Kenzie News Roundup 4/16/21

Kenzie News Roundup 4/16/21

We examine no code platforms, how to live a safer digital life, and the importance of usability testing. This is your weekly Kenzie news roundup. 

Customize it

Imagine a world where UI is customized for each individual user. It was this possibility that led a team of UX Researchers at Salesforce to look more into the concept of generative design, a process that could help designers automate the more tedious parts of their jobs. Read more on Built In

Challenging cognitive bias

UX Designer Chris Becker is challenging designers and businesses to see beyond cognitive biases when it comes to the tools they use. For Chris, it isn’t so much about the tools we use at work, but about the skills behind the tool. A designer may learn how to work with Figma, but if the software ever wanes in popularity, the skills most important to the designer’s career are the ones they picked up from using the software tool. Learn more on UX Collective

Saying ‘yes’ to no code

No code platforms have been getting a lot of buzz lately. They’re also receiving a lot of funding. Tines is a Dublin-based startup that runs a no code platform. Tines Co-founder Eoin Hinchy shared the benefits he sees in a no code world, including freeing up Software Engineers’ time. Find this story on Sifted

From restaurant manager to UX Designer

Emma Sadler is among the many people who lost their jobs at the start of the pandemic. Emma, who was working as a restaurant manager, used her time off to earn a UX certification. Now, she’s sharing what her life looks like on the other side of a career change into tech. Learn how Emma budgets her new income and what a UX education did for her on CNBC

Testing, testing, testing

Testing the usability of your product, app, or website is critical to ensuring your users find value in your creation. QA Writer Julia Kocbek shares a great refresher on usability testing, covering how to do it well, and what to avoid. For Julia, the most valuable insights can come from conversations with users. Read more on UX Collective

Looking backward to move forward

Retrospectives are meetings held at the end of a software engineering project that provide space for a team to discuss what went right and wrong. Using retrospectives can help engineers grow as they look backward to move forward more effectively on future projects. Chicago-based tech workers shared how they use retrospectives for increased productivity. Learn more on Built In

Tech Tip of the Week: “Five tech commandments to a safer digital life”

Keep your digital identity safe by making a few changes to your tech habits. From upping your password game to turning off location access, these small changes can make a world of difference in keeping you and your data safe. Find this tip on The New York Times

Meme of the Week: “We all start somewhere”

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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.

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