Ricardo GonçalvesRG
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Ricardo Gonçalves


Product Designer with 14 years experience, 4 of which leading and 2 as exec-level.


What I'm looking for

Ricardo has 14 years of experience as a UX designer, with 6 in leadership. He has worked from brief to delivery, specializing in user research, creative strategy, and experience design.
Having a computer science background and being a founder, he has a 360º view of people, business, and tech.
Ricardo is the winner of the Fast Company Innovation By Design award. He is the founder of getdoin', an Airbnb for workshops, and has worked with giants such as Google, Apple, and Disney.


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Head of Product Design

May 2020 - Nov 2022 (2 years 6 months)

Hired & scaled the Product Design team from scratch, led the product experience from scratch to 4 major products that generated millions in ARR, scaling the business from 20 to 600. Shaped the overall product team's strategy & direction alongside Product and Engineering leadership




Feb 2019 - May 2020 (1 year 3 months)

Founded an Airbnb for workshops, with a mission to get everyone consuming less and creating more.

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Head of User Experience

Tech Will Save Us

Jun 2015 - Jun 2019 (4 years)

Part of the exec team.
Led the user experience across the business, designing the UX from the moment you first discover the company (eCommerce, retail, and marketplaces), to buying (eCommerce), to using the product (online platform and apps).
Led the UX and design of an online community for kid inventors, from zero to product owning it which included growing engagement, retention, and MAU.

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UX Designer

Poke London

Dec 2013 - Jun 2015 (1 year 6 months)

Designed the user experience for Google's Solve for X community (responsive web), and Google's Moonshot (crazy innovative ideas) platform. Liaised with client and stakeholders, led workshops, and took the project from brief to interactive prototype.
Designed the user experience for the Game of Thrones touring event, from buying tickets to the in-event digital experience.

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Web and Mobile Designer and Developer


Mar 2012 - Sep 2013 (1 year 6 months)

Created concept interaction designs for iA's best-selling app, iA Writer, to vastly improve the overall user experience.
Co-designed a visionary, online banking experience for Finnova, an online banking provider that offered this service to dozens of European banks. This provided innovative concepts that improved the user experience as well as the bank's bottom line.


Human-computer Interaction Researcher

Tecla Colorida

Dec 2011 - Mar 2012 (3 months)

Researched children's needs and behaviors in regards to music, music technology, and learning how to play instruments.
Co-created a music teaching app with kids. This pioneered a co-creation design method for children. I wrote scientific papers about the process and results based on this experience.

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Feb 2008 - Mar 2012 (4 years 1 month)

Co-founded a web design agency that provided services to local clients.
Designed a campaign-style website for a local politician who wound up winning the elections and is still the mayor.
Designed and built a platform (commitz.io) whose purpose is to help people become more productive by publicly reporting progress about their endeavors.

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