Innovation by Design   

Informed Design

7 minute read The second in a series of posts on the topic of Design Thinking and its impact on business innovation. This post looks into the dynamics of innovation and assesses Design Thinking as a methodology for optimizing innovation as a strategy for gaining a  competitive edge in design-led businesses. Innovation – and the … Read More

Mapping the ALS Canada Journey Presentation

News & Events

Recently Pivot was asked to speak to a global audience about our Service Design work with ALS Canada. (Learn more about this project on Pivot’s ALS case study page.) About the Service Design Project Pivot worked closely with ALS Canada to understand the journey of people living with ALS. This was a Service Design and … Read More

I AM HERE: Our DesignTO Installation

Pivot Etc.

I AM HERE is an abstract lighting display installation running low-fidelity video graphics placed in the north- and west-facing corner of the 4th-floor windows of the Pivot Design studio located on the corner of King Street East and George streets. Breathe in – I am here. Breathe out ­– this is now.   I AM … Read More

Creating Better Outcomes through Inspired Leadership and Design

Pivot Etc.
5 minute read Bruce Mau is a self-described radical optimist. He has an irresistible urge always to seek out challenging problems in search of the most transformative solutions. In a career of over 30 years as a leading design innovator and entrepreneur, he constantly challenges us to better understand the true meaning of contemporary design [...]

Information Design – Creating Meaning in the User Experience

Informed Design

Today, data and information are everywhere. Whether we’re online or off, we are constantly receiving, processing and transmitting packages of information that structures our daily routines, interactions and our lives. The goal of information design (ID) is to organize and communicate raw data in manageable, easily digestible chunks of information, so that it can provide … Read More

How does Empathy in Design play a role in Decolonization

Informed Design
8 minute read June was Indigenous History Month in Canada and August is Emancipation Month. So in the midst of taking time to understand and learn about anti-black racism at Pivot we are also taking the time to learn about colonization in Canada. 2020 in the GTA means we are living in a culture, where [...]

Collaborating Remotely – 4 Tips for Doing It Well

Pivot Etc.

Some things just work better when they’re a team effort. Collaborating with your colleagues lets you experience other ideas and visions, taking you to greater heights in your own creativity and empowering you to make a valuable contribution to the team effort. It’s the creative process at work! Working remotely can be challenging, especially when … Read More

The Mental Block Walk

Informed Design

By John Lorinc Early in my freelance reporting career, I had to battle regularly with writer’s block. For a typical feature, I had interviewed a dozen sources and dug up various reports and news stories. Once I’d finished the research, I spent several days transcribing my interviews. But then, with my head crammed with so … Read More

Pivoting for Home Advantage

We’re living in the time of coronavirus. This pandemic will be remembered as the seismic global event of our time that changed our thinking and altered our daily lives. Like other seminal world events before it, like 9/11 or the 2008 Great Recession, COVID-19 has kicked social and economic change into overdrive. And brought forward … Read More

DesignMeets – The Next Big Thing?

News & Events

DesignMeets is an idea whose time has come. It was originally conceived as a meeting place for people from different backgrounds and diverse points of view in Toronto’s design community to get together every so often and share their ideas. A social platform for presenting different visions of design, creative thinking and shaping sustainable design … Read More