Ricardo Gonçalves, Designer in Porto, Portugal
Ricardo Gonçalves

Designer in Porto, Portugal

Member since March 28, 2019
Ricardo has 11 years experience as a UX designer, with four as head of UX. He has worked from brief to delivery, specializing in user research, creative strategy, and experience design. As a past developer, he understands UX for the technology space. Ricardo is the winner of the Fast Company Innovation By Design award. He is the founder of getdoin', an Airbnb for workshops, and has worked with giants such as Google, Apple, and Disney.
Ricardo is now available for hire


Digital Design


  • Co-founder

    2018 - PRESENT
    • Developed the idea for an Airbnb focused on workshops, with a mission to get everyone consuming less and creating more.
    • Designed and developed an MVP to validate the concept and prove the existence of a market for such a business. This was accomplished by setting up Facebook ads and a landing page with multiple experiences.
    • Designed and developed a platform from scratch, that allowed users to post and book workshops. This included experiences, emails, and in-event options.
    • Acquired customers to provide workshops on the platform.
    • Grew a steady stream of users booking workshops.
    Technologies: Ruby on Rails (RoR), Ruby, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Stripe, Mailchimp, Adobe Photoshop, Sketch
  • Head of Experience

    2015 - 2019
    Tech Will Save Us
    • Led the user experience across the business, designing the UX from the moment you first discover the company (eCommerce, retail, and marketplaces), to buying (eCommerce), to using the product (online platform and apps).
    • Led the UX and design of an online community for kid inventors, from zero to product owning it which included growing engagement, retention, and MAU.
    • Led the UX for an interactive storybook for kids.
    • Managed the entire digital department including the design, development, and content.
    • Participated as a member of the executive team.
    • Led and executed the biggest user research project in the company.
    • Participated in the 500 Startups program, and disseminated the growth hacking process throughout the business.
    • Hired the entire UX team.
    • Created training tools for teams to conduct their own research, and was the flag-bearer of human-centered design.
    Technologies: Adobe After Effects, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, InVision Studio, InVision, Sketch, Axure


  • Master's Degree in Human-computer Interaction
    2009 - 2012
    Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto - Porto
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science Engineering
    2006 - 2009
    Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto - Porto



Porto, Portugal

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