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Job: UI/UX Designer at Canon Innovation Lab

Posted: December 12th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | No Comments »

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Location: Waterloo, Ontario

Who are we?

Canon is the leader in digital imaging. Since 1973 Canon Canada has demonstrated a commitment to enhancing our contribution to society through technological innovation and excellence and we’re proud and excited to be recruiting a brand new team to push us to forward towards these goals.

Launched in November, Canon’s new Innovation Lab @ Communitech is a focal point of innovation within the entire global Canon organization. We are building a brand new team, in a newly renovated space, along side organizations like Google, BlackBerry, Christie Digital, Manulife, TD Canada Trust, and Canadian Tire.

We are currently seeking a Full-Time UI/UX Designer to design brand new prototypes based on ideas generated within the innovation team or in response to business problems outlined by the company.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Working with the internal team, company stakeholders, and partners to understand, refine and develop their idea
  • Defining user personas and documenting user workflows
  • Creating wireframe interfaces for multiple platforms

What traits do you need to be successful?

  • Curiosity. You must enjoy learning new tools, technologies and concepts.
  • Self-Reliance. An ability to learn, work, investigate and solve problems, all with minimal
    guidance is vital.
  • Platform agnosticism. We develop web-based and native mobile applications using the
    appropriate tool for each project.
  • Flexibility. This is an experiment. We don’t have all the answers, and need your help to figure it out!

What skills would be an asset?

  • Experience with Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketch and Adobe Creative Suite/In Design
  • Comfortable with an iterative design process, sweat the details and enjoy working through
    numerous options before committing to one
  • Familiarity with front-end programming. You should know which parts of your design require
    HTML, CSS, or JavaScript (being able to code is a asset, but not a requirement)
  • The ability to interact with almost anyone, and to guide their thoughts into meaningful decisions about the nature of their ideas and products
  • An understanding of the business drivers that influence a product’s life cycle
  • Extensive portfolio highlighting thoughtful and creative design

If you are interested in joining Canon in our new innovation lab, please submit your resume and cover letter to the opportunity below. Please submit links to portfolios or samples of application work if available. Canon is committed to employment equity and is an equal opportunity employer. A criminal check will be completed for the successful candidate.

To apply, send directly to Matt Scobel at

Job: User Experience Designer at Clearpath Robotics

Posted: December 9th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | Tags: | No Comments »

Position: User Experience Designer
Company: Clearpath Robotics
: Kitchener, Ontario
Experience: 3 + Years
Education: Undergraduate degree or college diploma in CS, Software Engineering, Graphics Design, Visual Arts, Industrial Design with coursework in HCI and/or user-centered design methods (or equivalent experience)
Duration: Full-Time

About Us

Clearpath Robotics Inc. specializes in the design and manufacture of unmanned vehicle systems for research and development and a variety of commercial applications. Our clients range from small local businesses to some of the best known technical institutions on the planet. Based in Kitchener, Clearpath Robotics employs highly talented people who live and breathe robotics. We believe that work must have a high ìcoolî factor, and weíre looking for people who share in our passion to create remarkable products and change the world.

About the Job

Clearpath has been developing software to make our robots smarter and better able to solve real-world problems– the capabilities of our robots are reaching the point where we risk overwhelming our users. We need someone who loves the idea of having their work affect the real world in very dramatic ways to take on defining the look and feel of usersí interaction with our systems.

As our first User Experience Designer, you will be responsible for putting yourself in the shoes of our users and making sure that our systems are as easy to use as possible. You will also help our robots integrate seamlessly with how the world has been traditionally doing business so far, including when robots get lost or damaged. On top of this, the novelty of some of our systems means that you will have opportunities to develop new ways for users to interact with technology in general.

Your primary responsibilities will be:

  • Designing the user experience for robots, from user stories to sketches
  • Developing design prototypes in a variety of fidelities
  • Conducting user testing and focus groups
  • Evaluating possible technical frameworks for implementation of your ideas
  • Ensuring that the company brands and product values are clearly expressed
  • Emotional support of lost or confused robots

About You

You want to work for a fast-paced growing company that thinks big and dreams huge. You are driven, view work as more than just a job, and are never satisfied with less than 100% effort. You want to be surrounded by people like you; creative, fun-loving, and passionate about their work. You are motivated by making an impact on your workplace and you thrive on challenging and rewarding problems. You aren’t afraid of field testing the results of your work in a blizzard, demonstrating it to a Fortune 500 boardroom, or working with the fact that sometimes, robots just aren’t smart enough for what youíd like them to do (yet).

