Creative Lives — Product designer at ustwo, Kota Kobayashi: “Stay humble. Stay hungry. Take risks. Be seen”

Posted 04 July 2017 Interview by Marianne Hanoun

Japanese-born product designer Kota Kobayashi recently made the move from the ustwo office in New York to Shoreditch in London, where you can catch him skateboarding into the digital design studio every morning. With a double major in psychology and art, Kota sees design as the natural meeting point between the two – something that informs his desire to work on products that make a meaningful difference. The soon-to-be father also runs a small charity beer brand in support of those affected by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We meet to find out how his role ended up being so much more than using Photoshop.

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