Paper Leaf

We’re a small but mighty team of 6 who specialize in the strategy, planning, and execution of award-winning brand identities and custom websites. Our aim is to use our skills to help our clients grow & to improve the world we’re in. We work with clients big and small, as well as local and international.

Recent Blog Posts

Content Management with WordPress Layout Engine
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Content Management with WordPress Layout Engine
The Flexible Layout System When first starting into the task of organizing content entry for a website, there are all sorts of options for how to present that to the content editor. Do we go with an off-the-shelf page builder plugin? A highly rigid, templated layout of “fill in the blank...
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Methods, Tips & Tricks for Effective Prototyping
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Methods, Tips & Tricks for Effective Prototyping
Prototyping is where all the discovery phase work we’ve done to date comes together. It’s the first manifestation of the project brief, the user personas, the user stories & acceptance criteria, the discovery audit, the information architecture, and the user journeys. We take all of this work...
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How to Properly Execute Information Architecture & User Journeys
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How to Properly Execute Information Architecture & User Journeys
As we’ve been progressing down the path of your digital project discovery, the outcomes have been getting more and more tangible. We went from a high-level project brief to some general user personas to user stories that support the brief and the personas to acceptance criteria that – when used i...
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Discovery Audits: Why They Matter & How to Do ‘Em
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Discovery Audits: Why They Matter & How to Do ‘Em
When we’re staring down the barrel of a redesign project for a website, web app, or mobile application, too often we forget that we have a huge pool of data and insight to draw from already – the existing site or app. We’re talking about an audit: the evaluation of a product to determine its [...
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Completing User Stories with Acceptance Criteria
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Completing User Stories with Acceptance Criteria
We’ve already established the importance of user stories when it comes to the discovery phase of a digital project. However, user stories in a vacuum are not enough – left alone, they leave way too much room for assumption and error.  And we all know that Assumptionville is where projects go to d...
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How to Prioritize User Stories (and Build the Right Features)
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How to Prioritize User Stories (and Build the Right Features)
So you’ve worked with your stakeholders and users to capture a big pile of user stories for your new website or app –  but we can’t, and shouldn’t, build everything people ask for. Money doesn’t grow on trees, and certainly some items are higher value than others. We need to prioritize. We need t...
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Understanding and Creating User Stories
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Understanding and Creating User Stories
When we’re getting started building a digital product, we need to understand why we’re building it (in the form of a digital project brief) and who we’re building it for (which can be captured in user personas). But then we get to the question: what exactly needs to be built? That’s where user st...
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The Ultimate Guide to Writing User Personas
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The Ultimate Guide to Writing User Personas
Imagine you’re designing a vehicle. There are countless decisions to make when starting that process. How many doors should it have? Should it be manual or automatic? Should it have a backup camera? Does highway mileage matter? What colours should it be available in? Even basic stuff: is it a tru...
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How to Write an Effective Digital Project Brief
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How to Write an Effective Digital Project Brief
Digital project briefs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and there’s more than one right way to tackle them. Some are huge – flying in the face of the word “brief” – and some are tiny. Some demand alllll the details, while some demand only a high-level view. One indisputable fact, though, is...
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Paper Leaf Wins Software Design Award
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Paper Leaf Wins Software Design Award
I’m excited. Not just because I finally bought a fat bike to ride trails with my dog all winter, but more so to announce that we won an award in the Software category from Digital Alberta, at the 2018 Ember Awards, for the voter registration application we delivered for Elections Alberta. T...
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