Montevideo, Uruguay 🇺🇾

Mauricio Paulino

Product Designer

Hey! I'm Mauricio, a Product Designer who spends time riding bikes, reading books, and taking photos. I'm a big fan of music and love watching movies.
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Where are you from? Where are you based as a UX/UI Designer?

I'm currently based in Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay 🇺🇾. A small country with a big passion for football.

Here's a sunset in the Rambla of Montevideo 👇

What led you into UX/UI design?

I started my career studying Software Engineering and later realized wasn't the right path for me — then, started to study Graphic Design and fell in love 🖤. With a background in development, I realized I had an opportunity to mix the visuals I liked so much and the logic from coding that I was used to.

What inspired you to pursue UX/UI and become a Designer?

It sort of started naturally — my first job was as a Front-end developer / UI Designer. From there, I continued trying to focus on the areas that would allow me to keep growing as a professional. I also had a great Design Leader that really inspired me and gave me the foundation to keep going.

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What does a typical day look like for you?

The first thing for me is to have a nice breakfast; usually an Avo toast with a hot cup of coffee or tea. I then like to go for a walk with my dog and have recently started to meditate in the mornings.

Before jumping into the computer, I like to review my notes from the previous day and then start to plan my day as I check the landscape of meetings I have ahead.

After work, I like to grab my bike and go for a ride, meet with friends or just hang around and play the guitar or watch a movie.

As I work 100% remotely, I also like to explore and spend some time in coffee shops.

And your work station setup across devices?

My must have apps: Spotify, Figma, Slack, Miro, and Shazam.

What challenges do you face as a UX/UI Designer?

A challenge is to correctly manage expectations. From my experience, when stakeholders/managers/teams are not familiar with the design process — as you all know can be very messy — they idealize outcomes, which makes expectations tricky. So, syncing in each step on how the product grows from an idea, to a sketch, to a wireframe, to a prototype, is a good way for everybody to be aligned.

What's the most exciting part of being a UX/UI Designer?

To create things — I love to explore new ideas and materialize them. Nowadays, with all the opportunities, resources, and tools available in the market, it's just the best time to be a designer.

What work or project are you most proud of?

I liked the outcomes we accomplished as a team in this project below, which was to evaluate and create a platform for a company struggling with a current tool they were using it. Specifically, to help the HR department to make decisions based on data.

What (digital or physical) product recently blew your socks off?

Shazam always gives me that rush when they find a song I really want to know about. But, recently, I was at a bar and Shazamed a song that was playing and the app couldn't catch it. Somehow, a couple of days later I received a message they managed to find it 😱 👏.

What tunes do you listen to while designing/working?

It really depends on the mood or task I want to focus on. My Memorisely playlist shows the kind of balance of my overall musical taste.

Share three suggestions for budding designers?

  1. Be curious — don't be afraid to ask questions. Curiosity is something you can cultivate.
  2. Show your work and be open to feedback — constructive feedback is an excellent opportunity to grow.
  3. Growth mindset — in this always-evolving industry, it's important to evolve as a professional as the landscape does. Make sure to be prepared for new opportunities.

Thanks for reading my story!

Montevideo, Uruguay 🇺🇾

Mauricio Paulino

Product Designer

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