Lance Kitagawa

Lance Kitagawa


Work History

Work History
2008 - 2009


IE | Design & Communications

I have learned more at IE Design in less than a year than I've learned in all of my work history combined. From techniques, to design principles, to production and pre-press processes. I have been able to work on high profile clients such as Dole, USC, UCLA, Transamerica, NatureMade and University of North Carolina. The environment at IE is fast paced, collaborative, and inspiring. 

2004 - 2008

Designer / Art Director


mediaPORTFOLIO is a small cross media design firm with a diverse range of clients. I started as a designer and developed art directing skills. Due to our small size and emphasis on cross media, I was encouraged to collaborate with other designers and required to wear many hats. Thus, I gained valuable experience in branding, web, video, and print design as well as production, prepress, and script writing. Most importantly I learned how to take care of each client's respective needs through effective communication and great design.  

2003 - 2004

Director / Video Editor


Created video on dvd for Celebrity Golf Tournaments.  Filmed the event.  Designed dvd cover and all graphics. Created soundtrack.  Interviewed Celebrities and Event Officials.  Edited it all together into a memorable and unique package.  

2002 - 2003

Junior Designer

Liquid Agency Brand Marketing

My experience at Liquidwas eye opening as I got my first taste of the business side of design.  

I relished the opportunity to be involved in client meetings and presentations as well as collaborating on many interesting projects.  


2000 - 2003

Bachelor of Fine Arts - Graphic Design

After an unsuccessful stint at UC Davis where I aimed to become a doctor, I ended up following an artistic path and ended up in beautiful San Francisco (very close to Pac Bell Park.)  I had some amazing teachers at CCA, all of whom are practicing designers in the Bay Area.



Print Production + Craftsmanship


Creating Original Music or Choosing the Best Music for a Soundtrack

Branding Design

Copy Writing

Video Editing


All of the latest design programs on mac and pc:  Adobe CS4, Photoshop, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Dvd Studio Pro, Adobe After Effects, Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash, Quark Xpress,  Word, Excel, Powerpoint.


2006 Telly Awards

Gold Award | Film/Video 

"Sacrifice: An American Story"

2004 Art Directors Club New York


"The Mute Experiment"


Simple. Strong. Sophisticated. I'm looking for any opportunity where creativity is celebrated along with originality and conceptual thinking. I want to create memorable brands. I want to tell great stories through video. I want to create designs that will help a company succeed. And I want to help inspire others.