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Hi again!

From engineering to Design

Wait, what?

I was pretty lost studying engineering for many years. I started with chemical engineering for 1 year, civil engineering for 4 years and then realise this was not the path I wanted and graduated in Communication Design from Faculty of Fine Arts (Lisbon).

I entered the startup world in the summer of 2016. I was 1 of the 12 finalists of Faber Ventures Summer Internship. I was an intern designer at Advicefront (Faber's portfolio startup) for 12 weeks where my focus was learning about tech startups and business.

Me in the snow

Experience

Product Designer at Octopus Labs
Nov 2017 ― Present
Sunny Lisbon #remote
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Project/Product
Octopus Labs is the fintech innovation unit of the Octopus Group. Labs is currently working on their newest business: Octopus Wealth. A wealth management company that combines tech and financial planning to best serve advisers and their clients.

Major learnings

  • More transparent design work by sharing more and often, through the use of new tools like Figma and design documents.
  • Fine-tuned ability to adapt to remote work and communicate as a team.
  • Helped with scope definition alongside with developers and project managers.
Freelance Product Design at James Finance
Aug 2018 ― Sep 2018
Sunny Lisbon
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James is a B2B company for managing Credit Risk through artificial Intelligence. Helped James design their Model Explainability platform that allow modelers to fully explain and interpret models and decisions.

Designer at Houseberry
Aug 2017 ― Oct 2017
Sunny Lisbon
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Project/Product
SaaS for rent payments between tenant and landlord. Tracking and monitoring of payments in real time. Property deposits management.

Major learnings

  • A better understanding of how developers work.
  • Helped involve the team in product discovery and lead user testing sessions.
Octopus Accelerator w/ Advicefront
Oct 2016 ― Jan 2017
Rainy London
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The Advicefront team was chosen to be part of Octopus Labs first Accelerator program in London. It was a great experience and opportunity to learn from all Octopus’ professionals and partners.

Designer at Advicefront
Jun 2016 ― Jul 2017
Sunny Lisbon
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Project/Product
Advicefront is a B2B2C SaaS company developing tools for financial advisers. Automation being the key to improve productivity, save time and reduce the advisers’ costs to serve – making each client more profitable.

Major learnings

  • Learned about Agile development principles/practices like Scrum and Kanban.
  • Learned about Product Design and shipping lifecycles.
  • Gained knowledge about startups’ business objectives.
Faber Ventures Summer Internship at Advicefront
Jun 2016 ― Sep 2016
Sunny Lisbon
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I was part of a 12-week internship programme and had the opportunity to be an intern designer at Advicefront (Faber's portfolio startup). Great experience overall, from being exposed to Lisbon’s startup scene and hear about professionals across verticals.

Junior Web Designer at Gryphtech
Oct 2015 ― May 2016
Sunny Lisbon
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Worked in a small international company in their Lisbon’s office. I helped with the content management of their websites (CMS). Designed marketing material, newsletter campaigns and did basic Front-end implementation (Bootstrap, HTML & CSS).

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Team ♡ Volleyball and the challenges of being a setter.