Ken Tanabe: Resume
Selected Design Positions

Google Creative Lab (New York)
Creative (Freelance)
Multiple contracts from June 2013-Feb. 2014

  • Worked with multidisciplinary teams on multiple confidential projects to imagine and develop future Google products; concept, design, animation, prototyping

Imaginary Forces (New York)
Creative Director, Art Director, Designer, Animator (Permalance)
Multiple contracts from Aug. 2008-June 2015

  • Confidential project (interactive design): a high-traffic, media-rich website and matching apps for tablets and mobiles; creative direction, design, user experience, presentation
  • Lincoln Center Infopeel (experience design): a system of branded content for a large-scale outdoor video display, part of Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s architectural redesign; art direction, concept, design, animation, and presentation
  • Times Square Alliance Visitor Center (experience design): media surfaces, multi-screen displays, and exhibits; concept, design, and animation
  • The Mummy III (film titles): animation

Freestyle Collective (New York)
Senior Designer/Animator (Staff)
Sept. 2005-Jan. 2007

  • BET J: a network redesign including ID’s, logo animations, menus, and a style guide: design, animation, direction of 3D artists and animators
  • Comedy Central: a promo for a new season of South Park; design, animation
  • Additional clients: Additional clients: American Express, Samsung, Fuel TV, Polo Ralph Lauren, AMC, Tempo Network, Nike, Lady Foot Locker, Alltel Wireless, Apple, TJ Maxx, Staples

AKQA/Magnet Interactive (Washington, DC)
Designer (Staff)
June 2000-Oct. 2001

  • DuPont: website page designs for their Stainmaster carpets; design
  • WorldCom: a logo and website design for their “D Street” small business products; design
  • Noor: a website design and market research in Cairo, Egypt for an internet solutions provider; design, research

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Selected Freelance Design
  • Beyoncé at the UN (2012): Immersive large-scale experience design for “I Was Here” performance in honor of World Humanitarian Day via NYC studio Dirt Empire; art direction, technical direction
  • Gretel (Multiple contracts from 2012-2015): Confidential project (motion design): a branding system for a leading multi-platform media property; technical direction, design lead, project organization, presentation. Google Chromebook takeover of multiple Times Square video billboards for Black Friday weekend 2012; technical direction
  • Offspring (2009): Ford Fusion television commercials; animation, compositing
  • Beijing Olympics (2008): Opening ceremony visualizations with artist Cai Guo Qiang; animation
  • McCann-Erickson/MRM Worldwide (2008): Video montage to promote agency capabilities; animation

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Selected Independent Design
  • Pentatonix (2013): designed album art for “PTX, Vol. II,” which included their Grammy-winning single “Daft Punk”; art direction, design
  • Brooklyn Historical Society (Multiple contracts from 2010-2015): an identity, website design, brochures, and posters for the “Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations” programming series; art direction, design
  • Hafu: The Film (2012): an animated infographic sequence used as the film’s finale and promotional trailer; art direction, design, animation
  • DJ Spooky: Book of Ice (2011): book cover design and poster designs featured in the book; art direction, design

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Selected Teaching & Critique

Distinguished University Teaching Award, 2010

  • From New School University: Parsons School of Design (New York, NY)

Parsons School of Design (New York)
School of Design Strategies:
Strategic Design and Management Program;
School of Art, Media, and Technology:
Design and Technology Program
Part-time Assistant Professor, Jan. 2006-present
Guest Lecturer, Sept. 2003-May 2005

  • Instructor, Information Visualization
  • Instructor, Motion Graphics 2 and 3 (Advanced Techniques and Professional Practices)
  • Instructor, Design Technologies 1 and 2 (Print Design and Interactive Design)
  • Created all content and syllabi for classes above
  • Guided nine students to the Adobe Design Achievement Awards semifinals
  • Graduate and undergraduate teaching experience

Altos de Chavon (Casa de Campo, La Romana, Dominican Republic) Summer Program
Guest Professor: July 2007

  • Instructor, “Diseño Interfaz” (Interface Design): designed the class and syllabus

Yale University: School of Art

  • Guest Critic: Graphic Design (Art 747b): Design for Video and Film (04.22.10)

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Community Organizing

Loving Day (New York)
Founder/President: May 2004-present

  • Developed the world’s largest network of multi- ethnic community celebrations as a design-driven social change project
  • Created a new holiday on the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that legal- ized interracial marriage in the U.S.
  • Featured extensively in the press including CNN, NPR, Time, BBC World, and more
  • Inspired hundreds of events with thousands of participants in cities worldwide
  • Produced annual 1,000+ guest events in New York
  • Managed 100+ event volunteers
  • Officially recognized by the cities of New York, LA, DC, and more
  • Designed project identity, print, and merchandise
  • Designed and coded

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Selected Public Speaking
  • PADIS “The Value of Design” Seminar: Lima, Peru: Engaging New Audiences Through Experiences (02.17.15)
  • Global Public Relations Summit: St. Regis Bal Harbour, Miami: How to Start a Mass Movement (10.29.14)
  • HOW Design Live, Design Conference: Hynes Convention Center, Boston: Design for Non-Profits and Grass Roots Projects (05.14.14)
  • Harvard University: SWAYA Multiracial Issues Conference: Multiethnic Community Collaboration and Growth (03.26.11)
  • DePaul University: Critical Mixed Race Studies Conference: Community Based Multiracial Movements (11.06.10)
  • Parsons The New School for Design: MFA Design and Technology Thesis Symposium, Keynote Speaker (05.09.09)

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Selected Press
  • CNN: “The importance of ‘Loving’ in the face of racism” (06.12.13)
  • Time: “Brief History: Loving Day” (06.11.10)
  • Washington Post: “Loving Day Recalls a Time When the Union of a Man And a Woman Was Banned” (06.13.06)
  • Print Magazine: The Daily Heller: “Post-Racial Holiday?” (07.07.11)
  • Cool Hunting: “Loving Day Celebrations” (05.28.09)

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Parsons School of Design (New York)
MFA, Design & Technology: Sept. 2002-May 2004

  • Focus on motion graphics and interactive design
  • 3.95 cumulative GPA (one B+ over 2 years)

University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
BA, Fine Art/Graphic Design: Sept. 1996-Dec. 1998

  • Graduated one semester early, 4.0 GPA (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Valedictorian for art department
  • Focus on print and interactive design

New School University: Classes (New York)

  • Business Management (Fall 2011)
  • Entrepreneurship (Fall 2011)
  • Basic Accounting (Spring 2007)
  • The Nonprofit: Idea to Reality (Spring 2007)


  • Fluent in English and French
  • Student of Spanish and Japanese

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