Kenzie News Roundup 1/22/21

Kenzie News Roundup 1/22/21

Career coaches share their goals for the year, developers at Grammarly and InstaCart share a day in their lives, and we explore the psychology behind UX Design. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

Testing… testing… testing

Want some tips on usability testing? Industry leaders from the Forbes Technology Council put together a list of their favorite and most effective ways to test the UX of a new product. Whether it’s recruiting uninvolved team members or working with customers as design partners, these user testing tips will make great additions to your UX toolbox. Learn more on Forbes

Make your move 

On the hunt for a new job in 2021? LinkedIn recently released a new study detailing the top cities for job opportunities right now. Among them are popular tech hubs like San Francisco, but also included are more unexpected cities like Fayetteville, Arkansas and Madison, Wisconsin. Find the full study on LinkedIn

Designing for change

Behavioral design is a design framework that’s rooted in psychology and motivates users to take action. We can find it in LinkedIn’s profile creation progress bar or in a healthcare app’s patient reminders. This case study examines how the behavioral design framework helped several companies create a better user experience. Read it on Built In

Going for the goal

No matter how you feel about setting new year’s resolutions or goals, your goal-setting process probably looks a little different this year. CNBC spoke with 7 career coaches about how they plan to set goals despite the uncertainty caused by the pandemic. From finding joy in everyday things to taking advantage of online networking, their goals are realistic and inspiring. Check them out here

A day in a developer’s life 

No matter the industry, companies need Web Developers in order to accomplish their business goals. Full Stack Developers from across the country shared what daily work tasks and job responsibilities look like at their companies (many of which are hiring!). This piece gives you insight into what life looks like at companies like Instacart, Grammarly, and Betterment. Get an idea of what it’s like to work at some top companies on Built In

TLDR: “How UX breaks the fourth wall to make video games better”

As the video game industry has evolved, so has designers’ style and focus. In recent years, designers have been especially focused on improving the user experience of games. Is the game accessible? Does the game make it easy for players to make decisions? How does the UX impact user perception? Writer Bramha Dalvi explores all of this and more as he examines a number of different video games throughout the years. Immerse yourself in this long-form story on SUPERJUMP

Tech Tip of the Week: Go for a walk

Toronto-based Software Engineer Ibrahim Abed started walking around his city at the start of the pandemic and hasn’t stopped yet. For him, walking has helped create work-life balance and a sense of peace while coding from home. Sometimes, he spends 10 hours during his weekends strolling through various neighborhoods. Read his story on Toronto Life, then go for a walk if weather permits. 

Meme of the Week: “So satisfying” 

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Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins

Alexa Goins is the Content Marketer at Kenzie Academy. Before she joined the field of higher education marketing, she worked as a journalist and taught English in the South of France. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading non-fiction works, doing embodiment yoga, or planning her next trip to Paris. You can find more of her work at www.alexagoins.com.

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    January 22, 2021
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