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Amanda Billark

Amanda Billark

Experience Designer

Amanda brings 9 years of multi-disciplinary design experience to Akendi’s visual team. She holds a degree in Industrial Design from OCAD University and has a deep understanding of user needs, emotional psychology and design process. Equally creative and analytical, she loves strategic problem solving as much as creating. Her diverse background enables her to create work that is equally beautiful and smart, matching user and business needs with great design.

The Experience of Unsubscribing

By Amanda Billark

22.09.2016

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...

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5 Podcasts to Inspire UX Designers

By Amanda Billark

09.08.2016

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...

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Journey Mapping My Commute to Work

By Amanda Billark

01.06.2016

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...

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

By Amanda Billark

16.02.2016

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...

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Design Thinkers Conference 2015

By Amanda Billark

08.12.2015

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...

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IOT and the Future of Bicycle Security

By Amanda Billark

20.08.2015

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...

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