I was in a band when I was in High School. I was in charge of making posters and flyers. I was designing with acrylic paint at that time. It was fun and my bandmates loved my work and I was inspired to get more into design.
Yes, I’m taking on an intern from France now. Designers become too focused and lose the wider view. I can take things from various viewpoints by working with a intern.
I created a 3D mural for a club in Ginza, Tokyo. It was challenging what I’ve never done before. I cut wood panels into geometric shapes, painted them, and built up the mural piece by piece.
One of the most important things is simply keep at it. The first 2 or 3 years after I started designing, I didn’t know what I wanted to create, or what I was good at doing. I would go to exhibitions, or out into the countryside to get inspiration. In this way, I gradually developed my own style. So my advice would be to keep designing and be inspired by anything around you.
After graduating college, I developed my Illustrator and photoshop skills a lot. At the same time, I researched good designs and illustrations and considered why this design is really good as well.
Keep challenging new things!