About me

Olá! As you probably know by now my name is João Costa or to make it easier John. If you want to give a try to pronounce my name, say it like an F1 car is passing by: Joooaaaãaaao. It’s a nice trick ;)

I’m from São Miguel, Azores an amazing place in the middle of the Atlantic. Recommend visiting it, if you need any tips let me know. Here is a map with some hotspots. Currently, I’m living in London as a UX Designer for MPC.

Always loved the freedom and immense information of the internet, but always thought “There must be a better way to show this” and that’s what got me into design. Beyond work, I enjoy photography, video games, and cycling. If you need to get in touch or learn more about what I do, just drop an email. Cheers!


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João Costa

Experience

UX Designer
MPC Film / London
Jul 2018 - Present

Working for the Digital Transformation Department. Here I'm updating and creating new Production Tools to be used by all the company. The goal is to optimize the workflow of every employee from Senior Management to the Artist creating the VFX for the movies.

UX/UI Designer
Hanover Saffron / London
Sep 2017 - Jul 2018

This position enabled me to explore all areas of UX and UI and see the problem from beginning to end. Normally, I receive a briefing on what to work or I go and try to search for problems to solve. Once we go through the process of UX and UI, I co-work with a developer to bring the project to light.

Web Designer
RS Components / London
Apr 2016 - Sep 2017

Here I had the opportunity to work for a massive company. My main responsibility was creating, developing and supporting all EMEA Marketing departments. They approach us with a campaign and we had to develop the concept/branding working with the UX, Design, Brand, Social and Video teams.

Web/Graphic Designer
Menina Design Group / Porto
Dec 2013 - Dec 2015

Inside of Menina Design Group, there are several companies/brands, which I was responsible for two of them. Those brands where BRABBU and Maison Valentina. I had to maintain, design and develop the websites and all campaigns.

Remote Freelance
Aug 2013 - Nov 2013

During this short period, I was working remotely for Australia, US, and other countries. Had the opportunity to work in many different projects from UX, UI, Graphic design, Print, and 3D.

Recommendations

Christian Twelftree

Christian Twelftree
Web Designer Manager at RS Components

I was João's line manager at RS components for over a year, and we worked together in the web design team. During his time at RS, I came to greatly rely on João for his highly professional manner, his quiet efficiency, and great ability to just get things done. João has a wide spectrum of skills ranging from creative designer to developer, and I am sure, that as he has a great capacity to develop his capabilities in digital design further, I would not hesitate to recommend him for any team.

Annie Tippel

Annie Tippel
Personalisation Product Owner at RS Components

João has to be one of the easiest people to work with on this green planet of Earth. An expert in his field with assurance in his own ability, there are few people who have such a calming influence on high-impact project teams and who demonstrate the same commitment to building trust in order to deliver results and foster long-term relationships.

João has a reputation for dealing positively with ambiguity, displaying agility as teams, systems and processes change. He frequently goes beyond the remit of his role to support the wider business, and I have never heard him say 'that's not my job'. I would gladly work with João in the future, and recommend him to any challenging role that requires a high degree of both technical expertise and stakeholder management.

Sara Ramalho

Sara Ramalho
Marketing Specialist for Spain and Portugal at RS Components

João is an excellent asset to the team. He's always ready to support and quickly provide you with solutions that match the market needs. He's creative, user experience focused and pays attention to details. Besides that he's an enthusiastic, easy going and positive person. João is the kind of colleague you want to have around.

Marco Guim

Marco Guim
Digital Product Owner at RS Components

I had the pleasure to work with Joao for over one year at RS Components and I can confirm he was one of the most dedicated people I found in the company. His ability to work on multiple projects at the same time is an extremely positive skill. Joao is a very dynamic person who always wants to challenge his role, going beyond it, working closely with other teams within the business (UX team, Digital Operations, and IT teams).

Rinku Bhullar

Rinku Bhullar
Digital Product Owner at RS Components

Joao is a talented designer and great to work with. He has ingenious web skills with an eye for detail. Joao is always looking for new solutions and fresh ideas to improve the current way of working. Joao is always helpful and insightful. He is a passionate designer and always seems to have great awareness of new creative strategies and technology, which makes him a great asset to any company.

Education

UX Design
General Assembly / London
Sep 2017 - Dec 2017

Was a brilliant course where I was able to learn and cover all grounds, from User Research & Testing, Wireframing & Prototyping, Optimize Usability and Usability Testing

Photoshop Post-Production
ODD School / Lisbon
May 2013 - Jul 2013

Was able to consolidate my knowledge in Photoshop. Gave me all the fundamentals and process of post-production images and enable me to create digital images from scratch. This helped me to understand how I can use this tool for any application.

Drawing Fundamentls
ODD School / Lisbon
Mar 2013 - May 2013

Going back to the basics. I was able to understand how to use light, shadow, perspective, anatomy and formal composition with several techniques. Really useful course, helped me pass my ideas onto the paper.

New Technologies of Communication ( Erasmus )
Tomas Bata University / Zlín
Sep 2012 - Dec 2012

Had the opportunity to do Erasmus in Czech Republic, this was a continuation of my bachelor, but abroad. I was able to focus on UX/UI, Graphic Design, Photography and 3D by choosing all the courses I wanted.

New Technologies of Communication
University of Aveiro / Aveiro
Sep 2009 - Jan 2013

Bachelor that covers all areas from UX/UI Design, Graphic Design, 3D, Front and back-end. During this time, I worked on many different projects focusing on the fields that I enjoy the most.