Judging an international design competition is no easy task. It takes a special kind of person that is willing to give their time and experience for the betterment of the industry.

It's time to shine a spotlight on these special individuals and dig a little deeper to see what makes them tick. Therefore, on behalf of the CSSDA founders and crew, please enjoy the following interview with one of our esteemed judging panel members.


After Shogo Tabuchi graduated from HAL Osaka College of Technology and Design, he landed a position at "Web Production" in Tokyo as a web designer. From there "My next position was at AID-DCC Inc., where I did art direction, web design, front-end development, and illustration. At the same time I started various personal projects under the name of S5-Style™".

Time Warp:

1. When and what was your first ever computer? Can you remember the spec?

It was Windows XP. It was a really thick one but I remember the spec was pretty good.

2. When and what was the first website you were involved in designing/developing? Which elements of the project did you do? Can you remember the 'cutting edge' tech used at the time? How did the site turn out and what did this experience teach you?

I made a website explaining Japanese ceramics as my first website. I took part in designing and coding, and I brought in all the photos from the internet without any permission. Moreover, I can't imagine now but I built the database as well.

3. Which project has been most rewarding for you over the course of your career and why?

That's my portfolio website, because it gave the chance to get to build the relationship with CSSDA and connecting with friends in the creative industry now.

4. What career advice would you give to yourself if you could send a 'temporal text' 5 - 10 years into the past?

Take it easy.

5. Better still, if you had your own hot tub time machine, what time period would you travel to and why?

I want to go back to the time in high school. That time was when I made the decision about my future, whether choosing music, art, or computer. I chose computer though I would like to try other choices if I could go back in time.

Favourite Things:

1. What are your favourite aspects about working in design?

The thing I thought of, designed, created can be seen by everyone in the world.

2. What are your favourite design tools, sites, fonts and resources right now?

I like making compositions out of typeface combinations. My favorite combo is A1 Mincho for Japanese text + Cochin for alphabetic text with the use of narrow kerning.

3. What are your favorite devices right now from mobile to desktop?

Mac & iPhone.

4. Which 3 cities would be your favorite to open an office in and why?

  • Tokyo: The latest information always run around speedy in Tokyo.
  • Kyushu in Japan: I would like to have a design office close to nature, surrounded by the sea and mountains.
  • London: I want to try to work surrounded by the arts.

5. What is your favorite activity outside of work?

None really... I want to create music, and the sensing of the movement of the body to make interactive art.

Life Hacks:

1. How do you stay motivated?

To imagine myself highly complimented when I get the job done.

2. Do you have a good life/work balance? Could it be improved? If so how?

Yes, I think so. I have opportunity of bringing in the latest technology and the production of rich expression in the company, but I also keep private time.

3. Do you have any career advice for young designers and developers?

I think you better shout out more, everyone will listen you if you've done something as well as you can, even though it's not well-qualified.

4. How do you keep up with the latest trends & tech?

I go to events and schools regularly to get inspiration from the arts and web technology. Also my friends and colleagues share interesting stories with me.

5. If money was abolished and nobody needed to work anymore, what would you do with your life?

Learn music, compose and perform, invite an audience, become friends with them and compose more music then perform again!!

Versus: In your opinion...

1. Are great designers born Vs. made by experience?


2. Is the best long term goal to be a founder Vs. freelance Vs. full­time job?

I don't mind, I'm happy for what I do, but if I have to choose one, "Founder" because I can build what I imagine.

3. iPhone 6s vs Samsung S6 vs other?


4. Printed book vs eBook?

I like both.

5. Star Trek vs Star Wars?

Hmmm... Star Wars!

Thanks for your time. Any last words?

I'm glad to have such an opportunity like this, Thank you!

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