A bit about me

My name is Rafaela, but everyone calls me Raf. I was born in Argentina, and grew up between Argentina and Mozambique with my family.

 

After completing Uni, I spent 10 years as a digital nomad (or a digital slow traveler) and lived in and visited over 20 countries; from New Zealand to remote fishing villages in Brazil. If there was wifi and waves, I'd be there.

 

In 2017 I settled with my partner in the French Basque Coast, it has everything we were looking for: It's a quiet place with cities like Paris, Barcelona & London just a few hours away. We have good waves and beautiful beaches, are close to the mountains, there's good food and many of our friends live here. 

Work & tools

I've worked remotely since 2010, designing for app development companies and startups such as Messapps and Flipaclip as well creating illustrations for clients like MIT and a big four consulting firm. 
In 2016, I gave a UI design workshop at NYU (while working for Messapps). 


I'm a UI Designer and Illustrator with a degree in Advertising and my specialty is helping startups translate their ideas into tangible, polished designs. 
As I work a lot on app MVPs (a sample of app to pitch to investors and validate the app/platform concept), creating scalable design systems is an important part of the process. 

 

I use Sketch from Bohemian Coding for UI design, Invision for quick prototyping to test options and Zeplin to export assets and share them with the developers. To communicate, I use whatever my clients prefer, lately it's been Slack. 

 

For illustration projects I work mostly on Procreate (iPad pro), Photoshop and Illustrator. 
 

Head over to the Design or Illustration sections to see some of the projects I've worked on. 

Outside of work

I'm one of those people who has an infinite amount of hobbies. I get easily excited about pretty much anything related to sports, art & design, traveling, nature, psychology, sociology ... you name it.
I surf regularly, work on passion projects, make comics & GIFs. I enjoy reading (especially fiction) and can be often found day-dreaming overlooking the Atlantic ocean.