What We Do

We specialize in User Experience Design, Mobile Application Development, Innovation Consulting and Brand Experience and Strategy in business and consumer markets. Clients come to ÄKTA from across all sectors for the answers and results they’re looking for to drive success.

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Our Work

Our work reflects an unwavering focus on the art and science of humanistic experience design. We build for a constantly growing array of technology platforms, but tailor our approach based on a deep understanding of your business and customers. Your goals guide us as we us logic and data to break down complex tasks and reconstruct them as basic as human interactions.

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Raise Mobile App

From the initial user research phases to execution, the groundbreaking mobile app opened Raise to an entire new audience in a market ripe for disruption.

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ÄKTA Names Sara Frisk VP of Brand Strategy

Frisk will lead ÄKTA’s Brand Strategy practice area, helping clients create compelling brand experiences at all phases of their digital journey.

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ÄKTA in Motion

A behind-the-scenes look at the people and culture of one of the fastest growing companies in the country.

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Smartwatches: Untethered Free Agents?

Smartwatches, the new poster child of wearables, will become a bigger part of our daily device interactions. UI Designer, Alyssa Burke, shares her thoughts on whether companies should build apps right away or sit out this tech trend.

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ÄKTA works with leading global brands and emerging growth companies to discover new opportunities, define intelligent user experiences, design innovative digital services and bring successful products and applications to market.
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The Next-Generation Digital Consultancy

ÄKTA was founded on a novel business model: combine strategic leadership, design thinking, brand strategy and industry-leading engineering into a single, powerful partner for the world's leading brands. As one of the fastest growing companies in the country, our focus on digital transformation and engagement has allowed us to bring our client's vision to life with truly game-changing products, used by millions around the globe.

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Latest Insights
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7 Deadly Mobile App UI Design Sins

Are rules made to be broken? It really depends on the rule. ÄKTA designers identify 7 sins you shouldn't commit when designing mobile apps.

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Coastin’ Along: ÄKTA’s Annual Beach Party

Yes, Chicago has beaches … 28 miles of magnificent beaches on Lake Michigan, in fact. And one of the most famous is Oak Street Beach,…

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l to right - Chelsey Olsen, Mike Wesolowski, Kim Harradine and Jill Moriarity
Ten (+ 2!) Ideas on How to Keep Employees Happy
Kevin Boyer

ÄKTA's Jill Moriarity offers tips on how to keep employees happy, productive and loyal.

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Cross Platform Development
Mind the Gap: Cross Platform Development for Hyperconnected Consumers

Today's users often own devices on multiple platforms. ÄKTA's Zac Siegel explains how to build cross-platform native software for Android, iOS, and more.

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Sara Frisk - Vice President of Brand Experience
ÄKTA Names Sara Frisk VP of Brand Strategy
Kevin Boyer

From Press Release:  ÄKTA, a Chicago based digital design, user experience and development consultancy, announced that Sara Frisk has been hired as Vice President…

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John Roa Named “CEO Of The Year” Finalist
Kevin Boyer

The 16th Annual Illinois Technology Association CityLIGHTS program honors companies and individuals whose innovation and success drive growth in the technology industry and Illinois [From…

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Feature Faking
Feature Fake: Exploring and Testing Connected Mobile Prototypes

In this UPXA Magazine Article Dan LeBoeuf, ÄKTA’s UX Group Director, explains how using “feature faking” techniques helps mitigate the risk of delivering holistic connected…

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John Roa Named to Chicago Tribune’s List of Tech Leaders

ÄKTA CEO & Founder John Roa has been named to the Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky “Vault,” a list of Chicago’s most influential entrepreneurs and…

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