The Among Us game makes us sus, and software jobs remind us they’re here to stay. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup.
How do you envision the future of work? For these Philadelphia natives, it’s human-centered, focused on meaning, and always changing. One local newspaper sought to find out how its workers are rebuilding after the onset of economic struggles caused by the pandemic. Their answers are full of hope and remind us of the innovation residing in each of us. Get inspired by this story on The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Inclusion is more than a buzzword, it should be an essential part of the design process. In order to eliminate discriminatory tech such as racially biased facial recognition software, we need to examine our design processes. Writer Felix Chang spoke to design team leaders at organizations like Microsoft and Airbnb to find out how they strive for inclusive design.
We particularly liked this tip from Microsoft’s Bryce Johnson: “design with, rather than for, people.” Bryce’s team focuses more on compassion rather than empathy, as it can help keep us from centering our own personal experiences and biases in the conversation. Learn more on Harvard Business Review.
We’ve discussed the ways AI can help make a developer’s job easier. But did you know AI can also speed up work processes for a UX/UI Designer? Thanks to technology released by our Indy neighbors at Salesforce, designers can use software that will generate design ideas based on their brand guidelines. The technology will allow UX professionals to focus on more complex problems and solutions, providing more efficiency for brands and a better experience for customers. Read the full story on Fast Company.
As tech and automation make advances, it’s natural to worry about certain jobs becoming obsolete across industries. Writer Rhea Moutafis examines whether automation will ever make Software Developers redundant. Her findings? Like Beyonce, Software Development jobs are irreplaceable, especially when developers learn to leverage automation in their work. Grab this hot take on The Next Web.
Case Study of the Week: “Intuit automated our personal finances. Now its UX team is bringing human helpers back.”
User experience teams are always working to ensure customers have the best experience with their apps, websites, and products. At Intuit (the AI-powered financial suite that includes TurboTax, Mint, and QuickBooks), this meant innovating with AI… then reintroducing person-to-person communication. What remained throughout is their UX team’s dedication to the user’s needs. Grab this case study on Built In.
Inside Perspectives: Jamie Davila of Ultranauts
What does an inclusive remote workforce look like? At Ultranauts, 75 percent of employees are on the Autism spectrum and the company strives for inclusivity and accessibility in its daily practices. Hear about how these practices have impacted manager Jamie Davila, who is on the Autism spectrum. Read the full profile on the New York Times.
Your weekend starts here: Are you the imposter?
Looking for your next quarantine obsession? Among Us is the latest game taking over Internet culture. Get your friends together or play with new people online — just don’t be too sus. Learn more about the Among Us game on the New York Times.
Meme of the Week: UX vs UI