Rolling Remote With Ariana Lum

Ariana brings a palette of pastels to the remote workforce. She’s a graphic designer by trade, and embraces the remote work lifestyle by working from her bed, the local coffee shop, or her native Hawaii. When it’s time to mix things up, she embarks on solo travel adventures — iPhone in hand to illustrate the photos she takes to document her journey.

“I think the most unique thing I do is draw on my travel photos to add a hint of imagination and wonder,” Ariana shared with Remoter. Preview some of her work in the photos below, and check out her Instagram and YouTube accounts for more on her synthesis of travel + graphic design work.

Quick-fire profile

How many years have you worked remotely? 1

Where are you based? Silicon Valley

Where do you spend most of your remote work hours? In a coffee shop

Are you most productive in the morning or at night? Morning

Coffee or tea? Tea

Ariana’s home office setup and decor

laptop in bed
Working from home has cozy perks — like working from bed. | Photo submitted by Ariana Lum

What type of desk do you use? Traditional desk or coffee shop setup

What type of chair do you use while at work? Whatever’s best at the local coffee shop — or her bed!

What features do you like most about your work space? 

The comfort of working from home: “I love laying on my bed and working,” Ariana told Remoter. “It’s so comfortable.”

Remote work pros and cons: Ariana’s take

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Ariana’s travel photos come to life with her illustrations | Photo submitted by Ariana Lum

What are the biggest pros and cons of remote work for you?

Pros: Travel flexibility, more focus, a better work-life balance, cutting time from her commute, a better work culture, and a less stressful work environment

Cons: Feeling isolated or less connected with her colleagues

Working from home tips and tricks

What software technologies do you use on a regular basis? TrelloSlack

What habit allows you to be more productive during the day? Meditation

What are the items you can’t live without while working remotely? (If you have a brand you love, please name them!)

“I mainly just use my iPhone because it is so portable and easy for travel,” Ariana told us.

Answers have been lightly edited and links were added.

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