podcast April 1, 2022

Embracing ambiguity in software with one of YouTube’s UX engineers (Ep. 429)

The home team sits down with Mattaniah Aytenfsu, a UX Engineer at YouTube, up-and-coming TikTok influencer, and creative technologist. They talk about our unfortunate tendency to divide kids into “science kids” and “art kids,” the difference between being a software engineer and a UX engineer, and why it’s important to be gracious with yourself when you lose focus on a project.
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The home team sits down with Mattaniah Aytenfsu, a UX Engineer at YouTube, up-and-coming TikTok influencer, and creative technologist. They talk about our unfortunate tendency to divide kids into “science kids” and “art kids,” the difference between being a software engineer and a UX engineer, and why it’s important to be gracious with yourself when you lose focus on a project.

Episode notes:

Read a profile of Mattaniah on People of Color in Tech (POCIT) here.

Connect with Mattaniah on LinkedIn or follow her on TikTok.

Who remembers Vine??

This week’s tech recs: Cassidy recommends her Hifiman headphones. Ben recommends his hybrid RAV4 (42 miles on the battery alone). Matt recommends Spline, a design app for 3D web experiences. Ceora’s recommendation is a clear phone case from Five Below, perfect for displaying a photo of your favorite K-pop idol (or, you know, your dog).

Plus, Mattaniah and the team get gushy about “incredible,” “joyful,” “super accessible” creative code educator Daniel Shiffman.

This week’s Lifeboat badge goes to user Maulik Hirani for their answer to New Google Places Autocomplete and its pricing.

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