Benjamin van Gelder, Designer in Barcelona, Spain
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Benjamin van Gelder

Verified Expert  in Design


Barcelona, Spain
Toptal Member Since
December 2, 2019

Benjamin is a seasoned lead product and service designer with 8+ years of experience in crafting design experiences. His journey has led him to work in multiple cities, enabling him to wear multiple hats in the design field, from research and service design to product design. Benjamin's mission is to craft digital products and services that resonate with people and businesses, backed by user research and a deep understanding of the client's business objectives and challenges.


Work Experience

UX Researcher | Designer

2019 - 2019
Banco Santander
  • Researched and improved physical and digital user experience in the bank's new concept branches.
  • Designed the new product offer, including early sketches and wireframes.
  • Performed a heuristic analysis of the app and design improvements.
  • Researched and elaborated a new content architecture proposal for the corporate website.
  • Led the interviews, focus group, and other group research activities.
  • Researched and improved the digital and physical employee experience.
Technologies: UserZoom, Apple Keynote, InVision, Sketch

Service and UX Designer

2018 - 2018
Veryday | McKinsey Design
  • Designed a new service for a transportation company, including research, ideation, and conceptualization.
  • Designed a new product for an airline company from research and customer journey mapping to ideation.
  • Performed UX research on the future role of energy companies.
  • Worked on a UX and innovation session for an NGO.
  • Conducted research for an health company and helped them improve their physical and digital user experience.
  • Led design sprints and co-creation sessions with an automotive client.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InVision, Sketch

UX Designer | Service Designer

2017 - 2018
BNP Paribas Fortis
  • Designed a new notification system for web and mobile from system functioning, prototyping to design.
  • Designed new product pages for clients for web and mobile from research, design to testing and decision making.
  • Designed various updated after-sales emails from the customer experience to the content strategy.
  • Took part in the strategy definition around open banking.
  • Interviewed and tested various solutions with customers.
  • Coached corporate startups from the bank innovation program to consolidate their proposals and validate their ideas.
Technologies: Research, Apple Keynote, InVision, Sketch

Co-founder | UX Designer

2014 - 2018
Cooks in Town
  • Performed qualitative and qualitative research to validate the initial idea.
  • Led several design sprints to solve problems and test new solutions.
  • Designed the application from sketches to wireframes to final high-fidelity designs.
  • Worked on the art direction and branding.
  • Designed the website and created it on Squarespace.
  • Performed UX testing of the application.
Technologies: Lean Startups, Design Thinking, Sketch, InVision

Strategic Designer

2017 - 2017
  • Created a corporate venture startup from scratch.
  • Organized a series of design sprints to help the clients to define and prioritize.
  • Prototyped UX and design solutions for different ideas.
  • Tested the concepts with users and reported results.
  • Designed the user experience for the final solution.
  • Pitched selected ideas to the management board.
  • Managed the project from start to end, including preparing activities, creating content, managing client relationships, and producing solutions.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Sketch

UX Designer

2016 - 2017
  • Designed the daily banking dashboard, including news, payments, and adding/managing beneficiaries.
  • Designed a new onboarding flow for companies registration.
  • Helped to implement contactless and QR code payment in the early stage of these technologies, including researching, prototyping, testing, and designing.
  • Arranged a series of group and one-to-one interviews to create a solid user knowledge base for the bank.
  • Organized and led a series of Google design sprints with management leaders.
  • Took part in the new design system redefinition and design.
Technologies: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, InVision, Sketch

eCommerce and UX Expert

2015 - 2016
  • Analyzed and designed a new content architecture for an updated website.
  • Created UX content guidelines including tone of voice, product presentation, FAQ function, and feedback system.
  • Took part in the new website design proposal, from early ideas to validating assumptions and help design the final proposal.
  • Led a series of design thinking and creativity sessions around the topics of promotional content, new offering, and brand to user tone of voice.
Technologies: InVision, Sketch

Design Strategist

2015 - 2015
Nomads Agency
  • Designed a fan sponsorship program for a key sports brand, including performing field and desktop research, creating customer journeys and personas and designing the sponsorship program.
  • Organized design thinking workshops for a jewelry company, helping them to understand the industry they are in, their customers' needs, and how to redefine their sales proposal.
  • Created customer journeys for a national beverage company.
  • Developed new ideas and a sales pitch for a baby food company including insights, potential solutions, and early ideas sketches.
  • Created online content calendar for major brands.
Technologies: Sketch, Adobe Photoshop
2014 - 2014

Post Master's Degree in Design and Innovation (Strategic Design)

IED | Istituto Europeo di Design - Madrid, Spain

2011 - 2013

Master's Degree in Marketing and Advertising

IHECS | Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales - Brussels, Belgium

2008 - 2011

Bachelor's Degree in Communication

IHECS | Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales - Brussels, Belgium


Improving Education Through Design Thinking (TEDx Speaker)



Ethical Advertising

JEP Belgium


Sketch, InVision, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Apple Keynote, Figma, Miro


iOS, Web, Android, UserZoom

Industry Expertise

Food, Banking & Finance, Sports


User Experience (UX), User Research, Wireframing, User Journey Maps, Design Strategy, Mobile UX, UX Testing, Personas, UX Strategy, Design Thinking, Google Design Sprints, User Flows, Ideation Workshops, Service Design, Product Design, Fintech, Branding, Lean UX, User Interface (UI), Web App UX, UX Design, UI Design, Research, Lean Startups, Content Strategy, Web Design, User Testing, Human-centered Design (HCD), Usability Testing, FMCG, Digital Transformation, A/B Testing, eCommerce, Responsive Design, Web App Design, Web UX Design, Strategic Design, Value Proposition Design, UX Research, Project Management, Design Sprints, User-centered Design (UCD), App UX, Concept Testing, Startups, Value Proposition, Lifestyle, Recipes & Cooking, App UI, User Interviews, Conceptual Design, Workshop Facilitation, Ideation, Finance, Notification Center, Stakeholder Interviews, Mockups, Web Notifications, Prototyping, Concepting, Augmented Reality (AR), Soccer, Near-field Communication (NFC), Mobile Payments, Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research, UX Branding, Sportswear, Sport Branding

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