Kenzie News Roundup 3/5/21

Kenzie News Roundup 3/5/21

We examine the history of programming fonts, how to address resume gaps, and Citigroup’s $893 million UI mishap. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

Designing development 

What makes a good programming font? As a developer’s work is all about precision, they need a font that’s easy to focus on and won’t strain their eyes. A designer shares what makes coding fonts different and the story of how the font PragmataPro was designed collectively. Read this story on Built In.  

Now streaming: The invisible UX 

Sydney Ahn Mai is a Product Designer at Kickstarter and, for her, great UX goes beyond a well-designed UI. It’s about making your user experience so good it’s almost invisible to the user. Sydney points to examples such as Google’s Smart Reply and Kickstarter’s superlative spotter. Learn more about how to make your UX invisible on Core77

How to address resume gaps

So many people have been out of work during the pandemic. If you’re on the job search right now, you may be wondering how to address any gaps in your work history. Career experts and hiring managers share that vulnerability and honesty around this topic are critical. They also encourage job seekers to craft a narrative about how they spent their time outside of work — for example: did you take any courses or learn any new skills? Read more on LinkedIn

The keys to mobile site performance

Experts from the Forbes Technology Council recently shared their tips for boosting mobile site performance and UX. They encourage developers and designers to decouple their mobile strategy from their desktop strategy and to design based on customer behavior. Read their tips in full on Forbes

Case Study of the Week: Citigroup

Last year, Citigroup, representing Revlon, tried making a $7.8 million interest payment and instead accidentally sent an $893 million payment. The mistake resulted in a lawsuit in which Judge Jesse Furman ruled against Citigroup this week. How did something like this happen? Bad UI. Learn more about how UI played a role in this case study on Core77

Building camaraderie while working remotely

Remote workers around the world are connecting through Focusmate and other video calling platforms that connect workers to be “accountability buddies.” Once a pair of workers is matched, they’ll chat briefly and then spend 50 minutes working on their respective tasks in silence. The apps are designed to help people avoid procrastination and give back some of the office experience. Read more on the BBC

TLDR: “Dating apps are evolving in the age of social distancing”

Product Designers must take into account user needs in the age of social distancing to create successful websites and apps. Learn how dating app designers are meeting users’ needs for connection during the pandemic in this long-form story on Built In

Meme of the Week: “no ! Oh”


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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

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