Here at Patternbank we like to get behind the scenes, dig around and ask questions. This is the first in series of Q&A sessions that we’ll be doing with some of the top creative talents from around the world. Today we get an insight into the remarkably talented Joshua Hibbert who has very kindly answered these questions:

How did you get started? Did you study something in particular or are you self-taught?

My road to the work i create today, really began in my late years at school, i was creating packaging concepts for various sport items. It was a natural love to work with specifications, colour and size. This helped me to access Computer softwares, Different materials and new concise ways of presenting data graphically. Following on from packaging, i studied graphic design at college for two years, really developing on the foundations of design, this included typography, art history, sculpture, body drawings and developed computer works. During this  time i found salvage in old retro graphic design books, especially typography now, i used old low fi technologies and generally tried to make mistakes in anything. This time was incredibly precious to me , it enabled me to find the true creative spirit in my process and actually distinguish myself from others. From the years of 08 to 11, i took a big step forward and began a three year long degree course specialising in the fields of interaction design at University of Arts London. Throughout this time, my approach to creativity became more complex, conceptual and importantly socially minded. I was interested in translating the multiculturalism of London through my artwork, and this showed massively, it became more esoteric and I was using varied topics to explore my skills. Importantly the work was driven more independently  and I strived to discover my own paths to communicate differently.

What do you feel are the most important skills for a designer to have/develop?

Always keep your eyes wide open, perception is key, Accept mistakes and embrace your own procrastination. It may lead to something magical, always something seems to pop up from nowhere. Work extremely hard and persevere with time. Keep a inspiration pile always. Lastly versatility gives you a edge.

Where do you go for design inspiration?

Long drifiting sandy walks, Trips to really really old junk shops, My old retro design annual books, Google images, a nice soaking bath helps to let the mind loose and beautiful blogs such as yours.

What are you 5 favorite sites online?

(Currently )

What are the tools you couldn’t live without?

White Paper Pad, Pencil
Sonical soundscapes
Google image resource is heaven