1) Firstly, thank you Bruno for the possibility of an interview. Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Bruno Neves, I'm a Brazilian living in Canada and I work as a UX/UI Designer and Developer. I've been designing and building web and mobile applications for over 12 years now and in my free time I love inventing things. I’ve worked for 5+ years at Rede Globo (a Brazilian television network) on creative solutions for web, mobile, and TV and I've also participated in projects for big companies such as Mitsubishi Motors, Natura or Itaú Bank.
My first game The Dream Jump had more than 40k downloads at the Apple Store around the world.
2) If you would search for your profile on Google, which are the three keywords you would type in the search bar?
Innovation,Technology, and Design.
3) What was your inspiration and when did you actually decide to become a freelancer?
I started freelancing because several companies were contacting me to develop mobile apps. I was always a dynamic professional and enjoyed working in different projects. Sometimes I'm working in an m-commerce app, and then later I'm developing a mobile game or some app for a Tv box! Furthermore, working as a freelancer allows me to be closer to my family and enjoy moments with them that I wouldn't if I was working somewhere else.
4) Was it difficult for you to start freelancing? Did you face any problems?
The beginning is always hard. You ask yourself if quitting your job and risking yourself in the freelancing life was the right decision. But that's normal. After a while, you start feeling comfortable with this life and working style. So never give up if this is really what you want to do.
5) What kind of services have your clients asked you to provide?
Usually for mobile applications, like m-commerce and games.
6) What is your number one source to find new clients for your UX/UI services? Do you use freelancing websites? Do you have your own website? Do you acquire projects via Social and Business Networks? Cold Calls? Cold Mails? Others?
Where do most of your project offers come from?
My main source to prospect for new clients is freelancermap. Sometimes I also check some other online job sites, but nowadays most of my clients contact me directly through my website www.brunoneves.com.
My clients are from different parts of the world: Canada, USA, Jamaica, Italy, Brazil… That's something that Internet allows you. The whole world is connected like a big company.
7) What do you enjoy most about your work? Are you especially proud of any particular project?
I love when I see a project is very successful. That means, people using and writing good reviews about your product. Or when the project becomes a reference for other professionals working in the field.
I have a particular project that I like which you can check here: https://player.vimeo.com/video/105438709
My roles were design and code.
8) How do you manage the pressure of meeting deadlines? Do you use any specific apps or software tools for self-organization, invoicing and something else?
I organize myself using basic tools. Time is money and I don't want to spend it using complex tools.
I use Google Sheets for my personal backlog, Google Slides for presentations, Invision to show a mockup, and xCode to create a functional prototype.
9) What are the top three books, blogs or magazines you read to stay up to date or get inspiration?
- The Art of Innovation, Tom Kelley
- Code Complete (2nd Edition)
- Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship
10) Freestyle! Is there anything you would like to tell our readers?
An important tip for all freelance designers: never stop wanting to learn more and more. Be autodidact and learn about different things in the tech field: web, mobile, TV, robotics… Design is everything! To think outside the box and innovate, you need to envision what is happening in the tech field and the road it is taking. Remember that the most important tool of a designer or a coder is its mind.
Where to find Bruno:
Link to freelancermap.com profile: Bruno Neves - freelancermap.com