Kenzie News Roundup 12/18/20

Kenzie News Roundup 12/18/20

The ChristmasPrism app helps you find the best Christmas lights, web developers crack a true crime code, and Atlanta is becoming the new influencer capital. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

4 tips for designing learning experiences

Designing learning experiences for youngsters is a bit different from designing in other contexts. You’ll want to focus on emphasizing simplicity in both language and navigation. And, as always, feedback is essential. Matthew Lynch of The Tech Advocate recently shared 4 things to remember when designing learning experiences. Find his tips here

Researching best practices 

Antonio Solano Román is a Product Designer at TriNetX, a global health research network. Antonio shared 4 best practices for conducting design research in the healthcare context. User research can be harder to conduct in this field due to the busyness of medical professionals. But, by learning the lingo, drawing on past research, and treating users as co-designers, you can gather data effectively and efficiently. Learn more on Built In

Web Developers crack the case

Web Developers cracked a code in the Zodiac cold case 51 years after an anonymous San Francisco man committed a series of murders across the city. Virginia-based Web Designer David Oranchak shared that he, alongside Australian Applied Mathematician Sam Blake and Belgian Software Engineer Jarl Van Eycke, cracked the Zodiac killer’s 340-character cipher. The code was originally sent to the San Francisco Chronicle in the 1960s. Find this story on the BBC

Music to your ears

Feed.fm is a music API that helps fitness and wellness brands use popular music in their apps, physical spaces, and fitness devices. The company was founded with the goal of helping brands use music to improve their overall user experience. Co-founder and CEO Lauren Pufpaf gave insight into the startup’s founding in an interview with Forbes. Get inspired by reading it here

Software Engineer creates ChristmasPrism

Software Engineer Mike Kane took his sons to see Christmas lights one night. But after running out of light displays in a few short minutes, Mike had 2 crying kids and a problem to solve. He used his coding skills to create ChristmasPrism, an app that helps people find the best Christmas light displays in their area. Learn more about the app and where you can download it on NBC Philadelphia

Re: Your holiday reading list 

Want to do a little reading over your holiday break? Add a classic to your list. No, we’re not talking about a Dickens or an Austen. Writer Kristen Lotze has put together a list of 8 classic programming books to help you improve your career. These texts are designed to help you level up in your career, nail the interview, and perfect your programming practices. View the full reading list at TechRepublic

TLDR: “The new influencer capital of America”

Influencer houses have popped up in major cities across the world as TikTok and Instagram stars rise to fame. But, Black creators have struggled to land a seat at these tables (or should we say, a spot in those houses?). While Black creators are known for starting trends online, they still receive fewer brand deals and less recognition than their white peers. A talent manager in Atlanta is working to close this pay gap. See how Black influencers are building their own table in Atlanta in this long-form story on The New York Times.  

Meme of the Week: “We’ve all been there”


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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 www.alexagoins.com.

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