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Masaki Hirokawa
Technical Artist / Design Engineer

Born in Toyama Prefecture in 1981. Began Web design and programming at 16. Worked as a DTP operator at Kokuwa System inc. starting in 2000. Afterward, changed professions to programmer, and developed database management software for an insurance company.

In 2003, prompted by a Web game design project, became a Web designer. Contracted by Bascule Inc. to create a CSS template for the former Vodafone official site. Began doing CG in 2004, and received the Esquire Japan digital photography award '04-'05. Became a freelancer in 2005.

In 2006, received award for excellence in the Web Screensaver category of the MTV SO-ZO Competition.

Currently continuing freelance activities developing iPhone apps and creating CG.

Awards

Granted award

MTV SO-ZO Competition supported by AMD 2006

Granted two awards

Photograph of the year
Outstanding Achievement
Esquire Japan Digital Photograph Awards 2004

Personal History

2005-
Transitioned to freelance work in Web design, programming, CG, and interactive movies.
2005/02
Received Esquire Japan award for excellence in digital photography '04-'05.
2005/04/24
Appeared in
Kenzo Saeki
's Paris Elegance at an event at Aoi Heya in Shibuya (VJ).
2005/06/04
Appeared in BLACK RIBONS live performance at ASB in Daikanyama (VJ).
2005/06/10
Appeared in the Internet TV program "Togetoge to Kage", 23:00-23:25.
2005/07/06
Appeared in BLACK RIBONS live performance at Aoi Heya in Shibuya (VJ).
2005/07/31
Appeared in BLACK RIBONS live performance at Club UFO in Higashi-Koenji (VJ).
2006/06
Displayed CG at the My Little Space exhibition at Gallery Celeste in Fukuoka.
2006/08
Displayed CG and interactive movies at the J-Passion Vol.1 exhibition at the PH Gallery in New York.
2006/10
Displayed CG and interactive movies at the POP Exhibition and Group Exhibition at Art Shot Bar ARAQ in Shibuya.
2006/10/27
Appeared in the MEME event at Aoi Heya in Shibuya (Actor).
2006/11
Received MTV SO-ZO Competition award for excellence in the Web Screensaver category.
2006/11/05
Appeared in Kehre. live performance at VUENOS in Shibuya (VJ).
2008/03
Seconded to Fashionwalker, Inc. as System Director.
2008/06/06
Contributed CG and wrote commentary for "Photoshop Making Studio" in the July 2008 issue of the monthly magazine MdN.
2008/06/14
Displayed Another Japan opening movie at Japan Graphic Designers Association's JAGDA in OSAKA 2008.
2008/12/06
Contributed CG and wrote commentary for "Lessons in Artistic Expression and Professional Methods for Publicizing and Creating Learned from Featured Creators" in the January 2009 issue of MdN.
2009/06/25
Contributed CG to "on View From JP." in the August 2009 issue of the monthly magazine MySpace from JP.
2009/07/16
Selected for the iPhone + loftwork World Traveler Project in the Artist Calendar category.
2009/08/11
Displayed CG at the Larotica II exhibition at GALLERY ART POINT in Ginza.
2009/08/25
Contributed CG and wrote commentary for "GADGET FOR DIGITAL NATIVE" in the October 2009 issue of MySpace From JP.
2010/01/30
Contributed CG and commentary to the MdN mook "Photoshop Mitsuboshi Technique Encyclopedia".
2010/11/01
Contributed CG and commentary to the MdN Mook "Collages and Illustrations created with Photoshop and Illustrator".
2013/12/27
Contributed to the article "Current Thoughts of iPhone Developers" in the February 2014 issue of the monthly magazine MacPeople.
2014/05/29
Contributed to the article "Developers of Popular & Noteworthy" in the July 2014 issue of the monthly magazine MacPeople.