Required Experience/Skills:

  • 3+ years professional experience with user experience design
  • 1+ years professional experience with accessibility and usability testing
  • Has shipped products used by real people and refined designs after shipping
  • Excellent visual communication skills
  • Capable of independently developing basic UI prototypes
  • Ability to communicate designs with Adobe CS, OmniGraffle, or similar programs
  • Work portfolio available for review

Bonus points for:

  • Experience with user-facing web technologies
  • Experience with Android UI development
  • Familiarity with maps and other ways of graphically expressing spatial relationships
  • Experience with designing interfaces for commercial/enterprise users
  • Familiarity with the QT framework
  • Comfort with one or more of: Linux, JIRA, git, ROS
  • A firm belief that the only thing holding the robot revolution back is a better UI for Skynet

Apply through our online job portal. Please submit cover letter along with your resume. Instructions for sending supporting documentation, testimonials, references, pictures, web links, code samples, drawings, or other indications of how much you love robots will be provided in the confirmation email sent by our system upon receiving your application. Include User Experience Designer in the subject of any further communications.

No recruiters or form cover letters, please. They do not please our mechanical masters.

January 2015: Design is kids play at UX BookClub

Posted: December 5th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events | Tags: | No Comments »

Design for Kids, by Debra Levin Gelman

A new year is fast approaching, and with it comes new UX Book Club meetups, topics to discuss and colleagues to meet! We’re excited to let you know that our next UX Book Club meetup will be on Thursday January 15th, 2015.

To kick off the 2015 series, we’ve selected a fun read that focuses on something completely different from previous books: Design for Kids by Debra Levin Gelman (@dgelman).

Debra’s book discusses how design changes when your users are kids. How do they interact with and understand technology? What special considerations should you take into account when your product will be used by kids? How should you change your UX practice and methodologies?

Many of our interactions with children will have helped us form our own ideas about how to design for kids. Debra’s writings and our own anecdotal experiences should fuel an interesting and thoughtful discussion. We expect this will be a great one!

There are many locations to buy this book, including, or buy a hardcopy or e-book from Rosenfeld Media. (Psst! If you came to Fluxible, now is a great time to use that free ebook coupon for Rosenfeld Media!)

Please register at for this free event

Remember, we’re now using to manage our monthly sessions. Join us there!


Thursday January 15, 2015
7:00 – 9:00pm
Boltmade Inc.
187 King St North
2nd Floor
Waterloo, ON
N2J 1R1

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December 2014: Designing for Disruptive Innovation

Posted: December 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »

Our very own Robert Barlow-Busch, co-champion of uxWaterloo, spoke last month by invitation of Jared Spool at UX Thursday in Toronto. If you missed that event, here’s your chance to catch Bob’s talk, which people described as informative, inspiring, and entertaining. Join us and find out if it’s true!

Sometimes we get so focused on winning the small victories of the present — like sign-off on UX or design support — that we fail to plan for a project’s bigger challenges.

Robert Barlow-Busch journeyed with a team who faced the possibility of failure after ignoring something big: the future. In this talk, Robert will share how:

  • Having higher-ups support design and research can impact a project
  • Bringing colleagues along for a design journey will turn them into evangelists
  • Destroying a team’s assumptions might be a designer’s most important contribution

About the speaker

Robert has spent over 20 years as an interaction designer with one foot in the marketing world. He’s now leading the charge in both worlds as Chief Experience Officer of MetaMarketplace. He’s busy building Ontario’s design community as co-chair of the Fluxible conference and co-champion of uxWaterloo.

You can find Robert’s ideas in books such as User-Centered Design Stories and The Persona Lifecycle.

Please register at for this free event

Remember, we’re now using to manage our monthly sessions. Join us there!


Monday December 15, 2014
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Boltmade Inc.
187 King St North
2nd Floor
Waterloo, ON
N2J 1R1

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