I am a dynamic, experienced designer seeking to collaborate with
intelligent, enthusiastic people on challenging digital media assignments.
My versatile hard skills in visual design, photography and product
development are complemented by softer skills in strategy refinement
and socio-cultural understanding. Above all, I love what I do and
like to share in the fun of teamwork in the process.
Photographer, Designer & Lecturer, 4/02 present
Based in Kyoto and San Francisco.
Conceptualize and implement digital media projects with cultural
and educational emphasis. Provide strategic support and advice for interface design, usability
and end-to-end user experience analysis.
Lecturer for the Communication Design Group at the Creative Design College in Kyoto (Zokkei Daigaku).
Art Director, Interaction Design, 7/00 3/02
Modem Media (formerly Vivid Studios), San Francisco
Led the visual design development for interactive advertising and
mar-com web sites for the likes of Michelin, Hewlett-Packard, Personify.com
and Intel Home Computing. Co-designed the award-winning surfer online
magazine Swell.com. Realized projects from rough drafts to implementation
for online and print.
Sr. User Interface Designer, 8/99 7/00
NetAbacus, San Francisco
Co-designed the UI design and front-end engineering for a purchase
order web application. Contributed to a successful naming and branding
project. Responsible for company's cross-media implementation of
identity design. Did information architecture, user interface design,
front-end technology strategy, design and implementation.
Lead Designer, 2/98 7/99
Publicity Office, San Francisco State University
Responsible for developing and revising SFSU's web site. Orchestrated
the SFSU site, designed the identity, handled brand integration,
and managed internal and external design resources. Led promotion
campaigns and expansion of publicity services. Created award-winning
event identities and environmental design projects.
Sr. Brand Designer, 4/96 1/98
FutureBrand (formerly The Coleman Group)
Designed product identities and package structures for leading food,
non-food, cosmetics, fragrances and pharmaceutical brands, including
model prototyping. Led global branding projects and managed international
design groups in the New York, London and Hamburg branch offices.
Art Director, Visual Design, 12/95 1/96
NOW Advertising Agency, Basel, Switzerland
Conceptualized and realized ad campaigns for the watch, pharmaceutical,
and paper and service industries. Hand-illustrated numerous presentations
and design concepts. Directed photo shoots and TV commercials.
CI Designer, 12/94 11/95
HEADS (formerly HSB), Zurich, Switzerland
Designed and collaborated on corporate identity programs for consumer
and investment industries as well as cultural institutions. Was responsible
for coaching of trainees and design interns.
Design and Production Supervisor, 7/93 9/94
Urban Promise Print Studios, Camden NJ
Led customer projects from inception to delivery. Was responsible for
design and production team of silk screen studio, as part of a social
integration program for juvenile offenders.
Designer, 8/92 6/93
Atelier August Diener, Zurich, Switzerland
Served large and small clients on a variety of identity and print
projects. Also did project management, planning and systems administration.
User centered design, information architecture, prototyping, front-end engineering, design management. Visual design,
storyboarding, and production of all interface artifacts and assets.
Corporate identity design and brand implementation. Specs documentation,
maintenance management and bug tracking.
BBEdit, DreamWeaver and GoLive. Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla,
Safari. QuarkXPress, InDesign, MacOS X and below.
Familiar: Flash, Acrobat, PowerPoint, FinalCut Pro. MS Office.
Non-computer: Strong use of digital photography, lomography and
camcorder. Traditional visualization and prototyping skills with
a pencil and paper. Potent thinker and brainstormer.
In order of experience: English, German, Japanese, Armenian, French.
