Yuta Takahashi Interview

Inspired by the mountains of rural Japan, Yuta Takahashi channels a minimalist approach in his designs. Ultimately, Takahashi seeks to create an atmosphere of simplicity and surrender.

Who are you?

Yuta Takahashi

What do you do?

I’m an art director and designer. I’m working on branding, graphic design, editorial design, packaging design and so on. The features of my work are minimal designs which grasp the essence of materials and remove unnecessary elements.

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in a small town in Shikoku, Japan. To the south of the town, there are the Shikoku mountains. To the north of the town, there is the Seto Inland Sea which is a calm inland sea surrounded by Shikoku and Honshu.

I learned about elegance and the simplicity of nature in these places. I think it influenced my present style.


When did you take your first big risk in life?

I live my life with optimism, especially concerning the future, so I never feel like I’ve taken a risk in the negative sense of the word.

Why have you persisted with the path you’re currently on?

I have loved making things since I was little. I took my creativity for granted until I was in grade school. One day, I tried to make a motorcycle with corrugated paper but I didn’t know the structure of the engine.

I was very shocked to know that there were things I couldn’t make. Anyway, I think only of design and making things. Therefore, I was never hesitant about my current path.


Who are a few people in your field that have influenced you?

I’m influenced by the design team behind Apple because they design with function in mind. As I mentioned in the second question, I grew up in a small town.

When I was nineteen, I moved to Tokyo and I was amazed by everything there. Everything is sold at a bargain in the hustle and bustle of the city.

However, living there is too uncomfortable and stifling for me. I wanted to design with simplicity and silence. In this respect, my past environment also influenced myself.

What are you working on now?

Now I’m working on a logo design for an event and planning academic publications, and so on. Also, in my daily life I am constantly researching the latest designs as a way to deepen my thoughts.

Where do you spend most of your free time?

I spend my free time cooking with my friends, reading, and watching movies. I try to relax as much as possible in my free time – sometimes I drink my favorite whisky – because I always think deeply during work.

What do you think is your biggest success so far?

I feel most successful when I am involved with projects that develop culture. It’s always a success for me when I belong to projects that improve society.
Written by Breanna Muir