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Hi, I’m Nathan.
I have experience in Visual Design, Animation, Team & Project Management, Illustration, Photography, and Art.

I’ve developed branding and print materials for three Smithsonian exhibitions: CTRL+ALT, ‘Ae Kai, and the 2017 Asian American Literature Festival. I’m part of the Media and Communications team for Holy Trinity Church in the D.C. Metro Area, where I do everything from web and layout design to illustrating children’s books and creating animated music videos. In college, I was the Advertising Design Manager at the University of Hawaii Student Media Board, where I led the program to over 10 national awards.

I have the work ethic, experience, communication skills, and versatility to create the perfect solution for your design needs. Let's make something together.

EXPERIENCE

[Primary Work] // [Secondary Work]

Visual Designer
Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (Since 2016)
Branding, Illustration, Layout Design // Photography, Social Media, Art

Media + Communications
Holy Trinity Church (Since 2016)
Branding, Illustration, Layout & Web Design // Photography, Animation, Social Media

Communications
Harbor Church Hawaii (Since 2012)
Branding, Illustration, Layout & Web Design // Animation, Social Media

Freelancer (Since 2009)
Visual Design, Animation, Photography, Web Design, Branding, Illustration

Advertising Design Manager
UH Student Media Board (2015 - 2017)
Design Team Leadership, Oversight of Print, Social Media, and Online Advertisements, Oversight of In-House Marketing Campaigns, Design Consultation, Layout Design, Advertising Design, Branding, Illustration, Photography, Social Media

PHILOSOPHY

CREATIVITY IS ONLY VALUABLE AS LONG AS IT IS ANCHORED BY WORK ETHIC, COMMUNICATION, AND PROFESSIONALISM.
As a Creative Professional, if I am being paid for my work, it is my obligation to behave with the same work ethic and level of professionalism as a paid employee in any other field.

ART SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE. ART SHOULD BE ACCESSIBLE.
Art should make the world a better place for everyone and push society forward, not create a culture of elitism.

CREATIVE THINKING IS NOT A REPLACEMENT FOR CEREBRAL THINKING (AND VICE VERSA).
Creativity should be strategic and pragmatic. Logic should have heart.

SPECIALISTS ARE THE PAST. GENERALISTS ARE THE FUTURE.
With the evolution of technology and the wealth of information available, the notion that one should master a single skill is obsolete. Learn as much as you can, and do it all to the best of your ability.

INNOVATIVE DESIGN CAN SAVE THE WORLD.
The concept behind design— finding the best possible, most efficient, and most beautiful way to do something— can save the world. This concept, when applied to infrastructure, energy, and medicine, makes the world a better place to live; design in visuals, fashion, film, and soundscapes makes everyday life worth living.

let's get to work.

hello@nathanyk.com