Tell us more about yourself, where are you from, why did you choose Taledo?
I am originally from Brazil, where I got my design degree, specifically focused on UX design. Fun fact: back then, we didn’t actually have the term ‘UX design’ yet; we were still calling it ‘ergonomics and human-computer interaction’ design.
You might think, Oh, coming from Brazil to Germany must be a hard adaptation process, but before moving to Germany I spent many years in Taiwan, where the cultural differences were a lot bigger. Still, I have loved working in both Taiwan and Germany and have really enjoyed exploring new ways of living in both places. Still, after living in Taiwan coming to Germany was a piece of… pretzel?
I came to Berlin, out of all places, because of all the start-ups are here. I was also specifically looking for Taledo’s type of workplace environment. At Taledo we have direct contact with our users, and a constant feedback channel, which allows for continuous qualitative data gathering. This makes the design process much more exciting.
What do you appreciate the most about Taledo?
The team and the atmosphere are definitely a great part of Taledo. Also the fact that you can actively contribute and influence the company by proposing ideas is something I really appreciate.
What does a typical day in the shoes of a designer look like?
First things first, a large cup of black coffee. Then, I check my bullet point journal to get an overview of my day. Next, I use a task tracking tool to keep my long term tasks in clear sight. My team and I have a stand-up meeting every morning as well, where we synchronize on what projects we are currently working on. After that, I have some time blocked off for some reading. It’s important to be up to date with all the latest tech trends and developments.
I should note, that I work on both UX and UI roles. This means that some days I work on concepts, information architecture maps, task flows, basically all the things that a user will do. On other days, I work pushing pixels on Sketch, designing interfaces, transitions, micro-animations and all the things that the users will see.
A day as an UX/UI designer is very collaborative, I have regular meetings with the product owner, and with the development team, to validate all the concepts and to prepare everything for production. Taledo had a big redesign of its main products not long ago so we are in a “validate and improve” phase, seeing what is working and what needs to be improved.
By the end of the day I gather the concepts and/or the screens I have designed to validate them with the product owner the next morning.