I believe in the power of collaboration to engage, generate knowledge and empower people and organisations in shaping a more just and sustainable future.

MORE ABOUT ME...
I'm André, a Portuguese designer wandering in Finland's snowfields and green nature. As a hybrid designer, I try to tackle complex challenges by addressing people as part of an ecosystem rather than at the centre of everything. I am particularly interested in holistic and multidisciplinary approaches focusing on analytic and systemic thinking.

My professional experience has taken me to live and work in multiple countries from Europe to Asia. My work has been in diverse, complex projects from healthcare to consumer goods, off-grid solutions, disaster management, sustainable development, and retail. I can design engaging experiences that foster collaboration between different actors through a co-creative process. 

As a teacher and coach, I crafted creative ways to support interdisciplinary student teams, helping them to turn their ideas into radical innovations. These roles have helped me understand the value of communication and cooperation skills, which are fundamental when working with multicultural and multidisciplinary teams.

On a personal note, I enjoy dynamic environments, exploring new cultures, and getting out of my comfort zone.

Feel free to scroll down to get to know more about me. For a more formal and detailed CV go here.
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Work

Designer/Facilitator (Freelance) 
Sonder Collective, Finland
2020 - present


Service Designer (Freelance) 
With Company, Portugal
2021 - 2022


Teacher Assistant/Coach - PDP course 
Aalto University (ADF), Finland
2018 - 2021


Industrial Designer 
K8 Industridesign, Norway
2015 - 2017


Project Manager/Industrial Designer 
MADE Innovation, China
2013 - 2014 


Product Design Team Leader 
CIMA Studio, China
2012 - 2013 


Industrial Design Intern 
Attention Design, Denmark
2011 - 2012 


Industrial Designer 
MODO Design, Portugal
2009 - 2011




Languages

Portuguese (native)
English (professional)
Norwegian (intermediate)
Spanish (basic)

Finnish (learning)
Education

Master of Arts in Collaborative and Industrial Design 
Minor in Creative Sustainability
Aalto University, Finland
2017 - 2021


Industrial Design Engineering (exchange student)
TU Delft, the Netherlands
2009


Bachelor of Arts in Design
University of Aveiro, Portugal
2006 - 2009




SKILLS

Approaches
Participatory & co-design, systems thinking, and strategic & service design

Methods
Qualitative research, user journeys, stakeholder mapping, ecosystems mapping, service blueprints, workshop design & facilitation, concept development, prototyping & testing




Tools

Visual Design
Adobe CC (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign), Sketch (learning), Figma (learning), Webflow, Final Cut Pro (learning), Adobe Premiere (learning), DaVinci, Keynote

Collaborative
Miro, Mural, Notion, Zoom, Teams, Trello

Industrial Design
SolidWorks, Rhinoceros, V-Ray, and KeyShot
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