Melisa Navarro, Designer in Miami, FL, United States
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Melisa Navarro

Verified Expert  in Design


Miami, FL, United States
Toptal Member Since
February 4, 2019

Melisa is a Miami-based product designer who loves working on innovative and stunning experiences by helping clients bring their visions to life. She has experience working with enterprise companies like HBO and Royal Caribbean and startup apps with millions of users, such as Carb Manager, FITRADIO, and more. Melisa is passionate and skilled in the whole product design process, from UX Strategy to visual design, motion, and interaction design.


Work Experience

Owner and Product Designer

2019 - PRESENT
MOVA Design
  • Founded a design agency focused on transforming and creating extraordinary experiences by helping our partners with UI/UX, product design and strategy, visual design, motion, and web development.
  • Led and managed projects for top applications that included re-designs, user experience optimization, websites, branding, development, etc.
  • Launched designs for products that reached millions of users.
  • Led a team of over five designers and subcontractors.
Technologies: Figma, Sketch, After Effects CC, Photoshop CC, Animated Prototypes, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Adobe Experience Design (XD), Product Design

Lead Product Designer

2019 - 2022
Carb Manager
  • Led a team of designers and owned the brand identity and design system for an app with over 15 million users and a highly converting website.
  • Redesigned a health and diet tracking app that resulted in an increase of millions of users and subscribers.
  • Translated high-level requirements into interaction flows and artifacts and transformed them into beautiful, intuitive, and functional user interfaces.
  • Built and documented a design system and component library that is used across various projects and apps. Collaborated with the development team to build native components and ensure the design was translated into code.
  • Implemented UX processes such as introducing user testing, user interviews, A/B testing, and analytics to validate and back up design decisions.
Technologies: Figma, Adobe CC, After Effects CC, Product Design

Lead Product Designer

2018 - 2019
Royal Caribbean
  • Designed the user experience for the Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, and Azamara Cruise Mobile Apps. All three apps have millions of users.
  • Collaborated with the product team, multiple tracks, designers, developers, and senior management on the design process and oversaw designs from start to finish.
  • Conceptualized and executed key features for a variety of digital and experiential products.
  • Planned, initiated, and led the research, presentations, workshops, and discussions.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Principle, Adobe After Effects, InVision, Sketch, Product Design

Lead Product Designer

2018 - 2018
XEVO, Inc.
  • Collaborated directly with the product owners, project managers, developers, and other departments to understand the business requirements and deliver UX and design requirements for hospitality products including Carnival Cruises.
  • Managed the workload and sprint planning for the UX team and drive deliverables to completion.
  • Planned, initiated, and led the research, client presentations, workshops, and discussions.
  • Designed intuitive user experiences by applying proven methodologies in wireframing, design, prototyping, and testing for various experiences and devices including mobile, tablet, desktop, smart TVs, touchscreens, and more.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Principle, InVision, Sketch, Product Design

Senior UX Designer

2017 - 2018
HBO Latin America Group
  • Architected, designed, and implemented innovative user experiences for multiple platforms including mobile, tablet, web, TV, and gaming consoles.
  • Used qualitative and quantitative data from analytics and testing to learn, refine, and iterate on designs.
  • Acted as a key player in the R&D processes and helped conduct user interviews and testing.
  • Contributed to the development of user interface design patterns, animations, and other leading-edge tools and reusable assets that aid in efficient and effective user experience designs.
Technologies: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Principle, InVision, Sketch, Product Design

Freelance Product Designer

2012 - 2018
Freelance Work
  • Worked with teams to design inventive, intuitive, and fun product experiences.
  • Spearheaded the design for various online experiences from startups to enterprise companies.
  • Oversaw builds, ensuring that engineering was armed with the specs and prototypes that they needed to successfully build products.
  • Collaborated with senior leadership, product managers, and other designers on strategic initiatives and improvements for all projects.
  • Worked with a variety of clients including Snap Raise!, Broker Buddha, tappit, Incomeleaf, and more.
Technologies: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch

Senior Web Designer

2015 - 2017
  • Oversaw Digicel's overall online creative and web/ mobile layouts.
  • Saw to all of the in-house UI and online design needs.
  • Led a team of four designers, managing online workload, traffic, and handoffs to other designers.
Technologies: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch
2011 - 2014

Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Computer Animation

Miami International University of Art and Design - Miami, FL, USA


Adobe Photoshop Certified Associate


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