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Introducing Taledo Talent: Kai

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.

What do you consider to be your greatest achievement here?
When I first joined Taledo, I knew that after a little time to adapt I would be responsible for the redesign of the entire platform. It took us several months, but after the first release it was very gratifying seeing it go live, especially after all the feedback we got from the users validating most of our work.
 
What is the future of your field? What are the trends?
As a designer you are supposed to pay attention to what is going on in the present and yet simultaneously be very aware of the future. When a new technology comes out, you don’t have time to adapt, so it is imperative to stay ahead of the game. Interfaces are becoming more and more ubiquitous and always present. Soon we won’t have a screen we need to touch to complete a task. Rather things will become more organic and natural.
That’s why I believe a designer shouldn’t focus on specific gadgets but focus on the human part of the human-computer interaction and how we improve people’s lives.
 
What do you look forward to when you come to work?
It might sound weird for some people but my favourite thing is when I get to the office and there’s a list of problems collected and I have to prioritize, organize and work on developing new concepts and solutions that will help to solve such problems.
 
What is your biggest quirk in the workplace?
Some people say I have too many lists. I have one journal for the daily tasks, one journal for tasks that requires idea exploration, one tool that I use to create timelines (Gantt chart) with tasks and milestones completion dates, plus a trello board and Jira, that is the tool where I put the design requirements for the development team. I guess I just really like to have oversight of everything. 
 
What is your superpower?
I can fly. 😉
Actually I’d say it’s empathy.
 

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