FEATURED WORK, PUBLICATIONS
Transart Institute, Linz, photo doc for DVD Presentation 3/07
Hors Ligne, Geneva, photos on The Spirit of Skinship 3/06
Kansai Timeout, Wholesale Market Kyoto, photo centerspread 2/06
Kansai Timeout, Kamogawa River, cover and centerspread 8/05
Shigemori Mirei, Stone Bridge Press, photos & book design 4/05
Bridges of Kyoto, photo concept & design for NCC website 3/05
History of Smoking (Reaktion Books), photo contribution 7/04
Monitor Magazine Moscow, photos on Chinese tobacco culture 7/04
Kamibashi Paper Store, Kyoto Moments photo card series 6/04
Kyoto International Center, photo report on tea picking 5/04
Kyoto Journal Magazine, photo doc on multicultural Japan 3/04
Creative Treatment, No. 5 Street(life) photo contribution 2/04
Kyoto Journal Magazine, Special Issue "Street" 11/03
Kyoto Visitor's Guide, farmer's life 4/03
DreamsByDegrees Records, photography for CD jackets 3/02
Project žGuardian AngelÓ, online photo diary 8/01
Seven Songs on Armenia, social photo booklet 9/98
Friends for Life, social photo report on the innercity 9/95
Soc. of Writers, Editors & Translators, Tokyo; book design 3/06
Total Image Nation, event review, London, 11/05
The Japan Times, interview, Tokyo, 11/05
Kyoto Journal no. 61, Kyoto 10/05
Journal of Japanese Gardening, Rockport, ME, 9/05
Things Asian Magazin, San Francisco 8/05
iKjeld, book review, Ashiya, 04/05
Presentation Zen, event review, Osaka, 4/05
Foundation "M" Award, Transart Institute, Krems (Austria) 6/05
2004 UTNE Indep. Press Award (Design), Kyoto Journal 5/05
Graham Foundation, Adv. Studies in Fine Arts (book support) 7/04
Nissho Iwai Foundation, book making grant 4/04
Japanese Ministry for Agriculture 9/02
Adweek magazine 12/01
Webbies Award 10/01
HOW Magazine Interactive Design Prize (winner) 9/01
Crossroads Fashion 8/01
SFSU MSP Outstanding Achievement Award 1/00
Swiss Ad Gazette 7/98
PRINZ Gallery Kyoto, SLOW KIPA group show, 6/06
Kyoto Int. Community House, PEACEworks KIPA group show, 12/05
Noodle Gallery, San Francisco, Sento Japanese Bath House, 9/05
Honenin Noriba, Kyoto, Asian Treasures Show, 6/04
Swiss Embassy Tokyo, Garden Photos Redefined, 5/04
Kyoto Art Center, Garden Photos Redefined, 4/04
Photo Forum, Usine Gaupillat Paris, 12/01
Fleisher Academy Annual Art Show Philadelphia, 10/95
Culture Center Brugg, Fine Art Talent Expos»e, 9/93
remo media center, Osaka, video screening 06/07
NIPAF'07, Nagoya, performance contribution, 03/01/07
Point B Studio, Williamsburg, Brooklyn/NY, artist talk 02/07
Kid Ailack Hall, Tokyo, Performance Art Today, artist talk 12/06
Apple Store Osaka, Design Matters, guest speaker 11/06
Int. Art Exchange, Zokei University of Art, Kyoto, artist talk 11/06
Apple User Society of Melbourne, Book Design, guest speaker 03/06
The Foreign Correspondent's Club, Tokyo, Book Break speaker 01/06
Good Day Books, Tokyo, Book Notes guest speaker 01/06
Apple Store San Francisco, Book Design, guest speaker 09/05
Apple Store London, Book Design, guest speaker 08/05
Apple Store Osaka, Design Matters, guest speaker 04/05
Art Harbor Gallery Hakodate, artist-in-residence 11/04
Future University Hakodate, guest speaker 10/03
Erika Shuch Dance Project, San Francisco, photographer 7/01
Take Five Theater Company, Zurich, guest photographer 11/98
Graduate studies (MFA) TransArt Institute, 7/05 ongoing
Certificate Multimedia Studies, SFSU, 1/99 - 8/00
Multimedia Internship, Process 39, San Francisco, 9/99 - 12/00
Certificate DTP Program, School of Art Basel, 98, 99
Masters of Graphic Design, School of Art Zurich, 4/89 - 3/93
Certificate Jewelry Design, School of Art Zurich, 4/84 - 3/88
When I'm not working I enjoy spending time with my wife Yuka,
swimming, hiking and baking bread. Interests include photography,
landscape design, performing arts, music, and film.
References available upon request: email@example.com
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