Lara Mendonca Head of Product Design | The Dots

Lara Mendonca

Head of Product DesignLondon, United Kingdom
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Lara Mendonca

Head of Product DesignLondon, United Kingdom
About me
Hi! I'm currently Head of Product Design at Bumble, building collaborative and diverse teams, and empowering them in designing successful products. Here are some of the things I do: - Design direction and strategy - Design operations - Mentorship and growth - Community and leadership I speak at conferences and events about design, innovation, diversity, and career development. I'm also available for lectures at universities and design schools.
  • The Cultourist —#IconContestXDProject by Mischief Studio for the Adobe XD Contest "Prototype your creative city app" in partnership with Anton & Irene, Büro Destruct, and Lance Wyman. Click here for more information
  • The Secret HistoryThe problem The Secret History is a book about a murder. The identity of the killers is not a secret; the reason is. The protagonist, Richard Papen, and the isolated group from Ancient Greek class in Hampden College, take you into a journey of self-discovery, myths and madness. Although the book is one of the most incredible pieces of literature I've had the pleasure of reading, the book covers are disappointing, so I decided to experiment and come up with my own interpretation.
  • SkyHaving fun is key Working for the biggest advertiser in the country is at the same time a challenge and a pleasure. The job is very versatile and encouraged me to be proactive and interested in all the different things I created whilt there, from posters and doordrops to banners, e-mails, animations and ads for new advertising tools, like the Facebook Canvas. Because most of the projects are secret and ongoing, I can't display everything, but some of it might be available upon request.
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Work history
    Head of Product DesignBumble
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    • Build, manage and coach a cross-functional team of Product Designers, Visual Designers and UX Writers. • Provide direction for the overall user experience, core product features, and visual language. • Partner with Leadership and Product to define the strategy and vision. • Establish design processes and practices for the team, and build a unified approach between design and writing. • Create design team rituals to improve collaboration and build key skills like design thinking. • Build and elevate the design culture within Bumble.
    Design LeadBumble
     - London, United KingdomFull Time
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  • Branding
  • Digital Design
  • UI Design
  • User Experience
  • Motion
  • Graphic Design
  • Brand Identity
  • Brand Strategy
  • Product Design
  • Interaction Design
    Incomplete BA: Visual Communication DesignUniversidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
     - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
    Adobe XD Contest ('Prototype your creative city app')Adobe
    Interaction GalleryBehance