Who Are You and What is Your Story?

By Jessica Murray


Every website should tell a story in some form or another. Its design should reflect who you are and what you want to tell your users. Your story can be very literal or metaphorical, it all depends on what you have to say. People...

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Design Thinkers Conference 2015

By Amanda Billark


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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Trust Me, Visual Design Matters

By Siobhan Kennedy


A look at how sharing-economy giants, Uber and Airbnb, differ in their approach to garnering trust through messaging and visual design. We’re hearing it in the news more and more, the sharing economy is growing and despite consistent...

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Getting Ready for Blockchain

By Dan Iaboni


If you remember the movie Flight Club, or watched the TV series Mr. Robot, a common theme is the destruction of the financial system by eliminating all the transaction data, physical and electronic.  Although extremely difficult, it is...

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Strategy – Can a product have a vision and mission?

By Cindy Beggs


If you look around at product design processes, you find out that there are almost as many as there are products.  While some differ simply in terms of the order of the activities or stages in the product design process, others hardly...

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IoT613 – It’s a wrap!

By Athena Herrmann


As you may have heard, on September 24th and 25th, Akendi presented the inaugural IoT613 conference in collaboration with CapCHI and Design 1st. The conference, held at MakerSpace North in Ottawa, was a huge success boasting sold out...

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A shopping experience ahead of the rest

By Jessica Murray


Shopping online can be daunting and frustrating, from un-useable checkout processes to boring visuals, most online shopping experiences are subpar. Personally, I now do 80% of my shopping online. I prefer it to in-store shopping because...

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What’s your sign? Designing for the experienced user.

By Janet Bewell


Have you ever faced this signage dilemma?  Amazing, isn’t it?  I know which way to turn for everyone else’s room but my own.* And yet, strangely, I have actually had this happen to be more than once.  Am I missing something?  Or am I...

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Designing user interfaces for emerging technologies

By Seneca Brandi


I recently participated in an open design challenge from NASA to create an application for a wearable device. The challenge called specifically for the design of a smartwatch interface that would support astronauts while living and...

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GO Train – An Experience Review

By Lisa Min


I’ve recently relocated outside of the Greater Toronto Area and find myself commuting into Toronto on the GO Train quite frequently. In the early days, when I was first learning how the whole system works, I made my fair share of...

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Ethnography Experience Mapping and IoT

By Dominira Saul


In a couple of weeks Akendi, along with our partners, will be hosting IoT613, in Ottawa.  IoT613 will be a gathering of those interested in designing and coding for IoT as well as the infrastructure, and social aspects of this...

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Stop “Improving” My Bathrooms

By Michelle Brown


If the goal of technology is to make our lives easier, then why am I trapped outside of a bathroom by a fancy electronic door lock, unable to enter the password even when I know what it is? The large black screen stares at me in...

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Drop-downs, Radio buttons, Checkboxes… Oh My!

By Fatima Kanji


When creating forms, interaction designers are often faced with having to select a Graphical User Interface (GUI) element that dictates the interaction of option selection.  Of course, we all have rules of thumb that we follow but often...

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Making Things Un-Usable (For Some)

By Michelle Brown


At the hospital where Dr. Henri J. Breault worked in Windsor, Canada, a parent rushing in with a poisoned child was a daily occurrence. Medical teams would hurry to pump the child’s stomach before it was too late, but they didn’t always...

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