Yūma NaitōGraphic Designer
HELLO!Growing up in Tokyo, I developed my interest in creative world through playing with Microsoft Paint as a child. I encountered Breakdance culture back in high school which has been helping me understand the importance of teamwork, unique approach, form-making, and storytelling to this day. I received a degree in Business in Japan as lots of my friend. However, I decided to move out of the small island in the Pacific Ocean to the States to seek new adventures and experiences in the creative field.
I'm driven by curiosity, observation, thinking, and translating complex ideas into slick, exciting stories. I am always looking for meaningful encounters and connections that lie in society and beyond. And yet, I am not afraid to deconstruct and alienate my findings in my creative process.
My name is Yuma Naito, a transmedia graphic designer who recently graduated with distinction from ArtCenter College of Design. You can find me spinning on a dance floor, or watching Friends on Netflix at a coffee shop.
AWARDS↓07.2018Core77 Community Choice PrizeCategory Winner—AFROPUNK Festival06.2018Core77 Design Awards 2018Winner—AFROPUNK Festival04.2018Art Directors Club 96th Annual AwardsSilver Winner—AFROPUNK Festival02.2018Type Directors Club 64: Communication Design CompetitionTypographic Excellence Winner—AFROPUNK Festival
01.2018Communication Arts Magazine: Typography AnnualAward of Excellence Winner—AFROPUNK Festival
12.2017Graphis New Talent Annual 2018Silver Winner—AFROPUNK Festival
12.2017HOW International Design AwardsMerit Award Winner—AFROPUNK Festival
09.2017Adobe Design Achievement AwardsFinalist in Commercial Print—AFROPUNK FestivalSemifinalist in Social Impact Graphic Design—AFROPUNK Festival
11.2016Art Directors Club 96th Annual AwardsGold Winner—Space X
11.2016HOW International Design AwardsOutstanding Achievement Winner—Space X
09.201653rd Annual American Graphic Design AwardsStudent Design Winner—Made in Japan
09.2016Adobe Design Achievement AwardsDesignation in Commercial Print—Space XSemifinalist in Social Impact Print —Mindset, Commercial Print—Made in Japan, and Fine Art Motion Graphics—5x5
04.2015–04.2018ArtCenter College of Design Department Scholarship
RECOGNITIONS↓SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:The Designer's Dictionary of TypeThe World's Best Type and Typography: The Annual of the Type Directors Club Communication Arts Magazine: Typography Annual 8HOW Design Magazine: Spring 2017 and Spring 2018 issueGraphic Design USA Magazine: Winter 2016 issue
SELECTED ONLINE PRESS:Fast CompanyAdobe Creative Cloud JapanHow Design (Interview)How Design (7 Design Students with Crazy-Good Online Portfolios)Print Magazine (The Future is Bright)Graphic Design USAAdobe Design Achievement AwardsIt’s Nice That (Interview)ForbesBehance Gallery (AIGA, Graphic Design, and Indesign)Fonts in Use (Staff Pick)The One Club (Art Directors Club)Design Ideas (Author)Font ReviewJournallDezeenDesigner DailyBashookaFIND ME:LinkedinBehanceInstagramfirstname.lastname@example.org