Diego Villalón

Social Designer & Project Manager


Teaching 90%
Product Design 100%
Graphic Design 90%
Project Management 80%
Video & Photography 70%


2015, IF Design Award
Product Design: Bobino Glasses Case

2012, IF Design Award
Product Design: Bobino Slim Pen

2012, Red Dot Design Award
Product Design: Bobino Slim Pen

2011, Second Place in the Contest “Pura Lana Sarda” 
Product Design: Porta Maestrale



Spanish: Mother tongue
English: Fluent (TOEIC: 985 / 990)
Italian: Fluent
French: Basic

IT and Software

Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign

Parametric 3D CAD:
Solidworks / Autodesk Fusion 360

3D animation / Rendering:
Blender / Maya / Keyshot

Video Production:
Adobe Premiere / After Effects /

Sound and Music:
Ableton Live / Reaper

Game Engines:
Unity 3D / Godot

Medium Programming Skills:
Python / C# / Arduino

Project Management:
MS Project / Trello / GanttProject

Microsoft Office / Google Apps

Very Experienced in 3D Printing and Quick Prototyping for product design.

Organisational skills

Innovative thinking and proactivity

Curious researcher and quick learner

Very efficient problem solver

Good organizational skills for managing teams and collaborators

Good Business Management and Budget Understanding

Social skills and competences

Social Activist and Empathy

Creative Leader and Constructive
Team Worker

Multicultural Environments
and Social Skills

Artistic Skills

Music: I studied 5 years in conservatory when I was a kid. I continued all my life developing music independently being part of several bands. Since a few years I compose, arrange and record my own music. I mainly play guitar and sing, but I can also play different instruments.

Film Making: When I was a kid I started making short films with my friends, activity that I continued to do for several years also at a professional level. I’ve successfully participated in different festivals and contests and developed several videos and animations in an independent way or as part of my professional activities.

Photography: I’ve made a lot of pictures for product design catalogues and I collaborate with different designers and artists for art pieces and exhibitions photography.

Theatre: I have recently studied 2 years of Acting at Campo Teatrale School plus 2 years of Theatre Labs, having participated in 3 plays in the last 2 years.

Diego Villalón

Social Designer & Project Manager


I am a Social Designer with a Master in Project Management. I have over 10 years of experience in design innovation and development, currently collaborating in a variety of projects mainly related to education with a special interest in projects of inclusion for people with disabilities. I am also a teacher of Social Design at the NABA University in Milan.

In the past I worked for over 8 years developing innovative concepts of new products for a company with worldwide distribution, product development, communication and with frequent participation in international design trade-shows.

As a Project Manager with a creative background I have a great understanding of all design and communication related fields and I can speak in the same language with creative teams and also with the management, allowing me to lead teams in the right direction to reach the Project Objectives. My current goal is to use my Design Thinking and Project Management skills and experience to help innovate in projects that can have a positive impact for our world and our society.


  • Executive Master in Project Management (IPMA Certification – Level D)

    MIP Politecnico di Milano Business School (Italy) | 2016 – 2017

  • 3D Animation, Video Graphics Interactive Technologies and Special Effects

    Academia MAC (Chile) | 2008 – 2009

  • Professional Designer, Design and Applied Arts

    Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile) | 2003 – 2008

  • BA in Social Sciences and Humanities

    Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile) | 2001 – 2003


NUZIC – UX/UI Designer for Music Learning/Composition App & Community
NUZIC (Barcelona, Spain) | 2021 – Present
Development of an App for the application of an innovative methodology for learning and creating music based on numbers…
Link: https://www.nuzic.org

BICOCCA –  Research Grant: Tutoring Online Program.
Università Bicocca | 2021 – Present
Production of training and educational contents for student’s learning tutors at school

NABA – Social Design Teacher
NABA, Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti – Italy (Italy) | 2018 – Present
Course about Design Thinking and other design methodologies and their applications for Social Projects.
Course Projects:
2018 – Collaboration with “Il Pane Quotidiano
2019 – Collaboration with “AERIS”, “Banco Alimentare” & “Il Tarlo”
2020 – Collaboration with “AERIS” on Social Housing, Immigration
and Disability projects
2021 – Cascina Cuccagna Wood Workshop for Immigration…

