About

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Welcome! I’m A.J. Kandy.

I’ve been designing things for thirty years; the first ten in print and graphics, the last twenty in digital, including web, mobile, apps, and interactive TV. I have a particular focus on content-out, mobile-first, responsive design.

As of May 2021, I’m a Senior UX Designer at 10up, one of the world’s leading WordPress development agencies.

Voiceover: Previously, on AJ Kandy’s Career:

From February 2017 to February 2021, I was the lead user experience designer at Hitachi ID Systems in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Data Systems. They make highly technically nerdy products for enterprise identity management. I helped them improve their product line with user research, interface and interaction design, and information architecture, and began work on a living style guide project for a unified front-end framework.

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.

From 2013 to 2015, 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.

From 2011 to 2013, I was a Senior User Experience Designer at LVL Studio, an interactive design agency specializing in the television space. I worked on various set-top box, mobile, and “second screen” interaction projects for Telus Optik TV, Bell Fibe, The TED Conference, DisneyABC, and CBC Sports.

For more, check out my LinkedIn profile.

From phototypesetting to pixels

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, Stock-Trak, PSL Group, Valtech, LVL Studio, SMART Technologies and Hitachi ID Systems, as well as various freelance projects for Advaero, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and others. 

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 Sports
  • Disney/ABC
  • Bell (Fibe TV, Sympatico)
  • La Presse (LaPresse+)
  • Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • Wall Street Games
  • The TED Conference

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

Twitter: @ajkandy

One more thing…

I’m an improviser with over 20 years’ experience, having performed Theatresports with McGill Improv in the 90s, sketch comedy with the Free Fall Iguanas at multiple Montreal Fringe Festivals and at Montreal’s Comedy Nest, and now Chicago-style longform improv with my troupe, Alacrity Improv, based out of the Kinkonauts collective here in Calgary.

I’m also a voice actor / voiceover artist (demo site coming soon), having trained with Steve Blum (Cowboy Bebop, The Legend of Korra, Star Wars Rebels), Brendan Hunter (Dragonball, Mobile Suit Gundam) and Emmy-winning voice director Charlie Adler (too many credits to list here)