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    • 29 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Phase 5 Offices, 99 Spadina Ave, Suite 400, Toronto, M5V 3P8

    Designing Next Generation Desktop Phones: A Case Study in Evidence-Based Design

    Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 
     Networking 6:45pm, Presentation 7:00pm
    Location: Phase 5 Offices, 99 Spadina Ave, Suite 400, Toronto, M5V 3P8
    : Free. All welcome. Please RSVP. Please join ToRCHI for $20/year membership. 
    Presenters:  Arnie Guha and Colin Anderson


    Arnie Guha, Ph.D., is Partner-in-Charge at Phase 5 UX, where he helps his clients – financial institutions,  technology companies, life sciences firms, media companies, publishers and information providers, government organizations – understand and estimate their markets, and to develop winning UX solutions and strategies that would best respond to market needs and business objectives.  A former Cambridge Nehru Centenary Scholar, Arnie holds a BA and MA from Cambridge University, and a Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. His doctoral dissertation explored user-disorientation in navigating networked information spaces. In 1999, Arnie served a term at the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), Washington D.C., where he collaborated with senior staff counsel and principal author James X. Dempsey to produce Bridging the Digital Divide: Internet Access in Central and Eastern Europe. Arnie was elected Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society in 1994.


    Colin Anderson is a Consultant Strategist at Phase 5 UX. His work in user experience design and research has included projects for major Canadian financial institutions, telecom hardware companies, local and federal government, not-for-profits and data security clients.

    Prior to joining Phase 5 UX, Colin was Weston Scientist at the Nature Conservancy of Canada, where he led a series of technology initiatives. Colin holds Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in the natural sciences and has undertaken studies in Information Architecture at the Faculty of Information, at the University of Toronto.

    TorCHI Thanks for hosting this event.

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Room 2185, Bahen Centre
    • 33

    TorCHI's World Usability Day 2014 -  
    UX Bootcamp - Hands-On Practice of Collaborative, Interactive, & Engaging UX Techniques

    Presenters / Facilitators:

    Andrea Ong Pietkiewicz
    Nathalie Crosbie

    Workshop Description:
    Come out for an evening of high-energy, hands-on, fun, interactive, UX design techniques. Nathalie and Andrea will share some of the design methods that have worked well for them in the real-world, collaborative, Agile, environments they work in. You will learn about, and collaboratively practice in small groups, a series of six quick engagement techniques including the Speedboat, Goals definition, Six-up (for connecting), Design Sketching and Iterating, handling unexpected design changes, constructive & creative design critique, and Hypothesis validation/testing. Techniques will span Discovery, Concepting, Design Sketching, Evaluation, and Testing activities of product design.

    Who should attend?
    For those who have just started on their UX journey or considering embarking on one, this workshop will offer you a real-life, hands-on experience of what it’s like to work in a highly collaborative UX / IxD environment.

    For more experienced practitioners seeking to evolve their practice to a more collaborative style, or just have fun connecting and practicing with their peers, this will offer a perspective on some approaches that have worked for many teams.

    Especially well suited to those working in teams in Agile and Lean environments, you will find the techniques equally applicable even if the environment you work in is not quite Agile yet or you are a freelance practitioner.

    You will leave the workshop having engaged in collaborative design activities with your peers and with a few more tools to add to your UX toolkit.

    Admission FREE. Space Limited. Registration REQUIRED.


    Andrea Ong Pietkiewicz Bio:
    Andrea’s UX journey started from classical advertising and marketing, from which she evolved into the digital space. Her practice is grounded in analyzing customer and market data to develop digital design strategies and tactics that align with business goals. Although her focus is on digital experiences, Andrea’s background ensures that she is acutely aware that a holistic user experience crosses media boundaries and affects every brand touchpoint. Her goal on every project is to find that sweet spot where business goals converge with target audiences needs.

