Matthew Ortega, Designer in Valencia, Spain
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Matthew Ortega

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Designer

Location
Valencia, Spain
Toptal Member Since
August 11, 2017

Matthew has been a designer for over seven years and continues to love what he does. Although he's worked in all design areas, he specializes in pixels and code. Matthew also runs a creative technology studio called Form & Void and the freelance design collective, Peopl. His clients have included Apple, Verizon, R/GA, Critical Mass, and Citibank.

Portfolio

Work Experience

Staff Product Designer

2022 - 2024
Unity
  • Refreshed the core visual language for building apps at Unity.
  • Built a 100-component design system library of components.
  • Reorganized team processes to achieve increased design team velocity.
Technologies: Figma, Unity, Spline, Bezi, Visual Studio Code (VS Code), Web App Design, Mobile App Design

Product Designer

2021 - 2022
Handsome @ Unity
  • Conducted team and stakeholder interviews and developed hypotheses for design team improvements.
  • Developed a UI refresh that would be applied across the line of Unity products.
  • Maintained and documented a large cross-platform design system that included spatial contexts.
Technologies: Framer, Blender, Docusaurus, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Spatial Design, Unity, Figma, Web App Design, Mobile App Design

Lead XR & System Designer

2019 - 2021
Verizon Media
  • Created designs and prototypes with Framer, Unity, Three.js, and Blender.
  • Maintained a multiplatform software development kit (SDK) and design system.
  • Acted as the bridge between the design and development teams.
Technologies: Figma, Unity, Framer, User Experience (UX), User Interface (UI), Blender, iOS, Android, Web App Design, Mobile App Design

Freelance Lead Interactive Design (Remote)

2018 - 2019
Crowdtap
  • Developed the dashboard and other screens UI and UX design.
  • Defined the style guide for the UI elements based on a renewed version of branding.
  • Created concepts and ideas for the iOS mobile app.
Technologies: Zeplin, Sketch, Principle, InVision, Mobile App Design

Freelance Interactive Designer

2017 - 2017
R/GA
  • Worked on a project for one of the biggest telecommunications companies that aimed to redesign how the company acquires new customers.
  • Was involved a major UX overhaul along with the implementation of a new visual identity.
  • Participated in a faced-paced environment with a team of more than 20 people.
  • Worked in a collaborative environment where UI and UX designers equally input on visual standards and flow design.
  • Iterated quickly on designs within months—working in Sketch and testing prototypes in InVision and Principle.
Technologies: Principle, InVision, Sketch, Mobile App Design

Freelance Interactive Art Director

2016 - 2016
Apple
  • Worked on the blue sky concepts for the revamp of the Apple online store.
  • Implemented, in a small team, the changes to the marketing site for an upcoming launch.
  • Was required to learn the entire design system and Human Interface Guidelines of Apple before starting on any live work.
  • Worked with some of the best designers in the world.
  • Worked on items that eventually ended up in front of Apple Executives.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Principle, Sketch, Mobile App Design

Freelance Senior Designer

2015 - 2015
Critical Mass
  • Relaunched, in a small team, a major banking app's design.
  • Worked in an agile workflow, led design sprints, and built and tested clickable prototypes.
  • Explored new ways to engage with customers, revised user flows, and worked on sections of the app.
  • Participated in a fast-paced work environment—one-week sprints.
  • Collaborated closely with developers to make sure that the designs were technologically feasible.
Technologies: InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, Mobile App Design

Designer

2012 - 2013
Barrel
  • Worked as an interactive designer on projects spanning from identity design to web apps.
  • Improved upon the workflow and tools used by the design team, along with giving presentations on new techniques in the design world.
  • Often acted as a lead designer on project teams and took on some of the front-end development responsibilities when needed.
  • Presented to clients on a regular basis; designers had a one-on-one relationship with clients to keep an open dialogue.
  • Worked on small design teams that consisted of a designer, developer, and project manager.
Technologies: InVision, Front-end Development, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Mobile App Design
2017 - 2017

Certificate in Creative Technology

School for Poetic Computation: SFPC - New York City, NY, USA

2017 - 2017

Certificate in Interactive Telecommunications

New York University ITP - New York City, NY, USA

2011 - 2011

Continuing Education Certificate in Graphic Design

Parsons School of Design - New York City, NY, USA

2004 - 2008

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Art

Rutgers University - New Brunswick, NJ, USA

Tools

Principle, InVision, Sketch, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Framer Prototyping, Adobe Experience Design (XD), InVision App, Figma, Zeplin, Blender

Languages

HTML, CSS, Processing, Swift, Java, JavaScript

Platforms

MacOS, iOS, Android, Visual Studio Code (VS Code)

Industry Expertise

Creative Tech, Technology, Media, Fashion, Education, Health, Restaurants & Dining

Other

UI Design, Consulting, User Experience (UX), App Design, eCommerce, iOS UI Design, Web Design, Mobile App Design, Branding, Mobile UI, PowerPoint Design, Web App Design, Prototyping, Logo Design, Strategy, Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality App Design, OpenFrameworks, SwiftUI, Design Systems, Front-end Development, UX Design, Project Management, Web Development, Leadership, Social, Lifestyle, Publication, Beauty Products, Design, Curation, Training, Education Management Systems, Learning Management Systems (LMS), Apps, Illustration, Style Guides, Wellness, Concepting, Product Design, Training & Training Content Development, Unity, Framer, User Interface (UI), Docusaurus, Spatial Design, React, Creative Coding, Graphic Design, Visual Art, Digital Media, Spline, Bezi

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