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My design thinking, 3D modeling, rendering, and animating skills set me apart from other designers.
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I am Joshua Corder, and it is my passion to design for a more sustainable, inclusive, enjoyable, and successful future. I am an Industrial Designer with a focus in Furniture Design. I am a curious person by nature and love to learn and solve problems from a creative and unique perspective.
1. What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?
Defending your ideas can be tricky thing to do, but I stand my ground when I know I am doing the right thing. I found myself in this position recently when a sponsor of a project I was working on was asking for a solution I knew to be unsustainable and damaging to the environment. I knew that my solution was not only better, but was most importantly, the right thing to do. I was not defensive but backed up my ideas with research and evidence in a way the sponsor appreciated and agreed with.
2. How are creativity and innovation related?
Creativity and Innovation are two separate things that are completely dependent on each other. Without creativity, we cannot look at problems from new different perspectives or 'from outside the box'. And without the need for innovation, there is no reason to be creative. Creativity and innovation work together in harmony to fuel what we call design.
3. Why do companies need clarity and creativity?
Clarity and creativity are essential to all business. Without clarity, there are no clear goals or objectives; without creativity, there are no innovations. Without these two things, companies cannot evolve to keep up with the everchanging world. Clarity and creativity are two very transparent and honest things. If we can make the workplace a more clear and creative place, we will all succeed and prosper from it.
4. You have 30 minutes of free time. What do you do with it?
If I am not spending my free time with my friends or family, I am working on my career path. I study other designers work and look for inspiration from different cultures and all walks of life. I look for problems in everyday life, whether they are mine others' problems, and think of ways I can solve them.
5. What is one risky and bold goal in life you have? Or, if you could dedicate your life to solving one problem, what would it be?
Thing one thing I believe to be most important, not just in my work, but in life, is to do the right thing. Design has to start with doing the right thing. We cannot design to solve problems while creating more problems and expect to progress as a society. If I accomplish one thing in life, I hope it is to always do the right thing while encouraging and inspiring others do to the same.
6. Explain your creative process
My creative process starts with humility. I design to solve problems; you cannot solve a problem until you fully understand it. In order to understand a problem you must have empathy and look at the world from everyone else's eyes and understand their issue. From that point planning and setting goals is very important. Having a step-by-step plan to complete an objective keeps things clear and prevents me from getting lost in the details of design. Ideation and idea exploration are important and help me see solutions that don't immediately come to mind. Ideation is like sifting through sand looking for gold; sometimes it you can find what you are looking for quickly and other times it can be a much longer process until you find what you need. After finalizing a design direction is when I dive into the details. I look at everything as separate entities and as everything as a whole until everything works together to become a beautiful solution to a problem.
7. What is the best advice that you have been given?
A mentor of mine has told me hundreds of times, "Keep it simple stupid!". This is the best advice I have ever received. Being able to communicate ideas in a way that anyone can understand is incredibly important. Keeping things simple creates products and services that are easy to understand and use.
8. What is your definition of creativity?
I don't believe creativity to be a naturally born talent. Having the ability to be creative is like being great at a sport or playing an instrument. You need to constantly be researching, looking for inspiration, and gathering information to inform yourself and the designs you create. Creativity is the ability to apply your unique set of knowledge to a problem solving process.
9. What 10 songs are on your favorite playlist right now?
400 Lux by Lorde
Peppers and Onions by Tierra Whack
The Shining by The Neighbourhood
Yellow by Myles Cameron
Amsterdam by Imagine Dragons
Window by Still Woozy
Brooklyn 95' by Robotaki, Mike Clay
Tribe (with J. Cole) by Bas
Pretty Boy by The Neighbourhood
Poplar St by Glass Animals
10. How do you want people to remember you?
Recognition isn't the main objective of my career. However, If I am remembered for anything, I hope it is for helping people and making their lives better through the things I design.
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