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I’m A.J. Kandy. I’m the senior user experience designer at Hitachi ID Systems in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a division of Hitachi Data Systems. We make highly technically nerdy products for enterprise identity management. I’m helping them reinvent their product line with user research, interface design, user flows, and information architecture.

I started doing design 28 years ago; I’ve spent the last 16 working on digital products. I have a particular focus on content-out, mobile-first, responsive design.


[Voiceover: Previously, on AJ Kandy’s Career:]

From 2015 to January 2017, I was the Senior User Experience Designer in the web development team at SMART Technologies in Calgary, Alberta. I worked on several large, complex responsive redesigns of the Support, Careers, Training, and Reseller sections, as well as creating an atomic pattern library, usability and accessibility guidelines.

Before that, I was the cofounder and Director of Design at Peterson/Kandy, a Montreal-based UX, digital design & content strategy consultancy with clients in the US and Canada.  Our largest project was creating a brand-new responsive website for Hagopian Ink, a NYC branding and marketing agency.

For more, check out my LinkedIn profile.

From phototypesetting to digital design

I started in the late 1980s as a typographer, composing stories and headlines for newspapers on CompuGraphic phototypesetting machines, and was there for the start of mainstream desktop publishing using ordinary Macs and PCs.

As a graphic designer in the 1990s, I designed countless ads, flyers, brochures, magazines, annual reports and more for clients including Multimicro, the parent company of Compucentre and CompuSmart; Air Canada; Power Corporation; and Bell Sympatico Internet.

I moved to web and interaction design in 2001, working on digital projects as part of in-house and agency teams at SAGEM-Interstar, King Marketing, PSL Group, LVL Studio, and my own companies.  

I’ve worked on:

  • enterprise web applications
  • responsive websites
  • second-screen TV companion apps
  • digital daily newspaper apps
  • medical education apps
  • cable set-top-box apps
  • touchscreen remote controls
  • e-commerce sites
  • project management tools
  • stock market trading simulations

Clients I’ve worked for include:

  • TELUS (Optik TV)
  • CBC Television / Radio-Canada
  • Disney/ABC
  • Bell (Fibe TV, Sympatico)
  • La Presse (LaPresse+)
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Wall Street Games
  • The TED Conference

Since moving here in 2015, I’ve been exploring Calgary and the West Coast with my wife, designer, author and speaker Clarissa Peterson (hire her!).

You can also find me doing improv workshops at the Calgary Improv School, co-hosting events with NerdLab YYC, and dabbling in music composition and audio recording. I make a well-reviewed lasagna.

Twitter: @ajkandy