Canyon Boak

Digital Product Design


My background is in studying languages and culture. At university I studied Linguistics, Anthropology and Japanese.


Combining these passions, I currently work at Pivotal Labs in Tokyo, where I help Japanese-speaking clients learn how to build valuable software that solves validated user problems.

As a product designer there I pair with our clients, and together we conduct user research, design new solutions, test them with users, and realize them as living software.

Current Projects

I also enjoy programming. In my freetime I build a Japanese language-learning app called Tako Words. It is written in Swift.

I contribute to an open source iOS testing framework called Succinct, started by a fellow Tokyo Pivot.

I do a lot of photography both digital and film, which I have up on my Instagram.


Feel free to reach me via email.