Takuma Kakehi, Designer in Baltimore, MD, United States
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Takuma Kakehi

Verified Expert  in Design


Baltimore, MD, United States
Toptal Member Since
January 6, 2017

Takuma is a product and interaction designer with a decade of versatile industry experience. He is proficient in translating abstract ideas into tangible and actionable product designs, aligning with business goals, and refining design details, including design systems. Skilled in UI/UX, motion graphics, product management, and understanding user psychology, Takuma is efficient in delivering designs within tight deadlines and is excited to learn about your project and contribute his expertise.


Work Experience

Senior Director Product Design

2020 - PRESENT
SPEEDA Edge | Uzabase
  • Defined the product scopes for the MVP and created a series of tangible prototypes—with the business plan still in its abstract stage—to validate our product-market fit and refine the business plan.
  • Communicated our designs with users to gather feedback and ensure a user-centric design. Through this process, we successfully introduced and refined new features based on feedback from early and potential users.
  • Led the design team and facilitated communication among diverse stakeholders, including marketing, sales, customer success, and the CEO.
  • Served as the lead designer; utilized design tools such as Figma and live prototypes in React applications to guide the design output and overall design process for the entire team.
Technologies: Adobe, Figma, InVision, Sketch, Webflow, React, Front-end, Product Design, Prototype, Responsive Web Apps, Responsive Web Design (RWD)

Head of Design

2018 - 2020
  • 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 obtain 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, Mobile, Product Design, Design Systems, Prototype, Mobile App Design

Senior UI/UX Designer

2016 - 2018
Dow Jones
  • 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, Prototype

UI/UX Designer

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, Product Design, Prototype

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.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Product Design, Prototyping, Style Guides, Prototype
2021 - 2021

Continuing Education in Cinema4D

School of Visual Arts - New York, NY

2020 - 2020

Continuing Education in Advanced Motion Graphics with After Effects

School of Visual Arts - New York, NY

2003 - 2008

Bachelor of Architecture in Architectural Design

Pratt Institute - New York, NY, USA


Design a User Experience for Social Good & Prepare for Jobs

Google | via Coursera


Build Dynamic User Interfaces (UI) for Websites

Google | via Coursera


Create High-Fidelity Designs and Prototypes in Figma

Google | via Coursera


Conduct UX Research and Test Early Concepts

Google | via Coursera


Build Wireframes and Low-Fidelity Prototypes

Google | via Coursera


Start the UX Design Process: Empathize, Define, and Ideate

Google | via Coursera


Foundations of User Experience (UX) Design

Google | via Coursera


Sketch, Illustrator CC, InVision, Figma, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Tableau, Adobe, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Adobe CC, Canvas, Cinema 4D


CSS, JavaScript, HTML, HTML5, JADE

Industry Expertise

Retail & Wholesale, Fashion, Travel & Leisure


Android, iOS, Web, Apple TV, Webflow, Mobile


UI Design, Dashboard Design, Virtual Reality App Design, Data Visualization, Web Design, Immersive Experiences, Product Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), Mobile Design, Mobile App Design, Mobile Applications, Mobile UI, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Interaction Design (IxD), Visual Design, Prototyping, Wireframing, UI Animation, UX Wireframes, Minimalism, Style Guides, Layout Design, Prototype, Branding, UX Design, Sass, SaaS Design, Web App UX, Design Systems, Mobile UX Design, Mobile UI Design, Animation, Beauty Products, Design, Adobe UX, Apps, Android Design Guidelines, Ionic, Apple TV UI, Dashboards, jQuery SVG, Android Camera App, iOS Camera, iBeacon, React, Front-end, DataViz, Product Management, Front-end Development, Innovative UX, Interactive Design, UI Motion, Unity3D, Virtual Reality (VR), B2B, Motion Graphics, Mockups, User Research, Responsive Web Apps

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