Kenzie News Roundup 10/16/20

Kenzie News Roundup 10/16/20

Object-oriented UX makes for productive brainstorming and Waymo quells our fears about self-driving cars. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

Apps move us forward

Curious about the standout apps of 2020? These innovative platforms do everything from providing UI/UX work for startups to helping small businesses launch their own apps. But they all have one thing in common: they move us forward. Read this article on Built In

What’s next for office tech? 

We’ve all gotten pretty familiar with mixed reality tools like Slack, Zoom, and Teams over the last 8 months. But these tools are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to mixed reality tech. Writer Ethan Murray examines the next generation of virtual office, focus group, and collaboration tools. Read this story in the Harvard Business Review

Embracing differences

Designers follow standard design principles to make their work more efficient. But these principles sometimes fail us when it comes to designing for other cultures. Here’s where design diversity comes in. This concept encourages designers to decentralize Western culture and explore design techniques from different regions of the world. Learn more about how you can diversify your design work on Dice

UX quells fear

Are you among the 48% of Americans who say they would never ride in a self-driving taxi or rideshare car? Fear and suspicion of autonomous vehicles is understandable and common as we haven’t fully adopted them into our day-to-day lives just yet. In the meantime, ride-hailing service Waymo hopes to quell our fears with some good old UX. The UX in their fully autonomous vehicles offers a mix of privacy, knowledge, and safety. They’ve planned it down to the music that plays when a rider enters the car. As a result, Waymo riders in Chandler, Ariz. are beginning to come around to the self-driving car. Learn more about Waymo’s UX strategy on Built In

Software Engineer makes an impact in healthcare 

As a teenager, Software Engineer Susanne Fortunato faced an undiagnosed illness, confusing information, and a bevy of doctor’s visits. Frustrated, she gathered all of her health information into a binder then organized it using a spreadsheet. After bringing the organized data to her doctors, she had a diagnosis and a cure within 2 weeks. This was the experience that inspired her to build Wingspan Health, a company dedicated to making healthcare record-keeping easier for patients. Read more about her story on Forbes

Hot Take of the Week: “Quitting your job as political protest is a lot easier if you’re in tech”

Tech workers, especially in Silicon Valley, don’t shy away from engaging in activism or holding their employers accountable on different work and social issues. This week, 60 people left Coinbase after leadership asked employees to keep their political views and social activism out of the workplace. According to Bloomberg Journalist Shelly Banjo, it’s a lot easier for tech workers to walk out on a job than for workers in other fields. Learn more about why this might be the case on Bloomberg

TLDR: “Using object-oriented user experience for software development”

Object-oriented user experience (OOUX) is a development method that can help save a startup money in addition to making for more productive brainstorming. But what is it exactly and how does the process work? Find out by diving into this long-form story on UX Collective

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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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