When Bojana Mirkovic signed up as a designer on 99designs, she chose the handle GoodEnergy because it was a nickname her volleyball teammates had given her—and by the time you finish reading this interview, you’ll totally see why.

Bojana grew up in Serbia, and studied Architecture at Belgrade University. After settling into a 9-to-5 office routine, she soon realized that she preferred managing her own schedule and kicked off her freelance career instead.

These days she’s a full time freelance designer, which gives her the flexibility to work while traveling extensively. The places she visits and her varied office environments drive her creativity and inspire her work.

Name: Bojana Mirkovic
99designs handle: GoodEnergy
Location: Serbia
Specialty: Logo design

How did you become a graphic designer?

There are two things I was really good at as a child: drawing and math. This combination later led me to study Architecture in the University of Belgrade. During my studies, I realized that I enjoy the creative and (especially) the graphic aspect of my work much more than the technical side. For example, I loved conducting visual research and investing time in graphic presentations.

I graduated in 2012 with a high GPA, and created an account on 99designs following a friend’s recommendation. I worked for a while in other jobs in parallel, before becoming a full-time freelancer.

What prompted you to begin freelancing full time?

After I gained some professional experience on 99designs and won a few contests, I received a job offer to work for the student travel agency, BalkanFun. After some time spent there, I moved onto a position at Level99, which is an esports creative agency.

Those were amazing experiences, but I realized that I prefer running my own schedule, rather than sticking to the one defined by my workplace. 99designs made it possible for me to live my dream, to continue playing volleyball, travel a lot, and to have my office with me wherever I travel to!

Do you travel often?

Almost every month, I try to treat myself with some kind of journey. I usually travel for ten days and choose my destination spontaneously, depending on my mood and inspiration.

Journeys are an additional inspiration for my work. And wherever I go, my office goes with me.

Wherever I go, my office goes with me.

Where do you usually travel to?

I have many friends around the world and, whenever I get the chance, I like to visit them and spend some time in the cities they live in.

When I just want to get out of the city, I go to my weekend house in Rtanj, Serbia, or some other mountain like Jahorina in Bosnia. Those are beautiful mountains with untouched nature and breathtaking views. I also feel attracted by places where famous artists left their masterpieces, and I enjoy discovering new cultures.

For me, traveling is a great adventure. By discovering the world around me I feel like I discover new parts of myself.

Ice cream packaging inspired by a trip to Amsterdam for the colorful King’s Day celebration.

For me, traveling is a great adventure. By discovering the world around me I feel like I discover new parts of myself.

Are your projects influenced by the places you have visited?

This year I went to visit a friend in Amsterdam. It wasn’t my first time there, but it was the first time I got to take part in King’s Day. The people in the streets were all dressed up in orange and wore flower garlands. The whole city was decorated with tulips and every square in town had its unique show.

During my stay in Amsterdam, I was working on an interesting project—a wrapping design for an Indonesian ice cream company. Indonesian style is known for its cheerfulness and colorfulness.

It turns out I was in the right place at the right time for the project! Feeling inspired by the beautiful streets of Amsterdam and the holiday vibes, I’m happy to say that the finished project was a joy for both me and my client.

What is your favorite working space?

I feel like I work best in peaceful places. I put on some music, soft jazz or something instrumental that isn’t tiring, and do my thing!

What do you always take with you when going away?

Aside from two laptops and a drawing tablet, wherever I go, I carry with me a handful of papers, pencils, sketchbook and a painting set.

Do you have any tips or advice for fellow traveling designers?

I would recommend anyone to just follow their inner voice and find inspiration in the freedom that the freelance life offers 🙂

Self discipline is crucial, procrastinating is not the way to go. It’s important not to neglect your clients while you’re having fun and traveling.

And of course, always make sure that the place you’re staying at has a decent internet connection!

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