David Aragonés Designing at Liferay since 2016

Senior Product Designer

How did you get into design?

I began many years ago using Aldus Photostyler, 3D Studio and other old-fashioned tools. However being honest. I was not aware of design until I read a Nielsen article talking about usability. At that moment I decided to drop out my studies of engineering and become a designer.

Why are you at Liferay?

I believe when you're in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back to society. Liferay does it and I’m proud to be part of that.

Best lifehack?

Add sofrito to everything! It’s a mix of ingredients: fried onion, garlic, and pepper.

Where do you find #inspiration?

Talking with my colleagues and friends.

One thing you are getting better at?

Information design. I’m studying a distance learning career related.

If you weren't designing, what would you be doing?

I used to play Handball, Golf, and Soccer so… probably doing research for a Sports Data Company. I used to travel scouting players and watching competitions.

What does your desktop/home screen look like?

Currently, I have an image of Amy Adams in “The Arrival” holding up a whiteboard with the word “Humans”.

Favorite tool?

The best tool ever made. Expression Blend for Windows.

Favorite hotkey?

The classic: Ctrl + Alt + Supr.

Favorite place to visit?

Venice in the sunset, when the tourists have dinner.

Advice for ambitious designers?

I like a sentence from Satya Nadella CEO of Microsoft: “You join here, not to be cool, but to make others cool. When you focus on helping others, on adding value, people are naturally attracted to you and your brand”. — Success begins with continuous learning and sharing knowledge.

Last book you read?

“Prospero burns” by Dan Abnett. It’s the 14th novel of the Warhammer 40.000 Horus Heresy collection.

Favorite superhero

Monkey D. Luffy.

Most effective productivity booster?

A schedule. Eat the elephant one bite at a time scheduling all the tasks.

What keeps you up at night?

In that time window, I use to paint miniatures without being interrupted. I love it!