McBroken gives us a sugar fix, startups move back to the garage, and we explore the UX of the absentee ballot. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup.
Inside Perspectives: Shelley Chase of Progress
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) recently spoke with Shelley Chase, a software fellow at Massachusetts-based software company Progress, about the lessons she’s learned in her 25 years in tech. She encourages the next generation of women in tech to challenge the norms, inspire and mentor others, find meaning in their work, and defect from perfection. Read through the gems she dropped on the SWE blog.
We won’t sugarcoat it: job searching is tough right now. If you’re among those searching for a new position, it’s important to learn to manage the emotions that come with the job-hunting process. Forbes writer Jack Kelly offers 8 ways to cope with the inevitable rejection you’ll face on the journey to your next role. Our favorite? Positive mantras: you are smart, talented, and going to kick ass in your next position! Learn more on Forbes.
One to Watch: “The sound and the fury: How bad audio affects our emotional well-being in a WFH world”
We’ve all been there — you’re delivering a really insightful point during a Zoom meeting and when you finish, your colleagues stare for a second before saying the audio cut out and they couldn’t hear you. Audio can significantly impact the experiences we have while working from home. It can even tarnish our personal brands. During Fast Company’s recent Innovation Festival, panelists discussed the impact bad audio can have on our work lives. The panel clocks in at around 40 minutes and makes for a great weekend watch. You can check it out here.
While things may have slowed down due to the pandemic, startup founders are continuing to innovate. But instead of doing it from the office, they’re innovating in their garages. Many Silicon Valley startups are birthed in garages and living rooms, so it’s no surprise to these founders that innovation can still happen from home. Read the stories of several startup founders who have made the garage their workspace on The New York Times.
What does good UX look like right now? According to new reports, companies that have listened to and pivoted towards customers’ unique needs during COVID-19 are the ones finding success. Companies can stay ahead of the curve by focusing on the times that we’re in, adapting to real-time changes in demands, and continuing to pay attention to customer needs. Read more on SmartCompany.
Case Study: The making of McBroken
As any true McDonald’s lover would know, it can be devastating to get to a McDonald’s location and find out that the ice cream machines are broken. Software Engineer Rashiq Zahid put his skills to work and built an app for customers to figure out which McDonald’s ice cream machines are broken at any given moment. Learn more about the McBroken app on The Verge.
Hot Take of the Week: “Why it’s so hard to fix America’s poorly-designed election ballot”
Curious about the connection between design and the election? This long-form story explores the user experience of absentee ballots (spoiler: it’s not great) and the design history of the U.S. presidential ballot. Get this piping hot one on Quartz.