Graphic Design, Interactive, Illustration, Motion Graphics, Oil Painting, Ceramics, Sculpture, Printmaking, Photography, and Film.
Fluent Languages // 2

Japanese – Mother
English – Father

2012 – Adobe Design Achievement Awards – Semifinalist round in Five Categories – In progress

2012 – Google Photography Prize – Top 100 out of 19,000 submissions from 148 countries.

2012 – FWA [ Favorite Website Award ] for Avengers/Acura website with B-Reel

2011 – – Featured on front page of

2010 to Present – Merit Scholar,
Art Center College of Design: Graphic Design / Illustration

2011 – Art Center Gallery – Graphic Design
2010 – Art Center Gallery – Graphic Design
2009 – Art Center Gallery – Graphic Design

2009 – Presidential Scholar

2009 – YoungARTS Finalist: Fine Arts

2009 – YoungARTS Merit Award Recipient: Photography

2009 – The Scholastic National Silver Key: Photography Portfolio

2009 – The Scholastic Gold Key: Photography Portfolio

2009 – State of Michigan Certificate of Tribute
[ Signed by Governor and Lt. Governor ]

2009 – Interlochen Arts Academy – Presidents Choice Award

2009 – Academic Excellence Award: Kiwanis International

2007 to 2009 – Merit Scholar, Interlochen Arts Academy: Fine Arts

2007 – Fine Arts Award, Interlochen Arts Academy
[Awarded to one fine arts student each summer]

2012 – Freelance

2012 – B-REEL Full-Time Paid Design Intern

2011 – Wondros Intern and Freelancer

2009-Present – Art Center College of Design [Los Angeles, CA] Merit Scholar: Graphic Design / Illustration

2008 – SAIC Early College Program [Chicago, IL]: Animation/Motion (2 college credits)

2007 to 2009 – Interlochen Arts Academy [Interlochen, MI] Merit Scholar: Fine Arts

Attended grade school in Osaka, Japan Link

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
Bass Guitar – Jazz band and Rock School
Martial Arts – MMA, Taekwondo, Hapkido, Karate and Judo
Soccer – Varsity Soccer Team

Cinema 4D – Advanced
Illustrator – Advanced
Photoshop – Advanced
After Effects – Advanced
Premiere Pro – Advanced
Soundbooth – Advanced
Flash – Advanced
Indesign – Advanced
Final Cut Pro – Good
Coda – Advanced
Dreamweaver – Advanced
Fontlab – Good

AS3 – Good
CSS – Advanced
JQUERY – Basic
AJAX – Basic
JAVA – Basic
HTML – Advanced
LINKS // 2

· Twitter
· Behance

· Wondros — Anne-Marie Mackay
· NFAA Presidential Scholars Program — Christina DePaul
· Art Center College of Design — Steve Kim

As Campaigns Manager at Message Global, LLC a communications and public affairs firm in Washington DC I worked with Sho Rust on our firm’s website redesign. It is imperative to our business that we put out a product that is interesting, creative and in line with our overall ethic to pull-in clients and maintain an innovative reputation. While we’ve worked with a number of designers on various iterations of our website, working with Sho was easy and far exceeded our expectations.

We were looking for somebody to organize and enhance the clean aesthetic of our website. From the beginning what impressed us was Sho’s creative design process and ability to make or vision a reality. His cutting edge ideas enhanced the effectiveness of the site and captured the essence of our company. We went back and forth a few times, with edits and additions. We were pleased that Sho would get back to us in a timely manner and that he really listened and made the changes we envisioned.

His willingness to go the extra mile in his scope of work to ensure we got the website we needed was truly remarkable. We would certainly work with him on another project without any hesitation.
· Sheena Arora // Message Global,LCC

My name is Katharine Crnko, and I am part of the creative team at Wondros – a media and campaign strategy company based in Los Angeles. I have had the pleasure of working with Sho on numerous occasions and projects, and each experience has been deeply enriched because of Sho’s participation.

One project sticks out in my mind as truly being an incredible example of Sho’s willingness and devotion to see a project all the way through to completion. One of our clients needed help with a website re-design. The basic structure was there, but it needed organization and population, as well as an overall reimagining of the aesthetic. Sho jumped full-heartedly into the project, meeting deadlines early, exceeding expectations, and even agreeing to go beyond the initial scope of work to ensure his client got the website they needed.

His vision, ability to organize and focus information, and his progressive design aesthetic make Sho an irreplaceable member of our freelance team. He has experience and professionalism beyond his years, and is a true asset to any organization. This is a career to be watched.
· Katharine Crnko // Wondros

“I had the pleasure of working with Sho on my website and was very impressed. He was fast, collaborative and extremely competent. He was able to bring our combined ideas to life and make them better than I had imagined. What more can one ask for?”
· John Guynn // Associate Creative Director at RPA

“I found him to be of the utmost service. He willingly and diligently took on all assigned graphics projects and was not only extremely fast but he applied intelligence and unique creative problem solving to each task. I felt extremely comfortable allowing him to run with ideas as his attitude proved him valuable as a team member”
· Anne Marie MacKay // Chief Creative Officer at Wondros

“Sho is a talented designer and an excellent programmer. His work is fast yet skillful, and he brings a unique creative aesthetic to the table. He helped with our logo design, interface and graphic design, HTML mockup and CSS. Sho is a hard worker and his results greatly exceed expectation. I would hire him in a heartbeat given the opportunity.”
· Alex Capecelatro // CEO at Hyphos

“…Being the highest honor our American youth can receive, I am proud [Sho] Thomas received this nomination. I hope you keep this extraordinary accomplishment in mind when reviewing Thomas’ application along with his other artistic achievements.”
· Christina Depaul // President & CEO at NFAA YoungArts