Maya Levin

Maya Levin

Experience Architect

Maya is an experience architect at Akendi.

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The Big Friendly Giant of UX

The Big Friendly Giant of UX

  You have a BIG project with lots of problems to analyse and solve. Your nerves are buzzing and you need someplace or something reassuring and friendly. Your computer is too time-consuming and paper is too restrictive. You don’t hesitate to leave your desk and make your way to the giant whiteboard. You feel determined andRead more

Creating a Space for Design Thinkers, Part 3

Creating a Space for Design Thinkers, Part 3

Nothing gets work done like a good, solid deadline. Menial tasks tend to get left aside, and sometimes, large projects get postponed due to their daunting and stressful nature. The Akendi Ottawa office move was no different. We allocated time to figuring out plans, ordering some new furniture, and coordinating construction with the landlord. WeRead more

Is Pretty Food Good Food?

Is Pretty Food Good Food?

A few months ago, a colleague of mine told me Uber was going to start a delivery service: UberEats. We were excited. As soon as the app became available in Ottawa, we placed our first order for our Akendi Friday Lunch. We browsed the clean, simple webpage with fantastic pictures of various restaurants in theRead more

Insights from CanUX 2016

Insights from CanUX 2016

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 7th annual CanUX conference here in Ottawa. After an inspiring experience last year, I was eager to hear this year’s line-up and have the opportunity to chat with local (and not so local) designers. Once again, the conference did not disappoint. Although some talks fellRead more

How to Create a Space for Design Thinkers, Part II

How to Create a Space for Design Thinkers, Part II

In my last blog post, I talked about creating an interior space through the lens of User Experience Design (UXD). This perspective introduced the concepts of budget, circulation, and communication that would affect Akendi Ottawa’s exciting move to a new office space. At this point in time, we have secured a physical space, and areRead more

How Combining UX With Interior Design Creates Smart Work Spaces

How Combining UX With Interior Design Creates Smart Work Spaces

What comes to mind when you hear or see the term “UX” (User Experience)? How about “Who is a user and what experience are we talking about?” Although most cases in UX are related to technology and human computer interactions, a higher level of experience brings us back to one of the founding professions inRead more