Heisann!

I’m Cristina, a UI/UX designer who loves the complexity of creating functional and thoughtful solutions focusing on efficiency and ensuring users enjoyability. Previously at Software Development Company in Faro, Portugal, after developing skills in project management and team leadership while leading the UI and UX process, I have now enrolled in another big project (stay tuned for more!), which is going to be an awesome adventure with like-minded people 🙂

Work Experience

UI/UX Designer @ AI Coaching, Portugal

April 2018 – Present

AI Coaching specialises in the development of coach bot topics. Being experts in language psychology, computer linguistics, conversational writing, machine learning and data-science, they come together with a focus on creating solutions that make a difference in people’s lives.

Incorporating a variety of roles within AI Coaching, my main focus is creating purposeful and meaningful user-interfaces and experiences within the bot coaching field. Considered to be the heart of the company, I believe I am only as good as my team, the rockstar being the team of all-stars.

AI coaching is currently headquartered in Germany, and also based in Portugal.

For more information, visit: https://coach-bot.de

UI/UX Designer @ Evodeck Software, Portugal

February 2018 – January 2019

Evodeck Software is a professional consulting company for Agile Web Development, DevOps Engineering and Hosting as well as Embedded Device Development and IoT based in Faro, Portugal.

My role at Evodeck was varied as I was not only part of the development of user-centered projects focusing on the user-interface and user-experience, but I was also responsible for the visuals for branding and marketing purposes across all our platforms, while also adventuring in learning some React and doing some Team Leadership and PO management.

The companies main focus is on developing software solutions from web application to mobile apps.

Web Designer @ Algarvexcite, Portugal

October 2016 – December 2017

Focus on creating engaging communications on both digital and traditional platforms. Encompassing a variety of roles within design, front-end development (HTML, CSS) and all things digital and print. Also integrated on the Marketing Strategy for online business growing and Video editing.

Some of my daily tasks include: Managing Back-offices – WordPress; Required odd jobs: HTML/CSS; Analyzing Traffic: Google Analytics; Posting and Managing Videos – Youtube, Video editing (After Effects); Sketching, designing and REPRO with InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator.

Junior Designer @ TripleSky, Portugal

May 2016 – September 2016

Based in the second largest city in the Algarve region in Portugal, Critérios Criativos is a design and communication agency focusing on providing a 360 degree kind of service.

As the only designer with a focus on web design, user-interface, digital design, front-end development (HTML, CSS), user-experience and interaction design, I was responsible for all projects and tasks requiring any of these subjects, having worked on various websites, e-mails and digital projects.

Junior Designer @ Critérios Criativos, Portugal

November 2015 – May 2016

Based in the second largest city in the Algarve region in Portugal, Critérios Criativos is a design and communication agency focusing on providing a 360 degree kind of service.

As the only designer with a focus on web design, user-interface, digital design, front-end development (HTML, CSS), user-experience and interaction design, I was responsible for all projects and tasks requiring any of these subjects, having worked on various websites, e-mails and digital projects.

Intern Designer @ Opera Software ASA, Norway

Summer 2015

Opera software based in Oslo Norway is a Internet services company serving over 350 million users worldwide. Opera products enable more than 350 million internet consumers to discover and connect with the content and services that matter most to them, no matter what device, network or location

As an intern at Opera, although the lack of experience, trainees are given equal responsibility as any other employee, with the main goal to acquire knowledge and grow professionally. Supervisors are always willing to help and provide the best conditions and tools for the growth and development of each individual trainee. My tasks focused on web design, user-interface, user-experience, front-end development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript) of web pages and interaction design. I worked closely with the IT Department, where I played a part in designing and developing the new intranet website, the envoy badge and other odd tasks System Administration requires with the help of my supervisor and colleagues. For the time I spent at the Marketing Department working with the Design Team, formed of 7 people including myself, where I performed graphic and digital design tasks, working on varied projects ranging from web banners, social media campaigns, speed dial covers for apps, among others.

The company also has offices in Sweden, Poland, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Czech Republic, Australia and the United States.

Trainee Designer @ Studio Netting AS, Norway

Winter / Spring 2014

Studio Netting is a digital design agency focusing on making good websites, their motto being: handmade is best! Starting with the clients needs and resources, the aim is to create a solution that fits their business or organization. WordPress is Studio Netting’s preferred platform on performing this task. The tasks at hand, range from concept development, design of visual identity, interaction design, installation, programming and integration with social media.

My tasks as a trainee were to understand the different type of markup languages (HTML, CSS, jQuery, JavaScript, XML and PHP) and learn front-end development using HTML, CSS and jQuery plugins. I worked closely with the rest of the team in a few projects, performing tasks within setting-up WordPress accounts with www.wordpress.org inside our server and a FTP manager, also using Dreamweaver to test and develop, but also designing some banners and mockups.

The agency’s core focus is on websites, graphic design, blog’s, e-commerce, interaction design and user-experience with world wide known CMS platform WordPress.

TALKS

Faro Geek Sessions @ (To be defined)

UX is smart. UX is kind. UX is emotion.

Coming Soon

Faro DEVDAY’19 @ Turbine Kreuzberg

UX is smart. UX is kind. UX is emotion.

25 MAY 2019

“Back to School” Project for the Communication Design BA Degree @ UAlg, ESEC

From Northen Europe to South, empathy in the heart

22 MARCH 2019, 14:30H

Geek Girls Portugal – Faro (1st Event) @ Turbine Kreuzberg

Cross-collaboration: Why devs and designers work better together

23 NOVEMBER 2018, 20:00H

“Having empathy is an important skill as a designer because at the end of the day you’re designing something to make someone’s life better. In order to do this, you have to empathise with the people you’re building for.”

EDUCATION

BA Communication Design

Universidade do Algarve, ESEC

2011 – 2014

Visual Arts

High School (Escola Secundária Dr.ª Laura Ayres)

2007 – 2011

Technical Skills

Figma

Intermediate

Experience Design

Advanced

InDesign

Intermediate

Photoshop

Intermediate

Illustrator

Intermediate

After Effects

Basic

Sketch

Advanced

Collaborating Skills

InVision

Advanced

Zeplin

Management Skills

Agile

SCRUM

“I believe in cross-collaboration. Do things together. Conversation, consideration and collaboration.”

AI Coaching MVP Bot Building Platform Web and Mobile Application

Bianca Pereira Branding

MORE COMING SOON

“I want to be a part of something that is focused on changing the world into a better place. I want to create work that will enrich peoples lives and work alongside people. To change the world. And to be a part of this change.”

USEFUL LINKS

I consider myself a tireless thinker and seeker of knowledge. Life philosopher and self-aware introvert. I run on as many hours of sleep as I can get — no less than 7 to be exact, and I can’t live without dogs, chocolate and bread with any kind of dip or sauce — all in that exact order. I may not be an award-winning designer (yet!) but I’ve had a poster published in the “200 Ways to Tackle Nuclear Power and Radiation Pollution” book by Shinjindo Inc. I’ve been an event-organizer, participant and attendee at the Algarve Design Meeting conference while I was still at Uni and I’ve attended a few IxDA Oslo Meetups. More recently, I gave my very first talk on “Cross-collaboration: Why designers and developers work better together” at the Geek Girls Portugal – Faro first event @Turbine Kreuzberg. After that, I also taked at the Faro DEVDay event, also held at @Turbine Kreuzberg about how UX is smart, UX is kind, UX is emotion, and how little (0 actually) UX Design is Art. Due to the high demand of people requesting to see this talk again, I was invited to perform it at a Faro Geek Sessions later this summer 🙂