I was not at all surprised to discover that a typical day in the life of Anna Bond starts early and ends early the next morning. In the past few years, Anna has taken her company, Rifle Paper Co., from a one-woman show to a thriving multi-person team that designs not just stationery but all sorts of paper goods, kitchen designs, phone cases, a collaboration with Garance Dore and a soon-to-be-launched wallpaper collection with Hygge & West. Along with her husband and business partner, Nathan, Anna is constantly working, designing and meeting with her team to oversee their latest product release. What I loved most about getting a peek inside her busy day wasn’t just a renewed appreciation for all of the work that goes into a design company, but getting to see that Anna still devotes a huge part of her day to painting and creating. She has to stay up pretty late (early?) to find time for it, but she makes the time nonetheless. Thanks so much to Anna and everyone at Rifle for taking the time to share a peek inside her busy day. xo, grace
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9:30am (Waking Up): I went to bed at 4am the night before and I’m woken up at 9:30 to respond to text messages from my designer Joanna who is on press with our printer. We text back and forth to approve colors for a run of greeting cards.
10am (Getting Ready): After dozing in and out of sleepy texts I am up and getting ready for the day.
11am (Coffee Run): By 11am I’m rushing out the door to make a meeting so I sacrifice my intended trip to the local coffee shop. Instead, I swing by my neighborhood Starbucks where my favorite barista Mike chats with me for a few minutes about Rifle and an update on his job search.
11:30am (Arriving to the studio): I arrive at the studio to find our meeting is delayed so I check emails and wrap my head around the day’s tasks.
12pm (Creative Team): I pass off a few urgent tasks to the creative team, touch base with Carrie (my Director of Creative Development), and prep for a phone call at 1pm about an upcoming design collaboration.
1:30pm (Wallpaper Review: We’ve just received new wallpaper samples for our upcoming collection with Hygge & West and I take time to review colors.
2pm (Website meeting): We finally have our meeting with our web designer Mike where we go over what still needs to get done before the launch. The new site has been in the works for a long time and we’re trying to wrap up every little detail in order to (hopefully) go live next week (everyone crosses fingers and knocks on wood).
3:30pm-6pm (Wallpaper reviews and meetings): I review our wallpaper samples in depth with my designer Erica and we decide which to approve and which ones need tweaks. I then have a performance review and creative team meeting (today is full of meetings!) where we talk about what projects are on the horizon and preparations for the National Stationery Show in May.
6pm (Weekend to do list): I make final rounds to the creative team to review some of the day’s tasks and then go over my to do list with Carrie. We discuss emails, make decisions and talk about how to make packaging better on a few products. I realize i have a crazy amount of work for the weekend.
7:30pm (Meeting with Nathan): Most of the office is gone by now and I get a chance to work on a few of my own design tasks. I also meet with Nathan (my husband and business partner) and Mike about website changes and plans. We talk through issues and tasks that we’ll be working on over the weekend and into next week.
9pm (Dinner): Nathan, Mike and I all realize we’re starving beasts because none of us have stopped working all day to eat (other than the donuts someone brought to the office) and after a lengthy debate on which local Thai place is best my pick wins and we eat until we stuff ourselves.
10:30pm (Painting): I head home, change into something comfortable, pour a glass of wine and start painting. This is the first moment I have gotten all day to get to what I really need to do. I plan to paint until around 4am as I work on new products for the Stationery Show.