I am a design director and visual designer with a passion for building large-scale design systems and campaigns and evolving long-standing corporate identities. I balance strong analytical skills with a keen design sensibility and a desire to deliver meaningful projects with substance. I have over 20 years of experience designing corporate communications for both print and digital applications and activating brands for a variety of clients and industries, including several Fortune 100 companies: Avery Dennison, Boeing, Coca-Cola and Target.
Specialties: Art Direction, Creative Direction, Graphic Design, Information Design, Interaction Design, Mentorship, Visual Design
NakagawaCo, Design Director / January 2016 – Present
Provide creative and art direction, design strategy, project management and graphic design. Deliver solutions for both print and digital application for multiple clients from concept to design and implementation, oversee production and quality assurance of final deliverables.
Key clients: Safeco, Microsoft, INRIX
Digital Kitchen (via Methodologie merger), Creative Director, January 2015 – January 2016
Provided creative direction, big picture thinking and design strategy, functioned as lead designer on multiple projects, oversaw design quality assurance, managed direct reports, and worked with strategists and account directors to assess existing and new client opportunities.
Key clients: Avery Dennison, Boeing, Coca-Cola
Methodologie, Design Director, March 2013 – January 2015
Directly managed design staff, functioned as lead designer on multiple projects, provided creative direction, big picture thinking and design strategy, oversaw design quality assurance, worked with business development, strategy and account teams to assess new and existing client opportunities, directed photo shoots, participated in recruiting and hiring, and collaborated with chief creative officer on firm-wide creative initiatives, design processes and innovation.
Key clients: Avery Dennison, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Target
Methodologie, Senior Designer, June 2008 – March 2013
Lead designer focused on the creation, extension and evolution of large-scale, corporate identities and brand systems, designed solutions for both print and digital application for multiple clients from concept to implementation, oversaw production and quality assurance of final deliverables, directed photo shoots and attended press checks.
Key clients: 3M, Boeing, Gap, Kraft Foods, Qualcomm, Sterling Bank
Methodologie, Designer, June 2005 – June 2008
Designed solutions for both print and digital applications for multiple clients with a focus on websites, annual reports and corporate brochures. Oversaw production and quality assurance of final deliverables and attended press checks.
Key clients: Boeing, Washington Athletic Club, XBox
RocketDog Communications, Designer, June 2002 – June 2004
Responsible for the design and production of marketing materials, annual reports, websites and logos.
Key clients: Evergreen Bank, Partners International, PEMCO
Saltmine, Designer, June 2000 – April 2002
Designed user interfaces for websites and interactive kiosks, collaborated with usability engineers, flash animators, production artists and developers.
Key clients: Bellevue Art Museum, Microsoft, Seattle’s Best Coffee, Torrefazione Italia, Zumiez
Gable Design Group, Designer, June 1996 – June 2000
From unpaid intern to designer, designed logos, brochures, annual reports, t-shirts, posters, newsletters, prepped files for production, attended press checks and answered the office phone.
Key clients: Harborview Medical Center, Intiman Theatre, National CASA, University of Washington
Seattle Central Community College, 1994 – 1996
AAS Graphic Design and Illustration
University of Washington, 1988 – 1992