June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada

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3 minute read June 21 is the 25th anniversary of National Indigenous Peoples Day. For the past quarter-century, this day has been dedicated to celebrating and honouring the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada. Earlier this month, Chief Rosanne Casimir, of Tk'emlúps te Secwépemc First [...]

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

Creating Better Outcomes through Inspired Leadership and Design

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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 [...]

How does Empathy in Design play a role in Decolonization

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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 [...]

The Age of Inclusive Design

Informed Design

Inclusive design isn’t just a buzzy topic—it’s what we should be thinking about when we start creating anything in the real or digital world. And that’s why we aimed to highlight inclusive design at a work session we ran at the 2018 Interior Designers of Canada Symposium. We held a mini DesignMeets session and took … Read More

Co-Design for Health: From Inclusion to Equity

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By: Joseph Donia, Pam Sethi, and Ian Chalmers A Brief History of Co-Design We live in a world that is more connected than ever. As the interdependent nature of today’s problems become recognized, public and private sector organizations are increasingly turning to co-design for structured collaboration. Intergovernmental units like Denmark’s MindLab and the UK’s Policy Lab … Read More

Pivot meets EDIT DX: Health Work Session

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Pivot was excited to be a part of EDIT DX's Expo for Design, Innovation & Technology. The event was hosted inside the abandoned Unilever soap factory located at the foot of the DVP in Toronto.  This was where people came from all walks of life to experience new ways of thinking and ideas for an innovative [...]

ViaTherapy Featured…

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The Newcastle Herald featured ViaTherapy on their website. Pivot has helped the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and The Heart & Stroke Foundation Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery design an app for occupational and physical therapists. Therapists can use ViaTherapy to learn about the latest therapies, recall established therapies, and create a customized rehabilitation plan for their patients. Read the case study here. [...]

Pivot at Health Innovation Week

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Pivot's Ian Chalmers presented at a Special Edition of HealthTO as part of Health Innovation Week on April 6, 2017. Take a look at him showing the crowd what Pivot does best and how informed design can help change the face of healthcare in a variety of ways. Be sure to check out Toronto Health Innovation [...]

The Age of Accessibility

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It’s 2017 and the internet is everywhere. But for many Ontarians with disabilities, it remains largely inaccessible. That’s why the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act features guidelines to ensure all people can navigate the web with ease. And by 2021, websites for both private organizations and public institutions need to meet the World Wide … Read More