“​​It’s tough to open the first door. Maybe it’s harder for people like me who are self-taught,” Shibuya tells CR about the start of his design career. “At the beginning of 2005, I had applied to many design studios and agencies, but I never heard back.”
As a result, his first job was for an architecture company in Tokyo. “After work, I kept working and applying for design jobs. Ten months later, I finally got an opportunity to start as an editorial magazine designer at a small publishing company in Tokyo,” he says. “I worked hard and survived by sticking to my motto – ‘learning by doing’.”
For this special project, we talk to 12 creatives and designers aged 19 to 87 about their experiences in the creative industry, their hopes and dreams, the changes they have witnessed during their career so far, and what further developments they hope may come in the future. Here we speak with designer and artist Sho Shibuya, aged 37
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Top: Plastic Paper books, from Plastic Paper, 2019; Above: Portrait of Sho Shubuya by Grace Lin