At Intersect, design is a core value
Design is not only engrained in our culture, it’s at the core of how we build our products. Advocating for and thinking about the user starts with our product team, and transcends to each team at Intersect.
Our design team has grown to over 15 people in the last year, making it the second largest team in the company. We are an eccentric, creative, and talented group of people who are passionate about the work we do. From building products that are accessible for everyone, to collaborating with developers to create something beautiful fast and furiously, we've created a work process that ensures we can keep building products we're proud of.
What can you expect?
Your impact starts on Day 1
No matter where you are in your career, Intersect lets you own, empower and execute your ideas right away. We believe every team member has a voice, and you'll get the platform to share your opinions and learn from not just other team members, but also our amazing clients.
How we work
No two projects are alike but the basis of our work consistently depends on collaboration with the larger Product team. We start by diving deep into the needs of our clients and the end-user in order to define the problems we are trying to solve. Using this as a foundation, we craft the UX, UI, content, and information hierarchy to solve unique problems.
When our work reaches development, we lean on the philosophy of system-based design to deliver easy-to-implement components that get us to market fast.
Challenge yourself with a variety of projects
Our clients are spread across a wide variety of industries, including healthcare, fintech, insurance, and education. Our projects range from rapid prototyping and proof of concept to full engineering builds. Designers at Intersect get to create user experiences for native iOS and Android apps, as well as responsive web.
Learn from non-designers
Working with other teams is a big part of a designer’s time. Refining our process and organization gets us excited, and we love finding better ways to work together to make better products.
Standups are quick and actionable meetings meant to provide feedback and communicate project blockers. Standups are a good way to touch base with the whole team (engineers, strategists, PMs etc.). We like to keep these short and sweet, because we don’t like too many meetings.
Design Accessibility Review
Design & engineering collaboration
Accessibility is important to us. We work with engineering on a regular basis to ensure our products are built with all users in mind. Part of this endeavour means refining how we communicate and work with engineering. Our team is agile alongside the engineering process, evolving as needed.
Rapid iterations on design cycles
As a designer at Intersect, you are involved in all phases of a project. Throughout project kickoff, strategy, user research, and product design, we help drive projects in-step with the whole team. Feedback and collaboration through pivot meetings is the one of the best ways we dive deep and “pivot” towards a new direction with our team when we need to.
Product presentation, validation and QA
Product review is a great opportunity to showcase and validate the work you are doing by presenting it to the larger design team. When you’re not presenting you get to exercise your design skills by challenging work-in-progress and learning from choices others have made. We believe this healthy tension promotes the growth of better design skills and better products.
Work with real problems
At Intersect, your work actually matters. Our products are sexy, but they are also useful to the masses. We are helping companies make huge waves in industries like finance, health, insurance and more. We are changemakers.
See Our Work
How can a single mobile app be simple enough that anyone can use, but complex enough to suit the needs of any health benefits offering?
How can we further simplify a complex claim workflow and communication process while catering to a variety of user types?
Engaging users through personalization, ease of access, and improved authentication.
People you'll want to spend time with
Director of People
As the Director of People, Leigh is responsible for leading all human resource functions at INTERSECT. Leigh’s expertise is people and at Intersect, that also means supporting the unique culture and fostering the curiosity and innovation ingrained in our identity.
You will most likely see Leigh at the next HR networking group, especially if it is Tech related. Outside of work she spends a majority of her time up north with family, ideally on the lake in both -30 and +30 weather.
Favourite Slack channels#dads_n_moms#beats#aminals#ladieschat
Amr is responsible for analyzing business objectives, conducting product research, and understanding technical capabilities in order to build blueprints for products.
You can talk to Amr about anything related to travel, sports (Go Celtics!), music, video games (he’s the office’s FIFA king) and he’s usually down for a game of pong. He will also shamelessly plug his social media handle - @amrhussein - any chance he gets.
Favourite Slack channels#got-spoilers#hirstyrulez#overheard
Director, Strategy & Analytics
John believes that data is better than hunches, and that actions speak louder than survey results. He’s an active mentor for technology startups at McMaster’s Xerox Center for Engineering Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
John golfs, plays NHL 95, and cheers for his beloved Montreal Canadiens in his free time.
Favourite Slack channels#correct-baseball-hof#sports#crypto-mining
VP, Growth and Partnerships
Anthony is the VP of Growth & Partnerships at Intersect, where he drives business development, partnership, and marketing.
South African by birth, Anthony settled in Toronto in the early 2000’s. An avid reader, morning exerciser, and proud new dad to a beautiful baby girl, Anthony strives to live every day with gratitude, humility, and curiosity.
Favourite Slack channels#dads#beats#goodreads
Kim ensures products are scalable and future-proof. In her free time, Kim leads multiple competitive volleyball teams and challenges herself at charitable Toronto sporting events. Devoting her time to giving back by sharing her expertise and knowledge, Kim’s community involvement ranges from Junior Achievement to Destination ImagiNation.
Favourite Slack channels#engineering#fitness#edm-opensource
Saaqshi spends her days at Intersect crafting the words that go in our products. She wordsmiths to make sure our language, communication and tone match the products and strategy we’re trying to convey.
In her spare time, she has a weird fascination with indie wrestling, finds joy in yoga and weight lifting, and recently ran a 5k.
Favourite Slack channels#designers#fitness#overheard#cutethings
VP, Product Design
Isuru applies design thinking in the creation of successful user experiences and helps in the growth of the design team.
He once owned 5 dogs (3 of them named Rex) when living in Tanzania. He also almost climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro but couldn’t make it to the summit due to a snow storm. A Discovery Channel enthusiast and avid sports fan, Isuru can be found shooting hoops in his free time. He currently owns 0 dogs.
Favourite Slack channels#sports#designers#sneaker-heads#hirstyrulez
Senior Mobile Engineer
Adam works hard to make apps come to life and behave in the way that our Product team envisions them. Because he’s a nice guy, he also works to make life easier for the iOS team by upgrading processes whenever there is room for improvement.
When not writing code, Adam enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and playing strategic board games.
Favourite Slack channels#rock-climbing#mario-kart#ios-news
Senior Human Resource Specialist
Karlie is a Human Resource Specialist, ensuring the development and maintenance of Intersect’s world class team. She works closely with the executive team to manage the entire employee life cycle, including candidate generation, direct sourcing, interviewing, and hiring.
Outside of work, she loves hanging out with her dog, Milo.
Favourite Slack channels#aminals#ladieschat#overheard
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