Inpsyde Designer Alina Bogner has been working with us since August, 2018. In this blog post, we want to introduce her, as you will never get the chance to meet her in an office. The reason for that is simple: we are a completely remote workforce. It means all Inpsyders work from home, or wherever they like being most. By the way: In our blog category inside Inpsyde you can get more information about other Inpsyders and remote work in general.

This is Inpsyde Designer Alina

Alina is 27 years old and lives in Wiesbaden, Germany.

Inpsyde Designer Alina likes dogs.

“I have always been the creative one, my mother is creative, as is my aunt. So I guess I was born with it. Back then in school, painting and drawing have always been the things I liked the most. Finally, I made a practical training with my aunt – she’s a cartographer. So actually, I already knew quite early that I wanted to do something artistic after school. However, what I didn’t know is that it would be something digital with Photoshop and all these programs. But I’m very happy with it. I really like illustrating. But a balanced relation between very creative and simple tasks is extremely important. When I’m not on my computer, I like working with my hands. You know, I really enjoy creating things physically! For example, I designed and made a lot of my flat’s furniture myself. As I knew that I’m more the practical type of person (and because I wanted to earn some money), I decided to make a vocational training instead of going to university.

Long ago, when I was a child, I did gymnastics, was in a children circus and learned both riding unicycle and juggling, but then I stopped doing sports for a while. Around one and a half years ago, I started doing intense weight training. I went to the fitness centre up to six times a week. I always felt very well, simply fit. It was great to see the body change. Unfortunately, my recent job didn’t allow me the time to do that much sport. But now, with my new job at Inpsyde, I would like to return to sport again, and I want to go mountain biking in the nearby forest.”

Professional Career

After finishing school I made a vocational training as a media designer with the chosen focus “visualization and conception”. For a couple of years I worked at the agency where I did my vocational training. I had many opportunities to further develop my skills and to work my way up. Finally I changed my employer and started working with SinnerSchrader in Frankfurt. But it didn’t feel right. Especially as the everyday journey from Wiesbaden to Frankfurt was very nerve-racking – I always get angry when I’m caught in the traffic, and this happened quite often. So, by accident I found Inpsyde’s job advertisement at Indeed. And in the title, there was this little word “remote”, and I thought “Oh, wait, that means, working completely from home, that would solve all my problems!”

I have never worked remotely before. However, from time to time I could do home office, which I had always enjoyed very much. But I had the feeling my former employers were not huge fans of it. So, first of all I read a book about working remotely. It’s called “Remote – Office not required”. There, both benefits and disadvantages are collected. For me, the benefits were predominant. I don’t mind being alone. And the freedom of flexibility is more important to me. For me, two simple conditions are necessary for a good employment relationship: On the one hand, it’s trust, especially when working remotely. And on the other hand I need space to work in peace. At Inpsyde I have the feeling both conditions are given.”

Questions to Inpsyder Alina:

We asked Alina 15 personal questions of which she should at least answer five.

Which famous person was your hero as child?
I wouldn’t say I had a hero as child, but I was quite fascinated by Sailor Moon. At least temporarily 😉
What’s your favorite Happy Hour Drink?
Long Island Ice Tea. Mostly the most expensive ones, so it’s worth it.
What’s the TV show you never miss?
“Bauer sucht Frau” (“Farmer searches Wife”) and “Schwiegertochter gesucht”. (“Search for Daugther-in-law”)
To come down in the evening, the TV show must be trashy.
What’s your biggest vice?
The end of work beer, definitely. And sometimes I allow myself one glass of rum.
Who is your favorite cartoon character?
Desmond the moon bear 😉 →
What makes you really really angry?
Frustrated neighbours who have nothing else to do but driving me mad. I get really angry when driving a car. But in my opinion, that’s justified.
Which job did you do when you were at school?
Oh, I renovated and cleaned holiday apartments. In school, I were the one to write or draw on the board.
What’s your midnight snack?
Fortunately, that never happens.
How many pairs of shoes do you have?
Not that much. Let’s say, I have one or two pairs of each kind of shoe model. I’m not the typical woman in shoe matters. Other things are more important to me.
What is the last book you read?
Remote – Office Not Required
What should be written on your gravestone?
I don’t want to think about that. All I know is that I want to be burnt and maybe I want to be buried in the “Friedwald”.
What is the best present you ever got?
Sounds cheesy, but it’s my boyfriend, definitely <3
If you had a super power, what would that be?
I’m someone who always thinks a lot. So it would be very useful to be able to read the other persons’ minds. Moreover I would like to be in another person’s body for some time.
Do you have a favorite karaoke song?
Karaoke is a No Go!
Describe your ideal weekend.
My ideal weekend is a mixture of getting down and doing something. Having breakfast under the sky, then going to a lake or cycling. I also like going to the Rhine and have a beer. And in the evening going out for a meal.

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