Raphael McDonnell, Designer in Santa Monica, CA, United States
Raphael McDonnell

Designer in Santa Monica, CA, United States

Member since June 9, 2020
Raphael is an award-winning digital product designer and product manager focused on UI/UX and strategy. With decades of experience working on multi-platform products for companies in the entertainment, gaming, pharmaceutical, and SaaS industries, such as Netflix, HBO, 2K, Riot Games, SAP, Pfizer, and early-stage startups. Raphael's approach to human behavior and user-centered design allows him to solve problems—ultimately helping to shape and make digital products better.
Raphael is now available for hire


Digital Design


  • Creative Director | Product Designer

    2019 - PRESENT
    7Seas Agency
    • Worked on high-level clients from different countries such as the US, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, and China and also in different industries including healthcare, entertainment, SaaS, gaming, hospitality, and food & beverage.
    • Mentored, led, and collaborated with a team of 12 members, including developers, designers, writers, and digital marketers while working with a multitude of clients.
    • Rebranded and designed user interface and user experience website for co-working space company increasing sales by 20% after launch.
    • Designed and developed (in Webflow) a high converting fully responsive website for a nonprofit organization in the wellness space. The website increased donations to over 15%, increased user interaction by over 50%, and increased sign-up to over 10%.
    • Designed a mobile application that helps company managers fill their staffing needs for companies across the world.
    • Designed multiplatform digital products for a mental wellness company.
    • Collaborated with development and QA teams to ensure that the final products matched the designs.
    • Created design systems for four different clients, including assets like icons, buttons, typography, and branding elements.
    Technologies: Visual Design, Pitch Decks, Demos, Hotjar, Principle, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Experience Design (XD), InVision, Sketch
  • Vice President | Product Designer

    2017 - 2019
    • Created, developed, and managed the creative vision of the company including brand, digital products, and collateral while establishing and mentoring a best-in-class digital and creative team.
    • Designed the UI and UX for all of the digital products of the company. Products included two iOS apps, two Android apps, a web app, a marketing website, and an administrator dashboard.
    • Implemented the agile methodology within the company with success achieving faster feature releases for digital products and reduced development costs.
    • Implemented optimization and growth through performance analysis, user-testing, creative partnerships, and continuously identifying ways to improve user experience.
    • Led the company’s communication and presentation efforts with C-level executives with the demonstration of strong project management and prioritized and strategic goals.
    • Determined the production schedule by strategizing and conferring with the heads of each department.
    • Reduced marketing spending by implementing analytical tracking and A/B testing for all new campaigns.
    Technologies: Visual Design, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Experience Design (XD), InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch


  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Arts
    2008 - 2010
    California State University, Channel Island - Camarillo, CA, United States
  • Associate of Arts Degree in Motion Graphics, Cinematography
    2004 - 2008
    Ventura College - Ventura, CA, United States


  • Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®)
    Scrum Alliance



Santa Monica, CA, United States

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