at home I’ve added a monitor, a mouse and a wireless keyboard. They’ve all helped improve my posture and comfort which is great, and the next workspace addition is a leather desk mat that’s on its way in the mail.

On my desk (made by a woodworking friend) are some little items I’ve collected for a decorative touch, a cup of tea or water to my left, and whatever book I’m reading at the time. I also try to keep my phone off my desk, it’s my easiest distraction.

How does your workspace affect your creative process: The less on my desk, the better I can focus. Taking short, meaningful breaks is a big part of my process, and occasionally looking away from my screen to the window (I have a great view of the city!) really helps.

Do you have a favourite playlist for work: I alternate every day. I go between electronic, rap, house, folk, original scores and soundtracks. Today I’m listening to the Normal People soundtrack.

Who would you like to nominate for the next workflow interview: Jess Eddy.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.