    Nathalie Crosbie Bio:
    Nathalie’s path to UX Design, Strategy and Leadership was born from a combination of university studies in Communication, work in the fast-paced, constantly evolving technology field, and a fascination with people and all that affects them. She has been doing UX design for over eight years, including leading the design for nearly a dozen award-winning mobile and tablet apps, and responsive website products. Nathalie’s passion is gleaning insights from user research and applying them in agile, lean environments to collaboratively design solutions to business and user problems, for the delight of both. Nathalie is a strong believer in mentorship and knowledge-sharing and has practiced this as both an individual mentor and as a co-organizer, teacher, mentor, and facilitator for the Design Exchange’s Designers In The Classroom program. When Nathalie is not wearing her UX hat, you can find her pursuing some of her other loves: photography, improv, volleyball, travel and year-round cycling. See Nathalie’s full profile at and follow her on Twitter at

Past events

11 Sep 2014 The Future of Making - 3D Printing
19 Jun 2014 Investigating the Role of Human Factors within IBM
22 May 2014 CHI 2014 Conference Debrief at ToRCHI
09 Apr 2014 ToRCHI Preview of CHI presentations from DGP Lab UofT
28 Mar 2014 Agile UX Toolkit 1-day workshop
26 Feb 2014 The Usability of Usability, Andrew Chak, TD Bank
16 Jan 2014 Institutionalization of UX – An Object Oriented Approach
12 Dec 2013 Advancing UX in Your Organization
14 Nov 2013 Celebrate World Usability Day with ToRCHI & UHN
16 Oct 2013 Cognitive Distractions in Driving
25 Sep 2013 Slings and Arrows: The Outrageous Fortunes of UX Management
06 Jun 2013 The Triple Revolution: How Networked Individualism Plays Out in Community, Family and Work
15 Apr 2013 ToRCHI PREVIEWS - CHI’13 Paris Conference Presentations
28 Mar 2013 Workshop: Foundations of design practice
20 Feb 2013 Rethinking Tablet User Experience by James Wu (Kobo)
30 Jan 2013 Skill Building for Design Innovators
12 Dec 2012 How do you make great digital products?
17 Oct 2012 TorCHI visit to the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCADU
10 Sep 2012 User Experience in the Age of Sustainability
27 Jun 2012 Designing a self-administered cognitive test that runs through a web-browser: Myth or reality?
04 Jun 2012 CIBC iPad Banking App
04 Apr 2012 Digital Product Design at The Globe and Mail
23 Feb 2012 Mobile Web Design workshop
01 Feb 2012 User Strategies: Considerations for UX Analysis and Design
14 Dec 2011 Driver distraction and in-car information systems
10 Nov 2011 World Usability Day talk: Internet of Things
03 Oct 2011 Why touch input seems inaccurate and how to allow for high-precision touch input using a fingerprint scanner
29 Jun 2011 Designing Natural: The Secrets of Microsoft's Natural User Interfaces
08 Jun 2011 Site visit to Gesturetek
26 May 2011 Collaborative Gift Giving with GiveButtons
21 Apr 2011 Best practices in Interface Design and applying them to Microsoft Surface
17 Mar 2011 How HCI can save the World
17 Feb 2011 Technology's role in bereavement: Opportunities for design
15 Dec 2010 Experience Design by Tedde van Gelderen
11 Nov 2010 World Usability Day celebration
13 Oct 2010 Measuring Emotion
22 Sep 2010 User Experience at Research In Motion (RIM)
15 Jul 2010 Designing User-centric Experiences
17 Jun 2010 Cross-Cultural User-Experience Design and the Green Machine
17 Jun 2010 Mobile User Interface Design course
20 May 2010 CANCELED: Sustainable UX
28 Apr 2010 Touch User Experience Design
02 Feb 2010 Designing Safe Systems in Healthcare by Anjum Chagpar (UHN)
19 Jan 2010 Design for a Smarter Planet by Karel Vredenburg (IBM)
08 Dec 2009 Start Well, End Well: Using Sprint Zero
12 Nov 2009 Usable Climate Science
04 Jun 2009 Bell Usability Lab tour and presentation on “Beyond Text: Online Card Sorting with Images” by Jamie Hart
20 May 2009 The Aphasia Project: Designing Technology For and With People who have Aphasia
16 Apr 2009 Creating Insight Driven Digital Experiences
05 Feb 2009 Generational Differences – A User Experience Challenge
05 Feb 2009 One-day Course: Neuro Web Design & Recent Research for Usability and Interface Design
21 Jan 2009 3 Case Studies on Personas
16 Dec 2008 Future Interface Demos
13 Nov 2008 World Usability Day celebration
06 Nov 2008 From HCI to Interaction Design
01 Oct 2008 Talks on Microsoft Surface and Office UI
24 Jun 2008 June 24 presentation: There is a story behind every link
23 Jun 2008 UX+IA workshop: Toronto, June 2008
29 May 2008 DGPis40 celebration
27 Feb 2008 Tour of IBM Innovation Centre
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