The Pink Tanpopo, the flower of my heart

story


A long long time ago, I was asked, "what is your favorite flower?" Well I answered, "why, a pink dandelion of course."

Since I was in Japan at the time, I really answered "pinku no tanpopo," and it stuck. Thus creating the true flower in my heart, and the source of my inspirations.

At Pink Tanpopo Designs, we LOVE being cute with a touch of unique creativity and simple elegance. Living in a world inspired by Japanese Kawaii, Lolita fashion, and classic elegance, our Pink Tanpopo is always flourishing and in bloom!

I hope that it will bloom in your heart as well.

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Experience:

Lead Creative Designer, YoXi123

2011-Present, Fremont, CA
  • Creating vector assets for Huggy Hearts (a social greeting card application on Facebook) using Illustrator and integrating them into Flash
  • Leading the overall artistic direction of the project and administrating the entire flow from front end to back end of the application.

Brand Manager/Designer, BeCoolTogether

2009-Present, Tokyo Japan
  • Used Illustrator and InDesign to create new logos, business cards and stationary for the company’s two separate branches.
  • Worked with the company’s top client, Hitachi High Technology, to develop original teaching materials and course curriculum for business English classes.

Web Designer, Baby the Stars Shine Bright

2008-2010, Tokyo Japan
  • Designed a multi-lingual web UI under the corporate branding direction.
  • Used Photoshop to retouch product pictures for the online store, catalogs and advertisements.

Freelance Designer

2007-Present, Kounosu Japan
  • Highlighted clients: City of Kounosu, MyAsianFashion.com, TotalmenteDiva, EcoBold, Marrily Inc. Midi Elephant
  • Multi-media: Web, UI, Print, Brand Identity.

Freelance English Instructor

2003-2011, Kounosu Japan
  • Managed the flow of 1 to 1 lessons, small group lessons and large classroom settings
  • Worked with a wide variety of students, ages from 2 to 85, and helped them develop communication competence in English.
  • Designed customized lessons for individual students and classes.

Editorial Assistant, Communication Yearbook

2002-2003, Laramie WY
  • Copyedited academic journal entries under extremely tight deadlines.
  • Coordinated the submission process with the editor,authors and international reviewers.

Public Relations Manager, Western Thunder Marching Band

2000-2002, Laramie WY
  • Produced weekly media guides and distributed them to local and national media outlets.
  • Created promotional materials geared towards high school seniors to help with recruitment for the band

Education:

Master of Arts in Communication

2003, University of Wyoming, Laramie WY
  • Mass Media focus
  • Thesis: Communicating traditional and modern values : the lyrics and images of popular women singers in Japan

Bachelors of Science in Broadcasting

2001, University of Wyoming, Laramie WY
  • Set up the first university sponsored Internet-only radio station in the nation, which provided original, on-demand programing.
  • Internship: Promoted a small music label in San Francisco by creating a clientele database and and making cold calls to media outlets.
  • Technical Skills:

    • Vector Illustration
    • HTML/CSS
    • Adobe Creative Suite
    • Photography
    • Character Design
  • Professional Skills:

    • Japanese (advanced)
    • Teaching/Coaching
    • PR/Promotions
    • Fundraising
    • Classroom Management
  • Volunteer:

    • Cheer for Life
    • Cheer for a Cause
    • Cheer for Peace
    • Kappa Kappa Psi
    • Nippon Volunteer Kai
  • Hobbies:

    • Health and Fitness
    • Cheerleading
    • Marathon
    • Pop Culture
    • Music and Dance


Since 2009. Copyright (c) 2009 PINK TANPOPO DESIGNS. All Rights Reserved.