Im the director of a small pottery school that offers ceramic
workshops in the summer. There are several other schools in the US that
offer somewhat similar classes, so it is important to create a unique image
for our program so that we can highlight the uniqueness of what were
doing. Also, speaking from a simple logistical point of view, it is crucial
that we show up high in a search results for our product. Masa Uehara not
only created a beautiful, aesthetically pleasing site for our pottery school,
but she dedicated herself above and beyond the call of duty to make sure
that our site appeared toward the top of the page on the important search
engines; indeed, our site shows up at the very top of the page on Google
Directory for a key search phrase. Masa is very easy to work with and is
full of great ideas. She asks important questions which help you to clarify
what you are trying to communicate. In two weeks, we had our site up and
fully functioning, and were getting our first applications over the internet.
I highly recommend her services.
Ben Parks, Director, Tuscarora Pottery School www.tuscarorapottery.com
Your creations of my website, brochure, and business card have brought DRAMATICALLY increased bookings (sales). Thank you, Masa, for artfully interpreting my needs and skillfully implementing the nuts and bolts. Expect a call soon as the website expands.
Carl Vast, Musician www.vastmusic.com
Masa Uehara is a true expert in the field of web design. She is very knowledgeable and a dedicated professional in every sense of the word. Masa is easy to work with, responsive to suggestions and finds a creative solution to every challenge. She has excellent follow-through, communicates clearly, and respects deadlines and the needs of her clients. 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. Another plus is that Masa knows how the Internet search engine world works and makes sure that our website not only looks great but that it is also getting maximum exposure on the web. Masa also designed an attractive brochure for the festival and handled all the printing arrangements insuring that we got the best price and highest quality product possible. We couldn't have found a better designer!
Sierra Storytelling Festival www.sierrastorytellingfestival.org
Thank you for the beautiful design work as well as the vast functional improvements you made to the Marys River Watershed Councilís web site. Not only is our organization easy to find on the internet now, we have a very professional and tasteful website for people to enjoy! I have received many compliments on the improved look and feel of our websiteófrom our own board members to the Governor of Oregonís staff! We found your services very professional, your work completed in a very timely manner, you were terrific to work with, and responsive to our requests and questions. We would not hesitate to hire your company again for any future web needs.
Sandra Coveny, Director, Marys River Watershed Council www.mrwc.net
Masa has been our web and graphic designer for the past five and a half years. She is wonderful to work with and very professional. We always recieve great compliments on our website from customers searching for eyecare services. Also, she makes it very user friendly. She has designed our logo, the shopping bags, the marketing mailer, the gift cards, and the overhead sign outside the clinic in the shopping center arcade as well. We at Grass Valley Eyecare highly recommend Masa Uehara Design!Tanya Markis-Meyer
Grass Valley Eye Care www.gveyecare.com
Starting to work with Masa was a huge leap forward into my own identification and connection of my work to the business world. She was able to recognize accurately what elements needed to come together to create an effective, rounded, and powerful identity. Her choice of the font, colors, style of presentation and the overall look she gave to my website, as well as my logo, the brochures, the advertisements, the product tags, and the point of purchase display have created a synergistic strength. I know for a fact that her creativity and clarity have been a big part of my current success. Maya Hill, Owner, In Your Nature
Partial Clients ListFood Bank of Nevada County (Grass Valley, CA)
Sierra Storytelling Festival
Queen of the storytelling festivals (Nevada City, CA) It has a feature of online ticketing.
Guitarist for corporate and private events. It links to over 30 music clips.
Music booking service (Healdsburg, CA)
Tuscarora Pottery Workshop
It offers summer courses. (Tuscarora, NV) Most enrolments come from this web page.
Natural Food Co-op (Grass Valley, CA)
North San Juan Fire Department
Information on community volunteer service (North San Juan, CA)
The site is now maintained by a volunteer.
