Andrei Gurgel, Designer in Natal - State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
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Andrei Gurgel

Verified Expert  in Design


Natal - State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Toptal Member Since
October 9, 2017

Andrei is a UX/UI designer with over two decades of experience. He has a master's degree in design and is recognized for his work across diverse industries, from finance and health to entertainment. Andrei is also an author, having written Codesigners, a book on co-creation and participation, reflecting his belief in collaborative innovation. His process is dedicated to participative, innovative thinking and is used to lead the process of crafting simple to complex solutions efficiently.


Work Experience

Senior Product Designer (UX/UI)

2017 - PRESENT
Toptal Projects
  • Led and delivered diverse projects. Spearheaded multi-industry projects, successfully identifying unique needs and creating customized, user-centric solutions that opened new business opportunities.
  • Fostered collaborative design success. Enhanced client involvement in the design process, resulting in significantly improved client satisfaction and products that consistently met project goals and user needs.
  • Utilized the "design spiral" approach from my book "Codesigners" in numerous projects, leading to reduced development time and improved product performance, surpassing user and business expectations.
Technologies: Webflow, Figma, App Design, Product Design, Mockups, UX Design, UI Design, Mobile UX Design, Mobile UI Design, Information Architecture (IA), Prototyping, User Interviews, UX Research, Participative Design, Collaborative Design, Visual Design, Brand Design, Presentation Design, Social Media Design, Design Systems

Director of Design

2021 - 2024
  • Collaborated on hundreds of projects at Toptal, enhancing technical and creative skills and aligning client needs with innovative solutions.
  • Strengthened team communication and leadership, consistently exceeding client expectations in project outcomes.
  • Gained a broad perspective in design and team management at Toptal, ready to apply this expertise in future innovative projects.
  • Innovated with AI in Workflows. Developed and implemented creative initiatives, particularly integrating AI, to streamline and improve design workflows.
Technologies: Artificial Intelligence (AI), Management

Lead Designer

2018 - 2020
  • Developed interfaces and workflows for the AI-driven Prism project, collaborating with teams and clients in various technology applications.
  • Led distributed teams remotely. Effectively coordinated remote design and front-end teams for the Prism project, ensuring efficient and integrated development.
  • Conducted remote design sprints. Facilitated remote design sprints, user testing, and client interviews, enhancing the user-centric approach of the Prism project.
Technologies: Webflow, Figma, User Interviews, Design Sprints, Strategic Design, UI Design, UX Design, App Design, Product Design, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Mockups, Adobe Premiere, Visual Design, Brand Design, Presentation Design, Social Media Design, Management, Design Systems, Webflow CMS

Head of Innovation

2016 - 2017
Art&C Agency
  • Cultivated agency design culture. Steered the design culture across all creative departments at Art&C Agency, fostering a cohesive and innovative environment.
  • Created digital products and services. Designed a range of digital products, including websites and apps, tailored to the needs of the agency's diverse client base.
  • Led marketing collateral development. Directed a team of professionals in creating impactful marketing collaterals for social media, catering to dozens of companies.
Technologies: Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Figma, Visual Design, Brand Design, Presentation Design, Social Media Design, Management, Design Systems, Webflow CMS

Head of Design

2015 - 2016
Bora Agency
  • Nurtured a creative design ethos. Guided the evolution of design ethos throughout Art&C Agency's creative departments, promoting an environment of unity and innovation.
  • Developed diverse digital solutions. Crafted various digital offerings, such as websites and applications, specifically designed to meet the unique requirements of the agency's varied clientele.
  • Oversaw social media marketing creation. Managed a skilled team in producing effective marketing materials for social media, serving a multitude of companies.
Technologies: Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Visual Design, Brand Design, Social Media Design, Management, Design Systems, Webflow CMS

Co-founder and Head of Design

2013 - 2015
Social Design Agency
  • Co-founded innovative social agency. Initiated a social interactive agency, focusing on design, interactive media, and digital marketing, driving forward-thinking digital solutions.
  • Led creative and digital strategies. Blended expertise from both Art&C and Bora to spearhead innovative design and digital strategies, enhancing client engagement and brand presence.
  • Fostered cross-agency collaboration. Orchestrated collaborative efforts, merging unique strengths in social media and interactive design to deliver comprehensive digital solutions.
Technologies: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, Social Media Design

