Chike Ononye, Designer in Birmingham, United Kingdom
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Chike Ononye

Verified Expert  in Design

Designer

Location
Birmingham, United Kingdom
Toptal Member Since
April 8, 2021

Chike is a senior product designer with more than seven years of experience. Most recently, he spent the past three years as a startup founder building the first wallet payments infrastructure for fintech, healthcare, sports, eCommerce businesses, and more in emerging markets, where he led product strategy, development, and design across multiple payment products.

Portfolio

Work Experience

Product and Design Lead

2021 - 2024
Thepeer
  • Led product strategy, research, design, and development for the first digital wallet payment switching infrastructure in Nigeria.
  • Onboarded 80+ businesses, including fintech giants like Kuda, Chipper Cash, and Pocket.
  • Led the business to $25+ million in total processed volume, growing 65x MoM at peak.
  • Oversaw workflow designs for 3rd-party integrations with banks and fintechs, reducing integration time by 35%.
  • Revamped the business onboarding flow and improved the go-live approval process by 92%.
  • Secured seven figures in pre-seed and seed funding.
  • Managed a team of five designers across product, marketing, and motion designers and an illustrator.
Technologies: Design Leadership, Product Design, Data Analysis, User Personas, Research, A/B Testing, Mobile Design, Product Videos, Wireframing, Design Systems, Market Research, Mobile App Design, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Usability Testing, User Research, Web UX Design, Dashboard Design, UX Research, Digital Product Design, Product Management, B2B, Enterprise Design, Mobile, Mockups, Social Media, Startups, Style Guides, UX Wireframes, User Flows, Consumer Products, Responsive Web Design (RWD), App Design, Landing Page Design, Web App Design, System Design, Customer Journeys, B2C, Conversational Interfaces, MVP Design, B2B2C, Web, Branding, Financial Services, UX Strategy, User-centered Design (UCD), Prototyping, Marketing

Lead Product Designer

2020 - 2021
Softcom
  • Led extensive user research and design for Usepass—an identity management and access control product enabling businesses to create, share, and authenticate IDs without paper or card, verifying over 200,000 IDs.
  • Converted challenges to opportunities and identified pain points around four critical user problems.
  • Contributed to the product and design effort, leading to Usepass being used at the biggest music festivals, events, and concerts across Nigeria, verifying and granting access to more than 200,000 attendees in 100+ spaces.
  • Issued and verified IDs for Grammy-nominated rapper Olamide's Live in Lagos concert with Phyno (5,000+ IDs) and Lagos Food Festival (4,000+ IDs), among others.
  • Led the design of PassID's products from idea to launch. Collaborated with stakeholders across product, business, and engineering, onboarding hundreds of agents, farmers, and more across various states in Nigeria.
  • Interviewed 20+ potential users to understand existing pain points, which informed design decisions.
  • Conducted usability tests to gather feedback and make improvements to reduce business churn by 15%.
Technologies: Figma, Journey Mapping, User Interviews, Edtech Design, A/B Testing, Mobile Design, Product Videos, Wireframing, Design Systems, Market Research, Mobile App Design, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Usability Testing, User Research, Web UX Design, Dashboard Design, UX Research, Digital Product Design, Product Management, Marketplaces, Mobile, Mockups, Style Guides, UX Wireframes, User Flows, Responsive Web Design (RWD), App Design, Landing Page Design, Web App Design, System Design, Customer Journeys, B2C, Conversational Interfaces, MVP Design, B2B2C, Web, Branding, Design Leadership, User Personas, UX Strategy, User-centered Design (UCD), Prototyping, Marketing

Product Designer

2019 - 2019
PayfastQ
  • Collaborated closely with stakeholders and developers remotely across Africa and Asia on the PayFast product experience.
  • Made the checkout process seamless for retailers in Singapore and reduced checkout time by at least 20% for the above-mentioned product.
  • Managed and implemented stakeholders' feedback as a sole product designer in a cross-functional team of five consisting of engineers and decision-makers designing both web and mobile retail experiences.
Technologies: Figma, Wireframing, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Usability Testing, User Research, Web UX Design, UX Research, Digital Product Design, Marketplaces, Mobile, Mockups, UX Wireframes, Responsive Web Design (RWD), App Design, Landing Page Design, MVP Design, Web, User Personas, User-centered Design (UCD), Prototyping

UI/UX Designer

2018 - 2019
Freelance
  • Created user interfaces (mobile and web) for different clients and products. Helped a client onboard 100+ customers in their 1st month.
  • Conceptualized various designed solutions for business stakeholders and products across five different projects.
  • Grew user engagement by 10% monthly, working with UX writers and product marketing.
Technologies: Figma, Wireframing, User Interface (UI), User Experience (UX), Usability Testing, User Research, Web UX Design, Digital Product Design, Mockups, UX Wireframes, Responsive Web Design (RWD), App Design, Landing Page Design, User-centered Design (UCD), Prototyping
2016 - 2017

International Foundation Programme in Computer Science

Westerfield College - Lagos, Nigeria

2012 - 2015

West African Secondary School Certificate Examination in Sciences

King's College - Lagos, Nigeria

MAY 2020 - PRESENT

Marketing Foundation: Competitive Market Analysis

Linkedin

APRIL 2020 - PRESENT

Enterprise Design Thinking Practitioner Certification

IBM

Tools

Figma, Adobe Experience Design (XD), Sketch

Platforms

Mobile, Web

Industry Expertise

Consumer Products, Marketing

Other

User Experience (UX), UX Prototyping, Web Design, User Research, Digital Product Design, UI Design, UX Design, iOS UI Design, Product Design, Web UX Design, Dashboard Design, Mobile Design, Responsive Web Design (RWD), User Interviews, UX Research, Mobile App Design, Wireframing, Human-centered Design (HCD), Visual Design, Design Leadership, Responsive Web Apps, Information Architecture (IA), Web App Design, Journey Mapping, User Personas, Research, Edtech Design, B2B, Web UI Design, A/B Testing, Product Videos, Design Systems, Market Research, User Interface (UI), Product Management, Marketplaces, Mockups, Style Guides, UX Wireframes, User Flows, App Design, Landing Page Design, System Design, Customer Journeys, B2C, Conversational Interfaces, MVP Design, B2B2C, Financial Services, UX Strategy, User-centered Design (UCD), Prototyping, Usability Testing, Social Media, Startups, Branding, Learning Management Systems (LMS), Data Analysis, Enterprise Design

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