Interview with Josh Star

Date of Interview

January 13, 2010

Designer's Website

Designer's Twitter Page

City & Country of Residence

Melbourne, Australia

Curently Working For

A university in Australia

Type of Design

Web/Print Design

1. Besides the usual online blogs and galleries, from what or where do you draw inspiration?

I find reading very inspirational. It has become an almost habitual practice for me to read 3 books every month. I am particularly fond of design philosophy and the intellectual ideas which drive the science of design forward. By acquiring knowledge on the theoretical underpinnings of design, we would be more ready to address design problems and challenges with a certain specificity and astuteness.

2. Design-related or not, can you list up to 3 books that you've found beneficial to your growth as a designer?

In Search of Lost Time – Marcel Proust (a literary genius who paints and designs with words!)

Human Knowledge – Bertrand Russell (a Western Philosopher who revolutionized how we think about daily life and its vagaries. He also wrote Principia Mathematica where he speaks about the foundational logic (and design) of mathematics.

The Emergence of Everything: How the World Became Complex - Harold J. Morowitz (a brilliant scholar who in this particular book, speaks exclusively about the theory of emergence and the complexities in how the world is "designed").

3. If you could name one tool/application/software/hardware that you can't live without (from a design perspective), what would it be, and why?

It would definitely be Adobe Photoshop CS 4. It's an application that I am heavily dependent upon, especially when I transfer sketches and design ideas onto the computer. I use it for wireframes and mock-ups. It also allows you to whip up basic design elements within a short span of time, especially when a client wants to see your preliminary ideas on screen.

4. What would be your design "dream job"?

I would love to work in a creative agency that deals with the formulation of design concepts and ideas for commercial advertising. Multimedia advertising is a field that I have immense interest in, apart from my day job as an academic researcher.

5. What changes would you like to see in the design community in the next 5 years?

It would be immensely encouraging to see more websites take on the challenge of explaining and elaborating on design ideas and intellectual concepts associated with web design.

While tutorials and list posts are indeed useful resources, we must take the time to reflect on the finer theoretical intricacies of design so as to further develop our appreciation and understanding of this wonderful craft. Put simply, I would love to see more content-based design websites in the design community.

Special thanks to Josh Star for taking the time to answer these questions exclusively for Interviews by Design.

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