Maria Helena Cunha, Designer in Barcelona, Spain
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Maria Helena Cunha

Verified Expert  in Design


Barcelona, Spain
Toptal Member Since
April 24, 2019

Maria is an accomplished designer with more than a decade of experience in digital user experience and human-centered design. She has worked in UX/UI teams for two of the largest news and entertainment portals in Latin America and is currently focused on helping early-stage startups with their design, defining and improving products.


Work Experience

Senior Product Designer

2013 - 2018
Endless Computers
  • Provided visual and interaction design for OS and marketing initiatives like the website.
  • Researched on the field and in user studies.
  • Led and planned some of the design initiatives.
Technologies: CSS, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, InVision

Product Designer

2012 - 2013
Huge, Inc.
  • Designed visual elements and interactions for websites and mobile applications.
  • Conducted user and stakeholder research.
  • Built prototypes.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator

Senior Visual Designer

2011 - 2012
Original Media
  • Mentored and supported three junior designers.
  • Created the principal experience and visual concepts and style guides for online stores.
Technologies: Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Photoshop, Axure

Product Designer

2011 - 2011
Internet Group
  • Designed visual assets and interactions, focused on redesigns of existing web pages.
  • Planned and scoped design projects.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop

Product Designer

2008 - 2011
  • Designed QA and front-end tweaking.
  • Planned and scoped projects with the team.
  • Provided visual and interaction design, focused on redesigns of existing web pages and launching of new TV shows.
Technologies: Adobe Fireworks, Adobe Photoshop
2018 - 2020

Master of Arts Degree in Design Management and Innovation

BAU, Centro Universitario de Diseño de Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain

2006 - 2010

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications and Advertising

Universidade Federal Fluminense - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Certified Scrum Master

Scrum Alliance


Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Adobe Illustrator, Sketch, Zeplin, Adobe Fireworks, Adobe CC, Figma, InVision



Industry Expertise

Entertainment & Leisure


Axure, iOS, WordPress, Linux


User Experience (UX), Wireframing, Human-centered Design (HCD), Web Design, Mood Boards, Interaction Design (IxD), Agile UX, Logo Design, Branding, Brand Positioning, User Research, User Interviews, Design Strategy, Concept Sketching, Art Direction, Startups, Value Proposition Design, Personas, User Journeys, Design Principles, Culture, OS Design, Design Systems, User Interface (UI), Information Architecture (IA), Scrum, Lean Startups, Design Thinking, Visual Design, Sitemaps, User Flows, Icon Design, Videos, Movies, TV, Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI), Style Guides, UI Style Guides, UIKit, Web UX, Open Source, Experience Maps, Paper Prototyping, Prototyping, Operating Systems, Strategic Planning & Execution, iPad, iPhone, Stakeholder Interviews, Sketching, Mobile Apps, Corporate, Communication Design, Reading Interfaces, Corporate Design, Press Releases, Public Relations (PR), Investor Relations, Experience Strategy, Concepting, UX Modeling, Creative Direction, Experimental Design, Coaching, Psychology, Squarespace, Redesign, Visual Identity, Theater & Performing Arts, Brand Language, Brand Design, SaaS, Legal Technology (Legaltech), Responsive Design, Design Leadership, Business Strategy

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