Rian Dutra, Designer in Petrópolis - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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Rian Dutra

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Petrópolis - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Toptal Member Since
February 6, 2019

Rian calls himself a "human experience designer." He is a cognitive science researcher and a UI/UX designer with a deep insight into the human side of the user and valuable experience in UX and visual design. Since 2006, Rian has worked for clients such as Steve Wozniak (Apple's co-founder), HAR, Bosch, Booking, and Udacity. He has a master's degree in computer science, graphic design and system analysis degrees, and a postgraduate degree in neuroscience and applied psychology.


Work Experience

Product Designer

2018 - PRESENT
HAR | Houston Association of Realtors
  • Designed a web platform for realtors and potential real estate buyers in Texas, USA, with more than 39,000 real estate members.
  • Worked especially on the user experience analysis, redesigning the user flows, journeys, and better usability approaches.
  • Developed high-fidelity prototypes coded with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and applied several user tests during sprints.
  • Cooperated, remotely and on-site, with the technology team, including the CTO.
  • Crafted the visual design of several front pages, defining elements for the new style and branding approach.
  • Served as their website accessibility consultant (ADA expert—Americans with Disabilities Act standards for accessible design).
  • Collaborated closely with the front-end team, improving HTML and CSS coded interfaces, making them more polished and accessible (accessibility standards).
  • Created illustrations and icons to be used along with the website.
Technologies: Abstracts, Trello, InVision, Hotjar, Flinto, Zeplin, Sketch

UX Design Postgraduate Professor

2018 - PRESENT
IDI | Instituto de Desenho Instrucional
  • Created postgraduate courses (distance learning) related to UX design, learning experience, and cognitive sciences.
  • Mentored dozens of professional and design students remotely, guiding them during their studies.
Technologies: Figma, Moodle

Product Designer

2018 - 2019
Beiramar Imóveis
  • Designed a website for people looking for real estate in Brazil and real estate agents and property owners.
  • Implemented surveys to better understand the different profiles and needs of people looking for a new home.
  • Performed user interviews to understand the users' needs and difficulties in finding the perfect house.
  • Conducted usability tests with users to improve the designs.
  • Contributed to the visual design direction, including extensive work to give the website a modern and visually appealing interface, both for the desktop and mobile versions.
  • Analyzed several sets of Google Analytics and Hotjar data and wrote reports used along the design process with a focus on lead capture improvement.
  • Worked in an agile methodology with a small squad, acting as the product owner.
Technologies: Google Analytics, Hotjar, Adobe Photoshop, Figma

Freelance Interaction Designer (UX/UI)

2006 - 2018
Freelance Work
  • Designed user interfaces, created illustrations, and made branding materials for clients including Steve Wozniak (Apple co-founder), Udacity, Imperial Museum of Brazil, John Maeda, HAR (Houston Association of Realtors), Ronald McDonald Institute, Ephere, Inc., and other renowned Brazilian artists.
  • Conducted user research for UX-focused projects, mainly carrying out surveys and user interviews.
  • Implemented user tests, mainly think-aloud usability tests, both remotely and in person.
Technologies: InVision, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Figma, Sketch
2019 - 2020

Postgraduate Degree in Financial and Capital Markets

PUCMG | Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais - Brazil

2019 - 2020

Postgraduate Degree in Neuroscience and Applied Psychology

Mackenzie University - Brazil

2017 - 2018

Master of Business Administration (MBA) Degree in Management, Entrepreneurship, and Marketing

PUCRS | Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul - Porto Alegre, Brazil

2015 - 2017

Associate's Degree in Graphic Design

INFNET Institute - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2015 - 2017

Master's Degrees in Computer Science (Computer Graphics – Virtual Reality)

Federal University of Juiz de Fora - Juiz de Fora, Brazil

2013 - 2015

Postgraduate Degree in 3D Animation

INFNET Institute - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2010 - 2013

Associate's Degree in Analysis and System Development

Estácio de Sá University - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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