We explore the new book “Ask Your Developer,” the ABCs of good design, and the morning habits of high performers. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup.
When interviewing for a job, it’s essential to determine if the company will be a good fit (the professional way of saying “Make sure you’ll like working there”). Part of assessing fit is learning about the company’s culture and if you vibe with it. Remote work poses a bit of a challenge here as you don’t have the opportunity to check out the office and assess things in person. But, there are still ways to help you sus out a company’s culture in your Zoom interviews — like asking strategic interview questions or connecting with current and former employees. Head to The Muse for these tips and more.
Jeff Lawson’s new book “Ask Your Developer” features insightful stories about the ways in which developers are transforming the business world. Jeff shared an excerpt from his book on Built In, which details how a Twilio platform engineer helped save the company. This interesting piece explores concepts like the fast vs. good dichotomy in tech, autonomy as an engineer, and productivity in the workplace. Read it here.
Insider Perspective: Chuks Onwuneme
Chuks Onwuneme is the Co-Founder and CTO of optimize.health (a remote patient monitoring platform) and Pillsy (a medication platform). In a recent blog post, he shared his journey from immigrating to the U.S. for college to interning at IBM and later launching his companies. Learn more about his career as a Software Engineer and founder on GeekWire.
UI Designers don’t just design based on what feels good. They follow design rules to help them create aesthetically pleasing and functional products. Check out examples from brands like Medium, Ritual, and Spotify to learn how top designers made use of design principles like consistency, typography, and hierarchy. Find this story on Nielsen Norman Group.
Looking for some motivation? One of LinkedIn Learning’s newest courses could give you the inspiration you need. In the 6 Morning Habits of High Performers course, you’ll learn how to practice silence for greater clarity, make truthful affirmations, and boost your energy in the mornings. This course clocks in at only 23 minutes so it’s a great short listen for washing dishes or doing laundry. Find this class on LinkedIn Learning.
Case Study of the Week: Weet
Speach Founder Najette Fellache realized many kids were struggling to understand why parents were on constant Zoom calls during the COVID-19 pandemic. So, she dreamed up an asynchronous video platform which empowers workers to communicate information more quickly and at their own convenience. Learn about how Weet is standing out from the competition by meeting workers’ needs on TechCrunch.
Neil Turner, who blogs at UX For the Masses, recently shared a helpful checklist for UX Designers. In it, Neil breaks down how checklists can help us create consistent branding and ensure accessibility across a company’s products. He encourages designers to be curious and ask questions such as, “Is the UI clean and well structured?” throughout the design process. Read more on UX Collective.
Meme of the Week: “Strong developers don’t make weak passwords”