Kenzie News Roundup 1/8/21

Kenzie News Roundup 1/8/21

Bad web design causes stress, we examine the infinite scroll, and The Emirates Group takes their UX in-house. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

Make it rain 

Looking to increase your salary in 2021? Negotiation skills are an essential part of leveling up in your career. Whether negotiating at your current company or with a new one, career platform Dice has you covered on how to best go about the process. Grab their tips here

The UX of infinite scrolling

Infinite scroll has become a common feature on the web over the last 5 years. However its own creator now calls it addictive, so designers are reexamining the value of bottomless webpages. Not only do they mess with user intuition, but they can also cause a user to lose their place on a page. So, what are some alternatives to this unhelpful but widely adopted feature? Read more on Built In

Bad design is bad for your health 

Did you know bad web design can make your blood pressure spike? A recent study in the UK revealed that elements like slow-loading pages, pop-ups, and autoplay music cause a 20% increase in blood pressure. This is just another reason why UX matters. Check out the full study results on Entrepreneur

It’s a day in the life 

Austin developers share the challenges and rewards of working in the tech industry in an insightful interview with writer Janey Zitomer. Get a peek into the day-to-day tasks of several full-stack professionals, and learn what they’re currently working on. Find this story on Built In Austin

Case Study of the Week: The Emirates Group

The Emirates Group took their UX/UI in house in 2018 and transformed their relationship with customers as a result. Alex Knigge, SVP of Corporate Communications, Marketing & Brand (Digital), shares what changes the team made and how it helped create a more cohesive user experience. Read this case study on Econsultancy.

A meditation for Software Engineers

Start your new year off strong by turning inward: Inhale deeply, and exhale fully. Focusing on your mental health can make life a little less stressful and help you in your career. Wellness Coach Emily Jennings put together a special meditation for Software Engineers to help you feel more grounded and at peace while you code. Check it out on Medium

TLDR: Poetry vs. programming 

Poets and programmers might seem worlds apart, but Seattle-based writer Frances McCue is finding the similarities between these professions. Join her on a journey of coding, symbolism, and creation as she wanders through the Pacific Northwest tech hub contemplating the two professions. Find this long-form piece on GeekWire

Meme of the Week: Happy New Year!

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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

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