About me

On a bus near Munich.

On a bus near Munich.

My name is Tomomi Sasaki. I'm a designer and partner at the design studio AQ, running projects that deliver useful digital services through a combination of expert project management skills with eight years of practicing UX design and research. Past cases include tools that empower people to train for marathons (ASICS), gain skills in digital marketing (Google) and manage HR data (huubHR).

I am a frequent collaborator of Enterprise Design Associates, bringing product strategy, design research and facilitation skills to challenges like organizational culture change (Toyota Motor Europe), innovation in the employee experience (AccorHotels) and building the digital workplace (Deutsche Telekom).

Based in Paris since late 2014, I'm often on the road and spend a few weeks in Tokyo every six months.


From Apr 2009 to Mar 2012, I was Japanese Language Editor for the citizen media initative Global Voices Online, writing to shed insight on cultural and social issues from the Japanese blogosphere.

I have a background in multi-database research, professional Japanese/English translation skills, and used to be an editor for Japan’s largest art and design information site, Tokyo Art Beat. I currently sit on the Board of Directors for its parent organization, Gadago NPO.

I was born in Japan, spent my childhood in sunny California, and lived in Tokyo for almost two decades.

My name means 'beautiful friend' :)