Founder + Chief Designer
With over 25 years experience as a designer, Paul’s work as a leader in product and design is well known. He and his teams have designed for some of the world’s most respected brands. Products from those designs have been in the hands of millions of users, frequently winning industry accolades and global recognition.
Founder + Managing Partner
Aki is a strategist and business leader with a focus on APAC. Through his experience in design research and his multilingual capabilities, he works with brands in the region to create informed products. His approach brings clients a deeper understanding of customer needs.
- Edward Seidensticker, Washington Post 1984
Tokyo looks into the future but with an astute memory and respect of what has come before.
Product design is a tradition of craft, beauty and order. Tokyo is a patron to those values and provides a willing audience for sharing and demonstrating our experience and point of view, but more importantly Tokyo is a host to much of our own inspiration and development.
Airline also has a base and access to teams in Austin, Texas. From Tokyo and Austin we work with global clients and partners.
Paul has been an Executive with Under Armour, Amazon and frog design and has started two companies previously. He has overseen global organizations and product teams. With a background in architecture he designs both hardware and software and understands both manufacturing and software development. Paul’s passion is bringing those domains and processes together into integrated product experiences.
Aki has deep experience working with customers to define successful programs and then enter the field to understand their customers. He worked as a Project Manager in frog’s Shanghai studio and has worked with major global clients including Japanese luxury brands to identify new product strategies including leading research in the US, Japan and Kenya. Aki’s passion is bringing impact to brands and the lives of their customers.
Our focus is on hardware and software integrated products. We like to say the hardware is the body and the software the product soul. They deserve to be developed together.
Our specialty is wearables, connected devices and clothing. We work on the periphery of fashion and have experience in sports, fitness and mobility. Our interests are not limited to consumer electronics and include products for the aging and precision farming. We are enthused about making new things that have been never done before but also are interested in making existing processes and products better with the right application of technology and good design.
Airline develops concepts and turns them into real products. We bring new ideas to you and we take your direction to explore new markets or re-envision products you already have. Our process is open and iterative. We work in models and prototypes and we supply you with the artifacts to evangelize new product ideas internally. We support you from concept through development including detailed design, factory inspections and product launch press and analyst briefings.
Our project managers are able to lead multiple global programs simultaneously by facilitating team collaboration and managing clients. PMs will work closely with the creative team to meet the program scope on time and budget. They are not afraid of speaking up and asking the right questions to the team and the clients. They are always the calmest person in the room to have both holistic view of the program goals and detailed view of the processes. They are expected to manage multiple program phases from legal document review, finance related such as invoicing, and coordination of meetings and at times facilitating requirements gathering.
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6836 Austin Center Boulevard
Suite 280 C/O VCFO
Austin, TX 78731
Tokyo, Japan 155-0031