Grass Valley Eye Care (Grass Valley, CA)
Marys River Watershed Council (Corvallis, Oregon)
Holly Tornheim Wood Sculptures and Table Art (Nevada City, CA)
Jenny Long Painting & drawings (Nevada City, CA)
Best Friends Animal Clinic (Grass Valley, CA)
California Basket Weavers Association
Bruce Boyd, AIA
Masa Uehara Professional BiographyWEB DESIGNER/DEVELOPER, GRAPHIC DESIGNER, MARKETING CONSULTANT
Extensive experience in graphic design and web site design. Successful in creating web sites that are search engine friendly, clean, visually exciting, yet easy to navigate and quick to download. Strength lies in ability to bring classic graphic design training into web and multimedia design.
Problem solving Team player
Project management High aesthetic standards
TECHNICAL & COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Computer: Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Fireworks, Macromedia Director, FrontPage, Image Ready, FreeHand, Illustrator, Final Cut Pro, Premiere, QuickTime, Adobe InDesign
Languages: Bilingual in Japanese and English
Calligraphy: Japanese and Chinese
MASA UEHARA DESIGNNevada City, CA 1990-Present
Web, Flash, Graphic Design, and marketing consultation
Some of the highlights include:
Full service web design projects including nsjfire.org, tuscarorapottery.com, vastmusic.com, inyournature.com, ADADorg.com, sierrastorytellingfestival.org
Designed posters and T-shirts for California Indian Basketweavers Association for 2000 and 2001.
2000 art was reprinted the following year by popular demand.
Designed brochures for the Sierra Storytelling Festival for the past 9 years.
Designed a website and an identity package for Carl Vast, guitarist: brochures, business card,
Designed a complete package for In Your Nature: website, brochures, business system (logo, business card, envelope, stationery), product tags, ads, price lists, order forms, and point of purchase display.
HEALTH NET FEDERAL SERVICESSacramento, CA 1994-2001
Multimedia Specialist 1999-2001
Designed web pages, shot and edited videos, and created multimedia training CD ROM as well as designed and produced printed products.
Some of the highlights include:
Created an animated introduction in a special file format as part of the Health Net Federal Services president's presentation on a super-sized screen to the Federal Government in Washington, DC
Developed architecture of comprehensive web site for Denticare AVP division and designed the website which linked to more than 130 forms and brochures seamlessly, thus contributing to a dramatic advancement in communication efficiency for beneficiaries and providers.
Played an active role in shooting an introductory video, and then played a major role in creating
an interactive multimedia CD ROM (Macromedia Director, Flash and Final Cut Pro), increasing effectiveness of provider training.
Created splash pages and navigation graphics which gave appropriate, high-quality "look feel,"
thus increased visits to intranet sites dramatically. Received unsolicited compliments from Vice-presidents and Directors.
Senior Graphic Designer 1994-1999
Managed and executed the preparation of print and on-line marketing products, handling all aspects of project work, from client consultation and conceptualization through design and production to delivery.
Designed 8 multi-language brochures in a way that cut printing costs roughly 50% by reducing the number of the (print press) plates.
Developed a logo usage manual and standardized the usage of over 20 corporate division logos.
Handled an extensive variety of design assignments including on-line graphics, splash pages, logos, posters, ads, brochures, booklets, manuals, newsletters, company collaterals, trade show
booths, outdoor billboards, T-shirts, and point-of-service products.
Gave technical support as liaison with Information Technology department: troubleshooting, coordination of equipment repair, evaluation and recommendation of software and hardware.
PAT DAVIS DESIGNSacramento, CA 1993-1994
Managed projects, designed, and executed all aspects of creating printed marketing products from client consultation and concept through design to electronic prepress and print supervision.
Art-directed photo shoot and designed a full-color product catalog.
Wide variety of design assignments that included billboards, logos, business systems, invitations,
brochures, posters, packages and newsletters.
UC Davis Extension (1997-2000): Web and Multimedia Design Certificate Program, with courses in:
Web Page Graphics, Web Page Creation and Authoring, Internet Architecture and Services, Desktop Digital Video Editing, Multimedia on the Web, Multimedia Authoring and Scripting, Multimedia 2D Graphics, 3D Graphics and Animation, Multimedia Creative Direction, Multimedia Project Planning.
Advanced Study in Graphic Design, California State University,
Certificate Program in Graphic Design, UC Davis Extension
Graduate Study in English Literature, Ochanomizu Women's University,
BA and graduate study in English Literature, Kobe University, Japan