Masaki Hirokawa

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Masaki Hirokawa’s professional endeavors encompass a wide range of activities, including graphic design, smartphone app development, interactive movie production, and website development. He also contributes technical articles on graphic design to relevant magazines and reference books. Born in Toyama, Japan in 1981, he embarked on his journey in web design and programming through self-study at the tender age of 16 in 1997. In 1999, he moved to Tokyo to work as a web designer/DTP operator. At the age of 21 in 2002, he became involved in the development of mission-critical systems as a system engineer and programmer. He transitioned to freelance work in 2005, undertaking projects involving web design, programming, graphic design, and the production of interactive movies. He received recognition for his work in 2006 when he won the Grand Prize for the MTV SO-ZO Competition “Web Screensaver Category”. He began authoring multiple reference books and submitting work to graphic design magazines in 2008. In 2011, he contributed to the development of several video games as a technical artist. He became independent and started a smartphone app business in 2013, developing an app that has been downloaded over 20 million times and currently has over 3 million active users worldwide. In 2019, he returned to graphic design and began participating in exhibitions in Italy, Spain, the UK, Greece, among other countries. He was awarded “ARTIST OF THE YEAR 2021” by ITSLIQUID Group in 2022. He continues to create graphic designs while managing his smartphone apps.

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