Taking an arts/design degree at ESAD
When I applied for this degree I was already pretty sure what I wanted from it. This gave me an incredible advantage to prioritize where I would spend most of my time.
Almost all the basic notions I gathered from arts and design and good aesthetics in general come from here.
And more importantly, learning how to learn and taking a step back, from time to time, has turned out to be an invaluable tool that has stick with me for all these years.
In the early days, back when I was still working on my degree, some teachers reached out to me, for both my developer and designer skills.
Some of the projects I’ve worked on during these 6 years never went live and some are already dead. You can take a look at my Dribbble account for some legacy 400px wide screenshots.
MusicSrc is a personal favorite of mine. It was an exercise where we were requested to implement a working blog and I ended up using WordPress for that.
Designer & Front-end Developer at ESAD
Worked at ESAD for 5 years and was fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to find my first job at the same school I was studying.
I started by working on a small online project to accept applicants online—a great challenge for a newbie like I was. Meanwhile it grew internally into some kind of an intranet for some administrative actions and a place where every student/teacher could interact.
Later we dived into Angular JS v1 and used it on a variety of projects like the website to commemorate the year of Portuguese design, the most recent ESAD’s website and also a store.
Front-end Developer at Doist
During my 2.5 years at Doist I was mainly focusing on the marketing pages for both Todoist and Twist, as well as guide pages and Doist’s own website. Translating designs into web pages was one of my major tasks.
Lately I’ve also been working on the dark theme for Todoist’s web app, having my first contact with a React/Redux environment.
Besides all this, setting up local development tools with Gulp and fixing some bugs for the web app have also kept my heart beating.
Lead Front-end Developer/Designer at Netcar
Leading a team brings some challenges to the table that I had never faced until this point.
Keeping myself updated about the company direction on a global scale and delegating tasks to team members, making suggestions and giving a helping hand whenever needed, but mainly finding a great balance between deadlines and pushing for self development.
I’ve also been suggesting all kinds of improvements on a team level like introducing the use of git feature branches, weekly snippets, and linting/formatting tools, just to name a few.
It’s great to be able to keep learning more about humans and keeping up with tech at the same time.
On top of all this, I’ve also had the time to polish my designer skills by redesining, from the ground up, a whole custom CMS tool in Sketch. Nested Symbols are magical!