Juho works with various creative technologies such as UI/UX, 3D printing, parametric design, and creative automation.
Juho has worked with interfaces of all kinds, both digital and physical. When the web began emerging in the mid 90's, he was among the early web developers in the world. These were the days when you had to run your own server and this has influenced his relationship with technology.
Juho has created websites and interfaces using everything from Notepad to Figma over the years. He also understands the infrastucture what goes behind these experiences. The knowledge of how technologies such as Microsoft Azure, DigitalOcean, Terraform, etc. work, helps a lot in the design process and benefits the client.
Since the early 90's Juho has used various 3D CAD packages such as Alias StudioTools, Rhinoceros, 3ds Max, Maya, Blender, Grasshopper, Dynamo, Modo, Softimage, Houdini, Pixar Renderman etc. He is skilled in Class A surfaces in Alias.
The platforms he has used include such as Silicon Graphics IRIX, Linux, MacOS, Sun Solaris, DOS and Windows.
Juho has used 3D printing since 1999. Ever since it has been a standard tool in his design projects. He is familiar with various 3D printing materials ranging from plastics to metals. Data optimization is also a key topic Juho works with.
He was also a member of "Shapeways Crew" a group of dedicated Shapeways community members who are creative leaders and visionaries.
Juho has given consulting services to various companies and entities including the Osaka City government regarding 3D printing.
Parametric design, algorithms and AI offer endless new possibilities in both 2D and 3D. Parametric design offers easy mass customization of designs no matter what the output media is. Dozens or hundreds or thousands of design variations, applications, touchpoints or keyvisuals can be created in a moment and on demand. Juho uses these technologies in the creative workflow and also in final deliverables.
He also uses tools such as Python, Raspberry Pi and Arduino for creating unique creative technology solutions for clients.
Influenced by his architect father and jewelry designer sculptor mother, Juho was raised with a plethora of traditional creative tools around him. He created something at home every day. Not only would he draw but he learned how to cast objects in plaster and silicone when very young. Juho still uses everything from a pen or a paint brush to a glue gun when sketching new ideas.
Besides his industrial design activities Juho Viitasalo has worked with the research and development of nanomaterials. This includes areas such as molecular powders, superconductors and graphene.
Nanomaterials offer exciting possibilities for industrial design and product development in the future. Heat dissipation, antimicrobial and antiviral coatings are a few interesting examples.