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I was listening to a talk last year and the topic of the 3C’s came up and although I had heard of each before in separate contexts I had never thought of it in the way it was presented to me. When you break up each ‘C’ on its own it’s still equally powerful but it’s when you integrate all 3 into your life that we start to see exponential changes over the long term during both good and bad times. The problem is that we tend to look for things like coaching and community during our bad times, the…


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A common question that I hear often from my students during class and office hours is what is it like to be in a senior design or research role within an organization — specifically in organizations that I’ve worked in previously. It’s a logical question to want to know the progression path within a role inside of an organization especially the larger organizations where employees have multiple paths they can explore e.g. design leadership tracks vs a management track.

Most often my initial response is to ask my students what their interests are. What types of industries do they feel…


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Last year a student came to visit me during one of my office hours. He sat down and started telling me about his current job search and at one point during the discussion said to me “Who am I?” “Am I a designer?” “Am I a researcher?” I said I can’t tell you who you are — that you have to discover for yourself. In many ways, the world wants us to be vanilla. The world will push us to act and behave like everyone else. …


It’s Thinking…

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since we first heard the tagline “Its Thinking” which was used to promote the now ill-fated Sega Dreamcast. The Sega Genesis (or Mega Drive if you purchased one outside of North America) was my first video game console. I still have memories of my Dad coming home on a Saturday after visiting Futureshop and asking me to decide between the Genesis and Super Nintendo.

I went back and forth ultimately landing on the Genesis partly because a childhood friend kept pressing me to get the Super Nintendo and partly due to…


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When we think of video games, it is sometimes associated with violence (e.g. first person shooters), addiction (e.g. World of Warcraft), a distraction and/or just a general waste of time. My Dad was the one who first drew my attention to gaming back in the early 1990’s with the Sega Genesis though I actually wish I had chosen the Super Nintendo now that I look back.

Since the age of the first smartphone over a decade ago, mobile games have soared in popularity and games are no longer just something for the “hardcore” audience. Young children, older adults and even…


It’s been close to four years since Nintendo gave us an opportunity to create our very own Super Mario levels for the first time. Back when Super Mario Maker was first announced at E3 2014, I could have never imagined that I would have the ability to create the very Mario levels that I grew up playing. Now how good my level creations are might be better left for another article.

While doing my investigation into Super Mario Maker, I was surprised to read that Nintendo had explored the possibility of a video game editor in the 1990’s and had…


Hollywood has a new star that we in Toronto all know quite well. Kawhi Leonard is going back home to Los Angeles and as much as the city of Toronto will miss him, Kawhi has made a lasting impression both on and off the court. Ever since the news broke late Friday night, I’ve been reading comments and was happy to read that almost everyone is grateful for what Kawhi did for not only the city of Toronto but the country of Canada.

It’s completely natural to be sad and disappointed. Anytime a team loses their best player and arguably…


As the winter semester was wrapping up for my collaborative design processes class, I began thinking about how I could design an in-class activity that would sum up the key UX concepts that have been covered in the first year of the program. Over the course of our first year UX design program, we’ve emphasized core topics related to writing, collaboration, ideation, sketching, prototyping and usability testing. …


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My journey into the field of user experience was anything but typical. I studied industrial engineering in undergrad and at that time I had never even heard the term “user experience” or “UX” before. The term that was most often used in the engineering community was human factors. It was during the fall semester of my third year that I took my first course related to human factors & ergonomics which touched on the basics of what human factors engineering was and the human-computer interface. There was a specific chapter that I think really caught my attention which was about…


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User Experience is such a diverse field. Practitioners come from varying backgrounds such as Engineering, Art, English, Psychology, Anthropology, Teaching, and Business to name a few. Our backgrounds from previous careers give us a unique perspective when working on challenging design problems.

It was a typical office hour’s afternoon when one of my students came in and asked me for feedback on their design portfolio and resume in preparation for a UX design or research position. …

Vishaal Bedi

Engineer | UX’er | Professor | Storyteller |@vishaalbedi

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