Vipasha Shaikh


I recently graduated from the Master’s of Information program at the University of Toronto, where I studied user experience design/human-computer interaction. I have spent the last year working as an intern service designer at CIBC and Capital One. Before that, I was an university professional who advised international exchange students.

In my design practice, I have placed an emphasis on designing for humans in their online and offline contexts. To that effect, I have pursued additional coursework in systems and futures thinking in order to build a more holistic design approach.

I thrive in environments where I am continually challenged and able to work both independently and in teams. I love being a part of cross-collaborative environments, where I can work with other developers, designers and executives.


Why did you get involved in this project?

Through a class assignment for my research methods course.

Did the one week turn-around for the work help or hinder your creativity?

It was helpful – it set a constraint that allowed me to finish the video quickly.

How did you feel about working on a project where you didn’t know who you were collaborating with?

It was an interesting experience – it was like I was doing work on my own but then in the back of my mind, I knew that it was part of a bigger collective.

Has being involved in the project changed your thoughts on creativity?

It definitely made me realize that creativity with others doesn’t have to be synchronous but could also be asynchronous as well.


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