My name is Yusuke Yamazaki, and I’m a Toronto-based graphic designer. I was born and raised in Shizuoka, Japan.
Where and what did you study?
I studied graphic design at George Brown College, located in downtown Toronto.
I enjoy working on a variety of projects related to graphic design, but my specialty is branding and packaging.
What is your inspiration? Where do you go for inspiration?
The art and designs I’ve seen, the movies I’ve watched, the video games I’ve played, the novels I’ve read, the places I’ve been to, the things I’ve experienced, and many other things that get jumbled in my head – in many cases, these memories become my very own and best source of inspiration. I usually do not go to a specific place to get inspiration, to ponder good ideas, or to refine the image in my head, but I absolutely prefer a quiet place. To be more specific, somewhere where other people’s voices cannot be heard. I love listening to people’s conversations in general, but I consciously avoid them when I want to concentrate on something.
Who inspires you?
Frankly speaking, literally every creator in every field keeps inspiring me as a graphic designer, but particularly, the existence and influence of Japanese manga artists is quite significant to me despite the fact it is a different field than mine. Their own unique art style, aesthetic sense, unconventional way of storytelling, and on top of that, their incredible hard work to create such a pure combination of art and entertainment always inspire me as a creator in general.
What do you like the most about your work?
The experience of cooperating with people all over the world to create something meaningful is truly precious, and that is what I like the most about my work.
What do you find the most challenging?
Behind the calm exterior, I would say all tasks related to my work is challenging. There is no easy task. In other words, there is no task that I can do in a sloppy manner just like any other job, and I believe that attitude leads to value and trust as a designer. In that sense, gaining and keeping trust as a designer may be the most challenging and it will be a lifelong challenge as long as I am a designer.
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