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My name is Thiago Matsunaga, multidisciplinary designer, and art director. I was born and grew up in Curitiba, south of Brazil. Currently working as Associate Digital Design Director at TBWA\Chiat\Day Los Angeles.
Former product design specialist at Pipefy (a startup from the batch 14th of the Five Hundred Startups), making the processes for managers and their companies organized and controlled worldwide.
I'm a former partner and creative director in a really cool hot shop called Candy Shop. At Candy Shop I worked hard to make brands strong with more significant results.
I have been fortunate enough to have my work be awarded and featured on Effie Awards, Awwwards, Lürzer’s Archive, El Ojo, Lusos Awards, and many more.
I'm a Bachelor in Graphic Design by PUCPR (2006-2010) but I've studied design since I was a kid, trying out to create websites at the really beginning of the internet.
I’ve been working since 2006 for agencies and studios as a graphic designer and art director for the advertising, design, and branding fields. My experiences include art direction, graphic design, illustration, type design, digital design, product design, and branding.
Honors & Awards
2022 / Clio Awards, 1 gold and 3 silvers
2019 / Latin American Design, Finalist
2018 / Gold, Effie Awards
2018 / Clube de Criação de São Paulo
2018 / Gold, Effie Awards
2018 / Clube de Criação do Paraná
2018 / Lürzer’s Archive Issue 3
2018 / Shortlist Young Lions Paraná
2017 / El Ojo de Iberoamérica, Bronze
2017 / El Sol Festival, Bronze
2017 / Colunistas Brasil, Gold
2017 / Brazilian Graphic Design Biennial, ADG
2017 / Shortlist Young Lions Paraná
2016 / Prêmio GRPCOM de Criação
2016 / Prêmio Colunistas Paraná
2016 / Lürzer's Archive Issue 5
2016 / Lürzer's Archive Issue 3
2016 / Clube de Criação do Paraná
2015 / Bestadsontv, Art Director 1st Place
2015 / Bestadsontv, Creatives 2nd Place
2015 / Prêmio GRPCOM de Criação
2015 / Prêmio Colunistas Paraná
2015 / 14 Best of Week Bestadsontv
2014 / People's Choice, About
2014 / Show Up, Meio & Mensagem
2014 / Shortlist ProDesign Poster Design
2014 / Prêmio GRPCOM de Criação
2014 / Prêmio Colunistas Paraná
2014 / Awwwards Special Mention
2014 / Clube de Criação do Paraná
2013 / Lusos Portugal Award
2013 / Colunistas Paraná
2013 / Clube de Criação de São Paulo
2012 / Colunistas Paraná
2012 / +22 Selection Museu Casa Brasileira
Jury, Lectures & Workshops
2022 / New York Festivals, Grand Jury
2020 / Pipefy Hackathon, Speaker and mentor
2018 / Adote uma causa GRPCOM 2018
2018 / Projetar.org Design Contest
2017 / Comunica Talks
2017 / Prêmio A. Fontoura de Design PUCPR
2016 / Ponto Pasta, UFPR
2015 / Workshop, FADEP
2015 / Redhook Design Portfolio Review
2015 / Charneira, PUCPR
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