Ola Niepsuj / I like to have the bigger picture
An interview with an illustrator Aleksandra Niepsuj about building the rhythm of the day, looking for mobilization and dreams.
In conversation: Bożena Kowalkowska
Photos: Dominik Cudny
I remember that a few years ago someone told me that you have an unusual organizational system, which you run on your wall. Would you tell me about it?
It is nothing innovative. I have a board on which I divide each project into individual activities – in lines, one after the other. No matter for whom I prepare the project and what its scale is, the work is always the same.
First, I prepare a brief, then a cost estimate, followed by the acceptance of conditions, preparation and signing the contract. Then comes the stage of sketches, corrections, finishing the project, finally issuing the invoice. However, my list does not end there: the last two lines concern a settlement, which must not be forgotten because, unfortunately, submitting the project does not always mean payment on the indicated date. The last stage is sharing the project on Instagram and archiving it. These are activities that are often disregarded, and in fact they are just as important as the project itself. I check off each completed stage.
Why this way and not otherwise? How did you come up with this?
I like to have a bigger picture and to know at what stage of work I currently am with each client and how many things I have to do at a particular moment. Such visualization allows me to quickly orientate myself and assess whether I need to hurry up or I can afford a relatively stress-free mode. One look is enough to know what my situation is. When there is a lot of work to do, I sometimes hire an assistant for help because although I am decent at dealing with contracts, accounting and broadly understood bureaucracy, etc., I do not have a great love for those tasks and I prefer to focus on drawing, inventing and designing. And such a board with a list of tasks allows for their efficient and quick delegation.