Work History

Work History
Oct 2003 - Present

Consultant

Diverse Clientele in Food, Art, Market Research, Electronics, Beauty and Community

Ideated and executed projects ranging from logos, trade show graphics, invitations for corporate events, advertising, promotional collateral and packaging. Specific Clients including Vice & Virtue, Hatsumi Suyama Pottery, Q Research Solutions, EPOCH Microelectronics, Sunstar, SCN Design, Shu Uemura / Art of Hair, JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge

Aug 2009 - Nov 2009

Consultant

Creed Strategic Imaging

Develop and execute many touch points ranging from packaging, in-store merchandising, collateral, sales and marketing support materials for Fekkai account.

Jan 2007 - Aug 2009

Senior Graphic Designer

Procter & Gamble Beauty/Frederic Fekkai

- Worked closely with the Creative Director to develop an evolving look for Fekkai to help push the brand to be more visually cohesive and modern. - Led creative development on current and new launch packaging, from concept to production to photoshoot.- Developed and executed many touch points ranging from packaging, in-store merchandising, collateral, sales and marketing support materials for Fekkai’s expanding line of luxury hair products.  - Conceptualized holiday designs that were embraced by retailers.- Had an integral part in the launch of Salon Color, Fekkai’s first at-home hair color system, which was a complex initiative that involved custom tooling, 20 shades and complex inserts.

Jun 2003 - Sep 2006

Senior Designer

Revlon

- Led the creative development process from concept to production for the launch of Vital Radiance, a new cosmetics line. - Conceptualized and art directed 2005 Revlon brand promotional display graphics, packaging and collateral for the mass retailers and internal departments. - Ideated with the Creative Director, a consistent yet a more polished look for Revlon to help rebrand the company in a more premium, upscale fashion. - Other responsibilities include working with and negotiating with outside vendors, as well as being closely involved in the pre-press to production process.

Education

Education
1998 - 2002

BFA

Rhode Island School of Design
2001 - 2001

Poster Design

Hochschule fur Gestaltung und Kunst
2000 - 2000

Asian Studies

Sophia University

Skills

Skills

Photography

Printmaking: silkscreening, letterpress

Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator

Summary

A Japanese-American graphic designer born and raised in New Jersey, I studied Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design. With a BFA, and after years of working for small to large scale clientele in diverse industries in and around New York City, I have decided to hop across the Atlantic to see what was on the other side. Absorbing new landscapes, experiencing different cultures and realizing the variety in visual communication is an inspiration to me in my design and personality. When not working on projects, I enjoy challenging myself with my next new adventure, including skydiving, hiking above the clouds, walking on the ocean floor, and especially dissecting maps.

Objective

I draw from a wide range of aesthetics and design expertise as a graphic designer who has worked in various industries from beauty to micro-electronics. My diverse background gives me the ability to generate innovative ideas, while keeping the end-user in mind. Concept and identity that is visually communicated honestly and innovatively is the objective of my designs. I am a creative and collaborative designer with extensive experience in brand development, package design, in-store graphics, and marketing/sales/promotional collateral. I am able to quickly generate new and innovative ideas while working closely with colleagues to drive projects through to completion. I have a personal interest in sustainability, design research, brand strategy, human factors, and social projects. Some of the services that I provide are: - establishing and maintaining brand consistency and 360 degree branding from Marketing/Brand strategy. - rebranding and launching new brands from concept to production. - problem solving merchandising, in-store graphics, and packaging issues focusing on quality, exposure, and marketability to customers. - designing PR materials, Marketing and Sales collateral, corporate identities, stationery, editorial layouts, package design, display, and signage. I am interested in full-time and consulting work.

Interest

Art and Design 

Black and White photography, Antique and alternative process photography,  Silkscreening, Lithography, Intaglio, Jewelry, Ceramics, Letterpress

Community

Member of the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) since 2007Member of the Stanton Street CSA supporting local farmers and sustainable agricultureVolunteer for New York Cares

Personal

Sponateneous trips, skydiving, hang gliding, hiking, floating in the ocean at night and staring at the stars, exploring cities, culture and cuisine, pole dancing, drawing, house painting, photography, learning new languages