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Ayla Newhouse

Designer, Ayla Newhouse Design in Toronto

Dating by Design


Ayla Newhouse is a designer, social entrepreneur and creative consultant. Blending humour with practical advice and wisdom, she applies the tools, strategies, methods and ideas of some of history’s greatest designers to the often-challenging realm of human relationships. Dating by Design is her first self-published book that aims to help the reader navigate the complexities of modern love to improve the quality, health and durability of their relationships.

"Presentation of the Day" on July 1, 2013. 

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The LongStory: an Online Dating Game for Youth

@ VOL 29 ON APR 01, 2014

Miriam Verburg is the producer of LongStory, one of the first LGBTQ friendly dating games made specifically for young people. She discusses why she decided to devote two years of her life to producing a dating game for kids and shows some of the interesting things she learned along the way about creating games about feelings. 

"Presentation of the Day" on July 9, 2014.

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A Few Things I've Learned About Online Dating

@ VOL 25 ON AUG 09, 2015

"Gentlemen, learn how to have a good conversations...[It's] like a tennis match. It's back and forth?"

In A Few Things I've Learned About Online Dating from PechaKucha Night Atlanta Vol. 25Shannon Turner takes the mic with some advice for the fellas out there who might be prowling the interwebs looking for love. Profile photos, balancing weird against honest, what not to do's, etc. Listen as Shannon brings her wisdom to this sometime murky place called "online love" and perhaps come away with some dropped knowledge, like this nugget: "Gentlemen, learn how to have a good conversations...[It's] like a tennis match. It's back and forth."

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015. 

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How to Find a Life Partner Online

@ VOL 24 ON DEC 10, 2015

Dating in the digital age as explained by Speaker Razi Thalib. With technology, even you could actually find "the one".

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Tinder and the Dating Culture it Created

@ VOL 13 ON NOV 05, 2016

After divorcing her husband who she was together with for 12 years, Anita Dunn dives into the world of online dating as a single mother. Her first foray into online dating was with the Tinder dating app and it lead to many unexpected surprises and left her with one message for single men.

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The Online Dating Game: Over 40 Edition

@ VOL 21 ON NOV 17, 2016

Curious about the online dating world? Wondering if you’re too old for this crap? Jacene Phillips shares some tips and tricks about online dating for those over (and under) 40 from someone who was divorced, with a kid, over 40 and has lived to tell the tale. It is a cornucopia of lessons learned, just in time for Thanksgiving.

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I Swiped Right For Your Dog: Adventures In Dating Apps

@ VOL 10 ON SEP 16, 2017

Meagan Francis is Senior Copywriter at JohnsonRauhoff, creator of The Mom Hour podcast, and one half of "Jonny and Meagan Mornings" on 98.3 The Coast. She's also a local performer and mother to a large and entertaining crew of kids.

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Dating in your Forties

@ VOL 5 ON JUL 26, 2018

Brad Whittle crafted this PK on the spot - as he had not previously seen the slides! Listen to him talk his way through his current endeavors of dating, as he keeps pace with the images on the screen! Enjoy!

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Ugly Into Art

@ VOL 36 ON OCT 17, 2018

As a modern woman, Sarey Ruden documents the struggle to find love in an age of Tinder and Bumble. As a graphic designer, she takes the worst of modern dating and turns into digital gold.

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Hiring is Broken Like Dating

@ VOL 20 ON MAY 15, 2019

In this Pechakucha given by Michelle Levesley at London - Vol. 20 - PKNLDN 20 - WeWork, Michelle put forwards a very convincing argument for why the process of hiring staff is broken just like dating is. Her argument puts forward a case for why hiring is broken for both employees and employers.

Using tales from her personal life Michelle got the lucky listeners in the Vol. 20 audience rethinking their approach to work-life and most importantly to how their attributes are portrayed in a modern world.