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Diego Aguilar

New York, United States
Born in Bolivia. Made in New York. Diego is a veteran of all things digital. He's a builder of brand experiences and products, a former DJ, and an avid sneaker collector. He has worked and played with awesome clients and agencies including Google, Nike, Spotify, Motorola, Mars, Ford, AT&T, Verizon, R/GA, BBDO, Razorfish, and more. Click to continue

Thomas Clegg

Manchester, United Kingdom
Thomas has worked on full branding projects for clients like Johnnie Walker, Adidas, The Singleton, and crafting other brands from scratch. In his work, he has redesigned websites, offered content strategy, and did the UX and UI. He communicates extremely well with all people involved in his work and he has the ability to lead projects from both a creative and strategic point of view. Click to continue

Mari Ettlinger

San Francisco, United States
Mari is a top-notch lead product, UX, and visual designer who has successfully led teams and projects all over the world for over 15 years. What she does best is to build UX and visual design ecosystems whether it be native web apps or Marcom websites. Basic tenets of how she thinks about design is to audit legacy products, empathize with users, define problems, brainstorm solutions, prototype the product, and then test. Repeat if necessary. Click to continue

Serge Zuev

New York, United States
Serge is a product designer based in NYC. Content, context, and the user are the motivating factors for all of his design decisions. He approaches design from the needs of the customer—putting them at the heart of his solutions. He's best-suited for roles in product design within a dynamic and collaborative team that values meaningful design. Above all, you’ll find him well-organized, extremely open-minded, and honest to work with. Click to continue

Lukas Doraciotto

São Paulo, Brazil
Lukas is a Brazilian creative with a strong focus on digital design and innovation thinking. Over the past 8 years, he has been working on everything from web design, branded content for TV and brand platforms of clients. After a few awards and exciting experiences working at top agencies worldwide such as DDB Berlin and Agência Africa, Lukas decided to start a new journey as a freelancer. Click to continue

Pablo Scaglione

Serres, France
Pablo is a creative, fast, and multitalented freelance designer. He has been working as a web/print designer (UI/UX), illustrator, and art director for fifteen years all around the globe. He communicates extremely well with developers, clients, and other designers. His researches and adapts to all trends. He knows when to jump in and what to work on to successfully bring a concept to completion. Click to continue

John Carlos Harrington

Paris, France
John Carlos is an American art director and visual designer based in Paris, France, with a satellite office in Los Angeles, California. He has 12+ years experience building strong, unique and compelling brand identities and brand experiences. Some of his previous clients include the American Red Cross, Arkitip Magazine, Colette, Emirates, Hyundai, Medtronic, NBC Universal, Nixon, and Samsung. Click to continue

Sebastian Kacperski

Warsaw, Poland
Sebastian is a co-founder and creative director at Airnauts.com, a place where technology meets creativity. With 9+ years of practical experience creating clean, functional designs for a range of solutions, he is an excellent candidate for any project. Click to continue

Danielle Thompson

Montreal, Canada
Danielle is a seasoned product designer. She's an expert in creating relatable brands, and building sustainable product communities. Danielle has been recognized for successful branding pitches and for her ability to emotionally engage millennial and Generation Z markets. Danielle communicates extremely well, and has worked in teams of all sizes. Click to continue

James Karsberg

Bangkok, Thailand
James is a graphic designer from the UK with over 17 years of experience working with some of the worlds leading brands and agencies. He is an expert in conceptual design work, creative direction, branding, graphic design, UI, and digital design. His wealth of commercial experience combined with a genuine passion for design results in him making beautiful solutions for his clients. Click to continue
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“Carlos has the unique talent of blending both quantitative and qualitative research to keenly identify UX challenges and opportunities. He thinks methodically, emphatically, and holistically to produce data-driven strategies and well-executed designs. Over the past 8 years of working with fully or partially distributed teams, Carlos manages working remotely far better than anyone I've encountered because of his strong communication and presentation skills. He is the first on my list the next time I need a UX designer.”
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General Manager, Digital Solutions, Bridgestone Head Office, Tokyo @ Bridgestone Corporation
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