AQ is a team of designers, developers and researchers building products that help people do great things and learn from the world around them.
Founded in Tokyo, 2004. In Paris since 2014.
After studying graphic design and Japanese language and aesthetics, Chris moved to Tokyo in 2001 to begin his design practice. He co-founded AQ in 2004.
As managing director, Chris leads the design process, working with teams to clarify ideas, and transform them into beautiful, hard-working products.
After several years practicing graphic design in Tokyo, Eiko co-founded AQ in 2004. From the beginning, Eiko has been the guardian of good taste and good fun for AQ’s projects, through careful visual identity, illustration, and creative direction. She works closely with the team to ensure that the final work has the right message and feel.
Tomomi is a project director and partner at AQ, practicing a mix of business development, project management, and UX design for digital products and services.
Tomomi is fascinated by how service design shapes action, and moved from Tokyo to Paris in mid 2014 for further exploration.
Ryan Ruel is creative director at AQ. After studying design and developing an interest in Japanese culture at the University of Illinois, he spent five years in Chicago designing for clients like NYSE and AIGA before moving to Tokyo in 2009.
With a love for UI and identity design, Ryan has led many of AQ's web service and application design solutions. When he’s not rounding corners, he can be found co-hosting our Ride the Lightning events with Marion or facilitating the game design workshop series, “Press Pause”, he helped found with gaming cohort — Jean Snow.
Mathieu is an UI designer. He was born in France when disco was no longer a thing. After spending a few years in Dubai, Mathieu came to Tokyo to take a deeper dive into what he love most: CSS and tonkotsu ramen.
At AQ, Mathieu tries to conciliate innovative design and efficient development. When he's not writing SASS, he's probably making another pot of coffee for the team.
Marion Kamoike Bouguet
Marion is a full-stack engineer at AQ. Born in Lyon, she studied computer science in Paris then curiosity for the design world turned her towards web programming. She moved to Japan in 2009 after visiting as a freelancer.
She likes to make sure every project is perfect to the details while drinking unreasonable amounts of coffee. She certainly is not the last when it comes to lame jokes and brings a touch of girly geekiness to AQ’s tech side.
Michi is AQ's studio manager. Michi spent a few years building and operating educational software for SMBs. Currently, Michi is working on research and development projects in areas like remote working practices and interior design to make AQ a great place for creative work.