We’re so happy we’ve got a chance to ask Tomas Laurinavicius some questions about his professional life! Tomas is a lifestyle entrepreneur and blogger from Lithuania. He writes about habits, lifestyle design and entrepreneurship. Right now, he’s traveling the world with a mission to empower 1 million people to change their lifestyle for good. Let’s dive right into the interview!
1. Could you tell us briefly about your background? How did you get started in design and for how long have you been doing it?
I started learning web design back in 2007. I followed tutorials and participated in online forums. Other than that, copying the work I liked allowed me to learn faster and develop the sense for design. I’ve been actively designing until 2016. Right now, I don’t take up any clients and only design for myself.
2. How do you keep your ideas fresh?
Following industry leaders on Twitter, subscribing to their blogs and reading highly curated feeds on Pocket, Refind and Flipboard.
3. What type of project do you enjoy working on the most?
I enjoy working on projects that are solving real problems instead of just making things easier. Sometimes big problems require simple solutions and many designers don’t want to admit that because they want to show off their skills and please their ego. I’ve been that designer but I’m working on silencing my ego.
4. What are the biggest inspirations for your career?
Books and conversations with people. I read a lot of books. History, psychology, business, health, design, writing and much more. It allows me to connect the dots, avoid biases and expand my worldview. Talking with people I get to understand people’s problems and “feel” their pain that can be solved through design.
5. What are the trends that you think will continue to influence web-design?
Personalization, AI and storytelling. Web design industry has come a long way but there is so much more we can do to create truly unique and intelligent experiences helping people with their work and personal lives.
6. Could you recommend two or more resources for designers that are reading our blog? (books, blogs, websites)
My biggest lesson: have a strong vision to understand where you are going and why. Make it clear to articulate and inspire people to do it for themselves.
A practical guide for building habit forming products. Nir talks about psychology, behavior patterns and rewards that drive people to use particular products. The Hook model is very actionable and can give you a big advantage in your industry.
Amazing content on creating products people love to use. You’ll find inspiration, concepts and methods to improve your work.
7. What’s the best advice you have heard lately?
Focus on one thing at a time. You can apply it everywhere. Whether you’re learning, developing a product or solving a problem. Do one thing at a time and use all you got to reach your goal faster.
8. How would you describe yourself as a creative?
I’m constantly evolving and keeping an open mind. It’s easy to become overconfident and start ignoring feedback. The more I learn the more I understand that I don’t understand anything. Every book I read, every person I meet, every problem I face has something to teach me if I am willing to accept the lesson. Other than that, I follow one rule. It’s my job to figure it out. Do more research, ask for help, talk to people and find a solution.
9. Which advice would you give to someone that wants to work in a creative field?
Take care of your body first. So many people I know neglect their health and pull all-nighters, eat junk food and move very little. It may not seem like a big deal for some time but you will be paying for it later with lack of focus, fatigue and burn out. Once you take care of your body and adopt healthy habits, learn about yourself. Do the personality test
to find out your strengths and weaknesses. Observe what motivates and drains you in order make changes in your work and life.
We enjoyed finding out more about Tomas
and we’re sure you did too! Keep an eye on our blog to see who’ll be the next creative interviewed!