Alfonso Rivas, Designer in Montreal, QC, Canada
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Alfonso Rivas

Verified Expert  in Design


Montreal, QC, Canada
Toptal Member Since
March 4, 2019

Alfonso's run the gamut of designer roles and tasks in his career so he can deliver a wide range of design expertise. He’s equal part UX/UI designer and front-end developer. He loves solving complex issues via design and code. Most of his passions revolve around being creative so he’s constantly looking for ways to evolve as a designer. Alfonso has had the pleasure of working with some of Montreal’s best startups and want to continue that trend.


Work Experience

Founder | Designer

2019 - PRESENT
Rivaa Inc
  • Collaborated with my partner to deliver everything from product and branding design to strong conceptual visual design and direction.
  • Worked with different startups to help find solutions to their problems—not only on the UI side but also on research and creating a stronger base to build their products.
  • Collaborated with different creative friends, experimented with videography, and going beyond my knowledge to tell better stories.
  • Managed the company, making sure everything runs smoothly and that the clients are getting the most out of what they are investing in.
  • Communicated with clients from the first idea to the end product release—always ensuring everyone within the team understands what has to be executed.
Technologies: PHP, HTML, Sass, JavaScript, Adobe After Effects, Sublime Text, Adobe Photoshop, Figma, Sketch, Web Design, UX Design, User Experience (UX)

UI Designer

2018 - 2019
  • Designed, optimized, and found a solution for onboarding new users.
  • Designed and built a campaign and rewards features.
  • Built and developed version 2 of their website.
Technologies: Zeplin, Figma, Sketch, Web App Design, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX)

UI Designer

2018 - 2018
Fey Analytics
  • Created the complete branding (icon, logos, palettes, typography, and visual direction).
Technologies: Sketch, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), iOS App Design

UI Designer

2018 - 2018
  • Designed a simpler onboarding system that considerably increased the number of new users. This was a solution for one of fortyfortylabs' clients that had issues onboarding new users.
  • Redesigned their current app (iOS, Android) giving a better-and friendly-user experience from the onboarding through the whole app.
Technologies: Figma, Sketch, User Interface (UI), iOS App Design

Designer | Developer

2017 - 2017
Lacquer Lounge
  • Designed and developed a website for a new luxury salon in Houston, Texas (US).
  • Developed a WordPress template to help users to input information and manage new content within the website.
Technologies: JavaScript, Sass, HTML, Sketch

Senior Product Designer

2016 - 2017
  • Solved complex issues for an internal concierge management tool.
  • Worked closely with developers to improve the online booking system.
  • Contributed with marketing team to design/develop different assets on the web such as landing pages for their personas.
  • Worked closely with development team to develop an internal tool for contractors.
  • Helped shape the new concierge management tool and booking system by designing a new interface while in collaboration with the user research and development teams in order to have a better user experience.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Figma, Sketch

Marketing Designer

2013 - 2016
  • Conceptualized and implemented design solutions to meet the marketing team's strategies.
  • Managed entire marketing campaigns—and not just the production of specific pieces—within increasingly tighter deadlines.
  • Contributed to the direction with commissioned photographers and filmmakers on projects.
  • Redesigned the entire website with a team of three—making sure everything was in line with the new branding of the company.
  • Contributed to the integration of the website—making sure every aspect of the web design was integrated correctly.
Technologies: Sublime Text, Sketch, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Brand Logos
2002 - 2004

Diploma Degree in Visual Arts

UVM: Universidad del Valle de México - Mexico City, Mexico