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Job: Interaction Designer at Deloitte

Posted: February 26th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | No Comments »

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Location: Kitchener-Waterloo @ Communitech Hub
Type: Full time

Role Description

We are currently seeking driven and qualified candidates to join our newly formed D{ } Lab (pronounced “D Space Lab”). D{ } is a new, dedicated prototyping lab located within the Communitech Hub, where you will be working alongside some of the brightest startup people within the Kitchener/Waterloo region. You will be part of a new, multi-disciplinary, high performance entrepreneurial team that designs and prototypes innovative solutions that solve complex business problems and helps launch new technology-based business opportunities.

The D{ } team is highly collaborative, focused on building and developing tangible, innovative solutions that are visionary as well as pragmatic. These solutions are software/hardware based and leverage the technologies and concepts in emerging spaces such as 3D printing, wearables, biometric authentication, and the Internet of things.

As an Interaction Designer, you will work with a small team of entrepreneurial-minded developers and co-op students in a unique startup environment. You will need to be curious and nimble explorer of new ideas. You will be asked to wear multiple hats, juggle multiple responsibilities, and apply your creative and technical skills to deliver engaging, innovative and beautiful prototypes for Deloitte and our customers. Leveraging state-of-the-art technologies, you will work on a variety of projects within small agile/scrum teams with a focus on prototypes, design, MVP implementation, and solution validation.


To qualify for our Interaction Designer position, you should possess the following:

  • 5-10 years experience on diverse projects across the design lifecycle
  • Minimum 3 years experience working on mobile-centric products
  • Ability to lead a small team to deliver tangible results
  • Ability to be a team-player and action-oriented
  • Open-minded and self-driven
  • Familiar with agile/scrum/lean UX and enjoy working in a dynamic environment
  • Proficient in developing personas, detailed storyboards, mockups, and prototypes for communicating interaction, experiences, and interfaces
  • Keen design sense mixed with an empathy for and attentiveness to customer feedback
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ideally, you have a degree that includes Design (including graphic, visual communications, product, and industrial design), Human-Computer Interaction, and Computer Science (or equivalent through work experience)

You have demonstrated expertise in:

  • HTML5, Javascript, CSS, Illustrator, Photoshop, and OnScreen Prototyping Tools
  • Information Architecture
  • Concept Model Design
  • Usability Testing
  • Visual UI Development
  • Programming skills a bonus

Next steps…

If this sounds like the right next move for you, apply online. If you have some questions, contact Norm Malloch by email at nmalloch at deloitte dot ca.

February 2015: Reasonable people shouldn’t use design thinking

Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Events | No Comments »

Design Thinking is itself contradictory. It is not about designing and not limited to thinking; it is large and contains multitudes. It also won’t solve your big problem because the problem is, we don’t understand the problem.

Design Thinking provides a guided iterative process of addressing problems that are difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. The outcome sometimes addresses fundamental needs that your users didn’t know they had, which negates — rather than solves — the original big problem. Design thinkers sometimes are required to change reality to what they need it to be, before a solution can be found. This is not a process for reasonable people, as George Bernard Shaw observed: “The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.”

In this discussion, David Loop from SAP Canada tells two stories that illustrate how the problems we try to solve are not generally the right problems — and how Design Thinking can help guide us to success.

About the speaker

David Loop is a Senior Design Thinking coach and facilitator for SAP Canada. He has been assisting informatics, business, and industry teams in finding their insights and advancing to solutions. David brings a wealth of knowledge and varied experience to his talk with his past in knowledge management, software development, consulting, education and theatre

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Thursday February 19, 2015
5:30 to 7:00 pm
Atlas/Matrix room
Communitech Hub
Kitchener, Ontario

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Job: UX Designer at Igloo Software

Posted: February 4th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Jobs | No Comments »


Location: Kitchener, Ontario

Igloo is an intranet you’ll actually like. It’s a web-based solution that enables you to share files, give updates, find answers, exchange ideas and work better together with your colleagues and customers.

We are looking for a senior UX Designer who fights for the user. You are passionate about personas, story boards, wireframes, and occasionally the back of a napkin. You understand that design and performance are not mutually exclusive and you know how to blend the two.

You will take ownership of the style guide and best practices that drive our designs, as well as enhancing them and driving their widespread implementation. You will ensure new features fit into the platform according to the standardized methodology and will tune existing features to be more coherent. You will question designs, prototypes and demos to ensure they live up to a high standard.

You’ll have multiple projects in various stages at any given time and you should be comfortable with switching tasks as priorities change.

You don’t have to know how to code, but you should understand the impact designs have on technical performance.

Key responsibilities:

  • Conduct research to understand user needs and competitive landscape
  • Collect and document business and functional requirements
  • Translate complex ideas into clean user interface concepts
  • Create user flows, wireframes, and other pieces of UX documentation
  • Work with design and development teams to bring UX concepts to life
  • Facilitate user testing and conduct interface analysis
  • Provide ideas to “make it better”

Need to have:

  • 3-year diploma or 4-year degree in design, computer science, or similar
  • 2-4 years experience working in UX for web-based platforms
  • Experience in user interface design or design for the web
  • Strong creative research, writing, and design skills
  • Strong attention to detail

Nice to have:

  • Ability to write HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Experience with responsive design

How to apply:

Send your cover letter and resume (as one document), as well as portfolio (URL or PDF) to