If you’ve been following the polarizing conversations within the experience design realm over the past 20+ years, you’ve no doubt noticed our discipline’s tendency to over-label everything , and our mind-numbing ability to switch en masse to the latest eminent-sounding job title that’s presently in fashion.

Not long ago, early adopters, who initially labelled themselves usability engineers, information architects, interaction designers, UI designers, HCI professionals etc., found a home under the umbrella of (user) experience design, or UX. Soon after, the rapid proliferation of UX through the corporate world prompted the overnight jump from those working as web designers to…

(or The Value of Small Scale Creative Projects During a Pandemic)

Ever since I started leading my first experience design practice in 2007, I’ve been a big proponent of not only focusing exclusively on large, highly consequential projects for the client organizations I served, but also setting some time aside to work on smaller-scale, less politically constrained, ‘side projects’, that allow the team to disconnect from the usual daily grind, and provide us with the chance to exercise our collective creative experimentation muscles.

For someone like me, who before the pandemic was already spending a lot of time working on hobby projects in front of my home computer late in the…

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My CanUX badges: 2010–2019 (and a shoutout to Dragan)

November 27th, 2010. A few us got there early, ignoring the bitter cold outside to stick 11x17 paper posters to the doors and poles outside the building, eagerly awaiting Ottawa’s first UXcamp in the 200-seat Lamoureux Hall amphitheatre at Ottawa U. A few more were getting ready inside, setting up registration tables, testing the A/V system, and trying to figure out the best way to approach wayfinding for the day. Jess McMullin, the former organizer of the CanUX conferences in Banff and the UXcamp events in Edmonton, was here to emcee our inaugural edition. The day’s schedule had one out…

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As preparations for CanUX 2018 were in full swing earlier this fall, we started to look back at our 9 years of existence and we quickly realized that as our community of practice has grown, there is very little reliable data that illustrates this transformation, or can point out areas where we are not quite as mature as we’d like to be. As a result, we decided to pilot an annual Canadian State of UX Report in 2018, ahead of an all out effort to create a comprehensive report for of the 10th edition of CanUX in 2019.

Although we…

Last weekend I attended UX Hong Kong, one of my favourite UX events on the planet, for the firth time. UXHK is not the biggest UX conference on the international circuit, but over the years it has become the de-facto gathering place for the UX community in Asia Pacific (off the top of my head, beside a small contingent hailing from Australia, US, UK and Canada, most participants flew in from China, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Korea, India, Indonesia etc). This year though, the conversations at the conference had a different undertone. During previous editions, I was rarely asked by…

I’m not gonna lie, I was stoked. Even though I heard things were moving behind the scenes, when I read that title in July, the “Launch of the Canadian Digital Service” I really felt relieved. It was finally here. Not as an idea, not as a vague budget line, not as a backchannel whisper. It was in every feed. On every platform. After years and years of what I presume was a ton of work by an army of people on the inside (kudos to all of you who convinced politicians to approve a budget line for this initiative) and…

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If you’re old enough, you might remember a time when the Government of Canada (GoC) was a leader in the online (web 2.0) space. A time when just having a presence on the web put our government in the upper echelon of forward thinking administrations. That same time when we, (user) experience professionals, were dreaming of being involved in creating future portfolios of government online services that are open, beautifully designed, and created to directly address the needs of our citizens. That time in the early days of the promising #uxwg (the GoC UX Working Group) professional community. The time…

I consider myself one of the lucky few (or are there a lot of us?) who have a chance to travel to a healthy amount of experience design conferences each year. There are multiple reasons for this. First and foremost, although I’m an introvert, I realized about 10 years ago at a certain UX retreat in Banff that I really like having impromptu conversations with people from other UX communities about their professional reality, and how it differs from my own. I also happen to curate the modern CanUX, now Canada’s largest and longest running annual UX conference, so I’m…

Corneliux

Experience design professional. Troublemaker. Mars Rover. Wanderer. Nomad. Part-time vagabond. Co-chair of @CanUXconf, founder of @ampli2de.

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