2 Japanese Heroes

Since this is a blog about the job I do as a designer in Microsoft Research, I thought I’d start a list of people whose work I really admire. These are not necessarily ‘computer’ people. More individuals whose imagination, integrity and output really shine.

First up are 2 Japanese heroes of mine. Not sure that the Japanese connection matters, but they both popped into my head at the same time. Both have an emphasis on fun and entertainment. Both are storytellers and creators of worlds.

Shigeru Miyamoto

Mr. Mario. Mr. Zelda. Mr. Donkey Kong. Impecable standards. Amazing imagination. And a deep, deep understanding of fun and engagement.
Read ‘A delayed game is eventually good; a bad game is bad forever‘ particularly.

Hayao Miyazaki

Another stickler for perfection. Co-founder and director of animation at Studio Gibli, whose imaginative and beautiful output has included My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Howl’s Moving Castle.


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