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We organize a monthly meetup for designers and developers to share insight on building digital products.

2012 Past Events

Onlab [DATA] Conference

Qualitative Data and UX Design: Chris gave an overview of common qualitative research methods used by user experience designers to drive product decisions.

SwapSkills Doubbble #05 - One Web

Tomomi gave a 40 minute presentation about content strategy to a 200+ audience of digital practitioners.

UXcamp Europe 2012

Paul and Tomomi participated in the third annual European Barcamp for UX design, held in Berlin. We organized a session about the first run experience while soaking in the experience of an enormous two day UX event.

MuseumNext 2012

Paul and Tomomi traveled to Barcelona for ’Europe’s big conference on the digital side of museums’, where we talked about the museum coupon app MuPon, designed by AQ.

UX workshop for in-house training program

Chris, Tomomi, and Paul conducted a hands-on 3hr workshop designed to help startups improve the first run experience of their products.

2011 Past Events

nikkeiBP conference “Smartphone & Tablet 2011 Winter”

Chris gave a 1hr talk about the first run experiences for smartphone apps, and how to prioritize features when making the jump from web apps to smartphone apps.

The New Context Conference 2011 Fall

Chris joined a panel session in this two day conference to share insight on being Lean for design, development, and team building.

PechaKucha Night Tokyo #83

Tomomi took the stage with Tokyo Art Beat to give Tokyo’s creative community a status update on the art scene after the triple disasters.

PARTYstream for JAPAN

Tomomi gave a 20 minute presentation with Tokyo Art Beat on the role of art in Japan, post 311.

SimpleHonestTalks with AQ Tokyo

Chris and Ryan brought a taste of Tokyo to Chicago’s Post Family community, with a talk on design and digital communication for arts and culture.

AQ event: Presenting Design

We organized a game-like workshop with some of our friends for a fun evening working out our presentation muscles.

2010 Past Events

AQ event: Re-thinking Museums

We had an internal event with Tokyo Art Beat and museum research Tomoki Hirano to explore the future of museums and the web in an era of user participation.

AQ Presents Adam Greenfield: Becoming Real – The Art of Making Things Happen

We welcomed Adam for our biggest event in 2010, where he shed insight on how to improve a project’s chances of launching.

TAB Talk #17: Twitter x Art Promotion

Tomomi shared what went on behind the scenes for Setouchi Art Festival’s social media promotion.


Talk events and workshops for user experience design, creativity in Japan, and digital marketing in the arts.