Experience & Education

Since 2009, I’ve been working closely with entrepreneurs and innovators, to create rich, meaningful costumer experiences trough User Centered Design. I’ve engaged in projects  since inception, pivoting and growth (and everything in between) and augmented my core UI/UX Skills with a wider skillset on Project and Team Managment. Please browse below for a summary of my experience, along with some kind words from the great people I’ve worked with along the way. If you’d like to know more, don’t hesitate and just give me a shout!

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Download CV:   June 2018 (.pdf)

Lead Product Designer – Timewith

February  2017  – Current 

Since February 2017, I’ve been working at Timewith, a startup on a mission to make mental health, easy and accessible. As the Lead Product Designer, I’ve been engaged on all aspects of product development since inception to launch..

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Head of Design – AnyVan

Jan 2015  – December 2016 (2 years)

My mission at Anyvan Head of Design, was to setup its design & product development team from the ground up. Our focus was to research, create and build a brand new major product iteration across all devices, and to empower all our costumers with prices on-demand, thus establishing Anyvan as the leading European, large item transport marketplace.

“Single handily took our product and changed it from an ill performing website to high conversion,well executed platform used by a hugely varying demographic. We have eventually got product fit thanks to José”
Angus Elphinstone, CEO Anyvan

“He’s one of the most talented people I had the pleasure to work with and with a vast knowledge of design, usability, user experience, customer experience, planning and management.”
Hugo França, Senior Designer, Anyvan

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Co-Founder – The Portuguese Conspiracy

Feb 2013  –  (Current / Ongoing 3+ years)

The Portuguese Conspiracy is a creative platform, designed to promote and expand the reach of contemporary Portuguese artists, designers and creators in East London. Concerts, film festivals, exhibitions, supper clubs and other events, are empowered by a community of people determined to expand and promote Portuguese creativity. Along with the events, TPC runs a eCommerce store, and a range of commercial activities that help to render the organization sustainable.

“Our dinner at the Portuguese Conspiracy could not have been a bigger success.
The team was fantastic in taking care of us, offering great hospitality as you would expect from the Portuguese. A perfect selection of the best dishes that Portugal has to offer, complimented with great wines to lift our spirits even higher. ”
Mark Killiam, Apple

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Lead designer – Shareagift

Feb 2011  –  Jan 2014  (3 years)

At Shareagift I had the  amazing opportunity to take on the “full meal deal” challenge of Social Group Gifting (in it’s early days at the time), working on the product since its very inception, up to launch and growth. For 3 years I worked on all aspects of the product’s UI/UX and actively participated on the startup’s ongoing development of business plans, pitch decks, and recruitment. In 2013 I project managed a full product restructure, critical to captivate and persuade a major round of investment.

Jose is an absolutely superb designer – one of the best I’ve had the pleasure of working with. His ability to focus on the essence of the problem, and delivery clean, uncluttered solutions is second to none.
Jonathan Midgley, CTO Absolute Technology Portfolio

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Senior  Designer – Displax & Edigma.com

October 2009 – October 2010 (1 year)

When I joined Edigma / Displax the company was paving fresh ground internationally with its patented large touch screen technologies and integrated service offering. I worked as a Senior Designer in both Displax’s  R&D department, as well as in Edigma’s commercial projects for the web and large scale touch screen interaction projects.

“José understands exactly what a project is all about and how to get things done effectively. He is also extraordinarily helpful in project management, business organization and development. A solution-oriented person who was frequently able to come up with new and innovative approaches to the projects.”
Miguel Fonseca, CEO, Displax.com

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Designer / Founder – Multipleone Studio

October  2004 – September 2009 (5 years)

In 2004 I decided to setup my own small boutique studio, focused in delivering high quality integrated projects across web and traditional print media: Along with ongoing hands-on design work I took on the challenge of planning, managing clients, budgets and deadlines across simultaneous projects. This 5 year long experience gave me full exposure and a deeper understanding of management challenges, and about how efficient planning is crucial to enable creativity to flourish in a fast paced business environment.

José is an excellent professional with an overwhelming vision for visual communication solutions.
Mario Correia, Archibus, Inc.

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Designer / Web Designer – Communick

September 2003 – December 2004 (1+ years)

Communick was small studio founded by a group of experienced fashion photographers, to offer their clients a full service, integrated web & print design service. As a Designer I had the privilege to work heads on with some great brands and to get a first exposure to all aspects of the Design process within a business environment, and the entire production chain, from pre-production, offset print, and web development.

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Designer / Product Designer – Induse

Jan  2002 – August 2003  (1+ years)

My rookie year as a Designer could not have been a richer experience: CPDI/Induse was a R&D Industrial design studio, with a progressive approach to user centered, inclusive product development. Here I was able to explore both my skills as a graphic designer, as I was responsible for all of the studio’s presentations and project communication, but also, to be in touch with real world full cycle product development, from initial sketching, user testing, to industrial production.

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Education – Industrial / Product Designer ESAD

Set 1997 – Jun 2001

I trained at ESAD as an Industrial Designer. With a first shared curriculum year on Graphic Design, my passion was always shared between the two disciplines (both Industrial and Graphic Design), a constant that has proven consistent throughout my following experiences at work, specially when in 1999 I started to get involved with the web. Along with the fundamentals of User Centered Design, ergonomics, and project development, I was able to get first hand learning on Typography, grids, composition and other aspects of communication design that have been fundamental to my designer tool set.

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