When we appreciate people’s artwork or performance, it’s common to say, “They’re so talented.” What defines talent? Is it really talent that makes them so good at what they do?

A person watching a juggler saying, “Wow! So talented!”

This must mean that we cannot achieve greatness in a skill or task if we aren’t talented. Several people know…

I recently had the opportunity of facilitating a virtual design workshop for the SheHacks Hackathon. Running virtual design workshops are distinctively different from in-person. There’s a lack of insight into energy levels, what participants may be struggling with, and visual cues.

Pavi facilitating the virtual workshop for SheHacks

The needs and constraints:

  • Duration: 1 hour
  • 100+ participants
  • I won’t be able…

This is a story of how I along with a team of talented women tackled an impossible challenge of representing diversity accurately in media and in a social environment. We presented the idea using an adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, “The Ugly Duckling”.

Left to Right — Mariel, River, Sam, Pavi (me)

The Ugly Truth

Today in a world…

This article explains how I tackled the challenge of incorporating an effective onboarding experience in a consumer-to-consumer platform.

Problem at hand

Products that integrate consumer-to-consumer interaction enjoy a much higher user engagement, which is key in today’s competitive landscape.

Courtesy of UserOnboard

Aside from developing the consumer-to-consumer platform, a crucial task is to create an effective…

Hackathons are a great way to challenge your thinking, gain perspective and collaborate with people from various backgrounds and perspectives. I decided to take on a challenge with the BikeSpace team at the Civic Tech Hackathon.

CodeAcross Toronto 2018 — Me at the front saying hi!

The Challenge

Cycling is a popular alternative to driving in the city of Toronto. However, there…

Pavi Designs

Toronto-based designer specializing in user experience and visual design. https://pavi.design/

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