Education

General Assembly
UX Design Course
Boston, MA
July – October 2015
  • Analyzing results
  • Archetypes
  • Building & validating MVP products
  • Competitive analysis
  • Creating personas
  • Ethnographic studies
  • Prototyping concepts
  • Quanitative & qualitative research
  • Sketching
  • Usability principles and testing
  • User research
  • Userflows
  • Wireframing
  • Lesley University College of
    Art & Design
    BFA in Graphic Design
    Cambridge, MA
    May 2014

    Rafael studied graphic design at Lesley University College of Art & Design. Academically he studied branding, design systems, typography for three semesters, book design, web design, visual communication, packaging, & some liberal art courses.

    Employment History

    GrabCAD
    Product Designer
    Cambridge, MA
    September 2015 - Present
    • Designing intuitive, easy to use, 3D printing software for mechanical engineers.
    • Collaborating with product managers, engineers, & designers daily.
    • Building software with teams in Boston, Brooklyn, the United Kingdom, Estonia, & Israel.
    Iora Health
    Product Designer
    Boston, MA
    September 2014 - September 2015
    • Designed & implemented user interfaces on cross functional teams with doctors, nurses, health coaches, product managers, engineers, & designers.
    • Sketched a variety of solutions for new & existing software problems using Balsamiq, Sketch, & paper prototypes.
    • Wrote HTML, Sass & jQuery to implement solutions for the front end of Iora Health web applications.
    • Used Github to push, ship, & share code.
    • Fixed CSS related bugs.
    • Worked well in an agile engineering environment with two week sprints.
    Name Media
    Contract Web Designer
    Waltham, MA
    June - August 2014
    • Designed the user interface for photo.net’s user forum
    • Designed & developed responsive landing pages for buydomains.com
    • Designed & developed emails for promotional engagement.
    • Spent 60% of my time developing these sites with HTML5 & CSS for the front end.
    • Worked with a senior UI / UX designer, marketing folks, & back-end developers.
    Habitat for Humanity
    Print & Web Designer
    Boston, MA
    October 2013 — May 2014
    • Designed an advertising campaign for the Habitat for Humanity's donation based ReStore in West Roxbury, MA.
    • Increased donations & profits at the ReStore by designing 6.5 foot tall bus shelter posters for the MBTA in Boston.
    • Forty posters were printed & displayed around Boston.
    • Two hundred prints were made for the Subway in Boston. These advertiements were implemented advertisments using InDesign & Photoshop.
    • Designed & developed the entire responsive website for the ReStore using LESS & HTML.
    Isaora
    Design Intern
    New York, NY
    July — August 2013
    • Promoted the fashion brand through digital campaigns on Facebook & Instagram.
    • Designed emails that were sent out to 40,000 subscribers at Isaora using mailchimp.com. Rafael designed these emails using Photoshop & developed the emails using inline CSS & HTML.
    • These emails were made to promote sales, to drive traffic to Isaora.com & to boost revenue.
    • Produced SEO site maps & some manufacturing diagrams of the apparel.
    New England Book Show
    Book Designer
    Boston, MA
    October 2012 — May 2013
    • Designed a catalogue for the 56th New England Book Show in collaboration with five other students at Lesley University.
    • Designed 10 spreads in InDesign that were printed in the final catalogue.
    • We used blackletter type, sans-serifs, pixelatized type, & for edge printing to communicate the digital transition within the publishing industry.
    Animal Studios LLC
    Video Production Intern
    Providence, RI
    September 2010 - June 2011
    • Assisted on video production shoots at Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, Reebok, Providence Performing Arts Center, & Berklee College of Music.
    • Worked with Final Cut Pro, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, & Flash to produce work in the studio.
    • Utilized the Canon 7D for digital photography.
    • Collaborated with videographers, after effects specialists, project managers, the creative director, RISD alumni & graphic designers to complete projects.

    Design Tools Used

    • Adobe® After Effects
    • Adobe® Illustrator®
    • Adobe® InDesign®
    • Adobe® Lightroom®
    • Adobe® Photoshop®
    • Balsamiq: low fidelity wireframes
    • Autoprefixer & Bourbon: CSS vendor prefixes
    • Final Cut Pro®
    • Github: version control
    • Jade & HAML
    • Invision: interactive prototypes
    • Pen, Paper, & Whiteboards
    • Sass: syntactically awesome style sheets
    • Sketch: UI design software
    • Spectrum: color pallet exploration
    • Text Editors
    • The Command Line

    Knowledge & Skills

    • Creativity
    • Design Thinking
    • Front End Development
    • Graphic Design
    • Information Visualizations
    • Mobile Design
    • Print Design
    • Product Design
    • Prototypes: low & high fidelity
    • Responsive Design
    • Typography
    • User Experience
    • User Interface Design
    • Video Production
    • Visual Design
    • Web Design

    Design Events

    Hobbies & Interests

    • Architecture
    • Art history
    • Calligraphy
    • Card games
    • Chess
    • Color theory
    • Documentaries & cinematography
    • Hiking & camping
    • Photography
    • Sailing
    • Sport climbing & bouldering
    • Traveling
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Wayfinding