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Hello!

I am an Environmental Graphic Designer (EGD) based in San Jose, California.

I am Brazilian by birth and Japanese by descent. Growing up in São Paulo and Chiba, I learned how to adapt and be comfortable between two contrasting cultures. I love to travel, design, and make and collect things.

はじめまして。
岩田かおると申します。
カリフォルニア在住、ブラジル出身の日本人です。サンノゼ州立大学で工業デザインを学び、現在サインデザイナーとしてサンフランシスコベイエリアでサインはもちろんグラフィック、インテリア、照明、建築、景観デザインなどに関わるお仕事をしております。

Oi! O meu nome é Karen. Sou brasileira, descendente de japones, nascida em São Paulo. Moro na Califórnia desde 2006 e sou formada em Desenho Industrial. Atualmente estou trabalhando como graphic designer na área de sinalização ambiental atendendo vários clientes na região do Vale do Silício. Adoro viajar, conhecer novos lugares e novas culturas e, principalmente, construir “algo” com as minhas próprias mãos.

CONTACT
iwatakaoru@gmail.com

Experience

AP+I Design
Environmental Graphic Designer
(Apr 2018–Oct 2020 Full-time / Nov 2020–Present contract)
As a member of the Environmental Graphic Design team at an interior architectural design firm specializing in corporate office environments for innovative Silicon Valley clients, I helped my team to create spaces that convey our clients’ brand and company culture. While working closely with interior designers and architects my scope of work included exterior and interior signs, wayfinding, 2-D and 3-D focals, and environmental guidelines.

VKK Signmakers
Environmental Graphic Designer & Production Artist
(Jan 2015–Mar 2018)
Designed and generated drawings for manufacturing, installation, design review, permit application processing, and production artwork for various clients around the San Francisco Bay Area. Clients ranged from medical, educational, civic, retail, residential, corporate, and hospitality industries. Projects involved branding, interior and exterior signs, space planning, wayfinding design and code-related signs. Assisted in managing relationships with vendors and manufacturers, and ensured the ordering and organization of materials and samples. Oversaw data collection and documentation for on-site surveys and installations.

A.Bottini Enterprises
Industrial Design Contractor
(Sep 2013–Oct 2014)

Simpler Products
Industrial Design Freelancer
(Jul 2013–Aug 2013)

Wagic, Inc
Industrial Design Intern
(Jul 2011–Aug 2011)

Skills

Software:
– Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
– CAD Tools
– WordPress
– Solidworks
– Keyshot

Design and Fabrication:
– Sketching
– Technical drawing
– Computer rendering
– Wood working
– Model making and prototyping
– Sewing

Other Skills:
– Understanding of architectural scales and drawings
– Knowledgeable about ADA & CBC sign compliance
– Thorough understanding of project process, from programming to implementation
– Ability to collaborate and coordinate directly with a multi-disciplinary team (client, designers, architects, general contractors, fabricators and vendors)
– Understanding the possibilities and limitations of sign design while maintaining the project aesthetic
– Detail oriented, fast, motivated learner

Education

Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design
San Jose State University, 2013

Languages

– English
– Japanese
– Brazilian Portuguese

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