Design Legends ("DL") had the distinct honour to interview legendary designer Atsushi Kobayashi ("AK") for their original perspective and innovative approach to design as well as their creative lifestyle, we are very pleased to share our interview with our distinguished readers.
AK : I really like drawing and went to private art classes since I was 6 years old. Then I majored in and got a master's degree in computer science. And after starting work as a computer graphics designer at TV ASAHI, I lfocused more on graphic design.
AK : I know that if I create good designs, many people will see my works and this always motivates me. I am hoping future generations can still see and enjoy my creations.
AK : I chose to become a designer.
AK : I currently prefer to create interactive designs combining technologies and visual beauty.
AK : See as many good designs as possible. And find your personal design style.
AK : Great design stays up-to-date, but good design may loses its connections with current viewers.
AK : Simplicity.
AK : Because good design make people's life style better.
AK : Architecture.
AK : Sports stadium.
AK : Inspiration from new experience.
AK : I really impressed with Zaha Hadid's architecture even though it is strikingly different from my designs.
AK : Zaha Hadid's architectures are amazing. Her designs grab people's attention and hold it.
AK : Interactiveness really matters when I design my installations.
AK : Try new things, find new inspiration and keep myself updated.
AK : A Producer or director related to art.
AK : Design is what makes our life better.
AK : All the people who has the same spirit as mine.
AK : Great designs around me.
AK : I worked as a maintenance engineer for several years which would not be a creative life in long term, but I learned many new techniques which now I use in my installations.
AK : According to their own style.
AK : I am currently working on an upcoming art installation event. It is my first solo work in Los Angeles. The venue is a huge mixed-use building in downtown LA and other international artists will also be exhibiting their art works there. This is a challenging project but I am so excited about it.
AK : To leave my works to future generations.
AK : To keep designing for a better life.
AK : It makes our life easier.
AK : Upcoming installation event with international artists.
AK : I most enjoyed collaborating on the promotion event for LEGO MOVIE 2 which was held in Hollywood, California, February 2019.
AK : I would like to see more diverse designs included in every part of the design industry.
AK : I guess it is going to more technology side.
AK : It is depends on the project but usually a month.
AK : It also depends on the projects, but basically I begin with the concept building.
AK : Keep myself updated!
AK : I think there is both possibility. But there is a fact that design sets the trends on long range plan in many industries.
AK : Technology enable me to realize and materialize my concepts.
AK : Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop/After Effects Derivative TouchDesigner Autodesk Maya
AK : They help to harmonize my concepts with a given environment.
AK : I appreciate any kind of questions.
AK : It is random but mostly in relaxing time after brainstorming.
AK : Anyone who has different expertise than I have may make a good design partner, but we must clarify each person's responsibilities before starting the project.
AK : My family, an art teacher, a senior colleague.
AK : It is not a particular book but I like checking design annual.
AK : Keeping trying new experience.
AK : I would like to see Japanese Ukiyo-e artists who were working in the 17th through 19th centuries.
AK : Fame does not matter to me, but I do want many people to see my designs.
AK : I like black and white. I love traveling to many different destinations, trying new foods and drinking, and enjoying new experiences.
AK : Occasionally a client has had strange preference. For our installation, one client commissioned new artistic music from a composer that we were collaborating with, but in the end, he chose a free pop music from SoundCloud instead of the new music. We got a press interview at the opening day, but we couldn't answer why we chose the music.
AK : Keeping exploring new experience.
AK : I was not sure at that time, but I really liked drawing and went to private art classes since I was 6 years old.
AK : I want a world with no war and sadness.
AK : I would like to keep making unique installations.
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