I'm Susie Purvis, a UX designer and illustrator living in London. When I'm not designing I love to draw people, especially women of all different shapes, sizes and colours. I'm interested in diversity and equality and try to incorporate these themes into my work as much as possible.
Are you working from home, and if so, do you have any advice to stay focused?
I am! For me it's always about making a list (I know, so rock and roll). My day job is as a UX designer and we have a team call every morning where we fill each other in on what we're going to be working on that day. I use that as the framework for my to-do list and work my way through it. (It also helps that my colleagues know what I'm supposed to be doing and can hold me accountable.)
What have you been doing personally to stay positive in this current climate?
Getting outdoors whenever I can. Recently I've been going out for a little walk before work in the mornings, even if it's just 15 minutes listening to the radio or a podcast. I find it clears my head and really wakes me up and gets me ready for the day.
Also reading the news less! I used to read it religiously every morning and it only ever made me more anxious. At a time when the news is so bleak, breaking that habit has been really freeing.
Do you have any uplifting book/music/podcast/article recommendations that you can share with us?
A book I read this year and loved was 'Where the Crawdads Sing', it provides a great bit of escapism. It's a really beautiful story about living in nature woven with a murder mystery plot, so best of both worlds really.
In terms of podcasts, I listen to Desert Island Discs a lot. I've never been great at science or maths so (naturally) I love listening to famous physicists and scientists talk about their work. Poet John Cooper Clarke is another favourite of mine from the series, everything he says is so poetic and melodic, it's a great listen.