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Noichigo Source

October 2018

We caught up with Okuyama Taiki Art Director & Designer and ALSO strawberry farmer 🍓! Okuyama moves where his interests are peaked bringing on new creative challenges — we're loving the sense of freedom he brings to creativity 💖

What was your plan for graduating and what actually happened?

I was planning to get a job and gain experience as a graphic designer. However, when I noticed, my career as a special bookstore staff had already begun. It was a free magazine specialty bookstore. Because I started a free magazine in my school days. After that, I became interested in free cultural movements and my interest spread from paper to web.

Also, although I originally had a base in Tokyo, activities gradually spread from the city to rural areas. The work I am doing varies from entertainment to primary industry. My role also increased. I think that everything popular matches the spread of my interest. I am doing various working methods according to the spread of interest now.

Give us the elevator pitch on what you do.

I currently have four roles and their respective operation bases.

  1. Art Director @ Tokyo

  2. Strawberry farmer @ Okayama

  3. Company manager @ Hiroshima

  4. Graphic Artist @ Internet

Who’s on the team, what are their roles and why do you love them?

It is a member of my company Sen-Nichi Design Association. There are architects, urban planners and various designers. It is an organization for "thinking about design through 1000 days(Sen-Nichi)" and is a member who can sympathize with that idea.

Any passion projects/collabs you would like to share?

noichigo_source

It is a project that anyone can participate.

This site publishes the original data of graphics I made and anyone can use them freely. Various things have happened all over the world with this site as a trigger. Graphic designers make mash-up works, music labels use them for album jackets, photographers collaborate with their work, and printed posters are exhibited in town galleries. They are happening without permission. And, please play freely too.

Who are your top five design crushes right now?

1. 楳図かずお / KAZUO UMEZZ(Comics Artist)

2. 粟津潔 / Kiyoshi Awazu(Graphic Designer)

3. 長新太 / Shinta Cho(Children’s Author)

4. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec(painter)

5. M/M(paris)(Art Director)

What career advice would you give your 16yr old self?

"Don't listen to anyone's words. Please do whatever you like freely as you are interested."

Website: noichigosrc.org

Twitter: @ocknroll

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