Pausa Design Studio – Founder
Pausa Design (Italy) | 2019 – Present
Design Studio that aims to collaborate with non-profit associations and projects Project Management and Control
Link: https://www.pausadesign.com

AFOL – Design Innovation and Project Management Instructor
AFOL Metropolitana – Formazione e Orientamento Lavoro | Feb 2020 – Jul 2020
Project financed by Regione Lombardia to support 20 unemployed creative people to develop their own creative cultural start-ups and to find funding.
Course Topics:
Design Thinking
Design Sprint

Esagramma ONLUS – Music-therapy Volunteer
Esagramma ONLUS (Italy) | 2019 – 2020
Orchestral Music Therapy session for kids with mental disabilities (Age 4-5 years old)
(Followed basic training course about Orchestral Music Therapy Method and Mental Disorders)

Inclusive Learning Strategies (Erasmus+) – Tutor
Associazione Coda di Lupo (Italy) | November, 2019
Design Thinking workshop and coordination support for international project participant in Erasmus+ european exchange project.

Design for All for Design – Design Tutor
Design for All for Design (Italy) | 2018 – 2019
One year project that gave some basic design and entrepreneurship skills to a group of around 15 persons with hearing impairment or high functioning mental disorders with the objective of raising their employability and economic independence.

Project Partners:
Pio Istituto dei Sordi
Paper Lab…

Paper Lab – Design & Project Management Consultant
Paper Lab (Italy) | 2018 – 2019
Paper Lab organizes inclusive workshops and events around the topic of Bookbinding.

Paper Lab Logo Design
Tutor on Design and Bookbinding workshops

European Network for Disability (Erasmus+) – Tutor
Associazione Coda di Lupo (Italy) | September, 2015
International Exchange project for sharing best practices from different associations for Social Inclusion for people with disabilities..

Bobino B.V. – Chief Design Officer
Bobino B.V. (Italy) | 2009 – 2018
I worked on this company since the beginning of its life designing or supervising the design of most of their products including packaging, POS solutions and graphic design.

Products Designed: Folding Phone Holder (2010), Slim Pen (2011), Key Clip (2012), Glasses Clip (2013), Glasses Case (2014), Magnet Pen 2016), Cord Wrap XL (2016), Bookmark Pen (2016), Sticky Clip (2018), Phone Stand (2018)

Products Design Supervision: Screen Shelf (2015), Desk Cable Clip (2015), Cable Tag (2016), Bag Hook (2017), Laptop Foot (2017), Zipper Clip (2018)

Application of Design Thinking process to find innovative product ideas
Design of original products from the idea to production and retail
Designed and supervised graphic design, packaging design and branding
Manage external collaborators for product design, graphic design and production
Stands and Participation on International Tradeshows (Maison et Objet, Ambiente, etc)
Project Management System Implementation

Universidad Grabriela Mistral – Design Teacher
Universidad Grabriela Mistral (Chile) | 2009
Graphic Design Courses and Workshops (classes with 30 to 50 students each / in Spanish).

Graphic Design Workshop for Cross Media students
Web Design Course for Education Students

Universidad Catolica de Chile – Professor Assistant
Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile) | 2005 – 2006
Product and Industrial Design workshops.

Materials and Structures (Prof. Robert Holmes)
Models and Prototypes (Prof. Alberto González)

Freak Films – Director and Producer
Freak Films (Chile) | 1995 – 2008
This project started as a diversion of two kids at school making films during the weekend and developed through the years becoming a professional production service, participating in many contest, festivals and doing some commercial work for clients.

Awards and Festival Selections:
“El Profesor Maldito” – 2nd Fixion Festival (2008) – Festival Selection
“Chileno Medio” – Nanometrajes Urbanos (2007) – Honorable Mention
“Mas o Menos” – The Science of Sleep (2006) Stop Motion Short Film Contest – Final Selection
“Santiago Unplugged” – Nanometrajes Urbanos (2005) – Special Jury Award
“Un Paso al Infierno” – 1st Place at “Maldita Sea”, Open TV Short Film Contest (1999)