It was the first time I was surrounded by other creative people. It challenged me to be better than the person sitting next to me.
1996 Graduate, Associate of Science degree in Industrial Design,The Art Institute of Pittsburgh
Joby Harris is taking his creativity to other worlds, working as a visual strategist for NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He collaborates with designers to create branding, visual concepts, art exhibits, and short films for proposed, current, or future space missions. The goal of his work is to inspire the scientists working on the missions—and to educate the public about the work being done by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
As a freelance designer and director, Joby Harris works as a graphic designer, model artist, digital sculptor, and director. “Everyday I balance between graphic design projects, continuing to learn, and editing and directing music videos for clients. My day is spent multitasking!” Joby worked on the creation of the motion picture movie poster for “Cowboys and Aliens.” He’s also sculpted suits for “Star Trek Enterprise” and created props for “Cat in the Hat,” “Bruce Almighty,” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” Joby has also created materials for Mosaic that helped to recruit people for humanitarian efforts.
He places value in quiet time—and uses that time to open his mind to creative thinking. “While everyone else is on their smartphones or laptops, I make time not to be attached and to remove myself from some quiet time, and that is where my most creative ideas come from—from quieting my life.” Joby, who in 1996 earned an Associate of Science degree in Industrial Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, states that he enjoys both the “ideation phase and the design phase where I can work on concept design and illustration or model making. That is the moment when all the pieces come together.”
Joby believes that his education helped him to become successful as a creative artist. “When I started at The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, it was the first time I was surrounded by other creative people. It challenged me and motivated me to try to be better than the person sitting next to me.” He believes that aspiring creative should surround themselves by the right people—and learn the fundamentals. “[Having the] foundational skills of drawing, sketching, technique, etc.—this makes all the difference.”