Kenta Toshikura

Head of Design & Development at Garden Eight

I was born in 1985 and I've been working as a web designer and front-end developer in Tokyo for the past 5 years. Usually, I work at Garden Eight as a Head of Design and Developer. I'm specialized in creating corporate and branding websites but I like unique projects too. I'm always passionate about my job. Before I started this career, I was studying architectonics at graduate school until the age of 24. I think architecture has something in common with structure, design and idea of websites and I find it interesting. That's why I'm in this industry today. It's off the subject, but my favorite architects are Miyagi Prefectural Library (Japan) and Queen Elizabeth II Great Court of the British Museum (UK). I'm into retro futuristic, new and unusual design and technology. Clean, slick and simple web designs with a dynamic animation that will be activated by a small action are my favorites. I believe that collaboration between technology and expressiveness creates great websites. Occasionally I visit NY and London in recent years. Let's meet up and talk when you have time..

10 questions for Kenta Toshikura:

  • What did you do before becoming a designer/developer?

    Master’s degree in architecture.

  • Where do you turn for inspiration?


  • Which are your favorite studios, designers or agencies?

    Archigram (what is Archigram?)

  • Who do you side with: Team Mac or Team PC?


  • Is your city a good place for designers?

    It is a great place. Tokyo is filled with a lot information and color.

  • Which technologies are you excited about?

    Realtime Web Technology

  • How many hours do you work each week?

    50 hours

  • Do you listen to music while you work? Describe your playlist.

    I am listening to the sound track of the movie.

    The Thing



    Star Trek

    Tron Legacy

    Sin City



  • What is your favorite book?

    The Design of Everyday Things, by Donald Norman

  • What is your favorite sport?