Designer Yuko Hasegawa knows the importance visual communication. As an editorial illustrator with the Los Angeles Times, it was her job to create pictures that were literally "worth a thousand words". She had to describe complex stories with just a single illustration. "You get one shot to visually communicate a concept to readers, and grab their attention," she explains. Her talents landed her illustration jobs with more newspapers, magazines, and toy companies. Yuko earned degrees from two prestigious art schools, California Institute of the Arts with a BFA in Character Animation, and Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California with a BFA in Illustration. You can see the merging of the two disciplines in her expressive, dimensional character designs.