12 Questions: Meet Naoki Haruyoshi (Japan)

In our 12 Questions blog series, we feature interviews with someone from the crowdSPRING community. For these interviews, we pick people who add value to our community – in the blog, in the forums, in the projects. Plainly – activities that make crowdSPRING a better community. Be professional, treat others with respect, help us build something very special, and we’ll take notice.

We’re very proud to feature Naoki Haruyoshi (crowdSPRING username: KIONA) today. Naoki lives and works in Tokyo, Japan.

1. Please tell us about yourself.
Hi, I’m KIONA, from Tokyo, Japan. Surviving among the meltdown and economical depression;) I’m not a boxer or a karate fighter but making logos and web pages.

2. How did you become interested in design?
“Design” has a wide and also specific meaning, you know, but I just wanted to live more comfortably and excitingly.

3. Which of your designs are your favorites and why?
I tend to love ones that people don’t admire. Why? I don’t know why but probably I’m just a foolish person.

4. Who/what are some of the biggest influences on your design work?
Stanley Kubrick, Yohji Yamamoto, Tadao Ando, Shintaro Ajioka

5. What are other ways you use your creativity?
I used to compose music, now sing karaoke. I also like movies and write blog about them. I educate my kids and play with them. Slow shutter with light pen is our fovorite now.

6.Mac or PC?
Mac, Illustrator(trying CS6), mi(text editor), less(extended css), MAMP, VMware fusion

7. What is your dream project?
I want to start up a new web service. For ex, textbooks children carry are too heavy and they walk to school. They should carry iPad.

And also I’d like to make a movie someday.

8. How do you promote your work?
Nothing special.

9. Please describe your typical work day.
I wake up in the afternoon, stretching,  check emails, RSS reader and some social websites. Giving advices to kid’s homework. I watch DVD, then maybe work.

10. What is the design industry like in Japan?
Not exciting. Many clients are too conservative to build a new direction in their business. So they want designs as just good appearances. Politics are bad, mass media’s worse. We must reform them all for kids.

11. If you weren’t designing, what would you be doing?
I would sing a song, or work as a ninja.

12. What do you do in your free time?
I watch movies, study programing and study English.

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ありがとう  Naoki!