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Summary

Senior designer with a knack for drawing and a no-nonsense design attitude. 8+ years of user experience design in the industry, worked in large tech companies, start ups, and design agencies.

Experienced in working in collaborative teams of designers, web and mobile development engineers, project managers, researchers, business and leadership. Passionate about closing the gap between design and development. Engaged in empowering people and teams.

Effective at tackling complex tasks with clear communication of design goals and user flows. Designer of digital user experiences and complex systems.

Work experience


December 2016 - Present

User experience designer

Amazon Web Services (AWS). Berlin, Germany

Design, launch and maintenance of Amazon Web Services Design System. Includes UX patterns and guidelines, visuals, and web components in AngularJS and React.
Mentoring of designers and facilitation of team processes.

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August 2016 - November 2016

User experience designer and concept artist

Freelancer. Belgium

Freelancing activities in UX Design, Concept art and Live sketching.

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October 2015 - August 2016

Senior user experience designer

Take Eat Easy. Brussels, Belgium

Design and launch of Take East Easy customer and business facing web and mobile applications. In house UX Designer team of one, in a Agile / Scrum startup environment.
Facilitation of team processes between leadership, designers and developers.

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March 2014 - September 2015

User experience designer

Nascom. Genk, Belgium

Design of user experiences for client's web interfaces (B2C). UX designer working closely with clients and internal Project managers, Graphic designers and Front end developers in a Agile process environment.
Focus on Drupal, Symfony and Magento applications.

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October 2011 - February 2014

Interaction designer

Namahn. Brussels, Belgium

Design of user experiences for R&D and clients applications (B2B and B2C). Working with client teams (e.g. Sony Europe). Creation and facilitation of client’s workshops. Mobile UX Master class teacher.


March 2011 - September 2011

Interaction designer

eBuddy. Amsterdam, Netherlands

Design and maintenance of eBuddy web and mobile chat applications. Interaction designer in a mature design team, in a Agile / Scrum startup environment.


November 2009 - August 2010

Interaction designer intern

Philips Healthcare. Eindhoven, Netherlands

Master thesis: “Human interaction interventional procedures with Philips MultiDiagnost Eleva system. A patient-centered view.”

Education


2007 - 2009

Master of science and engineer degree, Interaction design

Design for Interaction (DfI) Master’s programme focused on the interactions between a user and a product. Discovery of user needs, conceptualization, vision, design creation ergonomics, prototyping and testing of solutions.


2009

Advanced Technology Higher Education Network Socrates programme (ATHENS)

Intensive exchange programme hold by Jean-Louis Fréchin and David Bihanic under the theme: “Digital Interfaces: objects to be completed”. Course focused on conceptualization of ideas for emotion and products in a digital world.


2004 - 2007

Bachelor degree, Design

University of Aveiro. Aveiro, Portugal

Bachelor’s programme focused on art, design history, conceptual thinking, visual thinking and aesthetics. Solid background on using drawing as a tool to create design artefacts.


2006 - 2007

ERASMUS programme

Student exchange programme with focus on Product design, cultural impact in design, sketching tools (2D and 3D), ergonomics and cognitive sciences.

Talks


10th July 2018

WebDevCon EU

Edinburgh, Scotland

Amazon's internal front-end conference focused on web development and front-end topics.


02nd August 2017

WebDevCon EU

Berlin, Germany

Amazon's internal front-end conference focused on web development and front-end topics.


21st November 2017

Female career day panelist

Berlin, Germany

Panelist at the Female Career day at Amazon Berlin. Sharing of sucess stories and career paths in the industry.


10th November 2016

World usability day panelist

Antwerpen, Belgium

Panelist at the World usability day edition in Antwerpen. Sharing of career stories and UX best practices for ethical and sustainable products.


26th May 2016

Umami talks

Brussels, Belgium

Umami talks are organized by Central Design, Brussels. My talk focused on UX design and team processes in different company sizes and structures.
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Toolbox

A few tools and skills that I use to solve design challenges.

Strategy

User-centered design methodology, service design, stakeholders workshops, creative research, personas, service blueprint for my strategy, design vision and discovery phases.

Research

User interviews, field research, competitors analysis, benchmarking, heuristic evaluation, data analysis, task analysis, card sorting, usability testing for my design research and evaluation phases.

Design

Ideas and concepts generation, user experience (UX), sketching, user flows and scenarios, interaction design (IXD), information architecture (IA), navigation flows, wireframing, prototyping, accessibility design standards, web design patterns, mobile design patterns, responsive web design and design systems thinking for my design activities and deliverables.

Documentation

Usability reports writing, technical documentation skills for components, APIs, UX and design usage guidelines.

Software

Pen and paper, post-its, Sketch app, Invision, Axure, Photoshop, Illustrator and Omnigraffle as tools for designing.
Knowledge of HTML and CSS to inform my design decisions. Atom, Sublime text editors and Bootstrap framework for rapid implementations.

Processes

Common software and product development practices processes, such as Agile, Kanban and Lean UX. Prioritization mechanisms for features decisions.
Design critiques, ideation brainstorms, and workshops. Creativity to improve team processes. Coaching to mentor designers.

Soft skills

Clear communication, enthusiasm, positive attitude, empathy, collaboration to enable teams, and a loud laugh!

Languages

English (full professional), French (bilingual) and Portuguese (native).

Recommendations

Nadia is a really smart UX designer with a great sense of what works and what doesn't. She did an awesome job collaborating very closely with both iOS and Android developers on our team, and without her reactivity and patience, we would never had gotten both of our apps off the ground in such a short timeframe. Add to that the fact that she's very nice to hang around and work with, and you've got your perfect designer team mate. I really enjoyed working with her and I really hope we'll have other opportunities to work together.

VP of Engineering

I worked closely together with Nadia as an external UX team for a Large multinational. It was a joy, both personally and professionally. Nadia is always eager to get the best result for the end customer, but also to find the workflow that delivers most value. And, not unimportant, no day went by without a good laugh. I can fully recommend her as a talented UX designer who’s got the chops and knows her stuff.

Senior UX Designer

I worked with Nadia for close to two years. In those two years, I’ve seen her not only excel at tackling UX problems –but also show exceptional leading and managerial skills in her role. That's one of the things that's so remarkable about Nadia. She demonstrates not only mastery for design, but also the ability to learn and take on new projects that are both difficult and critical. This rare mix of creativity and pragmatism sets Nadia apart, and explains why it's an indispensable member of any team. While Nadia's working skills will impress you, it's her warm and zestful character that makes everyone love working with her.

UX Designer

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