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November 29, 2008

How to be a designer in Japan

illustration from pingmag.jp

OK, you're a hot-shot designer in LA (you know who you are) and you'd love to make it big in that design-mecca just across the big pond, Tokyo. But how to go about it?

You could do a lot worse than start with this article from pingmag.jp. Parissa Haghirian studies how small companies fare in Japan...why some make it and others crash and burn. In this pingmag article, she lays out what to expect...

Tokyo is a very competitive place, especially for creative people; it is the hub of all business in Japan and there are many opportunities. However, most people need to find a job to make a living first and can only then slowly start to build a career in a creative field. This may take a year or two. Japanese business is extremely relationship oriented, and it therefore takes a while until a young designer has the right contacts and can earn money with his or her ideas.

Here's the full article.


Posted by Chris Spurgeon at November 29, 2008 12:54 PM