Akiko K. Ruiz is the owner and illustrator behind akrDesignStudio. After earning a bachelor's degree in graphic design from the Joshibi University of Art and Design in Japan, Akiko moved to California and began work as a designer in the apparel industry.
Years later, Akiko realized her dream of expressing herself through hand drawing illustrations by creating her own line of stationery.
Her work has been featured in magazines and blogs such as Collective Hub, Mollie Makes, Stationery Trends, Domino Magazine, and variety of Japanese magazines. She has also collaborated with brands like Anthropologie, and now Kestan.