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AQ Lift

Rapid UX Design Consulting for Apps & Web Services

Good user experience is good business,
but we can't always get there on our own.

Can you relate?

  • The MVP Flippity Flops

    “We have a working prototype, but early tests left us with too many questions to launch with confidence.”

  • The Post-launch Jitters

    “After an initial burst of interest, our users are moving on. We've got feedback and data, but don't know how to turn it into action.”

  • The Iteration Collywobbles

    “We have a working business, but need a fresh pair of eyes to help us optimize the product and reenergize the team.”

  • Illustrations by Calvin

What gets in the way?

After years helping digital services get off the ground, we've noticed a few patterns:

  • With all the demands of growing a new business, there's never enough time to perfect the UX.
  • You have ideas and dev power, but are missing the design confidence to take the product to market.
  • After too long in the trenches, your team can no longer see what ideas are worth pursuing.
  • You have user feedback and data, but are having trouble interpreting data into action.

Our Approach

Give your business a boost with
better user experience design.

  • KPI driven

    All of our design recommendations are focused on one thing only: bumping up your product’s top KPI, whatever it is.

  • Quick fixes +
    Long-term thinking

    We structure each Lift report so you can start testing new ideas tomorrow, and learn from user feedback while working on deeper challenges.

  • Minimum Viable Documentation

    You don’t need a laser light show presentation, so we don’t waste time making one. We deliver ideas in whatever format is fastest for your team to implement and test.

From startups to multinationals,
we work with product teams at companies of all sizes.

The Plans

Choose from three plans,
designed to fit perfectly within your workflow

  • Lift

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    A simple report of quick design fixes, focused on your most critical KPI.

    Turnaround

    1 week

    Heavy Lift

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    A comprehensive report of critical UX fixes, long-term goals, with before/after screenshots.

    Turnaround

    2–3 weeks

    Tempo Lift

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    Weekly UX coaching sessions that fit your team’s workflow

    Turnaround

    Five 1-hour sessions

  • Lift

    ¥500,000 6,250 USD

    Get a deep review of a single, critical page or interaction.

    Turnaround

    1 week

    What's Included

    • An action list of design problems and fixes
    • Before & after screenshots
    • A one page summary of our findings

    Heavy Lift

    ¥750,000 9,000 USD

    Great for a deep review of a few critical interactions, or a broad review of the entire UX.

    Turnaround

    2–3 weeks

    What's Included

    • An action list of design problems and fixes
    • Before & after screenshots
    • Long-term goals and considerations
    • A mid-point check-in and final debriefing

    Tempo Lift

    ¥150,000 1,900 USD

    Get regular UX design coaching as part of your development process.

    Turnaround

    Five 1-hour sessions

    What's Included

    • Five, 1-hour UX coaching sessions
    • Sessions can be scheduled any Friday, up to eight weeks from sign up.
    • Available at AQ’s office in Omotesando or via Skype

About Us

AQ is a Tokyo-based, multilingual design office, started in 2004.
We design and build useful, imaginative tools for business, culture and community.

We’ve helped launch and iterate on popular apps and web services around the world, including Toyko Art Beat’s smartphone apps, the ASICS’ running web app, Bagcheck, and ATND.


Have a question? Email us at lift@aqworks.com.