• Profile:

    Ken Tanabe is a multidisciplinary creative director whose professional practice unifies design specialties, technical disciplines, educational spaces, social change, and public engagement with diverse audiences. His eighteen years of creative experience includes work for Google, Beyoncé, Johnson & Johnson, and Emmy-winning studio Imaginary Forces. He earned a master's degree from the Design and Technology program at Parsons School of Design. 
    Ken Tanabe has been teaching graduate and undergraduate courses at Parsons School of Design since 2003. He received the Distinguished University Teaching Award in 2010. He currently teaches classes in creative team dynamics and management, and advanced motion graphics. He has previously taught data visualization, thesis, and design for digital 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 is the founder of Loving Day, the world’s largest network of multiethnic community celebrations. It’s named after Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court decision that declared all laws against interracial marriage to be unconstitutional. Loving Day has received official recogntion in cities nationwide including New York, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. The #lovingday hashtag has trended #3 on Twitter and has been featured extensively in the press including CNN, NPR, BBC World, and many others. Loving Day's mission is to fight racial prejudice through education and to build multicultural community.
    Ken Tanabe has been a speaker, panelist and moderator at over 80 educational, creative, and community events since 2004. He has spoken at universities such as Harvard, Columbia University, New York University, UC Berkeley, and Parsons School of Design. Conference presentations include the HOW Design Conference, Global PR Summit, Critical Mixed Race Studies conference, NASPA Annual Conference, and PADIS El Valor de Diseño (The Value of Design) seminar in Lima, Peru.
    For more about Ken Tanabe’s experience as a designer, organizer, educator, speaker, and other things, please visit

    Degrees Held:

    MFA, Design and Technology, Parsons School of Design

    Recent Publications:

    Performances And Appearances:

    For over 80 speaking engagements, please visit

    Research Interests:

    graphic design, interface design, motion graphics, social change through design, design thinking, multiethnic identity

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    Current Courses:

    Motion Graphics: Introduction (Spring 2019)