Interaction and Visual Designer

2006 - 2013
  • Developed global digital solutions remotely. Specialized in creating websites and applications for clients around the world, leveraging remote collaboration at 14bits.
  • Delivered projects for major clients. Contributed to major projects for global clients like Sony Pictures International, Paramount Pictures, and Toyota USA, developing websites, games, and applications.
  • Fueled creative collaboration in entertainment. Engaged in creative development for major entertainment companies, collaborating on game creation and blending innovative design with interactive storytelling.
Technologies: Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Flash, Social Media Design

Interaction and Visual Designer

2000 - 2006
Mariz Design Agency
  • Pioneered the digital culture at Mariz. In the early 2000s, I was instrumental in introducing and integrating digital culture within the agency, paving the way for modernization.
  • Developed interactive digital projects: Constructed a variety of interactive jobs such as websites, systems, and applications, catering to medium and large local clients at Mariz.
  • Conceptualized and collaborated in design. Focused on conceptual depth in each creation, working alongside experienced designers to blend innovative ideas with practical solutions.
Technologies: 3D, Flash, Illustration, Adobe Photoshop

Digital Designer

1997 - 2000
Freelancer Designer
  • Focused on digital design innovation. In my early freelance career, I specialized in digital design and interactive media, creating cutting-edge websites and applications that captivated users.
  • Crafted engaging, interactive experiences. Excelled in developing interactive applications, blending aesthetic design with user-friendly interfaces to enhance online user engagement and experience.
  • Pioneered creative digital solutions. Paved the way for unique digital experiences, combining technical expertise with creative flair to deliver tailor-made solutions for diverse clientele.
Technologies: 3D, Flash, Illustration, Adobe Photoshop
2012 - 2014

Master's Degree in Interaction Design

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte - Natal, Brazil

1995 - 2000

Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science

Universidade Potiguar (UnP) - Natal, Brazil


Design Sprint



Flash, Figma, Animate CC, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Adobe Photoshop, MURAL, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Premiere Pro, Bubble, Sketch, Flow, After Effects CC




MacOS, Mobile, Webflow, Webflow CMS, iOS, Web

Industry Expertise

Consumer Products


UI Design, Design Sprints, User Interviews, Chatbots, User Needs, User Research, Focus Groups, Contextual Inquiry, Interface Design, Prototyping, Wireframing, Visual Design, App Design, User Interface (UI), Motion Design, Design Systems, Scrum, Chatbot Conversation Design, UX Design, Agile UX, Intuitive UX Design, Design Leadership, Computer Vision, Product Design, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Mockups, Mobile UX Design, Mobile UI Design, UX Research, Participative Design, Collaborative Design, Data Visualization, Dashboard Design, Rapid Prototyping, iOS UI Design, Mobile App Design, Rapid Interactive Prototyping, B2C, Direct to Consumer (D2C), Design Thinking, Color Palettes, User Flows, MVP Design, Style Guides, Typography, Mobile Design, Ideation Workshops, Design Workshops, Workshop Facilitation, Discovery Workshops, Workshops, Journey Mapping, User Experience (UX), Web App Design, User Personas, App UX, Web Application Design, Lottie, Responsive UI, Responsive Design, UI Prototyping, Illustration, Game Design, Brand Design, Animation, Scrum Master, Conversational Design, Conversational UX, UX Testing, Conversational UI, Video Editing, Video Processing, Adobe Premiere, Presentation Design, Social Media Design, Tools, Strategic Design, 3D, Tablet UI, Tablet Design, Interaction Design (IxD), Scroll Animations, Management, Information Architecture (IA), Information Systems, Computer Science, Development, Web Design, Material Design, Task Management, Task Automation, Brainstorming, iOS UX Design, Branding, Logo Design, Visual Identity, Edtech Design

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