A Seasoned Craftsman with Startup Velocity

With a background in online journalism, I tell compelling stories about technology companies.
Beginning as a regular columnist for CNet, The Japan Times (technology page) and CNN,
I then served as editor in chief during the formative years of new media startups TechInAsia and then The Bridge.

My achievements in the startup media space attracted the attention of advertising agencies who enlisted my help
(for brands like Nikon and most recently IBM) in creative content and digital strategy.

My story is all about finding your story

I've been a creative web professional for over a decade, in both new media and agency roles.
I pride myself in telling stories that go beyond just the written word.

Inspired Writing

Thoughtful writing & meticulous editing.
I facilitate speedy, flexible content workflows that adapt to any situation. My technical industry experience gives me an authoritative voice.

Engaging Visuals

Different stories often call for different forms of media. My storytelling can integrate original photos, data visualization, and video -- whichever makes the message most clear.

Pro Quality Ready for the World

I ensure that content doesn't compromise on quality, and that the brand message meets the high expectations of our users and stakeholders.

“Caring is more important than knowing. If you care, you will spend more time learning and executing, and that will yield better results.”

- Meng To, author of Design+Code

My Skills

I take pride in being a T-shaped professional. Content is my core.
But I can also flex across disciplines to facilitate great teamwork.

Content Creation Skills

My focus is creating great content for the web. So in addition to finely crafted writing, I take pride in producing engaging visuals in the form of photography, graphics, or video.

Writing/Editing
90% Complete
Photo/Video
90% Complete
Design
70% Complete
HTML
90% Complete

Cross-Discipline Skills

Producing great web content requires communication and collaboration from the initial idea through to the execution. I enjoy working with directly designers and developers, guiding the process end-to-end.

UI/UX
80% Complete
Development
70% Complete
Agile Methods
90% Complete

Recent Professional Highlights

Here's a brief overview of companies and clients I've worked for over the past few years in Japan.

June 2014
  • IBM Studios / Havas Worldwide
  • IBM Studios is a worldwide network of creative digital studios that apply data, technology, and agile methods to the crafting of digital experiences. Contracted from Havas Worldwide, I led Content Strategy for the Tokyo Studio, coordinating with our New York Studio and IBM Japan on projects designed to have global impact for the company.
  • 06/2014 - 07/2015

Feb 2013
  • K&L / Nikon
  • K&L Inc is a creative agency based in Tokyo. I contributed on the company’s long-standing Nikon account, producing English-language taglines and copy for use in global advertising materials for DSLR cameras, including the most recent flagship D4S model. Samples can be found here.
  • 02/2013 - 06/2014

  • The Bridge
  • The Bridge Inc. is a bilingual media organization that covers the Asia tech scene in English and Japanese. I was brought on to help the Japanese team launch its English website, and guided the site to a quick success. My duties included writing (view samples here), editing, photography, videographyinteractives, workflow design, fact-checking, and social media engagement.
  • 02/2013 - 06/2014

Apr 2011
  • TechInAsia.com
  • As chief editor of this digital news startup (techinasia.com), I managed a large global team of about 20 people located around Asia, and coordinated daily publishing on our content management system. I ensured that HTML layouts were well-designed and error-free, and I also handled social media promotion via Twitter, Facebook, and other channels. Samples of my own writing contributions are here.
  • 04/2011 - 01/2013

  • The Japan Times
  • I contributed a regular technology column to The Japan Times newspaper, reporting on the latest trends in consumer technology. Samples can be found here.
  • 2009 - 2013

Sept 2010
  • Fédération Internationale de Volleyball (FIVB) / Japan Volleyball Association (JVA)
  • A few times a year, I report on international volleyball competitions for the FIVB, working under the JVA for tournaments in Japan. I comment live on match play and report on post-game press conferences on site and on social media, sometimes using fun digital tools to get the job done. Samples can be found here.
  • 09/2010 - Present

Portfolio

Here are just a few samples of my design, photography, and video work. More writing samples can be found on 1rick.com.

Let's continue the conversation!

Thanks for taking the time to look at my work.
If you have questions, I can be reached at:

Email: rick@fastmail.jp