• Personal,  Work

    YVR: A New Chapter

    Summer has ended and fall is approaching fast. It’s been a while since my last post and a lot has happened.¬† Earlier this year I was a proud Calgarian. Now I’m happy to call Richmond is my home. Where do I get started with this tale?Hmm.¬†Well in Calgary I wasn’t exactly pleased with my situations. I was in a job that didn’t utilize my skillset properly. I wanted to do more, and despite my diligence and eagerness, I wasn’t being given more. My family situation and a few of my closest relationships were toxic. I had the tools to overcome the trials, but I needed the energy and patience to…

  • Food

    Good Food Subscription Boxes

    Hello all! It’s Lien here, bringing you a post about my experiences and thoughts on food subscription boxes. I will specifically talk about my experiences¬†Goodfood, a Canadian based food subscription box since that’s the only one I have tried so far. For the first few weeks in my new apartment, I had the opportunity to give Goodfood a try. A friend hooked me up with a free box for the fear of me starving in my new place. I have kind friends. Anyways, then afterwards I noticed that the new week’s box had risotto so I ended up getting that too to give the dishes a try. Goodfood provides different…

  • Food

    Uzu Taiyaki Review

    Woot! Another Taiyaki place has opened up in Calgary. The other place is the little Korean place located in the same building as Try Again, the bubble tea shop in Chinatown. For those who don’t know,¬†Taiyaki is a popular fish shaped snack in Japan. It’s a fish shape pastry filled with yummy goodies. It’s commonly found with red bean, or custard filling. Taiyaki exists in Korea as well, but they are known by another name, bungeo-ppang. Uzu Taiyaki had their soft opening on Feb. 23, 2018! And judging by the amount of people lingering by the store front when I went in, it’s safe to say that it was a…

  • Personal

    Apartment Life

    Hello everyone! With the start of a new year, I decided to start a new notch in my adventures. I have moved out from the middle of nowhere and smack dab into the middle of downtown. I’m in a lovely skyscraper overlooking the streets. It’s everything I could have dreamed of. The fact that it’s only 425 square feet doesn’t even bring me down because as a lover of Ikea, I know how capable small spaces are. Ever since the Sims 2 Apartment Life expansion pack, I always wanted to try living in a loft or an apartment. A little nerdy I know, but man life is pretty interesting now…

  • Design

    World Usability Day @ MRU

    Hello Friends! I had the pleasure of attending Mount Royal’s World Usability Night hosted by the lovely Brian Traynor! I had the fortune of hearing about Brian from Kat, a fellow friend and co-worker from the NEB team this summer. A few weeks ago at the Inclusive Design Workshop by Calgary UX, Brian was introduced and made a small speech about UX at Mount Royal. I took that opportunity to say hi to him and he was kind enough to invite the UofC Ilab to attend his Usability Day. A few Ilab members were able to attend the event which is reasonable but I wish we had a better turn…

  • Design,  Personal

    Inclusive Design Workshop – Calgary UX

    It’s Lien here, bringing you another blog post! Woot. This time I’ll be discussing what I learnt in the workshop I attended. This post is more for my sake because I needed a place to record my notes from this workshop, but I figured why not share the knowledge. That and it’s easier to find notes again if it’s all online. Anyways, as you know by the title of this post, I went to the Inclusive Design Workshop hosted by Calgary UX¬†and it was a lovely time. It was housed over at the ATB Entrepreneur Center down at 17th ave SW and man that place was nice. It’s a place…

  • Design,  Work

    Incidents Open House

    Hello all! Before the launch of Incidents, or how NEB calls it Pipeline Incidents Visualization, NEB decided to have an internal open house to gauge how the other NEB employees felt and thought about the visualization. And of course Vizworx and the Ilab was invited to attend which I found was a great opportunity to gather user research. The open house provided snacks for attendees and it started off with Katherine, the product owner, demonstrating the uses of the visualizations.

  • Personal

    Hiking @ Ha Ling Peak

    A few weeks ago, my friends and I decided to trek up the popular hiking trail Ha Ling Peak located near Canmore. It was in amidst of the BC forest fires and the haze offered great coverage from the sun. Without the haze, I’m pretty sure our group would have been out of energy half way up the mountain. It took us about three hours to get to the summit and it was hike was 90% inclines. There wasn’t much room for breaks so I would definitely say this was one of the more challenging trails we did this summer. The last 10% of the hike was mostly rocky terrain…

  • Personal

    Taste of Calgary 2017

    Hello everyone! Hope everyone is doing well this fine week. As a foodie, I’m usually stumped on what places to eat with friends whenever we have a night out so events like Taste of Calgary are a great way for us to see the new things the Calgary food scene has in store for us. I went with another person and we had a budget of 20 dollars. We like playing a game while attending events like this. Our game is to find the best food item that was worth it’s price in tickets. Judging criteria:¬† Portion Size Ticket Amount Taste First off, we started with a Tot Poutine with…

  • Design

    Paper Prototypes

    Paper prototypes is a tool that utilizes paper in order to evaluate interaction and usability, while eliciting feedback from users. As a creative, hands on learner, paper prototypes are one of my favourite techniques to use when I’m stuck in a rut and need more ideas. Creating the paper prototypes allows me to visualize in a different light, I can quickly shuffle things together, or I can create/modify certain interaction elements that I discovered was awkward or tricky to use. I have utilized paper prototypes while creating data visualizations at the Ilab. During one project, I needed to find a home for an element in the layout and so I…