My name is Joanna (Jojo) Tanigawa and I am a Graphic Designer. Recently graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. I am originally from Honolulu, Hawaii and love to spread what locals call the, "Aloha Spirit". It is a state of mind of friendliness, love, and caring for others. By incorporating this positive attitude, I treat my work that I produce like children of my own. Putting great care and detail into each project I'm faced with. My Hawaii roots have taught me to always listen to what others have to say and have an open mind to everything. I love typography and creating new exciting ideas for various projects. Graphic Design first inspired me through my 3 years of yearbook staff in High School. By physically holding the end product after all the hard work is very uplifting and satisfying.
The Academy of Art University has helped me realize I have exceptional skills in typography, a keen eye for detail, packaging, meeting deadlines, critiquing, organizing and researching data. Designing a simple yet bold idea to the audience is a constant strive.
A few achievements I have received in my 2 1/2 years at the Academy of Art University are my package design and typography skills. The Academy of Art University showcases a yearly Annual Spring Show of the students best work in all majors. I was chosen in 2011 & 2010 for package design (REI Store Rebranding) and typography (4 typography posters). Another achievement I received was an print full page print & online ad for the Academy of Art University Student Feature Spotlight in the San Francisco Chronicle: December 25th Issue.
"To me good design means as little design as possible.
Simple is better than complicated. Quiet is better than loud.
Unobtrusive is better than exciting. Small is better than large. Light is better than heavy. Plain is better than coloured. Harmony is better than divergency. Being well balanced is better than being exalted. Continuity is better than change. Sparse is better than profuse. Neutral is better than aggressive. The obvious is better than that which must be sought. Few elements are better than many. A system is better than single elements." —Dieter Rams
Giving back to the community and helping others is my main belief in designing and life. My professional goal is to create and communicate ideas to an audience that will both better the world and/or help our community. With the mindset of creating art work for a better tomorrow is what drives me.
Other than learning more about myself with living on my own for the first time, I have gained a greater confidence in myself as a designer and as a person.
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Below is a link to my Resume