About YD

Yanko Design is a web magazine dedicated to introducing the best modern international design, covering from industrial design, concepts, technology, interior design, architecture, exhibition and fashion. It’s about the cutting edge and the classic, the new and the rediscovered. It’s all about the best.

Yanko Design reaches a rapidly expanding audience of approximately 1.8 million unique users, serving 6 million page views each month with 41,000+ total daily newsletter subscribers making it the world’s most popular & influential online design magazine.

Yanko Design is on the list of Technorati.com’s top 100 most read blogs on the internet, currently ranked at 94 (out of 75,000,000+ blogs).

Media Coverage

Yanko Design has been featured in numerous high profile media outlets as the forefront publication in industrial design. In addition, we are esteemed media partners of red dot and iF International Forum Design.

Media Coverage

Takashi Yamada

Takashi Yamada
Publisher

Takashi, Publisher of YankoDesign.com, is responsible for bringing the content and vision to Yanko Design. Past businesses decent into fine dining, web-development and retail design. Prior to Yanko Design, Takashi was a consultant in the multibillion dollar luxury industry in Japan. Clients included Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Bulgari and various exclusive groups such as Richemont (Cartier, Alfred Dunhill and Montblanc).

He currently focuses on his passion of modern industrial design and pushes as a “design agency” to promote original ideas and talented undiscovered designers through YankoDesign.com. In five years it has grown amongst the most respected and visited design sites on the web. Takashi was born in Japan and raised in Canada. Currently he spends his time residing both in Japan and Canada.

Jason Hui

Jason Hui
Executive Adviser

Before joining Yanko Design, Jason worked in the enterprise software industry. He has experience working with the world’s largest financial institutions and business intelligence solutions providers. Currently, he is studying for his MBA at Duke University in The Fuqua School of Business. In his own time, he enjoys photography, automotive mechanics, and volunteering at social impact events in his community.

Nancy Wang

Nancy Wang
Chief Strategy Officer

Nancy creates, executes, and sustains strategic initiatives for Yanko Design. She is a Jill-of-all-trades with degrees in computer science, genetics and commerce. In her career, she’s held roles ranging from HIV pharmaceuticals research to solutions development for multinationals such as Dell, Citigroup and IBM. She is also involved in the financial markets, creating models and managing risk for equity investments. Her rare combination of experiences across industries brings fresh perspectives. Nancy loves her coffee, hates decaf, and is a travelling nomad at heart.

Long Tran

Long Tran
Creative Director

Long, Editor of YankoDesign.com, is responsible for all editorial aspects of Yanko Design. He currently Art Directs for an interactive design agency with clients such as Disney, Fox, NBC Universal and Warner Bros. He has his own personal blog where he writes about everything under the sky. His background is in Fashion Design and is currently working on his menswear collection.

Radhika Seth

Radhika Seth
Executive Assistant

Radhika is a Graduate in Commerce, but her passion for books and writing paved the way for content writing. Starting small with features in college magazines, she gradually worked towards content creation. She has been writing for various blogs and has been on the circuit for almost three years now. Gizmos and Gadgets, Designs, Girl-Gadgets and Luxury Products; she’s covered all these avenues in the past. A keen eye on design and a fascination with concepts brings her to Yanko Design. As a professional writer, she’s got the pulse on the readers’ expectations. However this doesn’t stop her from getting her own opinion across as well.

Troy Turner

Troy Turner
Senior Editor

Part experience lead, part branding strategist, Troy Turner’s backgrounds in cognitive anthropology and brand marketing merge with an innate affinity for human-centered design. His particular expertise is in the intersection of design and emotion, where people form deeper relationships with products through enhanced experiences and aesthetics.

Chris Burns

Chris Burns
Senior Contributing Editor

MCAD graduate Chris Burns is a design journalist and freelance graphic and New Media designer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. Chris works and writes for design-conscious organizations locally and abroad, including currently his own World Famous Design Junkies which showcases student and professional design work from around the world. Chris is an international collector of objects, talents, and ideas, having visited several cities around the world as a student and a professional; London, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, and more, and hopes to be able to continue his global search for great design.

