Airline Design
Product Strategy and Design
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The Airline Team

Airline is a global company. We maintain a studio in Tokyo but also work from Austin and have a team in India. Our clients are divided between the US and Asia.

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Paul Pugh

Paul Pugh

Founder + Chief Designer

With nearly 30 years of experience as a designer, Paul’s work as a creative leader is well-known. He and his teams have designed products used by millions for some of the world’s most respected brands. Before Airline, Paul was a vice president of design for frog design, executive creative director for Amazon Kindle and vice president of connected fitness products for Under Armour. Paul has been the founder of three companies including Airline. Paul’s career began in architecture and includes many years in software UX and most recently in product and industrial design. This unique experience enables Paul to work across domains to design integrated experiences, with a clear understanding of both the software development process and manufacturing.


Paul oversees all of the client work at Airline, so you can expect a hands-on approach to your project. With early-stage companies, he often acts as a virtual product officer to help entrepreneurs understand the best strategy to get a new product to market. With established clients, he leverages his experience working inside of innovation leaders Amazon and Under Armour to help focus and accelerate internal product efforts, often working directory with the executive team.

Paul divides his time between the U.S. and Japan. Paul is a runner, snowboarder, Japanese-language student and a secret member of the trans-Pacific music project Secret Retreat.

Berie Suqet

Berie Suqet

Designer

Berie has a master’s in product management from DSK International School of Design in Rubika, India, and a bachelor’s in product design from La Grande Tourrache in Toulon, France. Berie has extensive experience designing home products and has a personal interest in sport, health and fitness design.

Although French, Berie hates garlic and enjoys rock climbing, even though she has a fear of heights.

Nikhil Kapoor

Nikhil Kapoor

Designer

Nikhil has a master’s in industrial and product design management from DSK International School of Design in Rubika, India.


Nikhil is a technology junkie who also likes to bust out Bollywood tunes on his violin.

Ujwal IK

Ujwal IK

Designer

Ujwal has a master’s in digital design management and a bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from DSK International School of Design in Rubika, India.


In his free time, Ujwal likes to paint with watercolor.

Ranna Hasegawa

Ranna Hasegawa

Designer + Illustrator

Ranna (aka Ranchan) has a Masters in Design Planning and Theory from Tokyo University of the Arts.

Ranna loves drawing flowers and food and has her own Manga published by LINE called 抑死者(Yokushisha) under the name あららぎ菜名(Araragi Nana).

Jules Kaelani

Jules Kaelani

Designer

Jules studied Education of Arts and Crafts at Indonesia University of Education.

Her hobbies are running and calisthenics and she secretly cares for two stray cats named Tamagoro & Koume.

Sumire Kuroda

Sumire Kuroda

Designer

Sumi is a first-year graduate student in design at Chiba University and holds Bachelor of Industrial Design.


Sumi loves JPop band Perfume and fashion. Sometimes she make clothes.

Yuri Kubota

Yuri Kubota

Designer

Yuri Is a first-year graduate student in design at Chiba University and holds an undergraduate.

Yuri likes listening to music and playing games.

Koyu Kobayashi

Koyu Kobayashi

Designer

Koyu is a fourth-year undergraduate industrial design student at Chiba University.

Koyu collects NIKE sneakers, loves coke and hamburgers. He consistently requests we eat hamburgers when we go for lunch.

Sou Ota

Sou Ota

Designer

Sou is a fourth-year undergraduate student at Chiba University.

Sou likes listening music and playing drums, favorite foods are ramen and cheese cake.

Takako Tachikawa

Takako Tachikawa

Office Manager

Takako oversees Airlines administration and HR functions. She provides this service to several startups and has her own company Foreigner Help Desk which helps expats and foreign companies get settled in Tokyo.