Profile

My name is Makoto Saito, 29, I am a Brazilian graphic designer born and raised in São Paulo, Brazil. Currently based in Germany.

After concluding my BA in Graphic Design in 2013 at São Paulo Fine Arts College, I started my professional career working as a graphic designer in design studios and branding consultation agencies in São Paulo. In these eight years, I have been designing for national and international companies and also help small businesses through visual communication, developing projects focused on branding, packaging, and editorial design.

In 2020, aiming to start my professional career overseas, I moved to Germany to pursue a master’s degree in Integrated Design at Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. 

Currently, I am working as a working student in graphic design at Latana, Berlin.

Contact me: makotosaito3@gmail.com



Work

Working Student in Graphic Design
May/2021 - Present

Latana is a startup located in Berlin, which provides brands the tools to make better marketing and campaign decisions by giving them world-class insights about their brand performance. At Latana, alongside colleagues from the marketing team, my role as a graphic designer is to develop visual and communication design work for a range of Latana’s externally-facing material: blog material, social media assets, presentations, banners, guides, reports, white papers, case studies, and much more.


Graphic Designer
May/2018 - March/2020

FutureBrand is a global brand consultancy company with several offices worldwide. As a graphic designer, I worked on projects focused on branding, developing brand identities, packaging, websites, social media, and editorial materials, for clients such as Nestlé, Santander, Banco do Brasil, Oi, Grupo Boticário, Localiza, Grupo Petrópolis (Itaipava and Petra), COTY (Monange, Bozzano), Grupo Jacto, etc.

Graphic Designer
May/2017 - May/2018

As a graphic designer, I worked on projects focused on retail design in order to improve consumers' shopping experience for clients such as BASF, ABInBev, and BRF.

Trainee
August/2016 - September/2016

As a participant of the Yamagata Prefectural Overseas Technical Trainees Aid Program in Japan. I had the opportunity to work a month at FLOT, where I could dive into its creative process and workflow, and also understand how a Japanese design studio works.


Graphic Designer
March/2015 - March/2016

As a graphic designer, I worked on projects focused on retail design and shopper experience.


Assistant Designer and Intern Designer
Jan/2014 - March/2015

As an intern and assistant graphic designer, I worked on branding projects helping the brand design team developing printed materials, stationery, packaging, and editorial design projects for clients such as Mistral, Vinci, Elo, Cielo, and Alelo.


Oporto Design Integrado
(São Paulo, Brazil)
Intern
04/2011 - 02/2013

As an intern, I worked on branding projects helping the design team with adjustments and creation of printed materials, stationery, and creation of licensed products by Disney/Pixar, Cartoon Network, and Nickelodeon, etc.



Education

MA in Integrated Design
2020 - present

Currently, I’m pursuing a master’s degree in Integrated Design at Anhalt University in Dessau, Germany. The master’s degree in Integrated Design from Hochschule Anhalt is a program that incorporates the essentials of design: communication design, product design, space, audiovisual and digital media. These are blended through rigorous fundamental training and are interdisciplinary. This international program in a historic setting right next to the Bauhaus focuses on the development of intercultural skills and uses the truly synergetic power of a working environment with students from various countries and 
cultural backgrounds.

Trainee in Graphic Design
2016 - 2017

In 2016, I was selected to participate in Yamagata Prefectural Overseas Technical Trainees Aid Program in Yamagata, Japan. This program provided a significant personal and professional experience that enabled me to connect with my Japanese culture and ancestry, by giving me the opportunity to experience a Japanese higher education for a semester. At TUAD, I attended classes from the Graphic Design course from bachelor’s focused on branding and art direction.


Centro Universitário Belas Artes de São Paulo
São Paulo Fine Arts College
(São Paulo, Brazil)
BA in Graphic Design
2010 - 2013

Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design with a focus on editorial, packaging, and branding, exploring 2D and 3D composition, typography, visual communication, history of design, printing, and graphic design technology.