A quick word with ... Laura Cibilich from Designstein

Introducing Laura Cibilich, design director at Designstein, an independent design studio, based in Auckland.

Introducing Laura Cibilich, design director at Designstein, an independent design studio, based in Auckland.

My first job was… behind the counter at McDonald's (aged 15), which taught me skills I still use in my business today.

And now the title on my business card is… Design Director of Designstein.

Which really means… A graphic designer that does much more than just design.

My day starts with… Looking out the window at the sky, a breakfast of porridge or muesli and reading emails.

And ends with… Going for a swim, watching TV on demand and sending emails.

And in between, I … Send more emails, talk, tweet and meet with clients and suppliers, think up ideas, create designs, attend events, and everything else involved in running a creative business.

My first artistic memory is… Having fun playing with playdough at kindy.

If I wasn't doing this, I'd ... Be a marine biologist; I love the ocean and sea creatures (but was never any good at chemistry).

I'm inspired by… Anything and everything! I truly believe you can find inspiration anywhere. Getting away from behind my desk helps though.

I can't live without… My Mac, a pen and paper, water, chocolate and my hubby!

True 'style' is… Effortless, not trying too hard and having your own voice. With my work I prefer not to have one set style; I’d rather create each design specifically for my clients' needs and to answer the brief. Having said that, I do generally use a lot of black and white, and flat vector-based designs.

My work in three words is… Well designed creative.

Laura Cibilich is the design director of Designstein.