Ken Tanabe is a designer, animator, and art director that works in motion, identity, print, experience design, and interactive media. His professional experience includes freelancing at Google Creative Lab (multiple roles), Emmy-award winning studio Imaginary Forces (Art Director, Lead Designer/Animator), and award-winning studio Gretel (technical Director, Animator) as well as staff positions at Freestyle Collective (Senior Designer/Animator) and at AKQA (Interactive Designer). Ken Tanabe has done work for Beyoncé, Google, Lincoln Center, Thomson Reuters, Comedy Central, BET, Polo Ralph Lauren, Ford, and many others. He earned a master's degree from the Design and Technology program at Parsons the New School for Design. Currently, Ken Tanabe divides his time between freelance work and independent design contracts in New York City.
Ken Tanabe has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at Parsons the New School for Design since 2003. He received the Distinguished University Teaching Award in 2010. He currently teaches advanced motion graphics, and has experience teaching design for interactive media and print. Ken Tanabe has been invited to speak and critique at Yale, the School of Visual Arts, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), as well as Parsons. He was also invited to teach an intensive class on interface design at Altos de Chavon, a top design school in the Dominican Republic.
Ken Tanabe created a holiday called Loving Day, which is celebrated annually by thousands of people in dozens of cities around the world. It’s named after Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that declared all laws against interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. He is the founder and president of the Loving Day Project which promotes the holiday in order to fight racial prejudice through education and to build multicultural community. The celebrations and the LovingDay.org website have been featured in Time, CNN, NPR, the Washington Post, BBC World, and many other major national/international media outlets. Ken Tanabe has been an active member of the multiethnic community since the launch of Loving Day in 2004.
Ken Tanabe has been a speaker, panelist and moderator at over 55 educational, creative, and community events since 2004. He has spoken at prestigious universities such as Harvard, Columbia University, New York University, UC Berkeley, and Parsons the New School for Design. Some notable engagements include the University of Southern California (USC) for the Hapa Japan Conference in 2011 and 2013, and DePaul University for the Critical Mixed Race Studies conference in 2010 and 2012. He was also a keynote speaker at the MFA Design and Technology 2009 Thesis Symposium at Parsons, and presented Loving Day at Pecha Kucha NYC in 2009.
For more about Ken Tanabe’s experience as a designer, organizer, educator, speaker, and other things, please visit www.kentanabe.com