All posts by Adrián

Kendo Studio

Kendo Studio

It’s time to move forward. It’s been two months since I started Kendo, a design studio based in Madrid.

At Kendo we design simple and delightful products for startups and big companies.

We’re helping projects in the whole design process, that means understanding the business, set goals, product definition, visual design and help on final implementation.

I’m specially happy, confident and full of energy again and that’s just great. I can’t wait to show you guys the two first projects we are working on right now. It’s always a pleasure to be again back in the trenches :).

By the way you can stay tunned via Kendo twitter account.


Fever: the event discovery app


Quick update, past week, after months of hard work, we launched officially the completely new Fever app.

I’m exhausted but happy. I’ve been organizing the entire product definition, roadmap, engineering and design team… it’s crazy I can’t believe we did it in just 4 months of development from scratch.

Thanks and congratulations to all the team!

Seeking a Junior Designer at Fever


It’s been 3 months since I left Tuenti and started working at Fever.

At Fever, we’re trying to rethink and improve the way people discover plans in their smartphones and we’re currently looking for a Junior Designer to be part of our team.

You’ll find yourself designing cover plans for the mobile app, newsletters, presentations about the product and more. You’ll also be working with other teammates sharing knowledge and learning from each other.

If you’re interested in being part of this talented and amazing team, there you go some key points of what we’re looking for:

  • Nice people.
  • Passionate about design.
  • Passionate about our product.
  • Passionate about startups.
  • Eager to learn and grow.
  • Teamwork.
  • Portfolio > degrees.
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS (Mailchimp newsletters).
  • Based in Madrid.

If you think this position fits to you, just drop me a line talking a bit about yourself, motivations and portfolio,

Thank you!

Programa Vostok IV: Mission accomplished.

Programa Vostok

All good things must come to an end, yesterday —after 6 months— was the last class of Programa Vostok IV.

It was such a great pleasure to be part of this amazing group of people: AlbertoCarlosDannyInma, MaríaMarta and Pau. We shared a lot of time: learning, thinking, talking, discussing and understanding Design.

I just want to say “thank you” to all of you, we started as a group of professionals trying to grow as designers but now, we’re also a group of friends. I hope you find whatever make you happy after this program. We should find time in order to share thoughts, work, experiences and discussions about design one time per month.

Thank you too Javier Cañada, for sharing all your knowledge with us. I really appreciate your effort to verbalize and explain in such a great and easy way all the concepts we learned. Thanks for being my mentor, thanks for changing the way I see Design and also my role as designer.

As some of you may know, I’m not a big fan of academic learning, big classes, official certifications and that kind of stuff. But this time that was really different. Having a small group of people from different areas, sharing interest in Design was a powerful combination.

That leads me to say that size of the class, a balanced group, a common goal and trusting in your mentor are definitively a must if you want to really learn and grow in any kind of subject.


I’m glad to have met you guys, I’m proud of being part of Programa Vostok IV,

Thank you!

Interviewed by Actibva Magazine

Sharing a quick update, I’ve been interviewed in Actibva Magazine. I think you’ll find it interesting —also in spanish— because the topic covers the always controversial topic about official education VS self taught people.

Hope you like it,


Designer, don’t blame the client… because it’s your fault.

As a part of the designer’s guild, I’ve been suffering the same problems than you everyday working with different kind of clients. I want to share with you some thoughts that may help you in your daily job and projects.

I’m tired of hearing you (and my self) blaming the client. Let’s go a bit more further than a simple “fuck off, they want the logo bigger, they can’t teach me how to design”.

I’ll be referring to “you”, but as I told you, I’m part of the guild. Also note that I’m talking about all kind of clients: internal and external ones.

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To read more

“To read more”. That’s one of my 2013’s goals. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading but truth being said, I didn’t manage well my time in last years, and I didn’t reserve enough time for reading.

I’ve been defending “doing” over “thinking” in last years, but I was wrong, I think we should find a balance between both things. It’s really important to do things, to build things, but it’s also important to read, to feed and cultivate our mind.

Combining the experience from making and the knowledge of reading allow us to grow personal and professionally, and that’s a powerful combination and a good way of life. Our personal relationships and daily job will benefit from the very first day.

Giving it the importance that reading should have, pushes me to reserve each day a little portion of the day for reading, and it’s becoming a good way of relaxation and meditation for me.

That said, I hope to share with you some of latest books I found interesting,


How to create a loading spinner using CSS3 animations

Hi guys! Yesterday I’ve been playing and designing some loading gifs concepts. Now I’m sharing with you an easy method to recreate that animations using CSS3. This is the final result:

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I’ll be attending Startup Weekend Madrid as coach this weekend

Hi again guys!

One of the advantages of living in Madrid is the vast list of events celebrating in the city each week. One of this events is Startup Weekend Madrid.

Startup Weekend is an event where different kind of people form teams to develope a business idea in a weekend. Attendees’ backgrounds are roughly 50% technical (developers, coders, designers) and 50% business (marketing, finance, law).

Maria Encinar is the main responsable of organizing the event in Madrid, and she invited me as coach to help other teams in the process.

See you tomorrow!

Joining Tuenti as Senior UI Designer

Hi there folks!

I’m writing a quick update to announce that I’ve joined Tuenti, one of the biggest sites in Spain (I hope also international soon!) as Senior UI Designer.

In fact I’m close to complete my first month here, and it’s really awesome working with really talented and great people.

I just hope I can learn as much as I can from this talented team in personal and professional way and contribute to new products we are cooking for all of you.