Diego Mendes

Design and Product Leader

👋🏽 Hi there!

Welcome

What I do...

What I do...

I create products and services that solve meaningful problems for people. The products I create make the world a better place and thrive as healthy, innovative businesses.

How I create...

How I create...

My experience in Psychology and Design Research have helped me gain more empathy with the people I am creating for and the challenges they face. Empathy gives me the fuel to serve them as best as I can.

The tools I use...

The tools I use...

I use a mix of strategies such as lean methodologies, design thinking, design research, design sprints, prototyping, design iterations, A/B testing and usability testing.

How it all comes together...

How it all comes together...

I help connect the dots between design, research, strategy, business growth and leadership. Connecting these dots is what makes products and businesses successful. Want to know more? Get in touch!


REFERENCES

Bethany Pickard

Bethany Pickard

Experience Design Lead / Google

Diego leverages his strong background to focus every phase of the design process – discovery, ideation, prototyping, and iterating – on meeting user needs with high standards of quality. This combined with his business intuition and strong interpersonal skills make him an incredible asset. He is one of the most collaborative and inclusive people I have ever worked with.

Anna Phan

Anna Phan

Product Designer and Master's Fellow / MIT Integrated Design & Management (IDM)

As a researcher, I was amazed how quickly Diego was able to get users to open up and share their stories, which allowed us to gather rich insights about their lives and pain points. As a designer, he demonstrated his ability to tackle complex problems, quickly generate a variety of concepts, and collaborate with engineers and product managers to implement designs. Diego is a natural leader. He is charismatic, takes initiative, and enjoys learning from his peers. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with him.

Delyan Raychev

Delyan Raychev

Principal Software Engineer / Thin Air

Without a doubt Diego has been one of the most amazing UX professionals I have had a chance to work with in Silicon Valley. Always with a positive attitude, always energetic and working hard, Diego directly contributed to Meebo’s revenue growth. It’s not often that one gets to work with such talent as Diego.

Omeed Badri

Omeed Badri

Art Director / Disney

Diego has a great ability to think through the entire flow of the users experience and optimize every facet of the unit. He is proactive, well prepared for meetings, and gives thorough analysis as a follow up summary. Diego seemed to make all the projects easier because of his command of each phase of the project. To top it all off, he has a great sense of humor and is a pleasure to work with.

Umanka Hebbar Karkada

Umanka Hebbar Karkada

Senior UX Designer / Google

Diego is a super talented person with a really wide range of skill set in both UX Research and Design. He was able to conduct really well defined user research and tests in an Agile scrum environment, which is impressive. He also helped me with some of my Interaction design work with useful feedback. He is an awesome team member and its really fun working with him.

David Barnett

David Barnett

Software Engineer / Google

Diego took all the complex requirements we gave him for our product and cut the complexity down to something that was simple to implement, intuitive to use, and powerful. I would definitely recommend him to anyone looking for a quality designer.

Jake Cressman

Jake Cressman

Designer / Google

I worked on the UX team at Meebo with Diego and was impressed with his deep understanding of design research methods and his ability to clarify complex problems. He’s also a cool guy and very fun to collaborate with.

Lena Dmitrieva

Lena Dmitrieva

Senior Usability Consultant / The User Experience Center

Diego is a top-notch professional, who is always thinking outside the box. His creativity, analytical skills, amazing work ethic, and fun nature make him easy to work with. Diego worked extremely well with clients and teammates and was an essential part of our team.

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