Gabriel Valdivia

Gabriel Valdivia

Designer in New York, he/him

Work Experience

2024 — Now
Design Partner at Valdivia Works
Brooklyn, NY
2023 — 2023
Adjunct Professor at The Cooper Union
2021 — 2023
Head of Design, Consumer Experience at Patreon
Brooklyn, New York

Responsible for growing the design team from 3 to 12, defining the product’s design system, and shipping a new information architecture for web and mobile.

2019 — 2021
Design Director at Canopy (acq by CNN)
Brooklyn, NY

Lead the design strategy and execution for the company’s first consumer product, Tonic. After the CNN acquisition, I led a team of designers and researchers, developed best practices for team-wide communication, diversity and inclusion recruitment, as well as repeatable processes for visualizing and validating ideas through design and research methods.

2018 — 2019
UX Manager at Google, Jigsaw
New York, NY

Managed a cross-functional UX team of eight, including Designers, Researchers, and UX Engineers. Led the design and execution of two projects in the space of Disinformation. Led design and provided creative direction to several creative agencies for the implementation of a VR training tool.

2016 — 2018
Staff Product Designer at Facebook, VR
San Francisco, CA

Led design for 360 Photos, Facebook 360, and Facebook Spaces. Provided guidance, mentorship, and resources to designers transitioning from 2D to 3D, such as the Facebook VR Guidelines.

2014 — 2016
Lead Product Designer at Facebook, Sharing
San Francisco, CA

Moved to London to build a design team for Multi-Post Stories, a long form storytelling format that preceded what we now know as Facebook and Instagram Stories.

Side Projects

Co-founder at Makeshift

A co-working space for product designers

Bread Time Podcast