Post by Joy Smith Last week we held a lunch and learn in partnership with Boltmade where Yang Chen, talented User Experience designer, taught us how to conduct a card sorting workshop. If you've never heard of card sorting before, it is a powerful and intuitive research tool that helps you design a product, such as a website or app, in a way that makes sense to your users. Card sorting helps the user experience

Read more 0

Post by Joy Smith You can't talk about potentially disruptive technologies without including augmented and virtual reality in the conversation. These technologies could not only redefine how and where we work, but could impact the very nature  of the work we do. With various headsets hitting the market over the new few months, the buzz around these technologies is at a fever pitch. In fact, our bi-monthly meet-ups are seeing an ever growing number of

Read more 0

Guest post by Casey Bettridge What is it about small, brightly coloured, adhesive pieces of paper that is so alluring? These sticky idea squares are a ubiquitous symbol of inspiration and collaboration, guaranteed to be found at your local innovation hub or design studio. With the traditional pen and paper approach, physical Post-it notes still come out on top over digital substitutes. My first design sprint here at REAP has just wrapped up, investigating the

Read more 0

Post by Joy Smith You wouldn't expect this to be the main piece of advice given by the very people of Mechdyne Corporation -  a company built first on a passion for technology. But this was the key take-away offered by Jeff Brum, a Technical Sales Consultant with the company. Mechdyne, an international hardware and software company with a focus on integrating emerging technologies has always been a company of technology leaders. Being the first

Read more 0

Guest post by Michelle Gordon My name is Michelle Gordon and I’m a third year co-op student in the Environment and Resource Studies program at the University of Waterloo. This is the story of how REAP research sprints are helping me develop my skills to pursue my interest in design and visual communications. REAP has some fascinating lunch and learn sessions, and I made the habit of attending them whenever I was able. In September,

Read more 0

Post by Joy Smith It's that time of year again. The leaves are changing and the sound of school bells ring in the air. Which means that the Felt Lab is reopen and once again holding our popular Lunch and Learns! This past Friday was our first lunch and learn of the new school year, and we were happy to welcome Robert Weeks, CEO of FiNUVO. Robert joined us to talk about hydrographic printing and

Read more 1

Post by Joy Smith *PHOTO: MATT BORLAND – JOHN MARTENS, FOREMAN AT THE STEED & EVANS HEIDELBERG GRAVEL PIT An exciting project has been in development for several weeks now at the Felt Lab and around St. Jacobs. While we have shared some fun pictures of the developing project on our Instagram account, we are finally able to talk about the project in more detail. The Felt Lab recently partnered with Inter Arts Matrix, a local

Read more 1

Post by Joy Smith Traditionally, the word "entrepreneur" evokes the image of a visionary leader who valiantly leads society towards a previously unimagined brighter future. However, most successful entrepreneurs will tell you that the reality is very different, and the recent development of new models of entrepreneurship are evidence of this. Ideas like platform entrepreneurship and co-creation are rapidly growing in popularity, and there are many reasons why: less risk, more reward, higher engagement, and increased

Read more 0

Guest Post by Filip Jadczak Filip Jadczak here, back again to share my experiences in my newest sprint here at the Felt Lab. This time I’ve been testing out a brand new piece of technology we’ve got here in the lab: the Meta 1. The Meta is a set of augmented reality glasses -- that is, they provide a layer of digital information on top of the real world. Unlike the Oculus Rift, which focuses on

Read more 0

Guest post by Justin Van Daele This past Friday’s lunch and learn, we were lucky to have Ryan Van Stralen from Palette come talk to us about a new hands on control device for any software. The “Palette” is a hand controller which resembles that of a DJ panel, which was in part the inspiration when founder Calvin Chu, a University of Waterloo graduate, first designed it. What Calvin really wanted was a hands on device

Read more 0