I'm Akane Kodani

About Me

I am a designer who has a passion for creating things that are beautiful as well as user-friendly.

Throughout 15+ years of visual design, product design, and design management experiences in NYC and Japan, I have gained substantial skills of cross-platform product design, mobile application design, and marketing design for global brands such as Condé Nast, Victoria Secret PINK, L’Oreal Paris, Nike, Google, MasterCard, Chanel, Tiffany, and Avaya. I also got exciting opportunities to work for startup companies to achieve Lean UX under a scrum system.

I was born and raised in Japan and currently live in Brooklyn, NY.  In my spare time, I have a passion to make jewelry.

My Recent Experiences

Vroom – 2016 | Present

Director, Product Design

I am primarily responsible for leading a design team that includes product and marketing departments. For example, my focus in the product design is creating consumer-facing e-commerce experience through end-to-end product development. Under an agile process, I involve in doing user research, solving the complex UX problems, wireframing, building prototypes, usability testing, and managing designers. I continuously collaborate with product managers, engineers, copywriters, marketing team, and stakeholders to make fantastic products together.

Condé Nast – 2014 | 2016

Digital Art Director

I was responsible for creating amazing digital products from initial concepts and managing designers during the design production and QA stages. The brands I worked were such as Teen Vogue, Allure, W, Vanity Fair, and Vogue VIP.

Victoria’s Secret, PINK – 2012 | 2014

Digital Art Director

I led a digital design and manage designers for Victoria’s Secret PINK engagement projects such as a mobile app, iPad app, PINK Nation web/mobile campaigns, email, and social marketing designs.

My Specialities

UX / UI design, digital Art Direction, design concept, branding, and graphic design. Certified Scrum master.