Ricardo Romero, Designer in New York, NY, United States
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Ricardo Romero

Verified Expert  in Design


New York, NY, United States
Toptal Member Since
March 31, 2021

Ricardo has 15+ years of highly awarded design experience, working with a wide range of industry leaders, including Citibank, British Gas, AT&T, Disney, HP, Bombardier, Verizon, HBO, Sony Pictures, Azteca Milling, and Walmart. From concept to full execution, he has led, created, and executed major design initiatives. Ricardo interprets complex strategies, implements them into a unique design language, and creates experiences that best fulfill the communication needs of clients and end users.


Work Experience

Lead Designer

2017 - PRESENT
  • Ensured the quality and performance of clients' design projects and assisted in the oversight and development of junior designers.
  • Developed high-level design vision and direction, leveraging advanced knowledge of technology and user experience to deliver exceptional designs.
  • Implemented all aspects of design systems, including layouts, typography, and colors.
  • Produced visual designs and supported implementation for Android and iOS.
  • Rebuilt the existing product, using a modular system, which optimized the development time.
Technologies: InVision, Sketch, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Figma, InVision Studio, Craft CMS, Adobe CC, Design Systems, UX Design, User Experience (UX)

Graphic Designer

2004 - 2021
Image Factory
  • Managed multiple projects from concept through to completion, working with both in-house resources and third-party vendors.
  • Created graphic art and coordinated installations of stands.
  • Interacted with clients and customers while covering the front desk.
Technologies: Adobe

Senior Digital Art Director

2013 - 2016
Lopez Negrete Communications
  • Led teams in the successful creation and production of digital solutions for assigned accounts.
  • Created and communicated concepts that intrigued and inspired peers and clients, along with smart rationales to back them up.
  • Designed comps, storyboards, initial graphic concepts, and final deliverables.
  • Brainstormed and developed campaigns while working with clients on multiple projects at the same time.
  • Collaborated and partnered with copywriters to ensure that copy and visuals were in perfect sync to make concepts as powerful, vivid, and compelling as possible.
  • Assisted the creative director in improving the creative group’s technical and creative performance.
Technologies: Adobe CC, Art Direction

Senior Visual Designer

2012 - 2013
  • Led the creative/UX team in brainstorming creative concepts while reporting to the creative director and working alongside the account team.
  • Applied advanced understanding of composition, color, typography, iconography, texture, photographic curation, and usability, to help users successfully navigate dynamic, multimedia experiences.
  • Defined the visual direction of a project to shape and position ideas for customer impact.
  • Applied best practices for human-centric design to common visual and usability challenges.
  • Developed relationships across a project team, specifically with technical team members and software developers.
  • Created adaptations of original designs for different devices, locales, and environments.
  • Translated wireframes into highly detailed Photoshop files with pixel precision.
Technologies: Adobe CC, Human-centered Design (HCD), Adobe Photoshop

Art Director

2011 - 2012
Media 3 Creative
  • Created content and collaborated with creative and production teams to bring stories to life via multimedia and omnichannel approaches based on specific project briefs and timelines.
  • Ensured brand and design consistency across client initiatives.
  • Presented concepts and design treatments, storyboards, and completed work to internal and external clients.
Technologies: Adobe

Visual Designer

2011 - 2012
Six Foot
  • Collaborated with art directors and project teams to explore concepts and iterate layouts for responsive, design-focused projects.
  • Translated wireframes into highly detailed Photoshop files with pixel precision.
  • Created original designs, adhering to design principles and brand guidelines in established layouts.
  • Adapted original designs for different devices, locales, and environments.
  • Collaborated with developers to ensure that all visual elements and copy were pixel perfect.
  • Leveraged proficiency in the formal elements of design, including typography, layout, balance, proportion, rhythm, emphasis, and unity.
Technologies: Adobe, Adobe Photoshop

Art Director

2009 - 2011
Rush Agency
  • Developed creative ideas that met client and business objectives and maintained the company’s expected levels of creative excellence and professionalism.
  • Ideated, crafted, and executed original and iconic creative concepts in response to client briefs, objectives, and/or goals.
  • Managed multiple projects from concept through to completion, working with both in-house resources and third-party vendors.
Technologies: Adobe

Graphic Designer

2005 - 2007
Mall Marketing
  • Reviewed and approved proofs of printed copy and art materials developed by staff members.
  • Managed accounts and projects, always working within budget and scheduling requirements.
  • Hired, trained, and managed staff members who developed design concepts into art layouts or prepared layouts for printing.
  • Managed and coordinated a staff of graphic designers and ad installers and managed relationships with contractors.
Technologies: Adobe
2000 - 2004

Associate Degree in Graphic Design

Antonio José de Sucre University Institute of Technology (IUTAJS) - Caracas, Venezuela


User Centered Design Certification

Parsons School of Design - The New School


User Experience Design

Houston School of Advertising


Concepting Best Idea

Houston School of Advertising


Figma, Sketch, InVision, Adobe CC, Adobe Experience Design (XD), InVision Studio, Adobe, Adobe Photoshop


Craft CMS, iOS, Android

Industry Expertise

Banking & Finance, Education, Aircraft & Airlines


UX Design, UI Design, Web Design, Responsive Design, Design Systems, Annotated Wireframes, Prototyping, User-centered Design (UCD), Art Direction, Creative Design, Creative Thinking, Visual Design, Interaction Design (IxD), Redesign, Banner Ads, Wireframing, Human-centered Design (HCD), CreativeJS, Graphic Design, UX Research, User Testing, Energy, User Interface (UI), Sales, Tablet Design, Cars, Tires, User Experience (UX), Mobile Design, Customer Journeys, User Flows

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