Currently based in New York, Takuma is an interactive designer who has experience designing for the responsive web, mobile apps, kiosks, and media walls to immersive content. His passion is to help build a product in its most minimal form with several thoughtful details like micro-interactions and inventive navigation.
Acted as head of design for a new internal venture project; directed product design decisions for a new B2B product with stakeholders from different departments, including management, content, and technology.
Defined product scopes, mapped user flows, and created rapid prototypes to get feedback from potential customers and internal stakeholders.
Directed the product design strategy and execution for the award-winning social news app as a product manager, formerly head of design for the platform department.
Worked on defining project goals, ideating design solutions, mapping flow diagrams, and crafting exportable designs.
Technologies: Adobe, Sketch, Figma, Mobile UX Design, Prototyping, Mobile UI Design, Visual Design, Style Guides
Senior UI/UX Designer
2016 - 2018
Adapted Android material design for The Wall Street Journal's (WSJ) new editorial product series written and curated for mobile experiences.
Created the UX design for the Facebook Messenger bot for the WSJ. Dow Jones was the launch partner with Facebook for its bot products.
Designed the UX/UI for a new experimental web portal for a new educational platform which eases finding the right editorial content for professors and students.
Worked as the UX/UI designer for a VR experience for real-state content. The VR experience includes the exploration of different market cities and a 360 experience of each property.
Acted as the UX/UI designer for future editorial product concepts.
Technologies: Adobe Experience Design (XD), InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, Mobile App Design, Product Design, Figma, Mobile UX Design, Prototyping, Mobile UI Design, Style Guides
2012 - 2015
Acted as interactive director and UX/UI designer, I bridged clients and internal teams by leading design solutions and clear, interactive prototypes. Defined clients' problems, strategized design solutions, and managed executions.
Worked on the process involving mapping user flows, crafting initial designs and schematic videos for proposals, and programming complex interactive prototypes using tools like Unity or openFrameworks.
Worked on Interactive Media Wall for Kiko Milano as a strategist and interactive director; Peach Aviation (Japan's leading LCC) as UX designer and strategist; OPENING CEREMONY digital store as strategist and PJM.
Technologies: Adobe After Effects, InVision, Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Prototyping, Mobile UI Design, Visual Design, Style Guides
Project Manager | UI Designer
2009 - 2012
Panasonic Digital Communication
Managed the project for rebranding the retail experience for the major banks. The project management involves managing the deliveries for the hardware, applications, and some interface software between those.
Crafted the UI design for an interactive kiosk at a high-end shopping mall in Japan.
Designed the UI for an interactive kiosk for brick and mortar stores for Panasonic mobile phones.