Brent Akamine
213.254.8574
brent.akamine@gmail.com
Portfolio: brentakamine.com

Qualifications

I’ve experienced co-founding an interactive service company, and failing after 5 years.  I’ve worked at a top UX / Design focused interactive agency, and was a founding team member of a start-up through acquisition.  I am passionate about building great user-centric consumer internet / mobile products.  I love to see products that I help build improve business metrics and increase revenue.

 

Education:

1999-2003 B.A. Fine Arts (School of Fine Arts with a focus on Graphic Design), University of Southern California (Los Angeles, CA)

1996-1999 Punahou School (Honolulu, HI)

 

Experience:

2014-Current, Senior Designer, Flipagram

Working on v3.0, 4.0 of the Flipagram app.

2013-2014, Senior UI/UX Designer, TRUECar.

Wireframed and designed from home page down through the certificate experience for truecar.com.  Designed  iOS & Android apps.  Our team has optimized the funnel for truecar.com on-site conversion rate to the point where spending on TV/Radio/SEM, are all profitable.  We are currently working on tools for dealers to increase their conversion at the dealership.

2014-Current, Co-Founder, Likemodern.com.

Designed and built a e-commerce business selling modern lighitng fixtures and furniture.  This business is automated and sells dropshipped products.

2012-2013, Art Director, Meredith Commerce, Meredith corp.

Designed and wireframed the store front integration for betterhomesandgardens.com, parents.com, divinecaroline.com, allrecipes.com.  Designed integrated widgets, ad sales decks. Ran user tests for storefront optimization.

2010-2012, UI UX / Visual Design, Shopnation Inc.

Created concepts for new products, wireframes for features and visual design mockups.  Designed user tests to increase conversion.  Designed the shopping engine current and new iterations, social visual bookmarking product, email templates, and facebook app. Created on-brand partner products built on top of our shopping platform. Shopnation was acquired by meredith corp. May 2012.

2009-Current, Co-Founder, Crushee.com

“Crushee is a New Social Network for Best Friends that Haven’t Met Yet” – Forbes.com.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/matthickey/2014/02/20/crushee-is-a-new-social-network-for-best-friends-that-havent-met-yet/

2008-2010, Visual Designer, Huge Inc.

Learned the UX process of a top agency.  Worked on projects for Mattel, Disney, Flip, Kelly Blue Book, Super Pages, Samsung, concepts for Starwars.com, Sigma Aldrich, Google inc.

2003-2008, Co-Founder, Hobokenwest Digital Media

Developed over 500 DVD, Blu-Ray multimedia titles for Fox Home Entertainment, Vivendi Universal (Vivendi Entertainment), Universal Music, MGM, Lions Gate Home Video, and Newline Cinema.

2002-2003 DVD Project Manager (internship), DVS Intelestream (post production)

2001-2002 PR & Marketing Assistant (Intern), Square Pictures / Sony Pictures Entertainment

 

Technical Skills:

I am proficient on PC and Mac Systems, the Adobe suite related to print, web and media design, and video.