Kazuko Masaryk

  • UI/UX Designer at Fluidra
  • San Diego, California, United States
  • Design

Previous positions

  • Graphic Web Designer / Front-End Developer at Aqua Lung
  • Graphic Designer/ Photographer at Lighthouse San Diego

Education

University of California San Diego, Certificate, Interaction Design Specialization

Background

Summary

I am a UX / UI design designer with experience in a variety of digital product, user interface and user experience designs. I’ve also engaged in design projects at multiple levels, including design strategy and both brand and product design development. I also specialize in working in the global environment with people of varied linguistic and cultural backgrounds. I am skilled at maintaining a strong focus on details without losing sight of project deadlines.

Experience

  • UI/UX Designer

    Fluidra

    April 2019 – Present(6 months)Greater San Diego Area

    Applied user-centered design processes while working collaboratively with cross-functional teams. Developed UI style guides, design systems, wireframes, workflows, and high-fidelity prototypes. Conducted user research, interviews and usability testing to create the user experience as strong and functional as possible. Experience with Agile environment and scrum.

  • Sr. Visual Designer

    Aqua Lung

    March 2016 – Present(3 years 7 months)Greater San Diego Area

    Lead usability studies, UX research and user interface & experience design for the new upcoming swim websites. Delivered high quality design docs: sketches, wireframes, prototypes and specification. Took charge of front-end development and maintenance using tools including HTML, CSS and CMS.

  • Graphic Web Designer / Front-End Developer

    Aqua Lung

    March 2006 – March 2016(10 years)Greater San Diego Area

    Design and develop graphics projects such as brochures, magazine ads, packaging and tradeshow graphics. Maintain content and consumer websites up to date. Design new web pages/tools including Flash animations and movies.

  • Graphic Designer/ Photographer

    Lighthouse San Diego

    March 2004 – March 2006(2 years)Greater San Diego Area

    Overseed and executed all editorial and advertisement design for published newspaper with circulation of over 10,000 throughout San Diego County. Executed all maintenance and upkeep of company’s website

  • Senior Graphic Designer

    Y.S. Planning Co.

    June 1994 – August 2000(6 years 2 months)Hokkaido, Japan

    Executed graphic design for all promotional materials (brochures, packages, magazine ads, and displays). Produced design sketches, illustrations, layouts, art directions and copywriting. Created TV and radio spots. Planned promotional strategy for department stores

Education

  • University of California San Diego

    Certificate, Interaction Design Specialization

    2017 – 2018

    Learn how to design technologies that bring people joy, rather than frustration. Learn how to generate design ideas, techniques for quickly prototyping them, and how to use prototypes to get feedback from other stakeholders like teammates, clients, and users. Also learn principles of visual design, perception, and cognition that inform effective interaction design.

  • University of California San Diego – School of Extended Studies and Public Programs

    Certificate, User Experience (UX) Design

    2014 – 2016

  • O’Reilly School of Technology

    Certificate of Professional Development, Front-end Development

    2015 – 2015

    – JavaScript: An Introduction – Introduction to HTML and CSS

  • Palomar College

    Associate of Arts Degree, Graphic Communications – Internet

    2001 – 2003

  • Obihiro Design School

    Certification, Graphic Design

    1992 – 1994

Languages

  • English

    Full professional proficiency

  • Japanese

    Native or bilingual proficiency

Skills & Expertise

  • Branding
  • Digital Strategy
  • Brochures
  • Graphic Design
  • UX Design
  • JavaScript
  • Case Studies
  • CSS
  • Flash
  • Illustrator
  • Sketch App
  • Wireframes
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Logo Design
  • E-commerce
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Web Development
  • User-centered Design
  • InDesign
  • Interaction Design
  • InVision
  • Photoshop
  • Usability
  • HTML5
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Visual Design
  • WordPress
  • Adobe XD
  • User Interface Design
  • Web Design
  • Joomla
  • User Experience

Certifications

  • User Experience Design

    UC San Diego Extension, License

    June 2016

  • Design Principles: an Introduction

    University of California San Diego, License PNPGK2ER9VDZ

    March 2017

  • Human-Centered Design: an Introduction

    University of California San Diego, License ECFSEGM2HDGW

    February 2017

  • Social Computing

    University of California San Diego, License L9XGQ4DS2KQM

    April 2017

  • User Experience: Research & Prototyping

    University of California San Diego, License

    June 2017

  • Information Design

    University of California San Diego, License

    July 2017

  • Beer Judge Certification Program

    Beer Judge Certification Program, Inc. , License G1008

    January 2014

  • Input and Interaction

    University of California San Diego, License XTS3R2XXNVLU

    November 2017

  • Designing, Running, and Analyzing Experiments

    University of California San Diego, License M2PLFJ4QYM8R

    January 2018

Courses

Independent Coursework

  • HTML5 & CSS for Designers: Introduction(ART – 40627)
  • Effective Ideation Techniques for UX Design – Nielsen Norman Group
  • User Interface Principles Every Designer Must Know – Nielsen Norman Group

Honors & Awards

  • Certificate of Merit (Product Catalogs Category)

    2012 Premier Print Awards

    Received the Certificate of Merit (Product Catalogs Category) for the Aqua Lung International brochure design

Organizations

  • UX Speakeasy – San Diego

    February 2015 – Present

  • San Diego Experience Design

    April 2016 – Present

  • BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program)

    Member

    December 2009 – Present

    Certified judge at BJCP West Region

Volunteer Experience & Causes

  • Certified BJCP judge

    www.bjcp.org

    December 2009Education

    I am passionate about the craft beer community and am a certified BJCP judge (www.bjcp.org). The purpose of the Beer Judge Certification Program is to: Encourage knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the world’s diverse beer, mead, and cider styles; Promote, recognize, and advance beer, mead, and cider tasting, evaluation, and communication skills; and Develop standardized tools, methods, and processes for the structured evaluation, ranking and feedback of beer, mead, and cider.