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Meet West LA Graphic Designer: Karen Nakada

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Nakada.

Karen and Masato pursued different design fields for the first couple of years, which helped us gain skills and knowledge as a designer and as a business owner. We got to know many great people and shook many hands. As time went by, we started to accumulate projects that required both of our skills. It made perfect sense for us to finally join forces together and create our own studio.

Has it been a smooth road?
LA has been kind to us, it presents many unique opportunities. That being stated, our time management has been a struggle for us. We need to manage all cylinders of what moves a design studio everyday so we need to use time wisely so we don’t focus too much on one project.

So, what’s next? Any big plans?
As an integral part of our studio practice, we are excited to take on an opportunity to teach at CalArts (California Institute of the Arts). It would be really interesting to interact and exchange ideas with current students. We are really looking forward to this experience.

Let’s dig a little deeper into your story. What was the hardest time you’ve had?
When the economy crashed (Trump is the new president and so this might happen again…) and the country was slowly recovering, it was very hard for us to find decent projects or let alone a client that was looking to take risks creatively. We got through by not putting all of our eggs in one basket. We had and still have various clients in different sectors. We are proud of our diverse range of clients and collaborators. It just means that our work is relevant to many people around the world.

Are there days when you feel like you’ve done everything you wanted to, careerwise – the “I’ve made it” kind of moments?
We have proud moments when we know that we are sailing our own ship. We have our own agency and freedom to move this studio in a way we believe is appropriate and that is something we cherish and are proud of.

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