A.J. Kandy is a Canadian designer, actor, writer, voiceover artist and improviser.
He’s a founding member of Alacrity, a Chicago-style long-form troupe at Calgary’s Kinkonauts improv collective. Catch them at the 2019 Calgary Fringe!
During the daytime, he’s the Lead UX Designer at Hitachi ID Systems, a maker of IT management and security software.
He’s been working in design for over 25 years, for companies including SMART Technologies, LVL Studio, Peterson/Kandy, and Wall Street Games.
Clients he’s worked for include TELUS, Bell, CBC Television, the TED Conference, Sympatico, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, and La Presse.
His obsession with design started with Montreal’s Metro system, Expo 67 and the typeface Univers.
This talk looks at how world history and design history interweave; how the Bauhaus ethos literally survived the Nazis, and how post-war German designers created a utopian vision that went on to influence today’s digital user interfaces, with a bonus section all about Canada.
Presented at CanUX 2018 in Ottawa, Canada on Saturday, November 3rd. Thanks to the organizers and all the attendees for a wonderful experience!