About

I wake up every morning thinking about how I can contribute to people’s lives with my visual problem solving skills.

With my keen eye for detail and strategic thinking, I aim to remove the complexity out of visual communications on any scale.

I bring a wealth of experience and knowledge from having led successful design projects for some of the world’s most recognizable brands and businesses. Industries served to include automotive, entertainment, financial, food, lifestyle, and technology.

I am currently based in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, California.

Skills

  • Visual Design
  • Brand/Visual Identity Design
  • Information Graphic Design
  • User Interface Design
  • Icon Design/Illustration
  • Website Design/Development
  • Editorial Design

Work Experience

  • LogMeIn/Citrix
    (Santa Barbara, CA. 2015 – 2019)
    Senior Designer/Art Director
  • Rosetta/SapientRazorfish
    (El Segundo, CA. 2013 – 2014)
    Contract Senior Art Director
  • AXIS Inc.
    (Tokyo, Japan, – 2010)
    Graphic Designer/Art Director/Manager
  • NBC
    (Burbank, CA)
    Graphic Designer/Senior Digital Design Manager

Clients/Brands

  • Adobe Inc.Adobe Inc.
  • Avery Dennison CorporationAvery Dennison Corporation
  • Bridgestone CorporationBridgestone Corporation
  • Canon Inc.Canon Inc.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Dentsu Inc.Dentsu Inc.
  • Honda R&D Co., Ltd.Honda R&D Co., Ltd.
  • Japan 2022 Bid CommitteeJapan 2022 Bid Committee
  • Japan AirlinesJapan Airlines
  • Konica Minolta, Inc.Konica Minolta, Inc.
  • LogMeIn, Inc.LogMeIn, Inc.
  • Maruchan Inc.Maruchan Inc.
  • Nissan Motor CompanyNissan Motor Company
  • NTT CorporationNTT Corporation
  • Public StoragePublic Storage
  • Pulp Studio, Inc.Pulp Studio, Inc.
  • Samsung MobileSamsung Mobile
  • Tompkins ConservationTompkins Conservation
  • MUFG Union Bank, N.A.MUFG Union Bank, N.A.
  • Uniqlo Co. Ltd.Uniqlo Co. Ltd.

Education

  • Art Center College of Design
    (Pasadena, CA)
    BFA Graphic/Packaging Design

Tools

  • Adobe IllustratorAdobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesignAdobe InDesign
  • Adobe PhotoshopAdobe Photoshop
  • Adobe XDAdobe XD
  • SketchSketch
  • Sublime TextSublime Text
  • HTML 5HTML 5
  • CSS 3CSS 3

Language

  • EnglishEnglish
  • JapaneseJapanese

Testimonials

[Masaki has] an ability to design for communication that is relatively rare—great sense of visual hierarchy, typographical rhythm and selective color use.

— Former Creative Lead, Citrix

Masaki collaborated with our team to create imagery for a LastPass product launch. Under a tight timeline, he was able to take our ideas and technical concepts and create eye-catching, polished images. He was transparent about his creative process and always open to feedback and collaboration. The creative assets he produced truly enhanced all the communications we sent out to prospects and customers.

— Senior Marketing Automation Manager, LogMeIn

I have to say that [Masaki is] one of the most committed designers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. [Masaki's] positive attitude is a rare find these days - especially on such a challenging piece of business. [Masaki] made even the most unbearable and tricky assignments seem palatable and feasible.

— Former Vice President, Account Management, Rosetta/SapientRazorfish

[Masaki] Gives thorough thought to design needs and broader project scope automatically, and brings a fresh and innovative eye to solving design problems in a quick and helpful way.

— Former Client, Citrix

I honestly wish my cloning machine was finally working. Why? Because I need ten Masakis to complete the 100 projects I am facing right now.

— Former Creative Director, Rosetta/SapientRazorfish