Adrien Castelain, Designer in Wellington, New Zealand
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Adrien Castelain

Verified Expert  in Design


Wellington, New Zealand
Toptal Member Since
October 1, 2019

Adrien is an award-winning designer and digital art director who specializes in strategy, user experience (UX), user interface (UI), brand identity, and interaction design. For the last 15 years, Adrien's been crafting and delivering unique digital experiences for global companies and startups. Adrien's clients hire him for his UX and UI expertise, user-centered approach, strategic mindset, collaborative leadership, creativity, and effectiveness.


Work Experience

Consultant Digital Designer of UX/UI, Interaction, and Strategy

2016 - PRESENT
Bold&Bald (New Zealand)
  • Led UX and UI for an investment banking web app, delivering clean and uncluttered look and feel based on research, creating, testing and enhancing main user-flows (onboarding, investing, withdrawing, customer feedback, and so on), building the design system, working across different teams and in an agile environment, collaborating efficiently with multiple stakeholders.
  • Developed creative concepts, UX and UI for innovative AI-powered experience startups, working closely with the production teams and the different stakeholders, using a design-thinking and user-centered approach to develop and improve user-flows and interactions.
  • Directed user research, UX/UI and branding for an innovative crowdsourcing map application, running interviews, developing creative concepts, wireframing, prototyping, and testing, scaling the design system, iterating, and rebranding the overarching guidelines.
  • Oversaw branding, UX/UI, and launch of an MVP for an online tutoring platform.
  • Implemented user research, wireframing, prototyping for and design for complex in-house software, using design thinking process.
  • Designed the UX and UI for Air New Zealand's promotional app.
Technologies: Adobe Experience Design (XD), Webflow, MacOS, InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Zeplin, Sketch

Senior Digital Designer | Digital Art Director

2013 - 2016
Ogilvy & Mather (New Zealand)
  • Led the UX and UI for an innovative VR experience for Kellogg's, from creative concepts and brand guidelines to user experience and production-ready UI.
  • Oversaw the art direction and design of various creative digital campaigns for Pernod Ricard.
  • Designed the UX and UI for an innovative mobile app for called BPme (an app that allowed you to pay for your fuel from your phone).
  • Designed hundreds of social media ads for global companies.
Technologies: MacOS, UXPin, InVision, Adobe Suite

Web Designer | UX/UI Designer

2009 - 2013
Freelance (Global)
  • Designed interfaces for a variety of clients.
  • Provided digital design services for agencies in France, Spain, Switzerland, and Australia.
  • Delivered efficient and responsive support for digital and communication agencies via curated art direction and creative designs.
Technologies: WordPress, PHP, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Adobe Photoshop

Web Designer

2007 - 2009
Quelinka (Spain)
  • Designed and developed the front ends for various companies.
  • Provided comprehensive digital solutions focusing on identity, websites, blogs, videos, and mobile applications, and so on.
  • Managed accounts and client expectations.
Technologies: Drupal, WordPress, JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Adobe Photoshop

Multimedia Designer

2006 - 2007
Mouss Production (France)
  • Filmed and edited videos for international outdoor sports events (France, Spain, Italy, and Libya).
  • Edited videos and implemented special effects and diffusion for web and TV.
  • Designed, developed, and maintained a web TV.
Technologies: JavaScript, CSS, HTML, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Photoshop
2004 - 2005

Master's Degree in Communication and Marketing Strategy

Wesford Grenoble Graduate Business School - Grenoble, France

2002 - 2004

Postgraduate Diploma in Multimedia Design and Direction

Les Gobelins - Annecy, France

2000 - 2002

Bachelor's Degree in Digital Communication

University of Savoie - Chambéry, France