Simon Mauro Guido

Simon Mauro Guido

Product Designer in London, UK

About

A creative problem solver and design thinker - I look to solve complex problems with simple, ethical solutions. I create insight-led, human-centred products. I am a featured writer for The UX Collective and a mentor for junior designers.

I’ve worked with a number of SaaS startups - leading the user experience, setting ui patterns, frameworks and component libraries, and working directly with development teams to build quickly scalable platforms. I also have experience working in design teams as part of a larger product team - working with a product manager following strict scrum practices, and using and updating existing component libraries and frameworks.

Projects

Ongoing
Cyber Security Learning Platform

Magnetic Rock

2022
End-to-End Estimating Software

Countfire

I created a design system and component library from scratch, and looked to unify and improve the existing platforms into a single, usable journey for electrical estimators.

2021
Workshop Facilitation Print Dialogue

SessionLab

I looked at why the print interface was under performing and worked on a solution which was more discoverable and intuitive to use.

2020

Caffeina

Working with one of the top design agencies in Italy, I designed an iOS app to connect dog breeders with potential buyers.

2020

Docebo

Working with one of the biggest names in e-learning, I developed an improved course and team analytics platform.

2019
Live Streaming Presentation Platform

Glisser LIVE

I immersed myself as an AV technician to come up with a remote and hybrid event steaming solution. Winner of 'Best Virtual & Hybrid Event Platform', and 'Best Hybrid Event or Live Streaming Solution'.

2018
Interactive Presentation Platform and Audience App

Glisser

I designed an interactive presentation platform, in a bid to make presentations more engaging whilst providing valuable data to event managers.

Work Experience

2022 — Now
Product Designer
Magnetic Rock
2020 — 2022
Head of Design
Countfire

The first UX professional at an ambitious SaaS startup, aiming to modernise the construction industry with intelligent automation. I worked closely with industry specialists to create a unified experience across Countfire’s full suite of products, looking at typical user journeys and by implementing a shared component library across all products.

2016 — 2020
Head of Design
Glisser

Working in a quickly growing team for a highly driven, Microsoft-backed SaaS startup. I worked with the development team to design and build hugely scalable platforms, defining patterns and processes along the way.

2013 — 2016
Senior Product Designer
Orbus Software

Working within a large product team on an established Enterprise Architecture platform, I used and improved upon existing component libraries and design patterns. I worked on updates and feature requests on the existing platform, and contributed to the design of their upcoming online-only solution.

For their smaller, sister-company (Good e-Learning) I led the design on the creation of a custom learning management platform with in-depth team and user analytics.

2011 — 2012
Senior Designer
Design by Mito
2008 — 2011
Graphic Designer
Bilstein Group
2008 — 2008
Junior Designer
Dewberry Redpoint

Education

2022 — 2022
Creativity, Problem Solving and Design Thinking
University of Cambridge
2019 — 2019
Designing for Voice (VUX)
UX Academy
2003 — 2007
BSc (Hons) Product Design and Innovation
University of Portsmouth

Awards

2021
Best Virtual & Hybrid Event Platform

Virtual Events Institute

2018
Best Hybrid Event or Live Streaming Solution

Event Tech Awards

2011
Right First Time

Bilstein Group

Speaking

2021
Fundamental Principles of Design
Springpod Virtual Work Experience

I gave a talk to design students on what helped me to kick off my career in design, and the things I wish I'd known when I started.

2021
The Importance of Design Portfolios
Springpod Virtual Work Experience

I spoke to design students about common mistakes when putting together a design portfolio, and I gave them an insight into exactly what employers look for.

2018
Live Streaming and Hybrid Events
BNC Event Show

I gave a keynote about my journey learning to live stream events, and the growing importance in 'going hybrid'.

Writing

2019

I took a look at the growing problem of manipulative, unethical design, and what we can do to become more ethical designers.

2017

Some love it, some hate it. I took a look at some of the reasons why Material Design isn't always such a bad idea.

Volunteering

2021 — 2021
Design Mentor
Springpod

Contact

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