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## Hi, I'm Kyle.
A Senior Product Designer on the [Secure](https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/engineering/ux/stage-group-ux-strategy/secure/) team. I’m based in Washington D.C. and previously lived in Colorado, Southern California, and once upon a time was born in Texas.
A Senior Product Designer on the [Secure](https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/engineering/ux/stage-group-ux-strategy/secure/) team. I’m based in Washington D.C. and previously lived in Colorado, Southern California, Massachusetts, and once upon a time was born in Texas. My path into design started with learning HTML/CSS, then building websites for fun, then freelancing, then UX work on complex problems. I’m endlessly fascinated by the intersection of the humanities and technology. I’m an introvert by nature and a rational optimist in my outlook. In my free time you’ll find me reading, swimming, in nature, skiing, not practicing piano, and forgetting why I came to the grocery store.
### Time
I’m currently traveling-working in the CET time zone. I typically work 0900 to 1800, with the exception of Tuesdays which I prefer to reserve for synced meetings across time zones.
I’m currently traveling-working in the [CET](https://time.is/CET) time zone. I typically work 09:00 to 18:00; Tuesday are ideal for synced meetings and usually work from 10:00 to 21:00.
* **Email:** I check email daily primarily to sort through issue notifications and scheduling.
* **Slack:** I check daily, usually in the afternoon, and consider it asynchronous. It’s ideal for short logistics or quick question-answers.
* **Zoom:** Ideal for conversations requiring back and forth in-depth dialogue.
### Values
I consider my process human-oriented, evolving, and adaptable. There is no one-size-fit-all approach, rather common considerations including: Who are we solving problems for? Who am I working with? How do we best communicate? What inspires them? What inspires us? What inspires our user? How can we evolve our practice? These questions form the foundation for my approach. Though, deeper than my process are my values:
I consider my process human-oriented, evolving, and adaptable. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, rather common considerations including: Who are we solving problems for? Who am I working with? How do we best communicate? What inspires them? What inspires us? What inspires our user? How can we evolve our practice? These questions form the foundation for my approach. Though, deeper than my process are my values:
* Candor and respect are not mutually exclusive; both must be practiced simultaneously
* Diversity in all forms is essential
* Always assume best intentions in others: listen, learn, and be humble
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* [Daniel Kahneman](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Kahneman) and collaborator Amos Tversky work translates to foundational user experience lessons in human perception. Key concepts: system 1 and 2, anchoring, availability, loss aversion, hindsight bias, and WYSIATI.
* [Dieter Rams](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieter_Rams) emphasis on: “Weniger, aber besser” (less, but better). Less, but better commonly includes removing: chart junk, configuration, unnecessary white space, and hurdles to execute an action. Ja, genau, weniger ist besser!
* I’ve been privileged with lifelong collaborators, clients, friends, and colleagues that continually teach me what I love, new perspectives, and how to improve. Learning from my peers, through collaborative experience, has been the single best learning tool.
* Too many to list, but here are [few more](http://work.kyle-mann.com/about.html).
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