Hi, I am Daigo Fujiwara (pronounced: “dye-go”, as in “I go, You go, Daigo!”). I am an Information Graphics Artist/Visual Journalist with 18 years of design and production experience in the news /publishing media. I am currently at The Boston Globe in Boston, Massachusetts. I create news infographics (data visualization, maps, charts, graphs etc.) for daily newspaper and web interactive graphics for Boston.com and the new BostonGlobe.com. I love working with CSS3/HTML5 (currently playing with Less stylesheet languege) and big believer of “responsive web design” and “mobile first” philosophy. I love my job, as it is a perfect hybrid of design and development. I am originally from Japan, and was a high school exchange student in 1992 in Cape Cod. Really liked it in U.S., and made it my home here. I am fluent in both Japanese and English, and I am a huge baseball fan (more on that later.)
I love presenting data and information visually to communicate on any media (on print, web sites, multimedia, or in person). I believe in user-centered design. I am recognized for having a strong visual sense, solid news judgment, and an in-depth understanding of web usability, information design, and interactivity.
Before the Globe, I have worked as a lead web UI/UX designer at BostonWorks.com (now boston.com jobs monster), web designer/producer at Christian Science Monitor, and lead web designer at Inc. Magazine and Fast Company Magazine. I have won multiple design awards from The Society for News Design for both my print and online works. I graduated from Northeastern University with Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications.
I am a computer geek. I love learning about new technology and/or digital culture, such as social network, and excited about how they change the way we communicate. I also love playing with data. I love how data visualization brings right brain creativity and left brain analytics together. I was once told at an interview, “so, you are an jack of all trade and master of none,” which may have been an insult, but I took it as a compliment.
Flash/ActionScript,(not anymore) LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop, are the tools that I am expert in. I am also capable of producing content if a need arises, conducting news graphics reporting and research daily at my current job at the Globe, as well as multimedia (audio and video) production. I’ve run a workshop called “Demystifying Flash” for reporters and editors in 2009 AAJA conference, and AAJA workshop called “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Web…But Were Afraid to Ask.” and spoke about data visualization and other topic at places like journalism conference at Emerson College or Hacks/Hackers meetups.
I am also fully aware of general web issues, and embracing “Mobile First” philosophy, responsive web design, and progressive enhancement approach that works on multiple platforms, semantic markup (508 compliance), cross platform and multiple internet browser compatibility issues, impact of social networking sites, and search engine optimization.
I love baseball. I am a huge Boston Red Sox fan and a proud and active member of SABR (The Society for American Baseball Research). I founded JapaneseBallPlayers.com, a bilingual website dedicated to Japanese baseball players playing in MLB in 1999, and have been producing content for it event since. I started Go-RedSox.com, a Japanese language blog about Boston Red Sox since 2003, and JapaneseBallPlayers.com Radio “East Coast Baseball Freaks,” a weekly Japanese language podcast about MLB and the Red Sox from 2005-2009. From 2006-2008, I wrote a monthly column called “From Boston” in the Nikkan Sports, a Tokyo based sports daily, circulation 2 million. More about my baseball writing can be found here.