Atsushi Kobayashi

Good in Lighting Design.

About Atsushi Kobayashi

  • Winner of Lighting Design Award.
  • Specialized in Lighting Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Lighting
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Extended Interview with Atsushi Kobayashi

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
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.
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
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.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I currently prefer to create interactive designs combining technologies and visual beauty.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
See as many good designs as possible. And find your personal design style.
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
Great design stays up-to-date, but good design may loses its connections with current viewers.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
I really impressed with Zaha Hadid's architecture even though it is strikingly different from my designs.
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
Zaha Hadid's architectures are amazing. Her designs grab people's attention and hold it.
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
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.
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
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.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
I most enjoyed collaborating on the promotion event for LEGO MOVIE 2 which was held in Hollywood, California, February 2019.
What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
I would like to see more diverse designs included in every part of the design industry.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
It also depends on the projects, but basically I begin with the concept building.
Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
I think there is both possibility. But there is a fact that design sets the trends on long range plan in many industries.
What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop/After Effects Derivative TouchDesigner Autodesk Maya
Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
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.
Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
I would like to see Japanese Ukiyo-e artists who were working in the 17th through 19th centuries.
How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
Fame does not matter to me, but I do want many people to see my designs.
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
I like black and white. I love traveling to many different destinations, trying new foods and drinking, and enjoying new experiences.
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
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.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
I was not sure at that time, but I really liked drawing and went to private art classes since I was 6 years old.

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