Insights

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Business Insights, Digital Transformation, Website Development

Your website is not your brand

OXD’s Design Director Kallie Ashenden discusses the importance of a holistic brand approach when it comes to your website.

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Technology Consulting, Website Development

Toddler-first usability testing

Four observations made from watching a two-and-a-half-year-old use an iPhone.

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Business Insights, Digital Service Design, Digital Transformation, Website Development

How to broaden your reach and reduce participant barriers with remote user research

UX Designer Winnie Ho shares how we worked out some of the kinks encountered with remote user research and virtual engagement.

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Business Insights, Digital Service Design, Digital Transformation

How you can use GBA+ for inclusive analysis in projects

Director of User Experience Jacqueline Antalik discusses the benefits of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+)—a tool that helps you see how different genders and diverse people experience policies, programs, and services.

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Business Insights

An Agile approach to an anti-racist and inclusive workplace

How do we understand and meaningfully address our part in perpetuating systemic racism? What does it mean to create an anti-racist and inclusive workplace environment?

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Digital Transformation, Technology Consulting

Digital Transformation as an Endurance Sport

Service Designer Kevin Ehman draws parallels between his experience with endurance sport and his work in digital transformation initiatives with government.

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Business Insights, Digital Service Design

The Indigenization of Policies and Services in BC: Lessons from Te Ao Māori

Service Designer Kevin Ehman reflects on his work in the public sector and how British Columbia can move towards the systemic Indigenization of policies and services.

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Digital Service Design, Digital Transformation, Technology Consulting, Website Development

OpenShift: Making Agile Development a Reality for Government Projects

How and why we used a Platform as Service (PaaS) to help the Ministry of the Attorney General build capacity and improve citizen access to justice.

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Website Development

Illustration: the Overlooked Design Principle

How can illustration help improve the way users experience your product? Designer Josh Herlihey explores the question.

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Website Development

Four Easy Tests to Determine if Your Website is Accessible

OXD’s QA Manager and web accessibility expert Sophie Repussard shares four simple tests to help you evaluate your website’s accessibility.

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Business Insights, Digital Service Design

Pokémon GO: a Great Example of Safe, Ethical Children’s Entertainment.

Creative Director Wil Arndt gives Pokémon GO four out of five stars when it comes to meeting high ethical standards for kids entertainment.

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Technology Consulting, Website Development

Thinking Ahead: the Evolution of Content Management—the Decoupled CMS

Learn about the benefits of decoupled content management.

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Business Insights, Digital Service Design, Digital Transformation

Design for Policy: Bringing a Design Thinking Approach to TransLink’s Fare Review Process

TransLink partners with OXD’s Service Design team to understand customer experiences during their Transit Fare Review.

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Technology Consulting, Website Development

How to Plan for a Smooth Replatforming to Drupal 8

Replatforming your legacy CMS to Drupal 8? Software Developer Christine Pan shares some tips to help you avoid the common pitfalls.

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Business Insights, Digital Service Design

Navigating the PIA Process in the BC Provincial Government

Service Designer Kevin Ehman reflects on his experience working with the BC Government and offers six tips to make your privacy impact assessment process easier to navigate.

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Business Insights

Gratitude in the Workplace

Can a simple thanks lead to greater happiness and engagement at work? Jacqueline Antalik, our Director of User Experience, explores the question.

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Business Insights, Digital Service Design

Improving collaboration and design outcomes with empathy

Senior UX Designer Dave Kachman shares his key takeaways from Designing Together, by Dan Brown, including fundamental concepts that are applicable in almost any situation (not just design) to improve collaboration and navigate successful conflict.