Design Director at
TBWA \ Chiat \ Day LA


Hello! My name is Thiago, and I'm a designer and art director based in LA. Currently, I work at TBWA Chiat \ Day as a design director. Additionally, I have a side project called Spare Time Type™, where I design fonts in, well, my spare time.

Almost twenty years of experience.

My name is Thiago Matsunaga, and I am a multidisciplinary designer and art director. I was born and grew up in Curitiba, south of Brazil. I'm currently living in Los Angeles and working as an Associate Digital Design Director at TBWA \ Chiat \ Day Los Angeles.

Former product design specialist at Pipefy (a startup from batch 14th of the Five Hundred Startups), making the processes for managers and their companies organized and controlled worldwide.

I'm a former business partner and creative director in a really cool hot shop called Candy Shop. At Candy Shop I worked hard to make Brazilian local brands strong with more significant results.

I have been fortunate enough to have my work awarded and featured in the Cannes Lions Festival, Clio Awards, Art Directors Club, Effie Awards, Awwwards, Latin American Design Awards, El Ojo, Lusos Awards, and many more. Beyond awards, my work has been published in Lürzer’s Archive, the Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial book, Brand New, and was recently chosen as one of the best ads of 2022 by both Fast Company and AdWeek.

I hold a bachelor’s degree in graphic design from PUCPR (Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná) but I've studied design since I was a kid, trying to create websites at the beginning of the internet.

In my career so far, I've worked with worldwide brands such as Apple Music, Adidas, AMD, Prime Video, Hilton, Levi's, Gatorade, Sephora, the Recording Academy, 2K, Fisher-Price, and Jack in the Box.

I’ve been working since 2006 for agencies and studios as a graphic designer and art director in the advertising, design, and branding fields. My experiences include art direction, graphic design, illustration, type design, digital design, product design, and branding.

Feel free to contact me at thiagomatsunaga [at] gmail.com

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