Amanda Billark

Amanda Billark

Amanda Billark is a Visual Designer at Akendi, a firm dedicated to creating intentional experiences through end-to-end experience design.

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The Experience of Unsubscribing

The Experience of Unsubscribing

I don’t know about you, but I’m always finding my inbox crammed with email newsletters I don’t remember signing up for. A lot of times it’s from stores I’ve shopped at or websites I’ve used to make travel arrangements where I’ve given my email and at the same time unknowingly signed up for marketing emails. While itRead more

5 Podcasts to Inspire UX Designers

5 Podcasts to Inspire UX Designers

I recently had an interesting lunchtime conversation with our VP of UX, Yvonne Shek, about how and where we find inspiration. While it seems like a cliché answer, I find inspiration everywhere and actively seek it out on a daily basis. I love to learn and try to cram as much learning time into my dayRead more

Journey Mapping My Commute to Work

Journey Mapping My Commute to Work

An Authentically Torontonian Example of Journey Mapping Last week, I participated in ‘Experience Mapping’, a course offered as part of Akendi’s UX Training and Certification program. The course covered the theory, principles and research methodologies behind experience mapping – an innovation technique used to gain better understanding of a user’s overall experience and identify areasRead more

How do you know when it’s time to rebrand?

How do you know when it’s time to rebrand?

On February 2nd, popular ride sharing app Uber surprised everyone by unveiling their new brand. For a company who’s well known for controversy, the unveiling of their rebrand was no different, causing waves throughout the design and tech communities. I myself was surprised when I looked at my phone to notice an unfamiliar white andRead more

Design Thinkers Conference 2015

Design Thinkers Conference 2015

On November 12 & 13th, Akendi participated in RGD’s 16th annual Design Thinkers Conference, the largest Conference for Visual Design in Canada. Held at The Sony Centre for Performing Arts in Toronto, Akendi team mates from both our Toronto and Ottawa offices were there listening to inspirational talks, attending events, and networking with fellow designers, vendors and clients.Read more

IOT and the Future of Bicycle Security

IOT and the Future of Bicycle Security

Like many of my teammates in the Toronto office, I cycle to work almost every day during the warmer months. It is hands-down my favourite way to travel and experience the city. Since my bicycle is my main source of transportation (and I average about 25km/day) I like to ride a good quality bike toRead more