Designer, Joven “Jojo” Leviste, has the skill, aptitude, and experience needed to excel in today’s industrial design world. A Bachelor in Science graduate with honors from the Art Institute, N. Hollywood, Jojo received certification as a graphic designer from the Simi Valley Adult School. Prior to that, he was degreed in interior design by the Philippine School of Interior Design.
Jojo’s education and his experience show in his work, used here in the Los Angeles area in conceptual designs for new industrial applications at Reeve Store Equipment Co. Typically, these begin as renderings that eventually become products produced by his company, such as an intricate kiosk.
A recent sketch has ended up as a portable microwave and drink dispenser. Jojo often uses hand-drawn sketches to develop his ideas. Once he has approval of his sketches, he uses 3D computer-aided design/computer-aided manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software, Autodesk Inventor, to flesh out and finalize his artwork.
“Autodesk Inventor uses internal hyperlinks embedded into assembly, drawing, and presentation files in order to ensure proper updating of files as the modeling and subassemblies change. This is similar to object linking and embedding (OLE) in that when the referenced file changes, the corresponding document updates accordingly” (cadalyst.com/IMAGINiT Technologies).
Artimusi. How would you describe the artwork you do?
Jojo. Unlike fine art of painting or art in music, the product of my work is not a derivative of my own personal interpretation. It is an artwork that is being conceptualized through a design process originated from an information provided by a client.
Artimusi. What tools do you use in your art from concept to finish?
Jojo. It would start from different sketches and finalize a concept using 3D model software.
Artimusi. What are your best art subjects: people, objects, or both?
Jojo. Mostly it is an object being used for Visual merchandising purposes.
Artimusi. Who or what helped you the most to get to this point in your career?
Jojo. It is my affection towards design and its engineering process.
Artimusi. Where do you to do your artwork?
Jojo. I am employed and has been employed by several companies
Artimusi. Do you render your artwork at home as well as your workplace?
Jojo. Yes, the technology we have now allows me to do this.
Artimusi. Do you sell your artwork on the side?
Jojo. No. As an employee everything I do in behalf of the company is its property.
Artimusi. Are you also a musician? If so, what is your chief instrument(s)?
Jojo. Yes I would like to say so. Besides singing in the choir I also play acoustic guitar and electric bass.
Artimusi. What are your future, long-term plans?
Jojo. It has been my aspiration to have my own company and I hope that someday God would grant me that desire for His glory.
Jojo is married to Gigi. Together they have two sons and live in Santa Clarita, California.