TikTok helps job seekers land roles, a Software Engineer shares coding interview tips, and we look at Twitch’s redesign. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup.
The latest trend in app design has arrived and it’s all about getting your attention. UI Designer Michael Malewicz says that with our attention spans waning, designers are using maximalism (more colors, more gradients, more of everything) to stay competitive. However, the result can be a cognitive overload as our brains take longer to identify singular app icons. Read more about this UI trend and why you as a designer should avoid it on UX Collective.
Yen Huang, a Software Engineer at Twitter, knows the struggle newly minted engineers face when searching for their dream jobs. He shares 5 tips to help you ace your next coding interview. Above all, Yen encourages job seekers to plan ahead and communicate effectively. Read his tips on The Next Web.
With all eyes on the U.S. Presidential election this week, you may find yourself (understandably) distracted from work. But how should you handle talking about the election in the (virtual) office? Forbes writer Tracy Brower has you covered. Tracy encourages people to prioritize work and professional relationships first. If politics does come up during the workday, she suggests easing the tension by engaging in discussion with a willingness to learn. Get more tips on the topic at Forbes.
TikTok is proving to offer more than catchy dance videos and quick comedy sketches (though we do love those!). Now, it’s helping Gen Z job seekers land work. In the market for a new role? Learn more about how to use the app to find free career advice. Check this one out on The New York Times.
Case Study: Twitch
For many brands, redesigns are like a visit from Marie Kondo… all about cherishing what sparks joy and releasing the rest. The design team at live-streaming app Twitch sees things a little differently. When it came time for them to refresh the app, they dropped the usual “less is more” mantra in favor of “mess is more.” Find this real-life UI/UX case study on Built In.
Tech Tip of the Week: 8 new uses for your old smartphone
It’s nearly the holiday season, which means it’s either cuffing season or “new phone, who dis?” season for some. If you’re hoping to find a new phone under the tree this year, invite some sustainability into your plans for your old device. The Verge offers 8 ways to reuse your old phone.
Hot Take of the Week: Why it’s a myth finding a job is harder when you’re unemployed
84% of Americans believe there’s a stigma around unemployment. LinkedIn VP of Product Management Blake Barnes says it’s time to drop the worry and judgment. Instead of focusing our energy on shame or stigmas, Blake hopes people will refocus on taking their next steps. He shares 3 tips for making the job search easier amidst unemployment. Peep this hot one on CNBC.
Meme of the Week: Be more like this guy