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About Masa Uehara Design

Photo owner Masa Uehara>Owner 
      Masa Uehara (pronounced "WAY-ha-ra") was raised and educated in 
      Japan. After coming to the United States, she did graduate study under Greg 
      Berryman and Kevin Cahill in Graphic Design/Visual Communications at CSU 
      Chico. During her student years, she won first- and second-place awards 
      in design competitions for corporate identity and typography and placed 
      second in a California State Endangered Species Program logo design competition. 
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      <span class=After working at a topnotch design studio, Masa went on to spend over ten years in the marketing department of a major corporation in Sacramento. During this period, she expanded her skills to multimedia and website technology and started a freelance business out of her home in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. Since then, she has quit the Sacramento commute and now devotes herself full-time to her own business outside Nevada City.

She feels fortunate to have received traditional training and a solid foundation in design principles at Chico State. This classic training, combined with her native grounding in the Japanese esthetic, gives her work its distinctive style.

More recently, she enjoys collaborating with people in small business and individuals launching, redesigning, and updating their websites. She has been engaged in the community as a founding member of North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center and a Zen center, Ring Of Bone Zendo.

She also does her community services through Sierra Storytelling Festival, North San Juan Fire District, Food Bank of Nevada County. and San Juan Ridge Taxpayers Association. One of her favorite places to be in Nevada County is BriarPatch Coop, for whom she created the website and did a major graphic design work from the brochures and the business system to numerous store signs. She used to be active in the Gold Country chapter of LeTip International for many years.

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...Masa has designed a website for us that is attractive, accessible, and very user friendly. It's also an excellent reflection of who we are as an organization...
—Marilyn Mociun, Director
Sierra Storytelling Festival sierrastorytellingfestival.org
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