Yuka Fukuoka

  • UX/UI Designer
  • New York, NY

I am enrolled in Design for Social Innovation program at School of Visual Arts. I love producing rapid prototype to test an idea.

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I worked with the Yahoo! JAPAN, so I gained many experiences of cooperating with engineers. Every day I would do very detailed pixel-level works, and I also established a guideline for icons. I was responsible for a wide range of designs, from posters to websites and apps. I also teamed up with engineers to participate in a total of six hackathons and won many prizes. As a personal project, I worked together with engineers as a group leader and designer in order to create and launch a device that can experience stuttering which was exhibited at SXSW.


Graphic Design Internship at UNDP, United Nations Development Programme

May 2017 – Present New York

Working in The Strategy and Innovation Unit in the Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy.

Internship at lab, Inc. Innovation Consultancy

2015 – 2016 Tokyo, Japan

Facilitated a workshop seeking new business boundaries for LIXIL Corporation by imagining future society.

Designer at Yahoo! JAPAN

2014 – 2015 Tokyo, Japan

After graduation, I joined Yahoo! JAPAN company as Designer. It is a Japanese joint venture between the American Internet company Yahoo! Inc and the Japanese Internet company SoftBank. I worked at the company for just over eighteen months, designing company branding posters and overall branding for a rebuilding event of the Tohoku region. I was in charge of branding and graphic design; the rest of the time, I engaged in user interface design. I redesigned Yahoo! JAPAN’s Internet donation service, which allows people to raise funds on the Internet, whether for victims of the Myanmar earthquake or abandoned pets.

Designer at PILE Project

2013 – Present Tokyo, Japan

Launched a programming education project in which children use tablet applications to maneuver robots. Held 10 educational workshops of visual programming in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Internship at Designit Tokyo Office

2013 – 2014 Tokyo, Japan

Conducted fieldwork and interviews with Docomo mobile phones users and planned sales strategies for Docomo’s new mobile phone products.

Analyst, part-time at beBit, Inc. Internet Business Consulting firm

2013 – 2014 Tokyo, Japan

Planned user tests, conducted user interviews, and created a prototype in the UI improvement project for East Japan Railway Company.


Master of Fine Arts at School of Visual Arts

2016 – 2018 New York, NY

Created the device that is STACHA, a wearable device aimed at educating people on the difficulties of stuttering, at the SXSW’s Interactive Festival. Researched LGBTQ smoking people, designed a visualized mapping, presented solution by using story telling and UX method.

Certificate at The University of Tokyo i.school

2015 – 2016 Tokyo, Japan

Participated in study tours to learn from Madrid, Barcelona, and New York innovation cases. Served as a teaching assistant at “Creating 1 from 0” introductory innovation workshop

Diploma of Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies at The University of Tokyo

2014 – Present Tokyo, Japan

Project: researched and created a system to increase social participation and communication of elderly residents in Bunkyo, Tokyo.

Bachelor of Fine Arts at Tama Art University

2010 – 2014 Tokyo, Japan

Concentration: Service Design, Graphic Design, Product Design, Interface Design. Graduation design project: service design solving animal euthanasia problems; the project presented at the 2013 spring conference of Japanese Society for the Science of Design (a member organization of Science Council of Japan and Association of Societies of Design Research).


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NYC Media Lab Advanced Media Hackathon, NYC Media Lab and MLBAN

NYC Media Lab Advanced Media Hackathon sponsored by MLBAN: Won the 2nd place prize for Data Visualization Track

Alumni Society Scholarship & Award, School of Visual Arts

Received $1,000 Alumni Society Scholarship & Award from School of Visual Arts

MakeHarvard 2018 Hackathon, Harvard University

MakeHarvard 2018 Hackathon: Won the 2nd place prize and corporate sponsored prize

The Verizon Connected Futures Fellowship Grant, NYC Media Lab and Verizon

The Verizon Connected Futures Prototyping and Talent Development Fellowship

NBCUniversal Social Hackathon, NBCUniversal and NYC Media Lab

NBCUniversal Social Hack by NYC Media Lab: Won the 3rd prize for User Experience and Mobile/Web Development Track

The University of Tokyo Summer Founder Program, The University of Tokyo

Received $5,000 grant funding from University of Tokyo’s Summer Founder Program

Yahoo! JAPAN Open Hack Day, Intel and RICOH awards

Applim Marketing Contest, DeNA Award