Interview with Creative Designer Josiah Jost
Today we have another creative designer with us name Josiah Jost from Milk River, Alberta, Canada. 23 year old designer based out of the prairies of western Canada. His work published in around 15-20 books on the top of design/identity including books such as Symbol, Logolounge Series, Los Logos and Logo Design. Have also won a few various awards from logo design websites, etc.
He started freelancing part time in 2005 and went to full time logo design/branding services in 2008. He was honored to be featured in the book, “Symbol” by Angus Hyland and Steven Bateman. Published by Laurence King Publishing, it’s a compilation of 1300+ symbols classified by form indexed by sector, design and client. Click here to see his logos in book. Read more about him below, you will surely enjoy his interview.
Name: Josiah Jost
Location: Milk River, Alberta, Canada
What do you think about yourself?
I’m a 23 year old designer based out of the prairies of western Canada. I specialize in logo and identity design and enjoy it immensely. Love working with people all around the world and helping them establish their brand.
I try to be really down to earth and love my family to pieces. My faith in Jesus Christ has a huge impact in my life and work motivation, too.
Whats your achievements in your design field?
I’ve had works published in around 15-20 books on the top of design/identity including books such as Symbol, Logolounge Series, Los Logos and Logo Design. Have also won a few various awards from logo design websites, etc.
But I don’t take much merit in those achievements. The greater achievement of finishing a successful branding project always feel amazing.
About your Experience with design:
I started freelancing part time in 2005 and went to full time logo design/branding services in 2008. Since then, I’m grateful to say that I’ve never been out of work. I’ve had the privilege of working with or in part with clients such as Les Stroud (of Survivorman), The History Channel, as well as numerous other corporations, start-ups, etc.
Do you have a particular process you go through for each design?
I have a general design process, but I like to stay fairly lose on my process as creativity is a hard thing to program. There is usually something different that happens every process. Sometimes it takes stirring up a lot of parts of the mind to find the right idea.
How would you describe your style?
My general style is usually minimal and conceptual. However, I try to cater my style to whatever the client’s identity needs.
How did you get your first job in design and what exactly was it?
One of my first jobs I picked up on the site oDesk.com. When I was about 17 or 18 I was hired for $8 an hour to design 2-4 logos an hour for a domain name selling site. They needed domain names to have a pre-made identity to go with it. I think it worked out that I got paid around $3 a logo. It’s crazy to think about it now – but I really enjoyed it at the time.
What plans do you have for the future?
I plan to keep working hard with Siah Design and hope to re-design my own website soon and polish up my own identity/look.
I really enjoy freelancing and would love to be part of a really big project sometime in the future.
Your expert areas:
I have a hard time saying I’m an expert at anything as I always feel I have so much to learn. But generally speaking, my forte is conceptual icon design.
Your tools of work:
-Adobe Illustrator for software.
-Both a macbook pro and a souped up PC for computers.
-Ticerondera #2 HB pencils.
-Multiple sketchpads all around the house.
-Music to aid inspiration.
Oh… and dark chocolate.
Who or what is your biggest inspiration for graphic design?
I gotta be honest – it’s the Creator himself. “…whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” So much purpose and inspiration in doing it all for Him.
What advice would you give to other designers?
Live a balanced life. It’s easy for me to get so caught up in work I miss out on life’s little joys – and it’s then that the quality of my work usually drops, too.
So stay focused, eat healthy, love those close to you and enjoy whatever stage you are at in life with gratitude.