About Daigo

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Hi. I am Daigo Fujiwara (pronounced: “dye-go”, as in “I go, you go, Daigo!”).

I am a front-end developer with keen interest in data visualizations and user experience design in Boston, MA, U.S. of A. I am a web developer at the Harvard Business Review (hbr.org) and have been in news media/publishing industry since 1996. I’ve worked at The Boston Globe (bostonglobe.com)/Boston.com, Inc Magazine (inc.com), Fast Company Magazine (fascompany.com) and The Christian Science Monitor (csmonitor.com). I’ve also helped launch start-up Skqueak, an iPhone app and companion social website, with pelfunc, in 2012. I love working with css3/html5/javascript, excited about the capability of web standards, and big believer of “progressive enhancement responsive web design” and “mobile first” philosophy. I love my job, as it is a perfect hybrid of right brain (art/design/human) and left brain (code/development/computer). I am originally from Japan, and was a high school exchange student in Cape Cod in 1992. Really liked it in U.S., and made it my home here. I am fluent in both Japanese and English, and I am a huge baseball fan (more on that later.) I am happily married to love of my life, Jennifer, and am a father of two beautiful hapa children, Jonathan and Mary. I bat left and throw right. I am an aikido-ka, and also play bass with a band.

Before HBR, I worked total of 10 years at the Boston Globe, and loved it. I created news infographics (data visualization, maps, charts, graphs etc.) for daily newspaper and web interactive graphics for Boston.com and then the brand new critically-acclaimed BostonGlobe.com, where I horned my skill of responsive infographics. Before the Globe, I have worked as a lead web UI/UX designer at BostonWorks.com (now boston.com jobs monster), web designer/producer at Christian Science Monitor, and as a lead web designer at Inc. Magazine and Fast Company Magazine. I have won multiple design awards from The Society for News Design for both my print and online works. I graduated from Northeastern University with Bachelor of Science in Visual Communications. I’ve also taken classes at Bentley University’s Design and Usability Center, though I have yet to finish my certificate. My work history can be found on View Daigo Fujiwara's LinkedIn profilemy LinkedIn profile.

I am a computer geek. I taught myself BASIC when I was in elementary school on a computer my dad brought home from work. Then I was completely blown away by Nintendo. I love learning about new technology and/or digital culture, such as social network, and excited about how they change the way we communicate. Boston is great for this kind of things and I try to attend as many meetups and hackathons as I can. I believe in open source (“free as in beer and speech”), and I love the idea of agile. I love playing with data. I love how data visualization brings beautiful visual creativity and analytical thinking together, and requires many different sets of skills to complete it. I was once told at an interview, “so, you are an jack of all trade and master of none,” which may have been an insult, but I took it as a compliment.

Skills

My strengths are in front end web development, user experience design, web usability, interaction design, and data visualization. html5/css3, javascript (jquery and beyond), Flash/ActionScript (not anymore), Ruby, LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP), Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop, are the tools that I am expert in. I am also capable of producing content if a need arises, conducting news graphics reporting and research, as well as multimedia (audio and video, including podcast) production. I’ve run a workshop called “Demystifying Flash” for reporters and editors in 2009 AAJA conference, and AAJA workshop called “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Web…But Were Afraid to Ask.” and spoke about data visualization and other topic at places like journalism conference at Emerson College, v3con (then known as Banana2) or Hacks/Hackers meetups.

I am also fully aware of general web issues, and embracing “Mobile First” philosophy, responsive web design, and progressive enhancement approach that works on multiple platforms, semantic markup (508 compliance), cross platform and multiple internet browser compatibility issues, impact of social networking sites, and search engine optimization.

Baseball related work

I love baseball. I grew up rooting for Chunichi Dragons. When I moved here in Boston in 1992, as a baseball fanatic, found myself right at home in Red Sox Nation. I am a proud and active member of SABR (The Society for American Baseball Research). I serve as a vice-chair of Asian Baseball Committee of SABR, and as a co-chair of Boston Chapter, I help organize local SABR meetings and events. I founded Boston Baseball Hack Day in 2012, annual one day hack event that happens in spring. I founded and updating JapaneseBallPlayers.com, a bilingual website dedicated to Japanese baseball players playing in MLB, since 1999. I started Go-RedSox.com, a Japanese language blog about Boston Red Sox in 2003. I had a privilege of producing and hosting The Boston Globe Red Sox Podcast for three seasons (2010-2012), and JapaneseBallPlayers.com Radio “East Coast Baseball Freaks,” a weekly Japanese language podcast about MLB and the Red Sox from 2005-2009. From 2006-2008, I wrote a monthly column called “From Boston” in the Nikkan Sports, a Tokyo based sports daily with circulation of 2 million.

About this blog

“Welcome to Daigo’s Daily Digital Diorama. I blog about Baseball, Judo, Jazz, Linux, Design and on being a dad.” — That was the little explanation line that was on the homepage for the blog for as long as I can remember — though when I started this blog in February 2002, I wasn’t a dad, so that must have been added later — but This is my website for… whatever. I use this site to practice my WordPress theme design (This blog have been a flat html, b2 blog, blogger, drupal, and textpattern in the past, but now is a proud WordPress powered site), jot down a memo (mostly tech and computer setting/config stuff) so that I can search it later using search function, or just type out my frustration, or copy and paste inspirational quotes that I liked. Whatever. There is no one theme except that it is all curated by me. It is so random, my wife once called it a non-profit nonsense (since it is a “org” which is supposed to be a non-profit domain. Great domain though, huh?) I do like my tagline, “Saving the world one blog entry at a time,” even though it makes no sense. I think it is a positive message and the world needs more positive messages!

Personal links on the web

  • Annual event that I organize: Boston Baseball Hack Day
  • My English baseball musing: blog.japaneseballplayers.com
  • My Japanese baseball musing: go-redsox.com
  • Follow me on Twitter, my English account: @DaigoFuji (Though be warned, it’s 99% baseball)
  • …or if you read Japanese, follow my Japanese account: @DaigoRedSox