My name is Sho Ito, and I’m the most prominent no-name Japanese Art Director in America.

In 2005, fresh out of high school in Hokkaido, Japan, I decided on a whim that my best interest would be to move away from my country and go to college in America. 4 months later, I found myself in Seattle totally at a loss, not being able to order a sandwich at Subway properly.

Many ESL classes (+ even more challenging journalism classes) later, I somehow convinced myself that I should try my luck in the advertising industry as a creative.

Since then, as a Journalism student turned UI/UX Designer turned all-purpose Designer turned Photographer/Videographer/Editor turned Art Director, I’ve worked on every kind of ad and marketing projects imaginable, including integrated campaigns, social content, websites/microsites, apps, CRMs, you name it.

I’m a kind of creative who enjoys coming up with big ideas and executing with laser-sharp focus equally. And as a journalism degree holder, I love spending time researching, too. With my bilingual and bicultural background, I have provided POVs and approaches to projects that might be different from what you’re used to.

It’s very nice to meet you.

Photo Credit: Talia Green