Category Archives: Trends

Thoughts on the 2016 Design Thinkers Conference

Thoughts on the 2016 Design Thinkers Conference

I have a confession to make… the 2016 Design Thinkers Conference was filled with inspiring talks but the “Confessions” theme didn’t quite resonate with what I was hearing. I have an alternate theme to suggest.   Last week, our visual design team attended the 2016 Design Thinkers Conference at the Sony Centre in downtown Toronto.Read more

The Internet of Things – Who Cares?

The Internet of Things – Who Cares?

I have always found the term, the “Internet-of-Things” a bit of a misnomer. What does it actually mean? Are things going on the internet and if so why? What is the counterpart of this term? The “Internet-of-People”? Surely IoT is just connectivity added to Things in order to, hopefully, enhance their functionality. This is, inRead 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

It’s Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover – A review

It’s Classic Penguin: Cover to Cover – A review

Hi, I’m Kostis and I love books! I always need to know that there are at least three of them in my “To Read” list before I finish the one I’m currently reading. I also love well-designed book covers. I’m not ashamed to admit that I have been deceived numerous times by works of artRead more

Interactive experience: The new TV paradigm

Interactive experience: The new TV paradigm

For those of us that aren’t completely cynical about the Olympic movement, the Olympic games in Rio represented a celebration of the best athletes in the world.  I was particularly excited about these Olympics because I was honoured to count my friend Erica Wiebe among those athletes (Wrestling 75kg, women’s freestyle).  And of course, IRead 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

3 Design Trends on the Rise in 2016

3 Design Trends on the Rise in 2016

There are a few interesting design trends we’re keeping our eyes on this year. With spring fast approaching, this seems like a nice time to step back and examine the visual elements that are gaining popularity in the digital space. 1. Unexpected Colour Bold and unexpected colour choices have been on the rise in allRead more