Anthony James

Anthony James
Associate Editor

Working in the New York fashion industry during the first act of his life, Anthony’s love of design began at fashion powerhouse Gucci. Leaving the fashion world for more entertaining ventures, Anthony then went on to art direct for Playboy TV, while at the same time contrasting that by winning a Gold Broadcast Design Award (BDA) for his work with Nickelodeon TV. Since moving to Los Angeles, Anthony co-founded audio technology firm Varitalk.com and has been working as a copywriter and producer in movie marketing for the past seven years.

Shane Crozier

Shane Crozier
Industry Consultant

Australian born industrial designer who graduated from the University of Newcastle’s degree program. He is an advocate for sustainability, functionality, and usability, and is currently involved in both freelance work, and the research and development of products for a more environmentally sustainable heavy industries and transportation sector.

Billy May

Billy May
Contributing Editor

Billy, a graduate of Washington and Lee Univ. with a BS in business administration, fled his Virginia roots to relocate in New York. Currently acting as a design assistant to a Brooklyn based furniture design studio, he aspires to a lighting and industrial design career with independent and freelance projects. As a designer, he likes anything that goes over the top for pure effect and, incidentally, enjoys photoshopping friends into embarrassing, career ruining situations.

Chad Smith

Chad Smith
Architecture Editor

Chad Smith is an architect and writer in New York. He is an award-winning designer. His office, Chad Smith Architect LLC, specializes in collaborations with artists, other architects, fashion designers, and anyone passionate about their projects and their cities. He loves his work, and is skeptical about what he says about it. Tough love begins at home.

Richard Yang

Richard Yang
Design Curator

Richard is a product designer currently working on his MA through University of the Arts London. At the moment, his work explores his Hmong heritage within the context of transnational art, identity and nation. Prior to living in London, Richard resided in sunny Los Angeles for 9 years where he obtained an undergraduate degree in biology and a minor in studio arts. Richard is also an avid photographer and is originally from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Brian Ling

Brian Ling
Industry Consultant

Brian is a multi-disciplinary industrial design leader that specializes in strategic design language and product realization programs that drive successful brands and businesses. He has collaborated and worked with many multi-national brands such as Motorola, HP, GE, Ericsson/Flextronics, Akai, Sansui, SVA, Hannspree, Nakamichi and Philips. He is an avid blogger and design entrepreneur, that often shares his thoughts at his www.designsojourn.com website. He laments the lack of good Affogatos, Soya Mochas and Italian Pizzas in Asia.

Glen Poss

Glen Poss a.k.a. Zippy Flounder
Contributing Editor

Zippy has over 35 years experience as an entrepreneur, product designer and inventor. Along the way he has won multiple awards, launched a whole lot of products and has been granted numerous patents. Zippy is from the old school – marker pens, mock-ups, and prototypes made with CAD or CNC. In the course of his long career he has pretty much done it all from pitching to investors to factory work. The name Zippy Flounder came about from an old BBS game called trade wars.

Phil Baker

Phil Baker
Contributing Editor

Phil Baker has been involved in all aspects of product development for more than 30 years. He has extensive experience in partnering with Asian companies and has played key roles in developing products for Apple, Seiko, Polaroid, Atari, Polycom, Proxima, Think Outside and others. He co-founded Think Outside, the company that created the Stowaway folding keyboard. He has a BS physics from WPI, an M.S. engineering from Yale, an MBA. from Northeastern, and holds more than 30 patents. Phil currently consults to companies in the areas of product development, marketing and manufacturing. He writes a weekly personal technology column for the San Diego Transcript and was the San Diego Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Consumer Products. He is the author of the recently published book “From Concept to Consumer”, about turning ideas into money published by The Financial Times Press. He resides in San Diego.

Hideshi Hamaguchi

Hideshi Hamaguchi
Design Strategist

Hideshi Hamaguchi is considered a leading mind in creative concept development, strategy building and decision management on both sides of the Pacific. As the Design Strategist at Yanko Design, he is responsible for innovating the brand contextually and executing his visions that interplay between design and business strategy.

His expertise lies in creating innovative products and services by developing frameworks that balance design intuition and strategic thinking. In 2013 he represents Yanko Design as the jury member for the Electrolux Design Lab Competition.

In 1994, Hideshi created the concept of the Intranet and developed Japan’s first corporate Intranet. In 2000, he led the core concept development for the world’s first USB flash drive.

He led numerous award-winning projects for his clients in various industries. He is the director of strategy at Ziba Design in USA and a juror of Red Dot Design Award.