No great question, No great solution.
Masaki is an award-winning design researcher, creative technologist, and educator experienced in a wide array of projects from tangible products to intangible services. At the intersection of creativity, technology, and research, he uses design as critical tools for tackling wicked problems, inquiring everyday life, and finding new humane ecologies towards the 22nd century.
He is currently in the MFA Design + Technology program at Parsons School of Design to explore participatory and interdisciplinary problem-solving. Masaki has expertise in finding awesome questions and turning them into valuable functions because he believes we cannot come up with a great solution without a great question.
He is from Tokyo, Japan and majored in Computer Science at the University of Tokyo. Previously he worked at IBM Design for ten years as a UX/UI designer to bridge human and technology. Based on the strong backgrounds in design and engineering, he was recently working as a visiting lecturer at KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology to mentor future problem-solvers.
His work has been featured, exhibited, and awarded internationally. Notable features include publications in Engadget, UXPlanet. Exhibitions at the ACM SIGGRAPH, NYC Media Lab. Awarded by Human Interface Society.
Outside of work, He love traveling and shooting pictures. He got some photography awards in Japan and joined a group exhibition in NY.
Photo © Tomomi Takano
Current CV is here. or you can drop me a line here:
Design sprint, HCD, Contextual research, Future studies, Business model design, Scrum, Lean startup, Workshop Design, LAAP
Adobe CC, XD, Sketch, InVision, Figma, Framer, Principle, Zeplin, Overflow, Abstract, MS Office
Design Research Fellow, Kyoto Institute of Technology, 2019
President’s Scholarship, Parsons School of Design, 2018 - 2020
Selected for IBM Japan Technology Leading talents, IBM, 2012
Selected for ACM SIGGRAPH Student Research Competition, ACM SIGGRAPH, 2008
Young Researcher Award, Human Interface Society, Japan 2008
Good Design Award, Pioneering and exponential design Winner, Japan 2008
Visiting Lecturer / Design Research Fellow, KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Jun 2019 - Aug 2019
Experience Design Tutor Specialist, Parsons School of Design, Jan 2019 - current
Chief Design Officer, Artrigger Inc. Feb 2018 - Jul 2018
Product Design Lead, IBM Japan, Apr 2016 – Jul 2018
Senior Interaction Designer, IBM Japan, Apr 2013 - Mar 2016
Junior Interaction Designer, IBM Japan, Apr 2009 - Mar 2013
MFA, Major in Design & Technology, Minor in Civic Service Design, Parsons School of Design 2020
MA in Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo 2009
BE in Information & Communication Engineering, The University of Tokyo 2007
Masaki Iwabuchi, Yasuaki Kakehi, and Takeshi Naemura, “LIMPIDUAL TOUCH, INTERACTIVE LIMPID DISPLAY WITH DUAL-SIDED TOUCH SENSING”, ACM SIGGRAPH2008 Posters, B156, Article no. 87., 2008 [selected for Student Research Competition, ACM]
Yukari Hori, Masaki Iwabuchi, Akira Baba, “REAL LIFE IS AN ODYSSEY.-PROPOSAL FOR A VIDEOGAME LINKED TO REALITY.”, ACM Intern. Conf. Advances in Computer Entertainment (ACE2008), accepted to Research Posters.
EINSTEIN STUDIO ARCHIVES, Compilation book of Japanese young photographers. 2016
Talk “Business Design Talk vol.03“, Tokyo, Japan Aug 2019
Participatory Session “Speculation of ikigai from Kyoto ─ Case study on Practice of Transition Design”, Kyoto, Japan Aug 2019
Mini-symposium, “Some Recent Agendas in Design Research” by Prof. Mizuno Daijiro and Iwabuchi Masaki (Design-researcher in Residence 2019), Kyoto, Japan Jun 2019
Project Report by KYOTO Design Lab, Aug 2019
Design Researcher in Residence in KYOTO Design Lab, Jun 2019
Interviewed by Workship Magazine (in Japanese), Jan 2019
Engadget, “Double-sided transparent touch display would make Battleship amazing,” Aug 2008
Robot watch, “iii exhibition9 report,“ Jun 2008
NYC Media Lab’19 Demo Expo, NY, US Sep 2019
New Japan Photo Exhibition in KG+, Hotel Anteroom, Kyoto, Japan Apr 2018
New Japan Photo Exhibition, IMA Gallery, Tokyo, Japan Dec 2017
New Japan Photo Exhibition, Midoriso 2, Tokyo, Japan Mar 2016
New City Art Fair (in EINSTEIN STUDIO botth), hpgrp Gallery, NY, USA Mar 2016
Art Photograph Group Show Part. 27, RECTO VERSO GALLERY, Tokyo, Japan Feb 2016
ART DUBAI (in EINSTEIN STUDIO booth), Dubai, UAE Mar 2013
Photo Fair Einstein, Tokyo, Japan Mar 2013
iii exhibition 9, The University of Tokyo, Japan Jun 2008
GOOD DESIGN EXPO 2008, Tokyo Big Sight, Japan Aug 2008
50th Sign & Display Show, Tokyo Big Sight, Japan Aug 2008
Interactive Tokyo, National museum of emerging science and innovation, Japan Sep 2008