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Creative Director, CANNON DESIGN Shanghai Office
Japanese Graphic Designer/Art Director who was born and raised in Tokyo. Then I have lived and worked in the US and the Netherlands for over 20 years. Then in 2010, China was calling and now I am in Shanghai. For the past 19 years, I have worked in the fields of advertising, graphic design, architecture and publishing for American, Dutch, British, Finnish, and Japanese firms. Through my experience as an art director/graphic designer, I have often been part of teams with copywriters and other creatives, conceptualizing and creating various ads and other design projects to their successful completion. I am confident of my abilities as a designer to deliver good results under tight deadlines on my own, but have also proven myself as a good team player to support others in achieving a common goal. Currently I am working as a creative director for an American architecture firm CANNON DESIGN. I am in charge of their in-house re-branding effort for which we released a new logo and stationery as a VI refresh campaign. I also work on branding for the clients of CANNON DESIGN so that the firm can offer a whole package of architectural design AND branding services. Besides design and advertising work, I have been organizing since 2006 an annual Japanese film and culture festival called CAMERA JAPAN (www.camerajapan.nl) in the Netherlands. I act as a festival director/creative director for it. Specialties: Creative Direction, Art Direction, Graphic Design, Event Organization, Coordination, Translation (English>Japanese, Japanese>English, Dutch>Japanese)
DESIGN / ADVERTISING / PUBLISHING Maccreanor Lavington Architects: Rotterdam, The Netherlands (www.maccreanorlavington.com) 2005 - 2009 Graphic Designer / Art Director Create all the graphical print materials, portfolio, competition submissions and website, as well as conceptualizing and designing the presentations and publications for an architectural firm. Also handle all their PR works. Jackee Lee Clark : Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2004 - 2005) Graphic Designer (Freelance) Itasho Media, Inc. /Fusou-sya publishing : New York, USA / Tokyo, Japan (www.amedori.net) 2001 - 2004 Graphic Designer / Writer Designed magazine/book covers and page layouts. Conceptualized and art directed ads. Wrote articles and restaurant reviews. USA Networks /Sci-Fi Channel : New York, USA (www.usanetwork.com) (2000 - 2001) Art Director Developed promotion concepts for upcoming original series and movies. Produced them for print, television, and outdoor media. Weiss StaglianoPartners : New York, USA (1999 - 2000) Graphic Designer (Freelance) Renegade Marketing (Dentsu Affiliate) : New York, USA / Tokyo, Japan (2000) Art Director (Freelance) 360 / Gray Worldwide : Atlanta, USA (1996- 1999) Art Director Ogilvy &Mather : Atlanta, USA (1995) Art Director (Freelance) McCann-Erickson Worldwide : Atlanta, USA (1995-1996) Internship COORDINATION, ORGANIZATION & OTHER ACTIVITIES CAMERA JAPAN Festival, Festival Director / Creative Director (www.camerajapa.nl) 2006 edition: Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Den Haag 2007 edition: Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Leiden, Utrecht 2008 edition: Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Breda, Den Haag, Dordrecht, Leiden, Maastricht, Utrecht and Brussels, Belgium 2009 edition: Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Dordrecht, Arnhem, Breda, Tilburg, Leiden Organize a Japanese film and pop-culture festival CAMERA JAPAN (www.camerajapan.nl) in the Netherlands yearly. As a creative director, oversee all the graphic and conceptual aspects of the PR communications (posters, program booklet, flyers, website) and art exhibits, directing graphic/web designers, illustrators and photographers. In September 2008, the festival is returning for the third year and scheduled to add more locations in the Netherlands (Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Leiden, Utrecht, Breda, Doordrecht, Maastricht), and go abroad for the first time. (Brussels, Belgium) CAMERA JAPAN has now grown to become the largest Japan related festival in the Benelux 'Festilab' ideeŽnprijsvraag: Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2005) (Collaboration with Dirk Zschunke) The concept for “Eat This City”, an outdoor culinary festival for the city of Rotterdam was chosen to be one of the final three ideas for “categorie innovatie” out of 226 submissions International Filmfestival Rotterdam (2006, 2008) Translator Simultaneous translation for the film director in focus Shunichi Nagasaki(2006), and Masahiro Kobayashi(2008) for Q&A’s, introduction speeches and interviews. DynamoWorks: Amsterdam, The Netherlands / 2008 - present Translator Dutch to Japanese translation of website, documents, etc. Visual Data Media Services, Inc. : Burbank, California, USA (2004-present) Translator - Freelance Translate Japanese Animes episodes and feature films to English for subtitling. Translate PR, advertising and entertainment related text documents from English to Japanese, and vice versa. Showroom MAMA : Rotterdam, The Netherlands (2004) Artist Coordinator / Translator Acted as a liaison between Japanese artists and the gallery, handling all the necessary arrangements for bringing exhibits and artists over from Japan to the Netherlands EDUCATION Portfolio Center : Atlanta, VS | Art Direction (1993 - 1995) Rikkyo St. Paul University :Tokio, Japan | Bachelor of Arts- Business Administration (1981 - 1988) COMPUTER Proficient on Adobe CS3 (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign), Quark Xpress, Microsoft Office, General knowledge on HTML and CMS LANGUAGES Japanese (native), English (fluent), Dutch (conversational), Mandarin (basic) OTHER Yes. I love to eat and I've been told I was a good cook.