Michael Katayama

Class of 2011

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Michael hails from the west coast, growing up in Portland, Oregon, and then living in Seattle, Washington, where he designed for the web at MSN and worked on exhibits and graphics for the Wing Luke Asian Museum. Currently, he lives in Los Angeles where he was a Visual Designer for Yellowpages.com, The Los Angeles Times, and Move.com.

In his spare time, he is a Kundalini Yoga Teacher and is trying to figure out how to play a harmonium that he recently purchased.

Projects

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Play Ball! East Meets West

Baseball has been an All-American past time that has turned International. This chart uses the data from the 42 baseball players from Japan that have played in the Major Leagues through the 2009 season. The first player, Masanori Murakami played in 1964-65. It would be 30 years before Hideo Nomo would make his debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers

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The Naked City is a mobile application that lets the buildings and neighborhoods of New York tell you their stories.

Naked City

The Naked City is a mobile application that lets the buildings and neighborhoods of New York tell you their stories. Through photographs, maps, sounds, text and oral histories this application will connect the past with the present through a rich media experience using GPS, augmented reality, touch screen, and holographic screen technology. The Naked City will peel back the layers of history to discover the stories — an architectural wonder here, a famous artist colony over there, and even an infamous murder that will give them meaning as they wander through the city.

Users can input their own narrative and photographs, or create a tour they can share with friends or the general public. For example, a user can record their experience of a favorite places in their neighborhood which will be stored and shared for others to see in the future. The Naked City experience allows the user to relive the multi-layered history of NYC from Henry Hudson’s visit 400 years ago to today.

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Seneca is a web service that helps transfer time spent online at home into time for real world activities.

Seneca

Seneca is a web service that helps transfer time spent online at home into time for real world activities.

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